This is a one-credit course. All activities for the course are online. If you were taking this course on campus, it would meet one hour each week for the entire semester. This online section is only five weeks long (August 28 through October 2). As a result, you should plan to log in and participate AT LEAST three days per week. Unless you participate in the course when you log on (by posting a document, discussion, or written assignment), your presence will not be documented. Just opening or reading documents in the course does not constitute a “Log on,” as I will not be able to see any evidence of your presence unless you post something while you are online. Since there are no assigned meeting times, you need to be sure that you are checking your course schedule and logging in regularly. Because it is easy to neglect a fully online course, you should set specific days and times to work on the course (just as though you were taking an on campus course). For example, you might decide to work on the course every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Keeping to a schedule such as this will help ensure you’re successful in this course.
PRINT OUT the Course Schedule and keep it near your computer. You will need to refer to it often. Deadlines will be strictly enforced. You should make sure that you have thought about a “back up plan” in case you experience problems with your computer or your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
It is your responsibility to complete all the assignments by the deadline. Please read and follow ALL instructions. Students have lost points for not following instructions or meeting all components of a multi-part activity. All assignments will be submitted through this course site and NOT by fax, mail, or in person. In this way, there is a permanent record of all your assignments. I strongly recommend submitting assignments and post discussions before the 11:55 pm deadline to ensure the deadline is met.
- Attendance Policy: Regular attendance (logging on and posting) is necessary and vital for successful completion of this course. Students must complete all assignments by the due dates for each module. A college-wide attendance policy allows an instructor to administratively withdraw a student who has missed 20% or more of the class meetings (page 12, Herkimer College Student Handbook). I do not participate in the administrative withdrawal process for this course. If you feel you are in jeopardy of not doing well in the course, please contact me, and I will let you know if I think you should withdraw from the course.
- Academic Dishonesty Policy: Plagiarism and cheating are violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The maintenance of academic honesty is the responsibility of both faculty and students. Any written assignment submitted by a student must be of original authorship. Representation of another’s work as his/her own shall constitute plagiarism. Any charge of plagiarism shall be substantiated by either direct correlation between the original and the alleged plagiarized copy of “clear and convincing evidence.” Cheating shall be considered a violation and subject to the same penalties (page 18, HCCC Student Handbook).
- Disability Statement: Students with disabilities who are seeking academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office at 866-0300 Ext. 8331. The SSD office is located in the Academic Support Center in the library.
- Personal Counseling: Personal Counseling is available on campus. It is free and confidential. You can make an appointment to meet with a counselor by calling 315-574-4034 or you can make an appointment in person by going to RMCC 302. Anyone on campus with a mental health emergency should contact Campus Safety by calling 911.