Course Syllabus

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Course Description and Prerequisites | Course Objectives | Course Requisite Technical Skills | Time Expectation | Textbooks and Materials | Course Grading | Course PoliciesPlagiarism and Student Rights & Responsibilities | Overview of Assignments | Taking Exams and Using Exam Passes | Your Email Account | Student Resources | Technical SupportAccommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Course Summary (Assignment Schedule and Critical Dates)

Course Title: CST 201 - Introduction to Communication Theory and Research (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


Assignment Submission


Grading Turnaround Time

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

Late Work Policy

There is a lot of material to cover in this class and the lessons are carefully arranged for optimal learning. Please pay close attention to your due dates that you will find in the Course Summary section of the Syllabus.

Assignments not turned in by their due dates will receive a maximum of half credit for up to a week. Any assignment turned in more than one week past its due date will not receive credit. Please turn your work in on time.

In conclusion, I ask you to complete your work to the best of your ability, turn it in on time, and to respect the time your classmates and I are investing in your progress. In return, I will make every effort to support you in any way I can and to make this a fun and rewarding semester


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 at least 80 % of all assignments.
  • Explain your extenuating circumstances to me in writing.
  • Provide a plan for completing the remaining assignments in writing.

Note: If an Incomplete is granted, all work must be completed in 4 weeks for the 16 week class or 2 weeks for the 8 week class.

Withdraw from the Course


Plagiarism and Student Rights & Responsibilities


Overview of Assignments


Taking Exams and Using Exam Passes

Exam Passes

There are two (2) proctored exams in this course. The exams are online and must be taken in a proctored environment.

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Taking Exams


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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NOVA Online Policies and Procedures


Course Summary:

Date Details