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eTROY


***Master Course Syllabus***

ASL 1141 - American Sign Language I

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For course syllabus posted prior to the beginning of the term, the instructor reserves the right to make minor changes prior to or during the term. The instructor will notify students, via e-mail or Blackboard announcement, when changes are made in the requirements and/or grading of the course.



eTROY Courses at Troy University

All eTROY courses at Troy University utilize the Blackboard Learning System. In every eTROY course, students should read all information presented in the Blackboard course site and should periodically check for updates-at least every 48 hours. Remember: This is not a 'correspondence course' in which a student may work at his/her own pace. Each week there are assignments, online discussions, online activities and/or exams with due dates. Refer to the schedule at the end of the syllabus for more information.



Instructor Information

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Instructor Education

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Course Description

This is the initial course in the four-course sign language developmental sequence which exposes students to the grammatical, syntactical, and lexical proficiencies in American Sign Language at a survival level and is designated for students who have had no previous knowledge of sign language. Deaf lecturers will introduce rules of social interaction in the Deaf community.



Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to accomplish the following aspects of American Sign Language:

• Identify and produce targeted vocabulary.

• Execute correct sign production in the four parameters.

• Formulate appropriate communication strategies.

• Apply ASL grammatical principles.

• Produce signed communication at a survival level

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to accomplish the following aspects of American Sign Language:

• Identify and produce targeted vocabulary.

• Execute correct sign production in the four parameters.

• Formulate appropriate communication strategies.

• Apply ASL grammatical principles.

• Produce signed communication at a survival level

Course Prerequisites

Students are expected to be proficient with using proper English grammar and writing skills.



Course Topics

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION AND EVALUATION:

The method of presentation will be textbook review, lecture, homework, examinations, quizzes, and so forth.

Occasionally, this course is a distance learning course.

It is not a correspondence course in which students may work at his/her own pace.

Each week there will be assignments, online learning activities, and/or examinations with due dates.

Students are required to keep track of which assignments are due and when they are due.

Students are to have access to and utilize, according to the course instructor’s instructions, the technology listed in this syllabus.



Specific Course Requirements

LANGUAGE, INTERPRETING, AND CULTURAL FIELD EXPERIENCE:

During the course of the semester, students are expected to participate in at least 12 hours of language, interpreting, and cultural observations and experiences to supplement the coursework.

These hours are actual observation and participation times and do not include travel times.

Observation and participation hours are to be unique.

For those enrolled in more than one course in the ASL and ITP/EDU courses, 12 hours must be participated in for each course enrolled.

Additionally, other ASL/ITP courses and coursework does not qualify as observation hours.

A maximum of 4 of the 12 hours may be conducted in either the online or on campus Language Lab working with the Language Lab Mentor.

At least 6 of these hours may be arranged or recommended by your instructor.

An additional 6 hours may be suggested by the student, with the instructor's approval.

Students will be required to provide evidence of participation, signatures of presenters on an official program, certificates of completion, and so forth.

These hours count toward 10% of the final grade.

LIVETEXT PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT:

At the completion of the Interpreter Training Program, as a final grade in the Internship courses, all students will be required to submit a portfolio of the work done throughout the Interpreter Training Program evidencing mastery of the competencies in each of the classes.

For that reason, major assignments and best work samples completed in the ITP should be archived.

What is considered a "major" assignment or "best" work samples will be left to the discretion of each student.

The submission of the Portfolio in the Internship classes will consist of 25% of the final grade for these two courses.

Research Component

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Entrance Competencies

***Insert a description of any special skills students need to perform well in the class. ***



Required Textbooks

• Signing Naturally Workbook Units 1-6, Author: Cheri Smith / Ella Mae Lentz / Ken Mikos, ISBN: 978-1-58121-210-5, Publisher: Dawn Sign Press • Logitech Webcam - Model Number: C500 - 1.3 Megapixels • FREE Video Analysis software: http://www.lat-mpi.eu/tools/elan/download • A TROY e-mail account that you can access on a regular basis. • E-mail software capable of sending and receiving attached files.

The textbook provider for the eTROY of Troy University is MBS Direct. The Web site for textbook purchases is http://www.mbsdirect.net/Index.htm .

Students should have their textbook by the first week of class. Not having your textbook is not an acceptable excuse for late work. Students who add this course late should refer to the 'Late Registration' section for further guidance.



Supplementary Materials

Required Technology:

• One of the following players: Quick Time Player/Real Player/Media Player

• Adobe Player

• Web Cam

• A microphone system

• DVD player

• PowerPoint Software

• Access to the internet with a high speed cable internet access.

• A personal computer capable of running Netscape Navigator 7.0 or better, Internet Explorer 6.0 or better, or a current version of Mozilla Firefox.

• Microsoft WORD Software (NO Microsoft Works, NO WordPad, NO WordPerfect)

• Virus protection software

• A video camera or a webcam with recording capabilities

Attendance Policy

In addition to interaction via Blackboard and e-mail contact, students are required to contact the instructor via e-mail or telephone by the first day of the term for an initial briefing. Although physical class meetings are not part of this course, participation in all interactive, learning activities is required.



Submitting Assignments

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Make-Up Work Policy

Missing any part of this schedule may prevent completion of the course. If you foresee difficulty of any type (i.e., an illness, employment change, etc.) which may prevent completion of this course, notify the instructor as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in failure for an assignment and/or failure of the course. (See "Attendance" Policy.) If I have not heard from you by the deadline dates for assignments, exams, or forums, no make-up work will be allowed (unless extraordinary circumstances exist, such as hospitalization). Requests for extensions must be made in advance and accompanied by appropriate written documentation. "Computer problems" is not an acceptable excuse.



Method of Evaluation

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Examination Schedule and Instructions

***Insert your plan for giving examinations, including dates (or refer students to schedule at end of syllabus), type of tests administered (proctored or not proctored, open or closed book, multiple choice or essay, time limits and policies, etc. Example follows:

• The exams will be multiple-choice.

• They will be available for a specific time period. See the Course Schedule in the back of this syllabus for the dates during which time the exams will be available.

• The exams will be delivered online via Blackboard. They will be found in the Assignments section. The exams will be timed. Points will be deducted if the student overruns the time limit for the exam. See the exam instructions for the time limit and how the overrun deductions are calculated. ***

Late Registration

Students who register during the first week of the term, during late registration, will already be one week behind. Students who fall into this category are expected to catch up with all of Week #1 and Week #2's work by the end of Week #2. No exceptions, since two weeks constitutes a significant percentage of the term's lessons. Students who do not feel they can meet this deadline should not enroll in the class. If they have registered, they should see their registrar, academic adviser, GoArmyEd or Military Education officer to discuss their options. Also note that late registration may mean you do not receive your book in time to make up the work you missed in Week #1. Not having your book on the first day of class is not an excuse for late work after the deadlines in the Course Schedule.



Incomplete Grade Policy

Missing any part of the Course Schedule may prevent completion of the course. If circumstances will prevent the student from completing the course by the end of the term, the student should complete a request for an incomplete grade. Note: A grade of incomplete or 'INC' is not automatically assigned to students, but rather must be requested by the student by submitting a Petition for and Work to Remove an Incomplete Grade Form. Requests for an incomplete grade must be made on or before the date of the final assignment or test of the term. The form will not be available after the last day of the term. A grade of 'INC' does not replace an 'F' and will not be awarded for excessive absences. An 'INC' will only be awarded to student presenting a valid case for the inability to complete coursework by the conclusion of the term. It is ultimately the instructor's decision to grant or deny a request for an incomplete grade, subject to the policy rules below.

Policy/Rules for granting an Incomplete (INC):

• An incomplete cannot be issued without a request from the student. To qualify for an incomplete, the student must:

1.) Have completed over 50% of the course material and have a documented reason for requesting incomplete (50% means all assignments/exams up to and including the mid-term point, test, and/or assignments.)

2.) Be passing the course at the time of their request.

• If both of the above criteria are not met an incomplete cannot be granted.

• An INC is not a substitute for an 'F'. If a student has earned an 'F' by not submitting all the work or by receiving an overall 'F' average, then the 'F' stands.



Troy Email

All students were required to obtain and use the TROY email address that is automatically assigned to them as TROY students. All official correspondence (including bills, statements, emails from instructors and grades, etc.) will be sent ONLY to the troy.edu (@troy.edu) address.



All students are responsible for ensuring that the correct email address is listed in Blackboard by the beginning of Week One. Email is the only way the instructor can, at least initially, communicate with you. It is your responsibility to make sure a valid email address is provided. Failure on your part to do so can result in your missing important information that could affect your grade.

Your troy.edu email address is the same as your Web Express user ID following by @troy.edu. Students are responsible for the information that is sent to their TROY email account. You can get to your email account by logging onto the course and clicking 'Email Login'. You will be able to forward your TROY email to your GoArmyEd account. You must first access your TROY email account through the TROY email link found on the Web site. After you log in to your TROY email account, click on 'options' on the left hand side of the page. Then click on 'Forwarding'. This will enable you to set up the email address to which you will forward your email.



Internet Access

This is an online class. Students must have access to a working computer and access to the Internet. Students can use a TROY computer lab (if available), a public library, etc., to insure they have access. 'Not having a computer' or 'computer crashes' are not acceptable excuses for late work. Have a back-up plan in place in case you have computer problems.



COURSE SCHEDULE

***Include a weekly listing here of reading and other assignments due, including examinations and paper or other homework assigned. REPLACE THE EXAMPLE BELOW WITH YOUR OWN SCHEDULE.

EXAMPLE SCHEDULE

Dates

Assignments

Week 1

Review course requirements and APA Guidelines

Post Biography in Discussion board

Read introduction of how to do project and Chapters 1,2 & 3 from text

Come up with a topic to research and submit to instructor



Week 2

Chapters 4 & 5

Work on the theory of research project and send to instructor for approval

Take quiz #1


Week 3

Chapters 6 & 7

Take Quiz #2

Work on the sampling procedure of research project and send to instructor for approval


Week 4

Chapters 8 & 9

Take Quiz #3

Work on cover letter of research project and send to instructor for approval


Week 5

Chapters 10 & 11

Midterm Exam

Work on literature reviews of research project and send to instructor for approval


Week 6

Chapter 12

Take Quiz #4

Work on data analysis of research project and send to instructor for approval


Week 7

Quiz #5 and optional quiz #6

Final Project due for review by instructor (optional)



Week 8

Research project due (five pts off per day late fee)

Week 9

Final Exam

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Student Expectation Statement

As an online learner with Troy University you are expected to:



Meet all appropriate deadlines - from the application process to the course assignment deadlines to preparing for graduation there are deadlines every step of the way that have been established to make the process easier for students to achieve their goals. It is the student's responsibility to meet all appropriate deadlines. Routinely review the eTROY Academic Calendar and adhere to the deadlines. Start with completing your official application documents within the first term to meeting graduation intent deadlines.

Use your Troy email - the Troy University email is your official notification for all that goes on with your online program and events and notices related to the University.

Be sure to read your email and keep all correspondence with Troy staff and faculty for future reference.

Go through the orientation - the orientation for both undergraduate and graduate online learners has been designed to assist students to have a successful educational experience with their online programs. Information on how to access Blackboard and other learning tools are included in the orientation along with valuable resources on how to learn in the online environment.

Make sure that your computer meets the technical requirements and that you have adequate Internet connection. Students must have access to a working computer that they have administrator rights on and access to the Internet. Students can use University computer labs, a public library, etc. to access the Internet but some courses may require the ability to download course related software.

Make sure you are ready for online learning - eTROY works on nine week terms. Does your learning style match an accelerate course pace? Do you have the time to dedicate to an interactive course? eTROY courses are not self-paced courses, you must meet all the timelines established by the instructor and participate in all activities assigned. Read your academic catalog - your academic catalog is your 'bible' for your online degree program. Please familiarize yourself with your degree program. The undergraduate and graduate catalogs can be found online at http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/ . Pay close attention to admission requirements and prerequisite courses. Know the requirements for your degree plan. If you have questions your academic counselor will assist you.

Access your degree program - a link is available for students to view all degree requirements, prerequisites, major requirements and minors, if applicable.

Be sure to read and follow your syllabus.

Be sure to register during the registration timeframes - There are four weeks of registration for each term. Register early and order your books. eTROY runs on nine week terms. Waiting until the first week of classes to register and order books is too late. It is the online learners' responsibility to be prepared for the first day of the term. eTROY students are required to order their textbooks through MBS Direct to insure the student has the proper materials for the course. The link to order textbooks from MBS is http://www.mbsdirect.net/Index.htm . eTROY is not responsible for issues regarding textbooks that have not been ordered through MBS Direct.

Work with your instructor - while in an online course the online learners are expected to work with the faculty who teach the course when questions arise related to the course and the grades. The staff cannot 'fix a grade'. Once the course is completed for a grade and there are still issues, there are appropriate procedures that online learners must follow to address their concerns.

Be courteous, polite and respectful - to faculty, staff and fellow students. Inappropriate behaviors and comments will not be tolerated.

Be ethical in your coursework - Cheating, plagiarism, and other such behaviors will not be tolerated at Troy University. Specific penalties will be determined by the faculty and the consequences will adhere to Troy University policy.

Notify the University re: American with Disability Act - Eligible students, with appropriate documentation, will be provided equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic skills and potential through the provision of academic adaptations and reasonable accommodations. Further information can be found at http://www.troy.edu/etroy/studentservices/adaptiveneeds.htm .

eTROY Policies and Procedures Revised June 2012

eTROY COURSES AT TROY UNIVERSITY - All eTROY courses at Troy University utilize Blackboard Learning System. In every eTROY course, students should read all information presented in the Blackboard course site and should periodically check for updates-at least every 48 hours.

Troy E - mail - All students were required to obtain and use the TROY e-mail address that is automatically assigned to them as TROY students. All official correspondence (including bills, statements, e-mails from instructors and grades, etc.) will be sent ONLY to the troy.edu (@troy.edu) address.

All students are responsible for ensuring that the correct e-mail address is listed in Blackboard by the beginning of Week #1. E-mail is the only way the instructor can, at least initially, communicate with you. It is your responsibility to make sure a valid e-mail address is provided. Failure on your part to do so can result in your missing important information that could affect your grade.

Your troy.edu e-mail address is the same as your Web Express user ID following by @troy.edu. Students are responsible for the information that is sent to their TROY e-mail account. You can get to your e-mail account by logging onto the course and clicking 'E-mail Login'. You will be able to forward your TROY e-mail to your GoArmyEd e-mail account if applicable. You must first access your TROY e-mail account through the TROY e-mail link found on the Web site. After you log in to your TROY e-mail account, click on 'options' on the left hand side of the page. Then click on 'forwarding.' This will enable you to set up the e-mail address to which you will forward your e-mail.

STUDENT/FACULTY INTERACTION - Interaction will take place via e-mail, telephone, discussion board forums, comments on written assignments and office visits (if needed and possible).

• The student will participate in this course by following the guidelines of this syllabus and any additional information provided by the instructor, the eTROY center at Troy University, or Troy University itself.

• The student is expected to remain in regular contact with the instructor and class via e-mail or other communications means, by participating in the discussion forums, submitting assignments and taking exams, all in a timely fashion.

• TROY requires instructors to respond to students' e-mail within 24 hours Mon-Thur, and 48 hours Fri-Sun.



TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS - Students must have:

• A reliable working computer that runs Windows XP or Windows Vista.

• A TROY e-mail account that you can access on a regular basis (see 'TROY e-mail' above)

• E-mail software capable of sending and receiving attached files.

• Access to the Internet with a 56.6 kb modem or better. (High speed connection such as cable or DSL preferred)

• A personal computer capable of running Netscape Navigator 7.0 or above, Internet Explorer 6.0 or above or current versions of Firefox or Mozilla. Students who use older browser versions will have compatibility problems with Blackboard.

• Microsoft WORD software. (I cannot grade anything I cannot open! This means NO MS-Works, NO WordPad, NO WordPerfect)

• Virus protection software, installed and active, to prevent the spread of viruses via the Internet and e-mail. It should be continually updated! Virus protection is provided to all Troy students free of charge. Click on the following link https://it.troy.edu/downloads/virussoftware.htm and then supply your e-mail username and password to download the virus software.



TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER - If you experience technical problems, you should contact the Blackboard Online Support Center. If you can log onto the course simply look at the top of the page. You will see an icon entitled, 'Need Help?' If you click on this icon, you will see the information below. For assistance with Blackboard, Wimba, Remote Proctor, and other online tools, please go to http://helpdesk.troy.edu/ and submit a ticket. The Educational Technology team is available 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week to support your technical needs. For instructions on submitting a ticket, please click here http://it.troy.edu/helpdesk/guide/helpdesk_instructions.html

NON-HARASSMENT, HOSTILE WORK/CLASS ENVIRONMENT - Troy University expects students to treat fellow students, their instructors, other TROY faculty, and staff as adults and with respect. No form of 'hostile environment' or 'harassment' will be tolerated by any student or employee.

ADAPTIVE NEEDS (ADA) - Troy University recognizes the importance of equal access for all students. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University and its Adaptive Needs Program seeks to ensure that admission, academic programs, support services, student activities, and campus facilities are accessible to and usable by students who document a qualifying disability with the University.

Reasonable accommodations are available to students who:

• are otherwise qualified for admission to the University

• identify themselves to appropriate University personnel

• provide acceptable and qualifying documentation to the University.

Each student must provide recent documentation of his or her disability in order to participate in the Adaptive Needs Program. Please visit the Adaptive Needs Website @ http://www.troy.edu/etroy/studentservices/adaptiveneeds.htm to complete the necessary procedure and forms. This should be accomplished before the beginning of class.



HONESTY AND PLAGIARISM - Plagiarism is academic dishonesty and is an unacceptable activity at Troy University. Based on United States law, words and ideas are intellectual property and are protected from theft.

Defining Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas or work as your own original ideas or work. Plagiarism encompasses many things, and is by far the most common manifestation of academic fraud. For example, copying a passage straight from a book, a website, or any other source into a paper without using quotation marks and explicitly citing the source is plagiarism. Additionally, paraphrasing is plagiarism where you fail to cite your original source and, in some cases, where you fail to use quotation marks as well. It is very important that students properly acknowledge all ideas, work, and even distinctive words or phrases that are not their own. (1)

All of the following are considered plagiarism:

• Turning in someone else's work as your own

• Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

• Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

• Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

• Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

• Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (2)

Additionally, if you download a paper from the Internet and submit it as your own work or if you submit a paper you wrote and submitted in a previous class, you have committed acts of plagiarism.

Penalties:

At Troy University, penalties for plagiarism include, but are not limited to, a reduction of grade on an assignment and/or a course as well as such sanctions as loss of student privileges, probation, suspension, and expulsion. These penalties for plagiarism are described in the Standards of Content section of The Oracle: The Troy University Student Handbook. (4)



Guidelines to Academic Honesty:

If you are unsure if an assignment is plagiarized, use the following checklist for guidance:

You need to cite the specific source(s) in your work, even if:

1. You put all direct quotes in quotation marks.

2. You changed words used by the author into synonyms.

3. You completely paraphrased the ideas to which you referred.

4. Your sentence is mostly made up of your own thoughts, but contains a reference to the author's ideas.

5. You mention the author's name in the sentence.

When in doubt, provide the proper citation to show that the ideas and materials are not your own. (3)

Academic honesty is a cornerstone of learning and should be practiced with all academic assignments.

Sources:

1. http://www.virginia.edu/honor/documents/PlagiarismSupplementFINAL.pdf

2. http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_what_is_plagiarism.html

3. http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/plagiarism

4. Oracle: Troy University Student Handbook, 2010-2011

LIBRARY Support

The Libraries of Troy University provide access to materials and services that support the academic programs. The Libraries link on the Troy University home page http://trojan.troy.edu/ can be used to access our online presence. This site provides access to the Library's Catalog and Databases, as well as to links to all Campus libraries and to online or telephone assistance provided by Troy Library staff.

FACULTY EVALUATION

In the eighth week of each term, students will be notified of the requirement to fill out a course evaluation form. These evaluations are completely anonymous and are on-line. Further information will be posted in the Announcements section in Blackboard.



HOW TO LEARN ONLINE

Troy University eTROY is designed to serve any student, anywhere in the world, who has access to the Internet. All eTROY courses are delivered through the Learning System. Blackboard helps to better simulate the traditional classroom experience with features such as Virtual Chat, Discussion Boards, and other presentation and organizational forums.

In order to be successful, you should be organized and well-motivated. You should make sure you log in to our course on Blackboard several times each week. Check all 'announcements' that have been posted. Start early in the week to complete the weekly assignment. You should also go to the Discussion Board early in the week and view the topic and question/s for the group discussion exercise. Make your 'initial' posting and participate in the discussion. Begin reviewing for the exams early in the term. Do not wait until the last minute and 'cram' for these exams. You should review the material frequently, so you will be prepared to take the exams.

eTROY CONTACT

Whether you’re experienced at taking online courses or new to distance learning, we're here to help you succeed in your online education. If you have general questions about eTROY programs, courses, policies, services or other university-wide topics, please visit the eTROY web site @ http://www.troy.edu/etroy/ ; call 1-800-414-5756, or ASK TROY.




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