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 SupportAccommodation 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 will 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.

Grading Turnaround Time:

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


Withdraw from the Course


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.


Accessibility statement is not available on Vimeo. Here is the link to the Captions and Subtitles FAQ section that may answer some of your questions. Please contact your instructor for alternative if needed.


Accessibility statement is not available on TED. You can find the transcript of a TED video by clicking the View Interactive Transcript link below the video. 


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures



Course Summary:

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