Facilitator Information

Facilitator Information                                                                                                      


Michael Shunk

mshunk@email.phoenix.edu (University of Phoenix)

michaeleshunk@hotmail.com (Personal)

602-793-7328 (AZ – MST)


Facilitator Availability

I am available from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mountain Time on most days, but I attempt to reserve Sunday for my family. I will not be online this entire time, but will be checking in frequently. If these times are not convenient for you, please let me know. I will be happy to accommodate your schedule, if possible. I provide you with these times to make it easier to communicate with me, and not to limit our contact.

I want you to know that, should you need to contact me outside these time frames, you should not hesitate to do so.

For emergencies, when you are not able to gain access to messages on the Online Learning System (OLS), please send a message to my personal email address. In the event a third party needs to contact me, please direct them to my contact information listed under “facilitator information.” No third party should use your login credentials to gain access to the classroom.

Late Assignments                                                                                                             

Late assignments receive a 20% deduction for each day they are late if assignments are not posted by 11:59 p.m. M.S.T. on the day they are due. Assignments more than 3 days late will not be accepted. Technological issues are not considered valid grounds for late assignment submission. In the event of a University of Phoenix server outage, students should submit assignments to the instructor (via e-mail if necessary) and when systems are restored, submit those assignments according to syllabus instructions. Unless an Incomplete grade has been granted, learner assignments submitted after the last day of class will not be accepted.

Where to Submit Your Assignments

Assignment Section: This is where you will submit all formal assignments. Navigate to the Assignments link on eCampus. Locate the link to submit your assignment as an attachment.

Be sure to also submit the Certificate of Originality with each assignment.  A copy of this is located in the course materials area.

Learning Teams                                                                                                                

University of Phoenix students are expected to work effectively in diverse groups and teams to achieve tasks. They must collaborate and function well in team settings as both leaders and followers. They should respect human diversity and behave in a tolerant manner toward colleagues and peers. If you experience difficulties working with your team, you are expected to resolve them within the team if possible. However, please feel free to contact me for guidance if you have concerns in this area. Because Learning Team projects are outcome-based, all members of your Learning Team will generally earn the same grade for Learning Team projects. However, I reserve the right to report different grades for different Learning Team members if I see a substantial imbalance in individual contribution. Learning Teams should provide a brief summary of any communication held outside the forum. Therefore, if you hold conference calls, work in a real-time chat room, or get together outside the OLS (Online Learning System) environment in another way, please post a log, transcript, or summary in the Learning Team forum. Further, do not use any of these supplementary communication tools unless everyone on your Learning Team agrees to the method and to the schedule. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Several of the assignments in this class will be completed in Learning Teams of three to five students. I will set up these teams by the end of Week 1. If you have any requests for teammates, please let me know by Thursday of the first week via your Individual Forum. Learning Team Charters and Peer Evaluation forms are required. Please see the instructions in the weekly sections for more information.

It is expected that you will actively participate with your learning team and contribute to the team discussions by a) contributing original work that is accepted and used by the team with proof of originality b) participating in the project from assignment organizing through meaningful final review of the team project for submission, and c) ensuring to your team that your contributions are your original work and properly quoted, cited, and referenced.

Grading Scale                                                                                                                    





























Participation and Discussion Question Grading                                                           

Discussion question responses do not count towards the class participation requirement and are evaluated separately.

Weekly Summaries                                                                                                           

Weekly summaries are not required in this course.

Final Week Requirements                                                                                                

Discussion question responses and participation are not required during the final week of the course. The final week is dedicated to completing the final assignments.

additional discussion question (DQ) & participation info…

Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.  There will be no discussion question responses required the last week of class.

Discussion question (DQ) responses should be at least 200 words of body. For discussion question responses in the Main forum, please post responses to the threads provided. To respond, highlight the appropriate thread, click on Reply, type your response, and send. Please do not start a new thread for the weekly discussion questions in the Main forum.  Also, please change the subject line to read something to the effect of: “(Name’s) DQ #1 submission for week 3”.  Then I will know this is your DQ response.


Unlike your formal written assignments, I do not require that your discussion question responses adhere to specific formatting requirements. However, please make sure to proofread carefully. Grammar and spelling errors may impact the grading.  I expect your discussion question responses to reflect critical thought. Whenever possible, please try to relate the course content to real-world applications from your work or life experience.


Late Discussion Question Responses will be penalized a .5 point deduction for each day late and will only be accepted up to 2 days after the due date.  If they are not submitted at all, a 1.25 point deduction will be assessed for that week for each non-submitted discussion question response.


Partial participation (ex. 1 post for a particular day) will not count towards weekly participation, 2 posts are required on any particular day to count towards the 4 day weekly requirement.  Each day of incomplete participation less than the required 4 will earn a 1.25 pt. deduction per day (again, remember the DQ responses do not count!).  Make sure you are keeping track of your participation… they are easy points!  Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.  Participation posts should be more than 100 words in length not including quotes, restating the question or your e-mail signature.  I grade on quality, not quantity, but you do have to hit the minimum word count!


Also, please change the subject line of your participation posts to reflect the “main idea” of your post.  This will help us to keep the conversations organized and will make it easier to find an interesting one to join!


Phew… enough rules & regs?

OF NOTE:  Each of your submissions will be submitted to the University of Phoenix – Center for Writing Excellence plagiarism checker.  I urge you to first submit your work there to be sure you are compliant with UOP anti-plagiarism guidelines.  Plagiarized work will be awarded a zero and the infraction will be reported to the Academic Violations Team.  Your work needs to be your own.  You cannot merely copy and paste a large part of the assignment, cite it and then consider it OK.  I do expect citations, but cited work should make up no more than 15% of your paper.  This goes for all submissions… participation posts, discussion questions, individual work, learning team work, etc.



Each week, I will provide grades or scores and comments on assignments within 6 days of when they were submitted. After I send feedback each week, I will post a notification in the Main forum.



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