Discussion Board Instructions

There will be 7 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. You are required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be 150–200 words, cite at least 2 sources, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, you are required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words and must cite at least 2 sources. Acceptable sources include the textbook, peer-reviewed journal articles, government sources, professional association websites, etc. Each discussion will also require a biblical reference/quote (which is not a part of the original source count).

Responding to a classmate’s post requires both the addition of new ideas and analysis. A particular point made by the classmate must be addressed and built upon by your analysis in order to move the conversation forward. Thus, the response post is a rigorous assignment that requires you to build upon initial posts to develop deeper and more thorough discussion of the ideas introduced in the initial posts. As such, reply posts that merely affirm, restate or unprofessionally quarrel with the previous post(s) and fail to make a valuable, substantive contribution to the discussion will receive appropriate point deductions.

The Post First feature has been activated in the Discussion Board Forums for this course. You will need to post your thread before you will be able to view and reply to other students’ threads.

The threads are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday of the assigned modules/weeks, and the replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same modules/weeks except for Module/Week 8. For Module/Week 8, the thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, and the replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.

Topic: Ayers Case

Based  solely on the information contained in the article “Devastating Mix-up”  in the Reading & Study folder, answer the following questions in  your thread:

  • Did the police have probable cause to arrest Ayers?
    • If they did have probable cause, should they have conducted the arrest?
  • If you believe they should have waited to arrest Ayers, then explain  what other information you would have wanted to know prior to his  arrest.
    • Your explanation to this question must include statements pertaining  to the believed danger to the community Ayers would have posed if he  was the robber.

Your thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, and your replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday.