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: ESL 31 - Composition I (5 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 Policy: 

To be successful, you should log into the course at least three times a week and complete assignments. You can always check the Calendar for due dates. I also will email weekly reminders through Announcements. 

Grading Turnaround Time: 

I provide feedback and grade assignments within a week after the due date. For example, Week 1 assignments will be graded by the end of Week 2.

Late Work Policy: 

Do your best to meet assignment deadlines. Timely submissions are necessary for everyone's success. If you find yourself falling behind, contact me via email, and we can work it out.  If you haven't completed an assignment within 3 weeks of the due date, you will receive a zero (0) for that assignment. For example, any missed Week 1 assignments will receive a 0 if they haven't been submitted by Week 4.

Incomplete Policy:

Withdraw from the Course


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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