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Course ID: SLC201
Title: Introduction to Linguistics
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10020

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Title: A Concise Introduction to Linguistics
Authors: Rowe and Levine
ISBN: 13-978-0-558-92055-5

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Introduction to the study of language. Study of the nature and diversity of world languages, linguistic structures and functions of language, language variation, pragmatics and the learning/acquisition of first and second languages.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Define the significance of language.
  2. Describe the principal aspects of language typology that classifies languages according to their structural features.
  3. Describe, explain and compare the structural diversity of various languages.
  4. Describe the basic differences and commonalities of various languages.
  5. Explain each one of the basic concepts of the traditional areas of linguistic structures and function of languages.
  6. Identify and differentiate the major dimensions of language variation and language change.
  7. Describe the principles of pragmatics.
  8. Define the concept of discourse analysis.
  9. Explain the similarities and differences between written and oral discourse.
  10. Describe the important aspects of language learning / acquisition.

Course Requirements

You must complete all of the course assessments that are listed in your online gradebook to be eligible for a passing grade. Check the link on your Course Section Homepage for due dates.

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 600 possible points for this course.

Assignments Points
Syllabus Quiz 10
Pre-Test 10
Written Assignments 170
Lesson Quizzes 200
Midterm Project 80
Post-Test 10
Final Essay and Project 120
Total Points 600

Grading Scale

To be eligible for a passing grade, your score on the Final Essay and Final Project must be at least 60%. In addition, the final course grade will be determined by the following scale:

540 - 600 points = A (90% - 100%)
480 - 539 points = B (80% - 89%)
420 - 479 points = C (70% - 79%)
360 - 419 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 359 points = F (0% - 59%)
420 points = P/Z cutoff score

The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points that are possible. It is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade that is higher than the grade that you have earned by your total points.


There are no in-person exams for SLC201. Please see Lesson 6 for information about the Midterm Project. Information about the Final Essay and Final Project can be found in Lessons 13 and 14. Please note that you must earn at least 60% on the Final Essay and Final Project in order to be eligible for a passing grade in the course.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,, EBSCO Image Collection, ARTstor Image Collection.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Extra Credit

There are no extra-credit assignments for this class. The scheduled assignments and exams are sufficient to test your understanding of the materials presented in the course.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn prior to the due date. You can request a due date change using the “Modify Due Dates” feature from the “Due Dates” tab in the Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Submitting Assignments

Graded assessments will be submitted online via the link that is found at the end of each lesson. Complete the assignments in order. Do not skip ahead to future lessons without successfully completing the assessments from the previous lessons.

The assessments are to be submitted only once. Resubmissions without prior instructor approval may result in a grade of zero for the assignment.

Note: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


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