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Discussion Assignment Instructions

The student will complete four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 450 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post two replies of at least 250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least two scholarly citations in Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least two scholarly citations in Turabian format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include the course readings and/or scholarly sources, such as books and peer-reviewed journal articles.

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  • Explain why you have chosen to pursue a doctoral degree in public policy, and in your chosen cognate. (If you have not chosen a cognate, explain why.)
  • Describe your professional experience and skills, including any specific knowledge on which you can build in your scholarship on public policy.
  • Elaborate on the ways in which your Christian worldview or calling have shaped the way that you approach your understanding of the public policy issues that concern you.

Textbooks

Weimer and Vining chapter 2,3 and 14

PLCY 700

Discussion Assignment Instructions

The student will complete four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 450 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post two replies of at least 250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least two scholarly citations in Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least two scholarly citations in Turabian format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include the course readings and/or scholarly sources, such as books and peer-reviewed journal articles.

· Explain why you have chosen to pursue a doctoral degree in public policy, and in your chosen cognate. (If you have not chosen a cognate, explain why.)

· Describe your professional experience and skills, including any specific knowledge on which you can build in your scholarship on public policy.

· Elaborate on the ways in which your Christian worldview or calling have shaped the way that you approach your understanding of the public policy issues that concern you.

Textbooks

Weimer and Vining chapter 2,3 and 14

Criteria Ratings Points

Content

Thread

15 to >14.0 pts

Advanced

• Each question/prompt is answered thoroughly and logically. • Major points are stated clearly and effectively. • Clear, logical flow to post; stayed on topic.

14 to >13.0 pts

Proficient

• Each question/prompt is answered. • Major points are stated clearly and effectively for the most part. • Clear, logical and focused for the most part.

13 to >0.0 pts

Developing

• Not all facets of the prompt/questions are answered. • Lack of clarity, coherence, logic and focus in key areas.

0 pts

Not Present

15 pts

Content

Thread: Research Engagement

12 to >11.0 pts

Advanced

• Ideas from all the required Learn materials from the module and 2 scholarly sources are integrated. • Relates topic to Scripture/biblical principles where appropriate.

11 to >10.0 pts

Proficient

• Ideas from most of the required Learn materials from the module and 2 scholarly sources are integrated. • Scripture/biblical principles are included but unfocused at times.

10 to >0.0 pts

Developing

• Ideas from few of the required Learn materials from the module and 2 scholarly sources are integrated. • Missing Biblical integration.

0 pts

Not Present

12 pts

Content

Reply

15 to >14.0 pts

Advanced

2 unique interaction posts with classmates. • One reply posted to each of 2 classmates’ threads. • Moves the conversation forward with new ideas, research, and analysis. • Student’s response delivered in a thorough, thoughtful, and analytical manner with the student’s position clearly evident.

14 to >13.0 pts

Proficient

• At least 2 unique interaction posts with classmates. • One reply posted to each of 2 classmates’ threads. • New ideas, research, and analysis are not always included. • Some commentary is repetitive from one reply to the next. • At times, reply posts do not seem to actually build upon classmate’s post.

13 to >0.0 pts

Developing

• Missing one or more reply posts. • Reply posts are redundant. • Little in the way of new ideas, research, and analysis are not always included.

0 pts

Not Present

15 pts

Discussion Grading Rubric | PLCY700_B03_202140

Criteria Ratings Points

Content

Reply: Research Engagement

11 to >9.0 pts

Advanced

• 2 unique interaction posts with classmates. • One reply posted to each of 2 classmates’ threads. • Relates topic to Scripture/biblical principles where appropriate. • Contains abundant citations from Learn materials and 2 scholarly sources.

9 to >8.0 pts

Proficient

• 2 unique interaction posts with classmates. • One reply posted to each of 2 classmates’ threads. • Scripture/biblical principles are included but unfocused at times. • Contains some citations from Learn materials and scholarly sources.

8 to >0.0 pts

Developing

• Missing one or more reply posts. • Missing Biblical integration. • Limited citations from the Learn materials.

0 pts

Not Present

11 pts

Structure

Grammar, Spelling and Turabian

15 to >13.0 pts

Advanced

Minimal to no errors in grammar, spelling, or Turabian.

13 to >12.0 pts

Proficient

Some errors in grammar, spelling, or Turabian.

12 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Numerous errors in grammar, spelling, or Turabian.

0 pts

Not Present

15 pts

Structure

Word Count

7 to >6.0 pts

Advanced

Appropriate word count: 450-500 words for thread; 200–250 words per reply.

6 to >5.0 pts

Proficient

100 words more or less than the required length.

5 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Over 100 words more or less than the required length.

0 pts

Not Present

7 pts

Total Points: 75

Discussion Grading Rubric | PLCY700_B03_202140

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