Should online and face to face discussions be graded in a graduate-level program and if so how?

Research paper must be atleast 8 pages for the BODY this does not include references or abstract page, must be APA style and must have atleast three peer reviewed resources. This research paper must have atleast 4 peer reviewed articles from journals(for both online discussions AND discussions in a face-to-face course format). Research must be based on the topic (especially with a graduate level audience and not just with traditional-aged college students) Preferred language style US English