This information is related to my undergraduate courses. I suggest you review it carefully before your course begins.


I describe my expectations for your performance in my classes in the Deliverables and Engagement pages of this section. If you have not reviewed them yet, please take a moment and review them before proceeding with this section.

I have very high expectations for performance for my students. I expect that you will bring your best efforts to all of your interactions with your classmates, our course and with me. I presume that you are attending college, and our course, because you are interested in your future success.

You are constructing the platform on which you will build your professional, and personal, lives. That should be sufficient incentive to encourage you to invest in the learning environment we are developing, and those involved in that learning environment, to the fullest extent possible.

Please approach this experience accordingly.


All of my deliverables have hard deadlines. If you miss a deadline you will receive no credit for that assignment. The excuse of “my dog ate my homework” or its 21st century equivalent “my computer crashed” are not acceptable. “I forgot” or “I didn’t calendar the deliverable” or “I didn’t set a reminder” or “I had other assignments due” do not work for me … nor will they work for you.

It is important that you provide your analysis of the issues presented by any deliverable … whether that is a discussion board, journal post, blog comment or POV. Simply regurgitating the content of the question or article is not acceptable … think back to your first book report in elementary school … since I already know what happened in the book you do not really need to tell me again. It is infinitely more important that you demonstrate your understanding of the issues presented and their relevance in context.

My assessment of your submissions will also be based upon the extent to which you meet the minimum requirements of the deliverable. Most deliverables will be described with minimum word and source counts. Page counts are irrelevant when working in digital platforms so the minimum word and source counts will provide you with an expectation framework. You can improve your prospects for a strong outcome by exceeding the minimum requirements of the assignment. And remember that simply meeting the minimum requirements will result in an average grade.

OMG … Technophobia!!!

PLEASE do not tell me that you “are not a technology person” … we are clearly past the point where a lack of familiarity with technology is a good idea or at all acceptable. Since Fear of Technology
we rely on these devices and platforms you should be certain that your mobile device is connected to your SHU email and calendar accounts as well as Teams.

This site and Blackboard are not optimized to play well with Internet Explorer. I suggest that you use either Firefox or Safari as your browser.

That said, mine are not IT courses … they are courses that examine different areas of law. It happens that we will use a variety of different technology platforms to support our work … much the same as you will in your personal and professional lives.

I may be able to assist you with a hardware or software issue. However, it is your responsibility to be sure that both are in good working order. Be certain that your computer’s operating system, browser(s) and the variety of installed software is up-to-date,  If something isn’t working … get it fixed  … in a timely manner. That’s why we have PC Support Services and a Help Desk.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” when it comes to the “how to” aspects of a project. If you don’t know how to do something … “Google it!” … or, of you don’t want to be tracked use Duck Duck Go for search.

In fact, many of my past students have told me that mastering the art of “figuring it out” was both an unexpected and beneficial experience and a critical learning outcome in my courses.


Remember, as I noted above, that I have very high expectations for performance for my students. I expect that you will bring your best efforts to all of your interactions with your classmates, our course and with me. That will require you to do your best work in our course.

As I note in the Deliverables page, my assessment of your submissions will be based upon the extent to which you meet the deliverable’s minimum requirements as to content and form. You can improve your prospects for a strong outcome by exceeding the minimum requirements for that deliverable, i.e., expanding the scope of your content and analysis, including addressing potential ethics issues, of the question posed,  broadening the scope of the sources used to support that content and analysis, and meeting the form requirements outlined above.

It is important to remember, though, that if you simply meet the minimum requirements the result will be an average grade.

If you fail to participate at all, or do not meet the deliverable’s deadline, you will receive zero points and a grade of “F” for that deliverable. If you only partially meet the deliverable’s requirements you will earn a maximum grade of “D”. If you meet the deliverable’s requirements your submission will be evaluated and assigned a grade subject to the Grade Ranges described below.

I generally do not accept late submissions for credit unless you have experienced a real emergency. I will consider your reasons for missing a deadline if you submit them for my consideration in a timely manner via a Teams DM. That said, a real emergency does not arise if you miss the assignment or deadline because you did not calendar it, or you experienced a conflict that was avoidable or you simply forgot the deadline.

Grade Ranges

This table describes the range of points assigned to a particular grade.

A 95% – 100% C+

77% – 79.9%


90% – 94.9% C

73% – 76.9%


87% – 89.9% C- 70% – 72.9%


83% – 86.9% D+

65% – 69.9%

B- 80% – 83.9% D

60% – 64.9%


< 59.9%

Do You Offer Extra Credit?

I do not offer extra credit in my courses. If you are diligent during the semester, meet and complete the requirements all of the Deliverables as required in a timely manner there should be no need for extra credit. Please visit the Grading section of the Assessment page of my Course Polices for additional information.

LFB: Deliverables

You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.


Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. In business, that is called just “meeting expectations”, the lowest level of achievement. I expect that all of my students are prepared to actively participate in our in-class, and digital, discussions since that is a key way to learn as much as possible. Please review the protocol necessary for all of our remote meetings before we meet. This course is about active, on-the-field engagement, not one focused primarily on lectures. We will focus on assigned cases using the Socratic method to engage with, and learn, the course material. That will require you to complete the Before We Begin deliverables found in the Schedule. Assessment of your preparedness and engagement may include your performance on unscheduled content quizzes. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement page of the Policies section of this site.

Success Plan

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Teams. Your first deliverable will be the development of a plan describing the specific steps/actions you must take that you believe are necessary for success in this course. The end-in-mind of this effort is for you to provide the path/process that you choose to address the challenges and opportunities for growth and learning that this experience presents. It is intended, also, as your definition of the template you will utilize throughout your personal and professional life in undertaking challenging situation, issue and other major confrontations. Your submission, in a minimum of 750 words, should address the suggestions for success described here. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc.

Course Blog

Post your comments in the Course Blog that I maintain for my courses. I post items of interest that are relevant to the material covered in my courses. The materials in the posts will be discussed over the course of the semester in class and on-line. You are responsible for keeping current on the posts to the blog and providing comments. The submission schedule is included in the Schedule. My goal is to encourage an active discussion between and among all of my students related to the events of the day. And remember … it is a public blog … be certain that your comments comport with the etiquette requirements described in the Etiquette section of the Communication page. I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your blog comments:

  • A thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary/response to the blog post you have chosen – approximately 350 words per comment; and
  • Your comments should not simply regurgitate the article you have reviewed. I have no interest in reading a “book report” version of the article that you have chosen. I am, however, interested in comments that provide your insight into the relevance of the article in question, and
  • Evidence in your blog comments in that you have read and are specifically and thoughtfully responding to the points raised by the author and/or if responding to someone’s prior comments on a post.

Please refer to the Schedule and calendar for details about the blog comments submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions! Click here to subscribe to the course blog’s Twitter feed.

Topic | Issue Discussions

Complete this deliverable by posting your contributions to the appropriate TID channel in Teams. A discussion is defined as “an act or instance of discussing” and “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc.” You will engage in a topic/issue discussion (TID) in each Module of the course. Each TID will begin with an article, video, podcast and/or question. Your initial response, in a minimum of 750 words, to the TID is your answer to the question(s) posed and issues raised,  a reflection of your consideration of the issues that flow from those materials. The post function in Teams provides you great flexibility when preparing and posting your initial response to the TID. I fully expect that you will rely on sources in support of your position … whether in your initial response to the TID or during the continuing conversation. When you do refer to a source you should create a hyperlink to the additional materials that help explain or support your position. The post function in Teams also allows for adding comments to a specific post. That said, our continuing discussion is an important part of the TID exercise. You will note that there is a comment period available in each TID cycle. As I have noted elsewhere, you should engage your classmates “… with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts  …” during the comment period. The point of the exercise is to generate a robust conversation about the issue(s) at hand. These discussions, your engagement, are essential to create the atmosphere of active learning and critical thinking that is an integral part of this course. All students must express their own opinions and engage with other students in the process. Our TID discussions are ongoing so simply posting your initial response to the TID will not be sufficient. You must engage your classmates with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts (see the comment period in each TID cycle). Remember, discussion is defined as “an act or instance of discussing” and “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc.”. The good news is that Teams will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for F2F, in person conversations. Your initial response (a minimum of 750 words) and discussion posts (a minimum of 5 such posts) must satisfy the Writing and Research requirements described in the Deliverables section of the Course Policies section. Never post a Word or Google doc. I will evaluate your level of engagement, the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, your success in writing on a digital platform, appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis when assessing your submissions. Please refer to the Schedule and Calendar for details about the TID submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions!

Success Assessment

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Teams. Your last deliverable before the final exam will be an assessment of the Success Plan that you developed at course launch.  Please reflect on the substance of your Success Plan and describe how your pre-launch perspective on the course, your learning during the course and the outcomes you described earlier have developed favorable, or unfavorable, outcomes. This is not an exercise about whether you have achieved the grade you anticipated. It should be a reflection on how your personal and professional goals have been impacted by the choices you have made in planning and execution, both in what was achieved and how it (Success Plan) was achieved. Your assessment, in a minimum of 750 words should be submitted by posting your assessment to the #success channel. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc.

Final Exam

Complete this deliverable by visiting the Final Exam folder in Blackboard. The final exam will be a writing assignment requiring each student to define, interpret, and analyze a topic or topics related to the course materials. Never post a Word or Google doc.


Grades on each deliverable will be posted to the My Grades folder in Blackboard. The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:

  • Engagement (20%)
  • Course Blog (10%)
  • TIDs (60%)
  • Final Exam (10%)