Course Syllabus

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Course Description and Prerequisites | Course ObjectivesTime Expectation | Course Requisite Technical Skills | Textbooks and Materials | Course Grading | Course Policies | Student Rights & Responsibilities | Overview of Assignments | Taking Proctored AssessmentsYour Email Account | Student ResourcesAccommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Course Summary (Assignment Schedule and Critical Dates)


Course Title:  ENG 257 - Mythology (3 credits)

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Course Description and Prerequisites

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Course Objectives

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Time Expectation

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Course Requisite Technical Skills

In order to succeed in this online course, you must be comfortable working with technology. At a minimum, you must possess the following technical skills:

  • Ability to use the Internet in an effective and efficient manner, including installation and management of browser plug-ins and add-ons.
  • Basic knowledge about the operation of a computer, file management, and software installation.
  • Working knowledge of the Canvas learning management system.
  • Ability to proficiently search the web for information
  • Ability to download and print information from websites
  • Ability to download, view, and/or print PDF files

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Textbooks and Materials

Required Textbooks

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials

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Course Grading

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Course Policies

Attendance Policy

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In this online course, your weekly, active participation will count as your attendance.  While I do not 'mark' attendance, each week there will be assignments, and if you miss any of those, your will receive a zero, and your overall grade will suffer.  In addition, the NOVA Online critical dates for student withdrawal make your regular and active participation mandatory, or you may be considered an inactive student and will be withdrawn from the course without tuition refund. (Please see the Course Summary on the Syllabus page or your course calendar for Critical Dates.)

Grading Turnaround Time

  • I normally grade assignments within 5-7 after the assignment deadline.
  • Please note that for Discussion assignments, I do not respond individually to each posting, but I make it a point to thoroughly read and assess each one. I have included assessment rubrics for each discussion assignment, which will help you determine my grading criteria and provide an evaluation of your grade. Additionally, at the end of the week, after everyone has had a chance to make a posting, I will send a detailed review and feedback to the whole class, based on the assignment topic and everyone’s analysis of it.
  • For the essay assignments, I post individual comments in the gradebook comments box.

Late Work Policy

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Plagiarism Penalties

  • I do not tolerate plagiarism.
  • If there is evidence of plagiarism in your work, you will receive a zero in that assignment and one warning. If I see plagiarism a second time, you will immediately fail the course.

Incomplete Policy

The incomplete grade is used for verifiable unavoidable reasons.  If you have made significant progress in your course, your end date is near, and you have reasons that can be documented as unavoidable, you may request a grade of Incomplete.  To request a grade of Incomplete for this course, you must:

  • Have satisfactorily completed at least 60% of the assignments;
  • Explain your extenuating circumstances to me in writing;
  • Provide a plan for completing the remaining assignments in writing;
  • Set a timeline for completing the incomplete work, agreed upon with me but will be no more than one additional semester.

Assignment submission

  • You must submit your assignment by the deadline stated in the assignment.  NOTE: I do not accept late work.
  • All assigned must be submitted via Canvas, as per directions.  Some assignments have to be submitted in the Discussion and some have to be submitted directly to the Gradebook, via the provided link.  Each assignment has directions about where it must be submitted.
  • You are expected to retain an electronic copy of all work submitted. If transmission of the work fails, you are expected to "resend" the document under our directions. Assignments will be submitted in Canvas either through Discussion  postings or via the Assignment feature; you are expected to verify your own  responses by returning to the appropriate place in Canvas after the work has been posted.
  • NOTE: If you submit an attachment, please make sure that it is in Microsoft Word format or RTF (rich text format). If you submit it in any other format, I may not be able to open it, in which case, you grade in that assignment will be a zero.

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

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Overview of Assignments

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Taking Proctored Assessments

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Your Email Account

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Student Resources

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Accommodation Policy and Statements

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NOVA Online Policies and Procedures

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Course Summary:

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