Description : Policies : Schedule : Assignments

Course Policies and Grading

Turning in Work- Course Sequence and Assignment Deadlines

The course schedule is arranged so that assignments build upon one another. This means it is important for you to turn in work when it is due. However, as an online course, this medium of communication should also give you some flexibility to fit the work into an already busy life.

On the schedule, I've given due dates for every reading, activity, and assignment as it would appear for a traditional five-week, four-day-a-week, two-hours-a-day face-to-face summer course. Approaching the schedule on a day-by-day basis will help to spread a very full schedule into manageable chunks. However, with the exception of material related to the drafts for two of the major assignments (noted in red on the schedule for the day they are due), your week's work will not be due until Midnight on Sunday nights. Anything received after midnight on Sunday will be considered late. Please see below for an explanation on what being late means for your grade.

Reading Assignments and Posted Responses

The reading assignments and corresponding posted responses play a dual role and are a central part of this course. First, doing a written response to a reading helps you to understand and reflect on the ideas in ways reading alone does not. The prompts I have developed are designed to help you make connections between the chapter or article and your professional interests and work practices.

Second, because this is a course without a face-to-face component, your posted responses to readings and other assignments take the place of in-class discussions and provide a way to create a bit of community with your fellow classmates. At several points in the schedule I ask you not only to post a response to the discussion board on WebCT, but also to read and comment on postings by other students. Even when I don't specifically ask you to do this, though, looking at how others react to a reading may help you to understand it in new ways.

Late Work

We all know that disruptive situations sometimes arise and I am willing to negotiate those situations with you. I will accept late work only if prior arrangements have been made. To get an extension, you must email me to ask for one. Failure to get an extension in advance will result in a lowering of your grade. Additionally, because the summer term is so short, getting behind can have a detrimental result on your progress and grade in the course.


I see the creation of any type of communication as a process in which the overall message improves through gathering research in multiple ways, through thoughtful attention to critique and suggestions, and through attentive work on multiple drafts. I encourage revision on the major course projects (this includes everything listed below except for the final category), even after a grade has been given. You may re-submit a course project one time for consideration of a higher grade as long as it represents a serious effort on your part to re-see or re-envision your approach to an assignment’s rhetorical development. Just tinkering with spelling, grammar, or minor issues will not earn you a higher grade.


Major Assignments and Point Breakdown for Grading

Note: You must complete the first two assignments listed below to pass the course.

  1. Visual Analysis (20%)
  2. Organizational Advocacy Proposal (50%)
  3. Reading Responses and Small Writing Assignments (30%)

Course Policies and How to Get Help

  • Since this is an online course, I will have online office hours on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 pm. This is a time when you know I will be online and available to answer questions and provide help. I will generally (though not always) be online between 9:00 and 11:00 am Monday through Thursday. I also usually check my email at least once during the afternoon or early evening on most days, including weekends.
  • If you email me, I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.
  • There may be times when it is easier to receive help or feedback by talking to me by phone or in person. If this is the case, please email me and we can set something up.

  • For help with WebCT issues, you can try the following resources:

Technology Requirements and Expectations

As participants in a Distance Education course, I am making the assumption that you are all at least a moderately comfortable users of your computers and their operating systems. Additionally, I have the following requirements and expectations for this course:

  • that you have consistent and reliable access to a computer and the internet
  • that you can search and navigate the web
  • that you can receive and send email and attachments
  • that you have a working understanding of how to login to WebCT, how to navigate course materials, and how to use some of its basic functions such as the Discussion Board
  • that you have access to and knowledge of Microsoft Word, and possibly other MS Office applications
  • that you have access to and knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Reader for opening and viewing PDF documents from the course web site or from the internet. If you don't already have it, Acrobat Reader is available for free at
  • that you will consistently make back-up copies of all your electronic work

If you have questions about any of these requirements, please email at