You will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums, each consisting of a thread and a minimum of 2 replies. The Discussion Board Forums are based on a chapter topic. Outside research will be required for the thread. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions. Discussion criteria for this assignment are fulfilled when you have posted 1 minimum 500-word thread (concerning your key topic) and 2 minimum 250-word replies (1 each to 2 classmates’ threads). A substantive reply analyzes the thread as well as adding to the research and concepts put forth in that thread.
The goal is to create meaningful discussion. To simply restate the idea already put forth or to concur with the first reply is not adding substantial discussion. That is why it is good to do additional outside research. Make sure to provide scholarly and educational material and work that is engaging and substantive. Simply meeting the minimum requirements earns one only the minimum grade.
To begin your thread for a particular module/week, find a topic from the module/week’s reading assignment that interests you.
Declare your topic to the class by posting a new thread in the related Discussion Board Forum and titling it with the key term you selected. This reserves your topic so that other students cannot use it. You must cover a different key term; no duplication of articles or key terms is allowed.
Conduct an internet search to find and read at least three recent articles that relate to the key topic you selected. Articles may be found on any reputable website that focuses on business, such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, or the Economist. Another good source of information is EBSCOhost, accessible through Liberty University Online’s Library. Websites like about.com, britanica.com, Wikipedia.com, etc. do not constitute scholarly academic articles and references.
Of the 3 articles you’ve read, select the article that you wish to discuss and write a review of it. In addition, you must post all 3 (or more) recent articles to the reference section even though you review only 1 of them. You may provide additional references, but references do not replace the 3 articles that relate to your key term. Actually reference the article you review within the article review. Your review must include the following sections (each section must be structured by a heading for each section):
a. A definition of the key topic: this does not count in the 200-word minimum requirement.
b. A summary, in your own words, of the selected article.
c. A discussion, in your own words, of how the article relates to the selected chapter and key topic.
d. The complete citation, in APA format, of each of the 3 articles read and any other additional references; these do not count in the 200-word requirement.
e. An annotated