GPC Elementary Spanish II

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Contact Info and Office Hours

¡Hola! I am Dr. Teresa Canganelli, and I will be your instructor for SPAN 1002. My GPC email address is Teresa.Canganelli@gpc.edu , and the phone number where you may leave me a voicemail is 678-212-7587. My office hours are 12:00-2:00 PM Monday-Thursday. It is best to email me using the SPAN 1002 iCollege email; the next best option is to email me at my address listed above, or call me to leave a voicemail. I will reply within 24 hours M-F. Also, you may leave voicemails at my Google Voice number, and/or send me text messages: (318) 379-4948.



Teresa Canganelli

Hola Span 1002 welcome by Teresa Canganelli
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Learning Spanish is fun, exciting, and rewarding!

Course Catalog description for SPAN 1002 - Elementary Spanish II (3)


Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 1001 with a “C” or higher, or placement into 1002


This course is the second in a two-course sequence at the elementary level of Spanish. The course consists of the study of the fundamentals of the language, using Spanish as the language of instruction. Emphasis is on oral communication with grammar and vocabulary taught in context and Hispanic culture presented using interactive activities, discussion, and readings. This course is not open to native speakers, which includes anyone who used the language as his or her principal language of education.



Mi familia y yo.

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It's not too soon to begin reviewing Spanish constructions you learned in the past or new words and expressions. Jump-start your language learning now with some Spanish/English flashcards on Spanish for travelers or check out some of the other vocabulary lists!


Get your D2L Log-in Information!

What course materials do I need for SPAN 1002?


Vistas, 4th edition - Author: Blanco - ISBN: 978-1-61767-463-1

Custom Student Edition Volume 2 (Loose-Leaf) (Lessons 6-10) + 6-months' Supersite Plus

(You must have Supersite Plus access, not just basic Supersite access.)


OR…Purchase the complete text (Lessons 1-18) for SPAN 1001-2002

Complete Bundle for all four Spanish courses (1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002):

Vistas, 4th edition - Author: Blanco - ISBN: 978-1-61767-499-0

Custom Student Edition (Loose-Leaf) (1-18) + 2 years' Supersite Plus


Course Content:

This course will cover Lessons (Lecciones) 6-10 of the Vistas, 4th edition text (or the vText in the Supersite).


ARE YOU IN THE CORRECT LEVEL OF SPANISH?

This level assumes no prior experience with Spanish. It does not fulfill the foreign language requirement of our programs of study, but it is a prerequisite for 1002 if you have not taken Spanish in high school. This level counts as elective credit. We have a free placement exam available online to students. If you feel you need to be at a higher level of Spanish, and it is still the first week of the semester, please take the free placement exam at:

http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/?acct=gpc. The password is "gpc". The exam takes from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on your knowledge of the Spanish language. When you finish the exam, your results will be displayed for you along with a suggestion of which level of Spanish would best suit you. Copy and paste that information into an email message box, and send your score to Andrea.Morgan@gpc.edu Ultimately, the choice is up to you. However, if you place above 1002, you wish to enroll in a level above 1002, and you have not taken 1002 at the college level, you will need permission to override the system.


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Communication with your Instructor

We will be using the Desire2Learn (D2L) iCollege for this course. All important course information will be posted to this course’s iCollege page, including instructions, grades, some tests, review sheets for the midterm and final exam, due dates on the calendar, reminders, withdrawal notifications, etc. It is imperative that you obtain a GPC iCollege username/password if you do not already have one https://idmgmt.gpc.edu/getmylogin/. It is also important that you log in to the iCollege page and check emails/announcements/calendars/updates often. You will not receive emails in the traditional sense; you will have to log into iCollege frequently to check your emails/announcements for this class. If you are not able to gain access, you will need to sign up for a username and password. Use this link to obtain your username and password https://idmgmt.gpc.edu/getmylogin/ and/or use the following link to find answers to iCollege questions and troubleshoot: http://depts.gpc.edu/icollege/d2l/help.html


Withdrawal from the course

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Course Schedule for Summer, 2014 SPAN 1002

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Course Interaction:

This is not a self-paced course: The semester will go by very quickly, and you must follow the deadlines provided in the schedule. You will be completing work on your own, using the course materials, interacting with me and other students through your threaded discussions, submitting unit homework, and taking quizzes.

The best advice I can provide is that you stay on schedule and submit ALL of your homework assignments on time. Due to the nature of this course, your homework will account for a large portion of your final grade.

IMPORTANTE: There are 3 weeks per lesson. However, please note that there are weekly due dates in the Supersite; check the Practice, WebSAM, and Assessments tabs each week to see which assignments/assessments are due that week.

Communications About Difficulties/Absences:
You are responsible for contacting me in a timely manner if you become ill, or have scheduling or computer problems that would keep you from participating in discussion for longer than two or three days.

Keep a Copy of All E-mail:
Be sure to save copies of all e-mails you send me (the Sent folder in the iCollege email will do that automatically; just don't delete them). I also suggest you save my responses to your e-mails.

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*The schedule is subject to change as needed. This page summarizes all of the graded assignments, quizzes, and exams for this course. All assignments are described in detail in your iCollege "Learning Modules" or at the textbook website (Supersite). Discussion requirements may be found in the syllabus. After the Orientation unit, all of your graded work (except discussions, compositions, and the Final Exam) will be found at the Supersite.

Remember---This course is not self-paced and is not open-exit. All assignments, quizzes, discussions, etc., are to be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. (Midnight) EST on the due date. Please do not wait until the last minute as computer crashes, server maintenance, etc. can cause assignments to be late. Important GPC semester dates (e.g., drop/withdraw/term end) appear on the GPC Academic Calendar.

REMINDER: You may NOT submit work after 11:59 p.m. EST on the due date. Early/Late work will NOT be accepted unless you have pre-arranged an exception to the policy. Gracias.


Attendance Policy and Missed or Late Work Policy

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Lesson Activities for Lessons 6-10

  • Read lesson introduction in iCollege Content area.
  • Review lesson assignment page in iCollege Modules for specific lessons.
  • Study lesson vocabulary (i.e., make flashcards or study lists).
  • Complete tutorials at the Supersite section-by-section for the entire lesson.
  • See extra grammar slide shows in iCollege Modules for specific lessons (if needed).
  • Complete vocabulary quiz in the Supersite in the Assessments tab (only 1 attempted allowed).
  • Complete REQUIRED Practice activities in the Practice tab at the Supersite for the entire lesson.
  • Complete REQUIRED activities in the WebSAM tab at the Supersite for the entire lesson (four attempts allowed on most activities).
  • Participate in discussions in iCollege throughout the entire lesson (see details below).
  • Complete the end-of-lesson quiz in the Supersite in the Assessments tab (only 1 attempt allowed).
  • Complete a composition in both Lesson 8, and Lesson 10.
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Required Lesson Activities at the Supersite

  • The major sections of each online lesson are color-coded for easier navigation: red for "Contextos"(vocabulary words used in context); purple for "Fotonovela"(photo-based conversations of 4 students on vacation in Ecuador); also purple for "Pronunciación"(pronunciation and spelling rules); blue for "Estructura"(grammar); green for "Adelante" and "Panorama"(additional reading, writing, and listening activities); orange for "Cultura"(learn about nations of the Spanish-speaking world); and gold for "Vocabulario"(summary of all vocabulary words which may be used on the quizzes/exams).
  • Not all of the activities at the Supersite are required activities; only the ones with a due date are assigned. Remember that all assigned activities in both the WebSAM tab, and the Practice tab are required; however, they are graded differently. The activities in the Practice tab are graded based on time and effort (so as long as you complete them by the respective due date, you receive full credit for them), whereas the WebSAM activities are graded on accuracy.
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Compositions

You will complete two compositions this semester, in Lessons 8, and 10. Instructions for the compositions are in the Content tab in iCollege in the module for the specific lesson.

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Exams

  • You will complete the No Show Quiz before doing anything else.
  • You will complete a Supersite/Orientation Quiz in iCollege (multiple attempts allowed).
  • For Lessons 6-10, you will complete a vocabulary mini-quiz (Contextos miniprueba) at the Supersite (1 attempt allowed).
  • For Lessons 6-10, you will complete an end-of-lesson quiz (lección prueba) at the Supersite (only 1 attempt allowed; timed for 90 minutes).
  • Comprehensive Final Exam covering materials from Lessons 6-10 in iCollege (only 1 attempt allowed; timed for 120 minutes).
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Speaking Assessments

Once per unit, we will have either a Wimba Voice Board assignment in which we will work on listening/speaking skills or a recorded assignment in the Supersite. You can earn up to 15 points per unit on listening/speaking activities in the Wimba Voice Board or on an assigned recorded exercise in the Supersite.

Grading

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NETIQUETTE

E-mail is often used as an informal method of communication with family and friends. However, in job and school situations it is best to be less informal and to follow certain e-mail etiquette guidelines. These guidelines help avoid confusion and provide a more professional manner. Make sure you understand and use proper e-mail etiquette guidelines (sometimes called netiquette), illustrated in this list:

Always include a pertinent subject line for the message so the user can identify the content and/or can locate the message quickly.

Usually begin with a greeting (as in a letter) such as the name of the person receiving the message or a general greeting if sending to a group. E-mail is after all a form of mail, and letters always begin with a salutation.

Always include your name at the bottom of e-mail messages (i.e., a signature) when communicating with people who do not know you personally or when sending to a group. This is especially important if your e-mail address gives no clue as to who you are. Again, e-mail is a form of letter-writing, and as such should be signed.

Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading. Capitalizing whole words that are not important or not titles is generally regarded as SHOUTING!

If you need to make a point, *asterisks* surrounding a word can be used to make a stronger point.

Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face-to-face communications your joke may be viewed as criticism. When being humorous, or to soften a perhaps negative idea, use emoticons to express humor.
Example: :-) = happy face for humor (tilt your head to the left to see the emoticon smile)

Only use acronyms with care to abbreviate. Messages that are filled with acronyms can be confusing and annoying to the reader who is unfamiliar with what they mean.

Examples: FYI = for your information, or BTW = by the way

In most situations, check your e-mail messages for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The very fact that e-mail is written will magnify any trivial errors. What you say and how you say it is a reflection of you, so present the best "picture" possible.

If quoting the sender's email in your reply, set your email system so that you reply at the top, not below the quoted message. It's less annoying to the recipient to see your message first.

Never assume your email messages are private or that they can be read by only yourself or the recipient. Never send something that you wouldn't want to see on the TV news.

To learn more about e-mail etiquette, emoticons (also called smileys), review these websites:

netmanners.com



Smarthinking Tutoring service (also linked to your iCollege homepage):

http://www.smarthinking.com/support/hours-of-service/?st=1


GPC webmail: http://webmail.gpc.edu


GPC Online Library Services: http://www.gpc.edu/online/content/gpc-online-library-services#.Uf5CGpK1E1I


The "Supersite" (where you will complete much of the assignments and quizzes): http://vhlcentral.com


External Spanish language and grammar review site: http://studyspanish.com


Tuenti Social Networking site (preferred over Facebook in Spain); in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, click on the arrow next to the Tuenti copyright info to select "Español" as your networking language: http://Tuenti.com






Free Tutoring Available

The ISS (Instructional Support Services)/ LTC (Learning and Tutoring Center) offers free tutoring. Most campuses have Spanish tutoring for free. We also utilize Smarthinking, an online tutoring service, accessible through the iCollege portal. Also, you may use the following online Spanish tutorial (1001-level) for free: http://www.handsonspanish.com ; log-in with username: gpc2009 password: spanish .


Extra Credit

If I offer extra-credit opportunities, they will be emailed to you, and/or posted in announcements in the News tab of the iCollege homepage for this course.



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Supersite Usage Quiz

This quiz is mandatory for all. The syllabus quiz is in the first week’s module (“Supersite Orientation”) in the Content tab of the iCollege home page for this course. You may take it from any computer, and you may re-take it until the deadline for that module.


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LESSON QUIZZES

There will be quizzes for each lesson/lección. Each lesson has a brief “contextos quiz/miniprueba” (an objective quiz over vocabulary located in the Assessments tab of the Supersite), and an end-of-lesson quiz, “Prueba” (an objective quiz over grammar and vocabulary; also located in the Assessments tab of the Supersite). Quizzes are graded for accuracy (grammar, spelling, accents, etc.) Each student may drop his or her lowest score on each type of quiz (lowest contextos, and lesson quiz as they may be from different lessons). A student may drop his/her lowest quiz score only if he/she has taken all five of that type of quiz. If a quiz is missed, it will automatically be dropped. This means a student may miss one (of each type of) quiz (one contextos, and one lesson quiz); however, the student will not be able to drop another. Also, because one missed quiz is allowed, there are no make-up quizzes. Any quiz missed over one results in a zero that remains in the average. You must take them by the deadline given or your results will not be submitted to me for grading. You will have a wide window of time in which to take the lesson quizzes and you may take them at any time (day or night/weekday or weekend) during that period.


Review notes: You will see grammar review notes in the learning modules of iCollege to help you prepare.


The lesson quizzes are open book/open notes, but are timed and graded for accuracy. The Supersite does not have a running time clock like iCollege. You must keep up with your own elapsed time when taking the contextos and lesson (Prueba) quizzes. This means that you have the resources at your disposal to help you, but due to time constraints, if you do not study in advance, you will not be able to submit the quizzes in time if you have to look up all of the answers. If the quizzes are not submitted within the time allowed, they will be assigned a zero. This will ensure that you study along the way and not just before the final exam. Your success in using a foreign language depends upon your committing to memory vocabulary words, expressions, and grammar structures. Also, you are only allowed ONE ATTEMPT at any quiz. If you experience technical difficulties while taking a quiz, send me an email here in iCollege.


Each lesson allows 110 points for quizzes (10 for the contextos quiz/miniprueba at the Supersite, and 100 for the lesson quiz/Prueba at the Supersite). Each part is timed and graded separately, and you must enter and complete each of the following for every lección/lesson. They must all be completed by the deadline of the module in which they are listed.


PART I: THE CONTEXTOS QUIZ (the vocabulary quiz online through the Supersite (at http://www.vhlcentral.com) for each chapter). You’ll see this quiz or “Contextos Miniprueba” in the Assessments tab of the Supersite. Complete the tutorials and contextos assignments, and study the vocabulary before taking the contextos quiz. You will be allowed 20 minutes for the Contextos Quiz. If you submit your answers past that time limit, they will not be graded. Use the floating accent toolbar for fill-in-the-blank sections when necessary. This portion of the quiz is graded by the computer. This means that you must enter the answers 100% accurately in order to earn full credit for the answers. If you are unsure of spelling or accent marks, look them up before submitting. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for each section of the quiz. You only have one attempt for this quiz. Remember to keep track of your time on this quiz. The Supersite does not have a running clock.


PART II: THE LESSON QUIZ / PRUEBA (lesson quiz online through the Supersite (at http://www.vhlcentral.com) for each chapter)

You’ll see this quiz or “PRUEBA” in the Assessments tab of the Supersite. You should complete ALL contextos and estructura sections (tutorials and assignments), and study the content before taking the lesson quiz/Prueba. You will be allowed 45 minutes for the Lesson Quiz. If you submit your answers past that time limit, they will not be graded. Use the floating accent toolbar for fill-in-the-blank sections when necessary. An answer will not be considered “correct” by the computer unless it is correctly entered (correctly spelled with any accent marks or special characters, such as ñ, as well as spaces between words). Review your answers carefully before submitting them. This quiz is graded by the computer. This means that you must enter the answers 100% accurately. If you are unsure of spelling or accent marks, look them up before submitting. Be sure to study the grammar review notes for each lesson in the iCollege module(s). Be sure to read the instructions carefully for each section of the quiz. You only have one attempt for this quiz. Remember to keep track of your time on this quiz. The Supersite does not have a running clock.

PARTICIPATION IN ICOLLEGE DISCUSSIONS (WRITTEN):

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FINAL EXAM:

The final exam is comprehensive (the final will be over all five lessons). Your assignment completion will prepare you for this. It is mandatory. The final exam is not a lesson quiz, and cannot be dropped. If you miss it, you will receive a zero for it. Review sheets will be posted for the final in iCollege in the same module with the exam. You will take it in iCollege by the deadline of the learning module in which it appears. You will have 4 days in which to complete the Final. No make-ups are allowed. You are allowed one attempt for this exam, and you must complete the attempt in the same sitting in which you begin it.


Instructions on getting set up to do assignments in the Supersite and on using the Supersite are in the first week’s learning module (“Orientation”) in iCollege.

If you experience technical difficulties while in the Supersite, you’ll need to contact tech support: 1-800-248-2813, or go to www.support.vhlcentral.com


Assignments

A student must complete online assignments by the deadlines. All of these assignments are to be done online at www.vhlcentral.com through the Practice and WebSAM tabs. This website requires certain computer settings, browser settings/versions, etc. Whether late work is allowed (and at what penalty) is your instructor’s decision. He/she will let you know. There may be some assignments that are checked for completion and effort instead of accuracy and others that are graded for accuracy. You will have 4 attempts on most assignments. I will drop your lowest chapter assignment (total) score. If you do miss a chapter by its deadline, it is best to do those assignments before testing or moving on to the next chapter (even if your instructor does not accept late work) because each chapter builds on the previous one. It is important that you not fall behind. Assignments are automatically given a time stamp online and the time you complete the assignments will show on my screen. If your own computer is not functioning, you may use an open computer lab for free at any GPC campus. Personal computer failure/internet trouble is not considered a valid excuse for not having the assignments completed on time; you should not wait until the last possible opportunity to begin work on your assignments.


Remember that high-speed access is suggested for the websites we use.


After you have created an account, you will log in at www.vhlcentral.com with your username and password. You will see each lessonlección listed at the left. When you click on each lección/lesson, you will see the various sections (like “contextos”, “estructura,” etc.) For each lección/lesson you will have a variety of exercise types that can be accessed through the tabs in the top center Tutorials, Practice, WebSAM, Assessments). You’ll have tutorials that teach you the content. These are critical for online students as they give you the same kind of content presentation and grammar explanations that you’d receive in a live course. While you will not submit answers for tutorials, you should go through all of the tutorials for the sections where they are provided before doing your assignments. When doing your assignments, you must click "submit" for each exercise that requires input in order for your work to be recorded. Also, you should do activities in sequence and not skip around.


Which assignments should I do? To see what assignments are due in each chapter, click the “Practice” and the “WebSAM” tabs in the top center of the screen and then to click on the appropriate lesson (at left). You will see due dates next to any assignments due. You will see a section at the top right (under Student Tools) that says “upcoming assignments” or “next 10 assignments due.” Note that only 10 assignments can fit in this window and that you may have more than that assigned. Always view the tabs to find out what is due when. Finally, as you are working in the vText, you will notice which activities have been assigned, but these are only SOME of the PRACTICE activities, not all for them. Also, the vText does NOT link to any WebSAM activities or assessments.


Most importantly, before linking to and completing any assignments, WATCH THE TUTORIALS (Tutorials tab) for each section in which work is assigned and READ THE CONTENT in the Vistas text or in the vText for each section in which work is assigned.


NOTE: Although you may have assignments from many different sections, the sections that you will need to study for the lección/chapter quizzes and the final exam are the “contextos” and “estructura” sections.



FIRST-DAY NOTES FROM YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Welcome to Elementary Spanish II! The online "classroom" can be somewhat confusing at first. This "Getting Started" page will help you understand what to do first, whom to contact if you need help, and how the online environment works.

What to do First

  • Take the No Show Quiz
  • Take the Course Placement Statement Quiz
  • Read this file carefully.
  • Read the Syllabus carefully.
  • Print the Schedule.
  • Complete the Orientation Unit.

Who to Contact for Help

How the Online Environment Works

Schedule & Deadlines

IMPORTANT REMINDER: This is not a self-paced, open-ended course. I recommend that you print a copy of the schedule and mark your calendar with the lesson due dates. As noted in the syllabus, late work is not accepted. You must follow the schedule deadlines carefully.

My Expectations of You

  • Read all of the course information carefully.
  • Check for News items (the new equivalent of announcements) in iCollege on a regular basis (at least every other day).
  • Keep up with the course schedule and deadlines.
  • Submit all assignments on time.
  • Participate in the unit discussions weekly--they are our "classroom" and the only place to practice "speaking" Spanish together.
  • Let me know when you experience any problems so that I may have a chance to assist you.
  • Notify me whenever your contact information changes: e-mail, phone, etc.
  • Do not disappear: you may contact me via iCollege email, voicemail and gpc email.
  • Monitor your grades in iCollege and notify me of any dispute in a timely manner viaiCollege e-mail.
  • Maintain honesty and respect toward your classmates and toward me.

What You Can Expect of Me

  • Quick responses to your e-mail inquiries (within 24 hours Monday through Friday).
  • Frequent participation in the unit discussion areas.
  • Help on any assignment (when questions are emailed at least 24 hours before the due date).
  • Assignments will be graded within 7 days of the due date.
  • Concern for your success in this course.
  • A willingness to work with you within the requirements of the course.
  • Respect for you and your ideas in return for the respect accorded to me and to others.

News

Every time you start the class, check for any new News items on the Course Home page.

Course Materials

You should already have your textbook and materials for this course. If so, please check NOW to be sure you have the correct text! Check the title and info against your course Syllabus. Remember to check not just your main textbook, but also any other required or recommended books or supplies.

If you have not yet ordered your textbook, contact the GPC Online BookstoreIMMEDIATELY and order your materials. The bookstore site and your Syllabus outline exactly what materials you need. You must request and pay for next-day or second-day air in order to avoid getting behind in your course.

Computer Access Considerations

To complete this course, you will need regular access to a computer from which you can get to the Internet. In order to ensure that your course functions properly, you may want to run the Browser Checker located under "New Users" on the iCollege log-in page athttp://www.usg.edu/usgweb/d2lchecker/

Plug-ins and Extras

Any plug-ins that are required for your course are listed in the Start Here module in the Content area. You should find the download information for any of the necessary plug-ins under Required Plug-ins.

Using E-mail

You will use your iCollege's internal mail tool for this course. Also, I have provided you with an external email address (on the Syllabus under Instructor Information). Use this email address if you are unable to contact me using the internal email tool. For help using this tool, refer to your course's Help feature in the toolbar at the top right. Be sure to check your iCollege email regularly.

If you use my external email address for an emergency, be sure to include your name, the name and section of your course, and the topic of your message in the subject line.


College Policies

ATTENDANCE: A student must log in to iCollege within the No Show Attendance period (usually the first week of class), and he/she must complete the No Show Quiz before any of the other course materials will become available. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students log in to iCollege the first day of class so as not to miss any important announcements. If you do not log in during this period, you will be dropped from class as a “No Show.” If you cannot access iCollege, notify your instructor immediately so that you are not dropped from the class.


COLLEGE POLICY ON CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM: Honesty: Cheating is against school policy. Cheating includes any attempt to defraud, deceive, or mislead me, your instructor, in arriving at an honest grade assessment, and may include copying answers from other students or using unauthorized notes during tests. Plagiarism is a particular form of cheating that involves presenting as one's own the ideas or work of another, and may include using other people's ideas without proper attribution, quoting from other’s work without indicating that it is a direct quote (even if attribution is made) and submitting another person's work as your own. Copying material from the internet and presenting it as your own work without noting the author and source is plagiarism. Violations of the cheating policy will result in a grade of '0' for the assignment in question and a referral for violation of the Student Conduct Code, and may result in a failing grade for the course at my discretion. See the Student Conduct Code in the Student Handbook for details and for a review of the appeals procedure. http://www.gpc.edu/~acadaff/publications/StudentHandbook.pdf


DISABILITY SERVICES: Accommodations are individualized and flexible based on the nature and impact of a disability and the educational environment. Documentation of a disability from an appropriate professional is required. Contact a counselor at 678-407-5146. (see Student Handbook p. 10). It is the policy and practice of GPC to make all Web information accessible to students with disabilities. If you, as a student with a disability, have difficulty accessing any part of the online course materials for this class, please notify the instructor immediately.


THE REGENTS’ TEST: The University System of Georgia requires each student to pass both parts (reading and essay) of the Regents’ test before you earn 45 hours of college credit. If you don’t, if you accumulate 45 hours without passing the test, you must take the 3-credit Regents’ Prep class (Essay = RGTE 0199 or Reading = RGTR 0198) in either or both parts of the test you haven’t passed, even if you have never taken the test. Note: If students have not already passed English 1101, they are strongly advised to register for English 1101 with the Regents' Test. You will find further information about the Regents’ Test at http://www.gpc.edu/~acadaff/cat/Academic_Regents.html


GPC NETWORK USE POLICY: Please read information found at the link below concerning your rights, responsibilities, and restrictions regarding use of the GPC network. http://depts.gpc.edu/governance/policies/New500/507.pdf

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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS, TECH SUPPORT AND COMPUTER EXPERIENCE:

For this class you will need to have the following computer experience: using a word processing program, navigating web browsers and websites, using iCollege (at http://icollege.gpc.edu ) and using the Supersite (www.vhlcentral.com ).


You will find the online orientation to iCollege at the link below. It is vital that you do this orientation if this is your first time using iCollege.

http://depts.gpc.edu/icollege/d2l/orientation/student_orientation_updated_0411.html


Also, you should check your browser at:

http://www.usg.edu/usgweb/d2lchecker/


Should you have technical difficulties with iCollege during this course, please visit:

http://www.gpc.edu/online/content/currentstudents/student-success-backpack#.Uf6Xr5Yo6M8


You will also need to become familiar with using Supersite (our online book and resources for this course). The Supersite contains demos under “Help/Resources” in the right-hand column under “Student Tools.” If you have technical difficulties with the Supersite during this course, please visit: www.support.vhlcentral.com or call 1-800-248-2813.


If you experience computer problems that are not related to either iCollege or using theSupersite, contact your computer manufacturer (such as HP or Dell).

You will need frequent access to the internet as ALL of the coursework is done online. You will have a physical companion for offline study, but all else is done while connected to the internet. While online, you will need to allow pop-ups from the two sites we use for the course (at http://icollege.gpc.edu and http://www.vhlcentral.com ). You may use the GPC open computer labs. Keep in mind that you will need to bring a headset for listening activities so as not to disturb others in the lab (the same is recommended for library/learning resource computers). For the recording activities, you must be in a place where you can speak aloud into your microphone.


Your computer will need internet access (high-speed HIGHLY recommended), a sound card, either speakers or a headset for listening activities, an inexpensive computer microphone (either built-in or purchased separately for around $10-15). You will NOT need a special Spanish keyboard or a Spanish language bar plug-in. If you need special accented characters, they will be provided to you in such a way that you can insert them or copy and paste them.


To use the Supersite to its best advantage, you must have the appropriate software, plug-ins, and network connection. Please take the time to read through the following and to download the following software, if you do not have it installed already.


INTERNET ACCESS

• High-speed Connection (256 Kbps) recommended

OPERATING SYSTEM AND BROWSERS

WINDOWS 98, NT, 2000, ME, XP, and Vista

• Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

• Firefox 1.0.7 or higher

Cookies must be enabled

Java must be installed & enabled, and kept up to date.

MAC OS X (10+)

• Firefox 1.0 or higher

• Safari 1.2 x or higher

Cookies must be enabled

Java must be installed & enabled

MAC OS 9 (Classic Mode)

• Internet Explorer 5.1

• Mozilla 1.0 or higher

Cookies must be enabled

Java must be installed & enabled

BROWSER SETTINGS

• Adjust Pop-up Blockers to allow pop-ups from www.vhlcentral.com

• Cookies must be enabled

• JavaScript must be enabled