The management regrets to inform you . . .

Due to others work flows, no late assignments can be accepted for assignments designated “Submission,” or “Provide Helpful Feedback,” (see schedule for assignment descriptions) therefore students submitting late will receive a grade of 59%. Other late work must meet requirements, will not be commented on, and will receive a maximum grade of 60%.

Please make sure to post links well in advance of due date time due to technical issues. Double check by refreshing pages to make sure work has been submitted. Learning management systems are very bad at stopping an upload half way through so checking is a must.

I will use e-mail to communicate important information about the class. Make sure your most used email account is working or link notifications to your phone in the best way for you. I’m usually pretty good at getting back to student’s quickly but I don’t check my work email on the weekend (and you wouldn’t either).

All your work in this class is public. Please don’t write things you wish to remain private.

If an assignment is lost or missing, you must provide another copy no matter whose fault it is (so keep backups of everything!).

Technology breakdowns happen. Be flexible (don’t freak out if our learning management site goes down) and aware (backup your files–try Dropbox–and use anti-virus software) in order to keep our stress level as low as possible.

There is no attendance requirement for this course.

Technology Requirements 

This course may require specific technologies to complete coursework. NC State’s Online and Distance Education provides additional technology requirements and recommendations for computer hardware that you may find useful. If you need access to additional technological support, please see the NC State Libraries Technology Lending program.

Specific Technologies Used In the Classroom

Specific technologies that will be used in this course may include Moodle, Zoom, Mediasite, Top Hat, Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor, and other vendor tools/technologies. 

  • Computer and reliable Internet access with adequate bandwidth for usability interviews
  • Web camera, headphones, and microphone

Minimum Computer and Digital Literacy Skills

  • Obtain regular access to a reliable internet connection 
  • Proficient typing and word processing skills (MS Word, text editors, Google Docs)
  • Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.
  • Download and upload attachments
  • Knowledge of copy/paste and use of spell check
  • Use computer networks to locate and store files or data
  • Internet skills and the ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases. Visit Distance Learning Services at NC State Libraries for more information.
  • Properly cite information sources using MLA or APA format
  • Proper username and password management of online applications

Disability Statement

The NCSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course must contact the me at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations. I have found that I can reasonably work with most folks for accommodations that work with their needs. I am uncomfortable requiring documentation but should you need it for other classes students who need accommodations can be registered with Student Disability Services, Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407) 823-2116.


This course may contain copyright protected materials such as audio or video clips, images, text materials, etc. These items are being used with regard to the Fair Use doctrine in order to add value to the learning environment. Please do not copy, duplicate, download or distribute these items. The use of these materials is strictly reserved for this online classroom environment and your use only. All copyright materials are credited to the copyright holder.

Third-Party Software and FERPA

During this course you might have the opportunity to use public online services and/or software applications sometimes called third-party software such as a blog or wiki. While some of these could be required assignments, you need not make any personally identifying information on a public site. Do not post or provide any private information about yourself or your classmates. Where appropriate you may use a pseudonym or nickname. Some written assignments posted publicly may require personal reflection/comments, but the assignments will not require you to disclose any personally identity-sensitive information. If you have any concerns about this, please contact me.


As the Council of Writing Program Administrators puts it, “Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately passes off another’s words or ideas without acknowledging their source. For example, turning another’s work as your own is plagiarism.” Don’t do this. If you plagiarize in this class, you will likely fail the class and your case may be passed to the university for additional disciplinary action. (Taken from Steve Krause’s blog. See how easy that is?)

Drop/Add Policy

A few important aspects to be aware of regarding the drop/add policy are the following:

  • All course drops or full semester withdrawals made after the 10th business day of the semester (Census Day) will be recorded on the transcript with a “W” grade.
  • Students may not drop a course after Census Day if it will result in a course load of less than 12 hours (shifting from full-time to part-time).
  • Students are now limited in the course drops permitted after Census Day. Students may drop individual courses without verified extenuating circumstances between Week 2 to Week 8 within a limit of 16 hours total throughout the entire undergraduate career at NC State.

Student Mental and Material Resources

Student Ombuds:
The Student Ombuds is a confidential resource (to the extent allowable by law), that provides a sounding board to discuss concerns related to your university experience – be they academic, personal or interpersonal, if it is important to you, it is an issue you can discuss with the Ombuds.  The Student Ombuds provides information, discusses university policies and procedures, and helps students navigate their time at NC State.  You can learn more about Student Ombuds Services and schedule an appointment by visiting ombuds.ncsu.edu/
Food & Housing Insecurity:
Any student who faces challenges securing food and/or housing or has other financial challenges and believes this may affect their performance in this course is encouraged to notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. Alternatively, you can learn more about the Pack Essentials program and available resources by visiting https://dasa.ncsu.edu/pack-essentials/

N.C. State University Polices, Regulations, and Rules (PRR):

Students are responsible for reviewing the PRRs which pertain to their course rights and responsibilities. These include Equal Opportunity and No Discrimination Policy Statement, Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Code of Student Conduct, and Grades and Grade Point Average

Citation/Documentation Style:

We will be using APA style citation.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health measures continue to be implemented across campus.  Students should stay current with these practices and expectations through the Protect the Pack website (https://www.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/). The sections below provide expectations and conduct related to COVID-19 issues.

Health and Participation in Class

We are most concerned about your health and the health of your classmates and instructors/TAs.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, or are told by a healthcare provider that you are presumed positive for the virus,you should not attend any hybrid or face-to-face (F2F) classes and work with your instructor on any adjustments necessary; also follow other university guidelines, including self reporting (Coronavirus Self Reporting):  Self-reporting is not only to help provide support to you, but also to assist in contact tracing for containing the spread of the virus.
  • If you feel unwell, even if you have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19, please do not come to a F2F class or activity.
  • If you are in quarantine, have been notified that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or have a personal or family situation related to COVID-19 that prevents you from attending this course in person (or synchronously), please connect with your instructor to make alternative plans, as necessary.
  • If you need to make a request for an academic consideration related to COVID-19, such as a discussion about possible options for remote learning, please talk with your instructor.

Health and Well-Being Resources

These are difficult times, and academic and personal stress are natural results. Everyone is encouraged to take care of themselves and their peers. If you need additional support, there are many resources on campus to help you:

  • Counseling Center (NCSU Counseling Center)
  • Student Health Services (Health Services | Student)
  • If the personal behavior of a classmate concerns or worries you, either for the classmate’s well-being or yours, we encourage you to report this behavior to the NC State CARES team: (Share a Concern).
  • If you or someone you know are experiencing food, housing or financial insecurity, please see the Pack Essentials Program (Pack Essentials).

Community Standards related to COVID-19

Please see the community standards (which have been updated for 2021) and Rule 04.21.01 regarding Personal Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19  RUL 04.21.01 – Personal Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19 – Policies, Regulations & Rules

Course Expectations Related to COVID-19:

  • Face Coverings: All members of the NC State academic community are expected to follow all university policies and guidelines, including the Personal Safety Rule and community standards, for the use of face coverings. Face coverings are required in instructional spaces. Face coverings should be worn to cover the nose and mouth and be close fitting to the face with minimal gaps on the sides.
  • Course Attendance: NC State attendance policies can be found at: REG 02.20.03 – Attendance Regulations – Policies, Regulations & Rules.  Please refer to the course’s attendance, absence, and deadline policies for additional details. If you are quarantined or otherwise need to miss class because you have been advised that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should not be penalized regarding attendance or class participation. However, you will be expected to develop a plan to keep up with your coursework during any such absences.  If you become ill with COVID-19, you should follow the steps outlined in the health and participation section above. COVID 19-related absences will be considered excused; documentation need only involve communication with your instructor.
  • Technology Requirements: This course may require particular technologies to complete coursework.  Be sure to review the syllabus for these expectations, and see the syllabus technical requirements for your course. If you need access to additional technological support, please contact  the Libraries’ Technology Lending Service:  (Technology Lending).

Course Delivery Changes Related to COVID-19

Please be aware that the situation regarding COVID-19 is frequently changing, and the delivery mode of this course could change accordingly, including from in-person to remote.  Regardless of the delivery method, we will strive to provide a high-quality learning experience.

Need Help?

If you find yourself in a place where you need help, academically or otherwise, please review these Step-by-Step Help Topics. (Insert information or links for college or departmental level support programs, if available.)