Threaded Discussion Rubric

Week 1 Discussion Forum
Threaded Discussion Rubric
Post 1
60 Points Possible Rubric
1. Student submitted an appropriate and substantive post to the original assignment. This includes addressing all of the original questions/issues in a grammatically correct and logical manner.  Answered the instructor’s question(s).  The ‘Post’ is titled correctly
30
2. Assignment submitted on time and on a different day than other posts.
10
3. Assignment met word count. (300-500). The word count is posted.
10
4. 2 Appropriate academic, scientific websites were referenced correctly.
10
Post 2
20 Points Possible
1. Student submitted an appropriate, informational and substantive response to another student’s Initial Post in a grammatically correct and logical manner.  The ‘Post’ is titled correctly
10
2. Assignment submitted on time and on a different day than other posts.
5
3. Assignment met word count (100-150). The word count is posted.
5
Post 3
20 Points Possible
1. Student submitted an appropriate, informational and substantive response to another student’s Initial Post in a grammatically correct and logical manner.  The ‘Post’ is titled correctly
10
2. Assignment submitted on time and on a different day than other posts.
5
3. Assignment met word count (100-150). The word count is posted.
5

**Remember to review what has already been posted by other students.  Do not post on duplicate topics.
Type the NUMBER AND NAME  of your topic as the subject heading to let students easily see the list of topics that have already been posted.

The Big Idea: Our text is filled with many concepts this week. Our goal for this week is to draw out and clarify some of these important concepts to help you with your exam and beyond.You will pick one of the topics of your choice that has not already been selected and help teach it. (See below.) Much of the quality of learning in this course is dependent on the effort and detail of information included in the discussion boards. Aim high! You can do this!
INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1: Claim your topic – POST THE TITLE FOR YOUR INITIAL POST ; THE ONE YOU ARE CLAIMING EACH WEEK, ASAP
Step 2: Main/Initial Post – Create your assignment. Save it in word on your computer.Click on the Create Thread Button at the top of the page to post your main response to the weekly discussion. When you post here, the subject heading must also be the topic that you have researched and posted on. Post directly to the thread. Do not post any attachments in the threads.
Step 3:  Responses: Click Reply when in a post to post your responses under that post.
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Step 1: Claim your topic: Review the topics available and Review the topics already listed to ensure you have an original topic. You may not post the same topic already listed by another student. If this is done, you will not earn points so review these carefully.  Success Tip: POSTING EARLY HERE GIVES YOU "DIBS" ON THE TOPIC OF YOUR CHOICE.  This is decided on a first come, first serve basis!!   When a topic appears to have been chosen by more than one person in the course, the topic simply belongs to the first person to select the topic and post the title in that week’s thread. That person does not have to do the research and writing at that point. So, you claim it by simply posting the title and you can then come back at your liesure to complete the work on the initial post. How to Select your Topic: When you have selected a topic, Type the name of your topic as the subject heading to let students easily see the list of topics that have already been selected.
Step 2: Main/Initial Post
1. Your post must be HIGHLY ORGANIZED, ACCURATE and THOROUGH.
2. Reference sources that are used. Remember; 2 referenced sources are required.
3. NOTE: The goal is NOT to retype the text but to break down the concept and clarify. You can quote the text but that portion must be clarified and explained by you.
4. Label each section according to the following that might apply to your topic:
Consider the following Subheaders:
-The explanation / background of the topic- How would you teach it? (*Everyone must do this part)
-The Structure and Function relationship in the body (Important!)
-Examples to clarify and teach. (Important!)
-Tips and Tricks for Remembering and Recalling.
-How does the topic apply to real life.
-Interesting and current research on the topic.
-Why is this an important topic?
Connect the dots for us with critical thinking. It is strongly encouraged that your initial post be posted by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday. It should be 300-500 Words. 2 credible references are expected to create a substantial main post.
How to Post:  Click on the Create Thread Button at the top of the page to post your main response to the weekly discussion.When you post here, the subject heading must also be the topic that you have researched and posted on. Post directly to the thread; Do not post any attachments in the threads.
Step 3:  Responses: Responses must add new information not previously discussed. Consider the subheaders above. Advance the discussion or extend discussions already taking place. Pose new possibilities or opinions not previously voiced. Consider new factual information tied with critical thinking. Do not simply summarize another student’s post and agree/disagree.You should make at least two additional posts to other students’ Initial/Main posts on any topic. These response posts (Your 2nd or 3rd post) should be 100 -150 words. Please post on at  least 3 separate days and complete by 11:59 PM EST Sunday.Your answer to my question; the question I will always ask you concerning your Main/Initial Post; can be posted on any day. How to Post: Click Reply when in a post to nest your responses under that main post.
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Discussion Post Titles – Required* Please make a serious effort to intentionally title your posts so that others will know why you are posting and to whom you are addressing the post. First, click in the subject line to enter your title…DELETING ‘RE:’ FIRST…THEN ENTER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING…
*The title choices are;
-Initial/Main Post: (Topic Title)
-Response to Dr. W
-2nd post; Response to (Student’s name whose Initial/Main Post you are commenting on)
-3rd post; Response to (Student’s name whose Initial/Main Post you are commenting on)
-Response to (Student’s name who you are addressing; used when not your 2nd or 3rd post)
*Without this consideration, it is very difficult and time consuming to peruse your posts in the discussion and other students will not necessarily see your response to them. The same is true with me. It would greatly support me if you would always title a response to me as "Response to Dr. W.
*Note- ALWAYS POST A COMMENT TO A POST BY HITTING ‘REPLY’ BELOW THAT POST. NEVER START A NEW THREAD WITH A RESPONSE TO ANOTHER POST. I WILL NOT ACCEPT POSTS THAT ARE NOT CONNECTED IN THE THREAD CORRECTLY.
*You can lose points for not doing these things correctly.*Thank you for addressing these, this way, in all posts.
– Make sure the word count is posted in the discussion post.
Enjoy this week!

WEEK  1 Discussion Topics:
Before Posting: Go to Week 1 Tab. and Click on the Week 1 Discussion Folder.
Read the complete assignment expectations.
You need to post at least 4 posts each week.

See Week 1 Discussion Folder for Complete Instructions
Homeostasis and feedback loops with examples
Scientific Method
Directional terms and examples
Anatomical position, planes vs sections & cavities
Abdominal quadrants vs 9 regions-names, organs in each & purpose
Breakdown of the atom: Particles, locations and characteristics
3 I’s:  The importance of Ions, isotopes & isomers-structural differences
Let’s Bond! How bonding can happen with examples
The importance of Water in the body and properties of water
What is a Mixture? (solutions, colloids, suspensions & measurements of concentration)
pH scale: How do you determine an Acids vs bases & Salts-strong & weak acids. What is a buffer?
Energy-Potential vs Kinetic
Chemical reactions-synthesis, decomposition, exchange & oxidation/reduction
Metabolism- Catabolism/ Anabolism  (exergonic,  endergonic )
Carbohydrates-monomer/polymers, types, functions
Lipids- monomer/polymers, 5 types, functions
Proteins- monomer/polymers, types, functions
Amino acid & Protein-structure of each
Nucleotides-structure, functions, cAMP
ATP- Energy currency in the body
Nucleic Acids-DNA vs RNA, functions
The cell theory- function starts at this level
Cell size & cell shapes with examples (Include Cilia, flagella)
The plasma membrane – structure and function
Why does Diffusion happen?  Types of diffusion
Osmosis vs tonicity-What is the effect on cells
Passive vs active transport (Types, directions, plasma membrane gate types)
Exocytosis & Endocytosis (Pino-, Phago, and Transcytosis)
Organelles-types, function
DNA-structure and function
RNA-structure and functions, 3 Types
DNA vs RNA-differences/similarity
Protein Synthesis #1-Translation-steps, pre-mRNA, RNA
Protein translation-steps & the genetic code
The Cell cycle: When does DNA replicate?
Mitosis-steps & major events in each
The Genes-functions and general terms (allele, locus, homozygous  etc)
Chromosomes- gametes vs somatic, autosomes, sex chromosomes
Heredity & the different types of inheritance

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