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: REL 232 - Religions of the World II (3 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

Additional Resources

This link will take you to the online materials from the publisher of our text book. There you can access:

  • interactive e-text to read on your computer or other mobile device
  • self quizzes for each chapter
  • highlight text and create "study bits" for review of material you want to come back to and build your own set of flash cards and quiz questions based on your own selected content
  • videos embedded in the e-text


Other online resources:

  • Mentor's web site lecture notes
  • Interactive review activities
  • Video lectures linked to in the weekly assignment folders. Most of these YouTube videos are not created by your instructor but neither did your instructor write the text you are using. Between the text, your mentor's lecture notes, and the Video lectures from other professors, you get at least three different perspectives on the material. What one of us neglects, another may go into more depth on. In fact, many of the video lectures echo much of what your professor would present in the classroom.
  • Links to other online videos in weekly assignment folders (I provide links to numerous online video clips that are valuable supplements to your reading. Many of these videos are from the Religion & Ethics Newsweekly website
  • Study guidesPowerPoint presentations and other helpful resources for each unit of study are made available as needed in the learning Modules.

Be sure to also check the Learning Resources module of this course site for links to study guide resources as well as websites on various religions.

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Many of the videos provide transcripts. You may have to set the YouTube videos to show captions or click on the word "transcript" below a video at the Religion & Ethics website.

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading

The easiest way to fail the course is to fail to compete enough assignments to earn at least 600 points. Assignments that are submitted will get at least half credit, just for the effort. Assignments that are not submitted will receive a zero, which will severely eat into your point totals. Your final course grade can easily be reduced by an entire letter grade (or more) if you fail to complete one or more assignments.

To pass the course you have to have a minimum passing average (60%) across all exams - at least 180 out of 300 points.


Course Policies





Grading Turnaround Time:

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


Incomplete Policy:

Withdraw from the Course


Student Rights & Responsibilities


Helpful Resources:

What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is using other people's ideas (paraphrasing) as well as words (quoting), passing them off as your own (without citing your sources). Check out this site if you are not sure what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated! Copying from the Web is the easiest and most tempting way to plagiarize. It is also the easiest way for your teachers to check for plagiarism. Any suspect papers will be submitted to Turn-It-In and/or suspect phrases will be "googled". If it becomes clear that you have not done your own work, you will receive no credit for the plagiarized assignment and no opportunity to redo the assignment

Cite your sources: Phrases taken from sources are to be indicated by quotations (or block indents for lengthy quotes). Any sources used should be indicated properly on a "works cited" page. Check out this site for guidance on proper format for citations .  (or this one on MLA). However, quotations are to be used sparingly. The bulk of your written work should be in your own words, reflecting your own thinking and your own presentation.

While MLA no longer requires URLs to be included for web based sources, I do prefer URLs - especially when citing web sources in discussion posts. Simply copy and paste your URLs.

No second chances: If you submit a second assignment that is also plagiarized you will automatically fail the course

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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