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This assignment allows students to develop exam study guides, while also helping classmates. Students have been divided into groups (approximately 4 people in each group). To work with your group, and post the two required postings, go to the Blackboard course website and choose “My Groups” from the left side menu. Click on the group, then, under “Group Tools” click “Group Discussion Board”. For further instructions regarding how to use/post to the discussion board, I have attached instructions to this assignment. Students may only consult, and cite, the textbook, the assigned supplemental readings/video, and the narrated lectures for this assignment.    Part 1: The first part of this assignment is to post to your GROUP DISCUSSION BOARD (not the class discussion board), an open-ended question (requiring more than a yes or no answer) from the chapter you have been assigned. Do not post an answer; just a question. To post, click on the Student Study Guide assignment in your group discussion board, then click “Create Thread”. Do not create a new forum. The question should reflect an important concept from the readings AND the lecture, and may not be copied or paraphrased from another source (such as MindTap, the internet, a study guide, etc.). For example: “What is the difference between personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction?” The question must be entirely in the student’s own words, and should require (of another student) at least a 100-word answer (about 3 – 5 sentences). Lastly, the question must not be similar to another student’s question already posted within your GROUP DISCUSSION BOARD. See your assigned group below.    Due date: PART I OF THE ASSIGNMENT IS DUE TUESDAY BY 10:00 p.m. THE WEEK YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO COMPLETE IT (see below).    Grading Rubric for Part I (5 points possible):  5 points – Question conforms to instructions (open-ended, requiring 100 word answer, not derived from another source, etc.), and reflects an important concept from the readings and lecture.  3 points – Question is related to the assigned chapter, and otherwise conforms to the instructions, but does not reflect an important concept from the readings and lecture.  0 – Question does not conform to the instructions; or the question is not from the assigned readings and lecture; or the question was derived from an outside source; or a similar question has already been asked by another student in the group.  Note: Students who do not complete Part I by due date will not earn a grade for Part II.    Part II: Between Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. and Thursday at 10:00 p.m., you will write at 100 – 150 word “model answer” to ANOTHER student’s question posted in your GROUP DISCUSSION BOARD. Click “Reply” to the student’s question so your answer appears as a reply to the question thread. The model answer should demonstrate the student’s understanding of the readings and the lectures. Do not include any exact phrases, sentences or quotations from the textbook or my lectures (such answers will receive 0/20 points). While paraphrasing is permitted, so long as it is accompanied by proper internal citation (see below), the majority of the answer must be in the student’s own words. For instructions on how to paraphrase, see: https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/guides/when-to-summarize-paraphrase-and-quote  Example: In order to hear a case, a court must have both personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction (Miller and Cross, 3-2a).  Note, students should cite the section number if consulting the ebook, as the ebook does not include page numbers. Any answer that appears to come from a source other than the textbook, lectures, or assigned readings, will receive 0 points, and will be referred to the GMU Office of Academic Integrity as an honor code violation.    What do I do if I am the last person to post a model answer and the only unanswered question is the one I posted? If you are the last person in your group to post an answer, and the only unanswered question is the one you posted, provide a model answer for your own question. However, if a student answers their own question when there are other student questions to be answered, that student will have 10 points deducted from the maximum 20 points offered for this assignment.    What do I do if there are no questions unanswered and I have not yet posted an answer? This should not happen with an even number of students in each group. However, if you are the last person to post a model answer in your group and all questions (INCLUDING YOUR OWN) have already been answered, you may post a second model answer to an already answered question. However, if a student answers an already answered question when there are other student questions to be answered, that student will have 10 points deducted from the maximum 20 points offered for this assignment.    Due date: PART II OF THE ASSIGNMENT IS DUE THURSDAY BY 10:00 p.m. THE WEEK YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO COMPLETE IT.    Grading Rubric for Part II (20 points possible):  Student demonstrates understanding of course material: 0 – 5 points    Student properly applies the readings/lectures to the model answer: 0 – 10 points    Student demonstrates proper writing structure (including proper grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc.): 0 – 5 points   (Note: Essays not conforming to the minimum 100-word answer length will receive 0/5 for this score)    Once all students in a group have posted questions and answers, I will post the questions and model answers to the CLASS DISCUSSION BOARD, so all students in the class may utilize it as a study guide in preparing for the exams. (I will make small edits to any incorrect answers, and will not post to the CLASS DISCUSSION BOARD any questions that receive 0/5 points, nor student answers that do not conform to the instructions).  NOTE: THERE ARE NO TIME EXTENSIONS NOR SWITCHING OF GROUPS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT, AS YOUR CLASSMATES ARE DEPENDING ON YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM. ONLY A STUDENT’S DOCUMENTED MEDICAL EMERGENCY WILL QUALIFY FOR AN EXCEPTION TO THIS POLICY.  There is a sample question, and sample answer, posted in each Group Discussion Board, so students can see what a good question looks like (for Part I of the assignment), and what a good answer (to another student’s question) looks like (for Part II of the assignment).

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