||American Sign Language I
Course Section Information
Institution: Rio Salado College
Term: Summer I 2014
Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need a Webcam and microphone for recording and uploading required videotaped assignments to the Web via YouTube. You will find detailed instructions regarding how to submit the assignments within the course.
Title: Learning American Sign Language: Level I (package: includes book & DVD)**
Author: Humphries and Padden
ISBN: 9780558066567 or 9781323294758
**Rio Salado College uses the same DVD for SLG102. Be sure to keep the DVD if you plan on taking the next course so you don't have to buy it again.
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Course Description and Competencies
|Official Course Description
|Introduction of principles, methods, and techniques for communicating with deaf people who sign. Development of expressive and receptive sign skills, manual alphabet, numbers, and sign vocabulary. Overview of syntax, grammar, and culture related to American Sign Language (A.S.L.).
|Official Course Prerequisites
|None. SLG103 suggested as a corequisite but not required.
|Official Course Competencies
- Recognize the parameters of a sign--handshape, location, movement, and palm orientation.
- Recognize non-verbal communication as it relates to American Sign Language (A.S.L.).
- Apply receptive and expressive mastery of grammatical features of A.S.L.--pronouns, verbs, tense indicators, negatives, adjectives, adverbs, classifiers in specific commands, questions, and statements.
- Apply receptive and expressive mastery of targeted numbers combined with age, time, money, and plurals.
- Recognize and form the manual alphabet.
- Apply the ability to initiate, conduct, and terminate a short specificconversation in A.S.L.
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 Homepage for due dates.
Remember that this is a four credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least four hours on course content and at least eight hours on homework for a total of at least twelve hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.
Grading Procedure and Scale
There are 875 possible points for this course.
|12 Lesson Tests
|4 Vocabulary Quizzes
|4 Receptive Stories
|16 Video Assignments
|At-Home Final Exam
To pass this course, your score on the final written exam and expressive video must be at least 60%. In addition, the final course grade will be determined by the following scale:
|788 - 875 points
||A (90% - 100%)
|700 - 787 points
||B (80% - 89%)
|613 - 699 points
||C (70% - 79%)
|525 - 612 points
||D (60% - 69%)
|0 - 524 points
||F (0% - 59%)
P/Z cutoff score = 613
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.
The At-Home Final Exam is completed online on your own personal computer. The due date calendar on your course section home page lists specific dates for your exams.
Policies and Procedures:
- You must complete the final exam by the date specified on the course calendar. If you test late, your instructor may lower your grade or assign you an "F" in the course unless you have made arrangements with him/her for an extension.
- You may take your final exam early if you have completed the assignments ahead of schedule and you have your instructor's permission to do so.
- The written final exam is timed. Do not click on the final exam link on the course section homepage or in the last lesson until you are ready to begin the exam.
- The exam will ask for a password, which you will find in your RioLearn online Gradebook once you have completed your Post-Test. Click on the Post Test link on the left side of your grade book and scroll to the bottom of the feedback page to access the password.
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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 my.maricopa.edu. 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.
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