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 32 - Reading (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, you should log into the course at least three times a week and complete assignments. You can always check the bottom of the Syllabus to see all assignments and due dates in the Course Summary. I also will post weekly reminders in Announcements and email. 

Grading Turnaround Time: 

I provide feedback and grade assignments within a week after the final due date.

Late Work Policy: 

Do your best to meet assignment deadlines. Classmates will be counting on you to provide feedback, study material, and more. Timely postings are necessary for everyone's success . If you find yourself falling behind, contact me via email and we can work it out.  If you haven't completed an assignment within 3 weeks of the due date, you will receive a zero (0) for that assignment. 

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 75% of the course.
  • Explain your extenuating circumstances to me 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

There are 4 proctored assessments in this course. One is the pre-course exam, which is required but not graded. The other three (3) exams are graded and account for 60% of your overall grade in the course. 



Your Email Account


Student Resources


Accommodation Policy and Statements


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures


Course Summary:

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