course policies


This course is conducted completely online. You are expected to participate in blogs just as you would be expected to participate in a face-to-face class. The great convenience here is that you have some flexibility with the days and times that you post to your blog. However, this course is not a self-paced course. You will be interacting with other people, including the instructor, so you are expected to stay on top of due dates for discussions. Because this course is a seminar, a large part of your course grade will be based on participation in blog posts. Responses to posts must be thoughtful and have some depth. Simply posting “I agree” or “I know what you mean” does not constitute a thoughtful post. It needs to be original and engaging.

Structure of the Course

The 16 weeks listed in the course schedule run from Monday through Sunday. Each week, you are expected to view the movie lectures (when assigned) and read the textbook chapters or other assigned readings as listed on the course schedule. For example, by Thursday, August 27, at 11:59 PM, you should have created a blog at or, read and responded to chapters 1 & 2 in Corporate Communication and the Argenti reading (available in dropbox), and created and posted your introductory movie to your blog. By the end of the day on Sunday at 11:59 PM of the first week, you should have responded to at least two of your classmate's blog responses. It is certainly not recommended that you wait until Sunday afternoon to begin completing all the requirements for a given week.


All assignments are described under the Deliverables tab. Assignments should be submitted through dropbox in your folder unless otherwise instructed. Because I use the Track Changes and Comments features, you will need to use Word to complete assignments and to see my comments.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of writing or ideas as your own by either failing or forgetting to quote, failing to paraphrase properly, or failing to document properly. In addition to any sanctions the University may wish to impose about academic honesty and plagiarism, you will receive an F on the assignment for the first offense. For the second offence you will fail the course.

Plagiarism includes but is not limited to using material from a journal or magazine article, excerpts from books, material from the web, ideas from your mother, the thoughts or work of another student, and so on, without appropriate citation. 

If you use the published, unpublished, or unwritten works or ideas of someone else, you must give proper credit to your source through correct documentation. Failure to do so, regardless of intent, will be considered plagiarism. Remember that any lectures or documents provided by the instructor are legally copyrighted material and should be treated as such.


We'll be in contact mainly through email. When receiving email, the instructor will use this as an opportunity to assess your writing and will make comments accordingly. Please try to find answers yourself in the course documents before emailing the instructor.
When corresponding with the instructor via email, please follow these procedures:

In the subject line, include "ENGL 8800 Fall 2015" followed by the subject of the posting (very important).

1. Include your full name in all emails.
2. Do not submit deliverables via e-mail unless otherwise instructed. But if for some reason you need to, attach the file to the email; do not paste the content into the message.

Saving and Naming Documents

You should submit assignments in Word format (.doc or .docx) through dropbox unless otherwise instructed. When I open your document to respond and grade, I will be saving it as a Word document in order to use track changes and comment features. You will then need to reopen it in Word in order to see/read my comments.

Name files using your last name, underscore, and the name of the project followed by the file extension. For example, if your last name is "Bridgeford," your submission for the industry report should be named "Bridgeford_industry report.doc." Documents not properly named will not be considered submitted.

Submitting Assignments

Place assignment submission files in your folder in dropbox. This procedure is especially convenient because it doesn't use up your (or the instructor’s) email account space. When I return files, I will save the document again and add my initials to the file name and save it in your folder in dropbox.

IMPORTANT: If a file is unreadable when I open it to review, I'll let you know. It is your responsibility to fix your file and resubmit it as soon as possible. While I do NOT assess late penalties for transmission difficulties, I do place these papers later in the evaluation process. You should be aware that it typically can take at least a calendar week to evaluate a set of projects (except final projects or papers).

Technology Help

As with any course that relies on technology, there will be glitches from time to time. I am more than willing to work with you when technology fails to ensure that you are able to access all the course materials and complete all the course requirements. In addition, you should not wait until the last minute to complete course requirements, so that we can deal with any technology issues that arise well before projects come due.

Please email or call me with any technology concerns. During regular university business hours, you may get an even quicker response by calling the UNO Help Desk at 554-HELP.


Students with Disabilities

Accommodations are provided for students with registered disabilities. For more information contact Services for Students with Disabilities

Kate Clark, Disability Services Coordinator
UNO Disability Services
6001 Dodge Street, EAB 117
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone (402) 554-2872, TTY (402) 554-3799, Fax (402) 554-6015


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