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 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.


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 [VCCS policy specifies it must be more than 60%] of the assignments.
  • 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.

Note: It is rare to receive an incomplete for this course. You will not qualify for an incomplete simply because you did not have enough time to complete your assignment or you were confused about a due date. If you feel you are getting behind in the course because of other work or school obligations, then it is your responsibility to withdraw---this is not reason for you to receive an "Incomplete" grade.

Withdraw from the Course


Plagiarism and Student Rights & Responsibilities


Overview of Assignments


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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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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