Syllabus for SOS-360
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: GAME THEORY IN LIFE, BUSINESS, AND BEYOND
Games People Play presents the fundamentals of game theory and applies the principles of this field of study to daily life. Game theory is defined as the scientific study of strategic, interactive decision making among rational individuals. Understanding game theory can help people make better decisions in their own lives and better understand the behavior and decisions of others. This course shows game theory at work in daily life, business, and world affairs. Along the way, students are introduced to some of game theory's greatest minds, including John von Neumann, John Nash, and Kenneth Arrow.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University’s textbook supplier.
Videos (streamed for you within the course)
Games People Play is a three-credit online course, consisting eight (8) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Course objectives covered in this module: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.
Consult the course Calendar for due dates.
You are required to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums as well as an ungraded Introductions Forum. The online discussions are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used to aid in the grading of online discussions.
You are required to complete eight (8) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
For help regarding preparing and submitting assignment activities, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used to aid in the grading of written assignments.
There is no midterm or final exam in this course. Instead, you will write a 2000- to 2500-word paper (with a typical font and spacing this will be a paper of 8 to 10 pages) integrating your learning from this course. The paper will draw together the course readings, information from the videos, and outside research. Students will be required to discuss the application of game theory in other disciplines and in daily life.
Detailed information about this assignment is found in the final project area of the course Web site.
Turnitin Requirement for Final Project
You are required to submit the final project in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by semester.
Course ID and Password by Semester
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.
All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.
Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
Possible sanctions include:
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