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 Assessments | Your Email Account | Student Resources Accommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Course Summary (Assignment Schedule and Critical Dates)

Course Title: SPA 102 - Beginning Spanish II (4 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
  • Ability to use Video conference tool - Zoom
  • Ability to use Webcam to record oral assignment


Textbooks and Materials

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading

In order to successfully complete this course, you must demonstrate your understanding of the course materials by:

  • completing all the assignments in each module, which include Portales activities, cultural discussions, speaking activities, quizzes, and online meetings.
  • scoring at least a 60% average on the three proctored written exams. 
  • scoring at least a 60% average on the three proctored oral exams. 

Your course grade will be determined by your performance on the following assignments:


Percentage of Grade

Proctored assessments* (Written)
  • Exam 1
  • Exam 2
  • Exam 3

* 60% combined average required to pass the course

Oral exams* 
  • Oral Exam 1
  • Oral Exam 2
  • Oral Exam 3

* 60% combined average required to pass the course

Interactive Activities: 
Speaking/Cultural Reflection Activities, Online Meetings  
Portales exercises  20%
Lesson Quizzes  10%

NOVA Online proctored or major assessments are required to maintain compliance with our accreditation standards and the Higher Education Act’s identity verification requirements for online courses. College-wide, proctored or major assessments must prove identity. To accomplish this in online courses, students must show overall passing levels on the proctored or major assessments in order to pass the course.

In this online course, if your average score on (i) the 3 proctored written exams and (ii) the 3 proctored oral exams is a passing percentage of 60 percent or higher, then your grade will be calculated according to the scale in the table below. Otherwise, a final grade of F will be assigned.

Your final grade will be based on the following scale.

Grade Percent
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 0-59


Course Policies

If you have a course-specific question, please post it in the Ask the Instructor discussion.

Late Work Policy:

Late work will not be accepted unless there are mitigating circumstances and prior arrangements have been made with me. Please contact me at xxx to request a deadline extension. 

Grading Turnaround Time:

Portales assignments will have different due dates, and students are required to log on to Portales daily and check for due dates.  Discussions,  comments for other students in the discussion board forums and exams are due on Sundays at 11:59 p.m. Feedback and grades for discussion board assignments and exams will be made available for you in Grade Center within one week of their due dates. Feedback for Portales homework exercises can be accessed through your Portales account. I record Portales "lección" grades into Grade Center upon completion of each of the five "lecciones." 

Incomplete Policy:

Withdraw from the Course


Student Rights & Responsibilities

Academic Integrity Policy of NOVA’s Spanish Department  

The Spanish courses at Northern Virginia Community College are designed to enable you  to communicate in an authentic and culturally appropriate way in your workplace, community and beyond. Clear communication - not perfection - is the expectation for students in this course. You are neither required nor expected to express yourself in written or spoken Spanish with the same level of accuracy that you write and speak in your native language(s). Your instructor will cultivate, assess and grade your Spanish writing and speaking skills with this in mind. 

You may refer to your textbook as needed to complete the assignments in this course. However, cheating of any kind, including use of an online translator, such as Google Translate, to translate phrases or sentences or other outside help is strictly forbidden and will result in a grade of 0% for the assignment, whether it is a Portales activity, oral or written exam or other assessment. Students may not refer to the textbook, notes or any other resources during oral and written exams. A subsequent instance of an academic integrity violation will be reported to the academic dean and dean of students and will result in a grade of 0% for the course. 

If you have a question about whether any of your course work is in violation of this policy, please contact your instructor. For more information about NOVA’s academic integrity policies, please refer to the Student Conduct & Integrity section of the Student Handbook:


Overview of Assignments


Taking Proctored Assessments



Your Email Account


Student Resources


Accommodation Policy and Statements

External Tools Used in the Course (Regarding Accessibility Statement)

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Vista Higher Learning

You can find the accessibility information about VHL on its accessibility web page.


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.



You can find the accessibility information about Zoom on its accessibility web page.

External Tools Used in the Course (Regarding Privacy Policy)

Vista Higher Learning

You can find VHL's  privacy policy on this web page.


You can find Zoom's  privacy policy on this web page.


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures


Course Summary:

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