Course Policies & Guidelines
SPH-109 Interpersonal Communication Online, Reference Number 9757
Attendance: Because this course focuses primarily on oral communication skills, there are five MANDATORY meetings throughout the semester. The meeting dates are Thursday, January 29; Thursday, February 26; Thursday, March 25; Thursday, April 22; and Thursday, May 13. On each of the above dates, the class will meet in Queen Anne, room 110, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. All students must attend this meetings as all oral assignments will take place on these days.
Make-ups: All assignment due dates are listed below. Deadlines are firm. Late assignments will not be accepted. All assignment due dates will be posted both on the assignment itself and on the announcements page. Reminders will also be announced periodically. If an assignment is due on February 25, for instance, it will not be accepted at 12:00 a.m. on February 26. In addition, assignments cannot be made-up unless serious extenuating circumstances exist that can be verified by the instructor. This includes the oral assignments presented on the above meeting dates. Such situations will be addressed on a case by case basis. In short, please manage your time wisely. A course such as this requires good juggling skills with work, family and other personal obligations.
Honor Code: All work submitted must be your original work. Plagiarism is inexcusable, and cheating will not be tolerated.
Behavior: During class meetings students are expected to exemplify good listening practices and to maintain an active role as a listener during oral presentations. Disruptive behavior that prevents other students from learning and/or threatens anyone in class will not be tolerated. Students can be barred from attending class and even suspended from the college. If a student is barred from class because of disruptive behavior, all work missed will be counted as zeros. Electronic devices such as cellular phones and pagers must be turned off or in ‘silent’ mode during class meetings. There will be five (5) points removed from your final grade for each such interruption. In addition, children are not permitted in the classroom. They are wonderful, but distracting.
Regarding on-line interactions, profanity will not be tolerated, nor will students be allowed to verbally attack one another. Students will lose five (5) points for each such occurrence. In addition, do not use "internet jargon" in your assignments. For instance, if you are required to submit an essay response to a question, do not use a sentence such as, "U need 2 communicate clearly when u r going thru conflict." Follow the grammatical rules of Standard American English.
Class Format: A variety of teaching and learning techniques will be utilized in this course, including discussion, lecture, text readings, hand-outs, writing assignments, video presentations, oral presentations and written examinations. Therefore, it will not be solely up to your instructor to maintain your interest and enjoyment. You will get out of this course only as much as you put into it!