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 Assessments | Your Email Account | Student ResourcesAccommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Course Summary (Assignment Schedule and Critical Dates)

Course Title: ESL 51 - Composition III (5 credits)




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Course Description and Prerequisites


Course Objectives


Time Expectation


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


Textbooks and Materials

Required Textbooks

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading


Course Policies

Attendance Policy:

To be successful in an online course, it is important that you participate regularly. You can participate regularly by checking your NOVA email and the course in Canvas daily to make sure that you are aware of any updates and other important information. Plan your schedule so that you work on assignments throughout the week. If you wait until the last day or so of the week, you may find that you do not have enough time to complete your assignments (or to do a good job on your assignments - assignments completed hastily usually do not receive passing grades). Furthermore, you might miss assignments with mid-week deadlines.


Late Work Policy:

As a general rule, I do not accept late work. However, if you need a few extra days to complete your work, you must email me for permission by the last day of the week. I will grant you permission if you can provide a detailed reason for why you are unable to complete your work on time.  I will not grant you permission to submit late work if it becomes habitual, however.  You must do everything you can to get your work done on time. 


Grading Turnaround Time:

All completed assignments will be graded no later than seven days after the due date, and sooner when possible.


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 60 percent or more of the assignments (per VCCS policy)
  • Explain your extenuating circumstances in writing
  • Provide a plan for completing the remaining assignments in writing (all work must be completed by the end of the subsequent semester)
  • The time you have to complete the course must be agreed upon with your instructor, but will be no more than one additional semester

Withdraw from the Course


Student Rights & Responsibilities


Overview of Assignments


Taking Proctored Assessments



Your Email Account


Student Resources


Accommodation Policy and Statements


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures


Course Summary:

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