Protocols and Grading Rubric for Evaluating Online Discussions

Week 1 discussion post (CHAPTERS 1-4)

Protocols and Grading Rubric for Evaluating Online Discussions

Discussion Posts Protocols

· Your main response should be a minimum of one short paragraph and a maximum of two paragraphs (min 100 words; max 200 words). 

· Avoid responses that are limited to “I agree” or “great idea,” etc. If you agree (or disagree) with a posting then explain why you agree by supporting your statement with concepts from the readings or by bringing in related a related example or experience.

· Address the questions as much as possible. Do not let the discussions stray to unrelated topics.

· All post require supportive information from the text or other  peer-reviewed sources  that support your postings. Put any quotes in quotation marks, or better yet paraphrase, and always include reference from which the information or quotation was obtained, both within the text of your answer AND the correctly APA formatted reference at the bottom of the post. Wikipedia is never an appropriate resource.

· Bring in related personal prior knowledge (work experience and/or prior personal experience.) as examples in the response

· Use proper netiquette (proper language, typing, respect, etc.)

· Use proper APA format


Grading Rubric for Evaluating Online Discussions

Criteria Excellent Good Average Poor
Timely contributions to discussions 3-4 postings well distributed throughout the week. 2-3 postings distributed throughout the week. 2 postings somewhat distributed. 1-2 postings or posts not distributed.
Responsiveness to the discussion and demonstration of knowledge and understanding gained from the assigned readings. Very clear that readings were understood and incorporated well into response. Readings were understood and/or incorporated into response. Posting have questionable relationship to the reading material. Not evident that the readings were understood and/or not incorporated into discussion.
Adherence to discussion posts protocols. All discussion posts protocols were followed. One (1) discussion posts protocol was not adhered to. 2-3 discussion posts protocols were not adhered to. Four (4) or more discussion posts protocols were not adhere to.
Maximum Points 20 14 8 4




There are some clear indicators of abnormality discussed in your reading this week (Chapter 1). No single indicator is sufficient in and of itself to define or determine abnormality. Nonetheless, the more that someone has difficulties in the areas identified in your text, the more likely he or she is to have some form of mental disorder.

Element 1: How is ‘abnormal’ behavior’ defined and identified?

Element 2: Please discuss at least 2 of the 7 indicators of abnormality listed in Chapter 1 of your text, and give examples.

Element 3: How do context and cultural differences affect the definition of abnormality?

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