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: HIS 231- History of Latin American Civilization l (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

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading


Course Policies

Attendance: Since this is an online course that does not meet in person, "attendance" consists of  participating in activities and completing assignments on CANVAS.  At minimum, you are expected to log on to CANVAS and visit our course site at least once per week--and many more times when there is a Discussion Board or group assignment due.

  • A student who has not completed at least one assignment by September 10 will be classified as "never attending" and will be dropped from the course without a tuition refund (per state law).
  • If you are not "active" on our CANVAS site for two weeks or more, I will attempt to contact you to encourage you to resume participation in the course.  Prolonged inactivity after this point may result in being withdrawn from the course without a tuition refund or receiving an F.

If something unexpected comes up during the semester that interferes with your ability to complete the assignments (e.g., illness, family bereavement, etc), don't hesitate to contact me.  I will do what I can to help you succeed.  Ultimately, you must earn the minimum number of points (see above) to pass the course.

Due Dates: All due dates for written assignments are final, unless I announce a change or grant an extension.

**Discussion Deadlines: "Discussion Board" assignments have multiple components.  In addition to your initial posting of 300-500 words, you must read and comment on your classmates' posts and respond to comments on yours.  The due date for each discussion assignment refers to the deadline for all of these components.  In order to have time to do all them prior to the deadline, you should always post your initial contribution at least 48 hours prior to the official due date.

Late Work: Assignments submitted after the deadline may be penalized one half letter grade (or the equivalent in points) for each day, or fraction thereof, they are late.  Work submitted ten days or more late may not be accepted.

Extensions: If you need to obtain an individual extension for an assignment, you must submit a request in writing (preferably by email) with a detailed justification.  I will evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis and respond within one business day.  Generally speaking, only illness, emergency, bereavement, family crises, unexpected work-related issues, and events of similar gravity may be accepted.  Do not assume that you have an extension unless I have explicitly granted one in writing.  

Academic Integrity: In addition to the academic integrity standards outlined elsewhere in this syllabus, I have the following policy: A single case of plagiarism or cheating, as defined by the Student Handbook, may incur an automatic grade of F or 0 on the assignment.  A second case of plagiarism or cheating may result in a final course grade of F, irrespective of other work completed in the course.  Serious cases may be referred to the College Administration.

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


Plagiarism and 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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