Course Syllabus

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Course Description and Prerequisites | Course Objectives | Course Requisite Technical Skills | Time Expectation | Textbooks and Materials | Course Grading | Course Policies | Student Rights & Responsibilities | Overview of Assignments | Taking Proctored Assessments | Your Email Account | Student Resources | Technical Support | Accommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Course Summary (Assignment Schedule and Critical Dates)

Course Title: CST 110 - Introduction to Communication (3 credits)


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Course Prerequisites and Description


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
  • Capable of using Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Proficient searching the web for information
  • Able to download and print information from websites
  • Able to download, view, and/or print PDF files


Textbooks and Materials

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading


Course Policies

Attendance Policy


Discussion Policy


Communication Policy


Plagiarism Policy:


Late Work Policy:


Assignment Submission


Video Policy

For this course, you will be required to video tape yourself giving speeches and then uploading them to Canvas Studio. Canvas Studio is NOT a public service, you do not need to worry about the distribution of your video, or even anyone seeing it that you don't want. Once the assignment has been graded, you are free to delete the video.

The videotaping is an important part of the course, because it is the only way you can give your speech. If you are not comfortable with this, or you are unable to videotape yourself for whatever reason, then it is important that you drop this course and take it in an in-class format where you may be more comfortable.

This policy non-negotiable---do not wait until your speech is due to tell me that you cannot video yourself or don't have access to equipment---it is your responsibility to either make sure you have access or choose a different course.

Participation and Virtual Meeting

Participation is mandatory in our virtual meeting. It is intended for your benefit. The online meeting is your opportunity to ask questions in real time and get immediate answers. It is also an opportunity for me to explain concepts and assignments more clearly that you may find confusing.

Grading Turnaround Time:

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


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Student Rights & Responsibilities


Overview of Assignments


Taking Proctored Assessments


Your Email Account


Student Resources


Technical Support

For technical assistance, please visit the NOVA Online IT Support website for contact information and support resources.


Accommodation Policy and Statements

External Tools Used in the Course

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Accessibility statement is not available on YouTube's website. Here is the link to the instructions on how to use YouTube with a screen reader.

You can find the transcript of a YouTube video by clicking More and then select Transcript.


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures



Course Summary:

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