The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts, either the instructor’s response to one of your posts, or posts  from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required, each on different days,  after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often – at a minimum of three (3) different days each week , as this promotes learning and is an important factor in grading for the Discussion Board assignment.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

Assignment Details
This assignment has two parts:

  1. An often used quote states, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Along these lines, how do visual presentations, such as frequency distribution tables or graphs showing central tendency or dispersion of data points, convey information for a reader? How are these visual representations of data analysis effective in communicating the story the information is telling the reader? Explain.
  2. We learned in Unit 2 that businesses use estimates in their budgets and financial statements. How are estimates different from probabilities? How are estimates and probabilities similar? Share an example of each.

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings. 

Your assignment will be graded in accordance with the following criteria. Click here to view the grading rubric.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials. 

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