is a college course, so you will be busy! You have about 15 weeks to
complete many chapters and 8 written assignments or "papers".
I suggest that you print out the Course Schedule, which is the next
document in this section, and hang it by your computer. I will be opening
each module on the first day it is assigned. This is a 24 - 7 course:
available 24 hours a day - seven days a week. Assignments frequently have
a due date that falls on a Monday. Pace your on-line and off-line activity
with this in mind.
you don't keep up, you can't catch up!
--based in part on material from William Pelz, Herkimer
This is a regular college course. I expect
the same commitment to time and quality as I do in the classroom. The big
difference is that Internet study is student-centered rather than teacher
centered. This means that you are responsible for your own learning and
success. If you are highly motivated, logon and participate at least 6
times in each module, and produce a high quality paper - you will be
successful. However, if you logon sporadically, participate minimally, or
submit poor work - you will not. Online higher education is aimed at
independent learners. If you require the structure of a classroom, this
method will not suit you.
We will complete the entire text! If you do
not read the text in advance of the discussions, your lack of knowledge
will be obvious to me and to the other students. It is not uncommon in
these courses for students to provide strong, public criticism of other
students who "waste their time" with ill-informed posts.
I expect the successful student will spend
an average of about 9-12 hours per week on this
course. Although that may seem like a lot - remember this: A traditional
classroom-based course requires 45 hours of "seat time" plus 2-3 hours
outside of class for each hour in class. It adds up to around 180 total
Requirements for a 3 hour course for 15 weeks
4 hrs x 15 weeks = 60
5 hrs x 15 weeks = 75 hours
TOTAL Time: 135 hours
of course there is no way that you can be or will be monitored to insure
that you are keeping apace of the course.
You are able to skip a day or two.
However, should you fail to complete your written assignments on
time and fall behind you will be placing yourself in a very unfavorable
situation. You will loose
points on the assignment, you will be barred from earning points for a
discussion and you will fall behind on the material.
The course WILL MOVE ON.
set up a
for doing your
time each day or, at the very
least, every other day to
on the computer
participate in class
for doing your
in the textbooks
time for writing
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH
Accessibility and Accommodations:
The CUNY School of Professional Studies is firmly committed to making higher
education accessible to students with disabilities by removing architectural
barriers and providing programs and support services necessary for them to
benefit from the instruction and resources of the University.
We provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations and support services to
students with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and strive to
increase the level of disability awareness among all members of the SPS
Early planning is essential for many of the resources and accommodations
provided. Please contact us at the earliest possible date in order for us to
assist with your needs.
It is our goal for students to feel comfortable in discussing how to maximize
their learning, participation and access to the course. If any student has
specific accommodation needs, please donít hesitate to contact the Student
Services Coordinator, Cristina Finan, at 212.652.2014 or
email@example.com to discuss these issues. To ensure consistent
accommodations with each student, if a student has not yet contacted the Office
of Accessibility then the student should inform the instructor of the course who
will make the referral and the student will learn of services available.
Prior to receiving accommodations a student obtains a Faculty Accommodation
Letter from the Office of Accessibility. It is important to for instructors to
discuss appropriate accommodations with students; however, asking questions
about a student's disability, such as the diagnosis, must be avoided. Students
have the legal right not to disclose the diagnosis; they need only discuss how
reasonable accommodations assist them in their academic environment.
If students would like to request accommodations, they should ask their doctor
or diagnostic center to provide the School with documentation of their
disability and specific recommendations for accommodations. They should also
submit the Disability Disclosure Form. The documentation must be current, follow
documentation guidelines, and should be sent four weeks in advance of the term
to allow sufficient time to prepare. Documentation will be held in confidence.
Once this documentation is received, the School will determine the reasonable
accommodations to be provided, issue a notification letter to the student, and
arrange for these accommodations to be made within the context of the studentís
All documentation should be sent to:
Att: Student Services Coordinator
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st street, Room 720
New York, N. Y. 10001
Students considering or already registered in the CUNY School of Professional
Studies should feel free to contact the Student Services Coordinator, Cristina
firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.652.2014 about arrangements and
As stated in the current QCC catalog, any student
who needs specific accommodations based upon the impact of a disability
should register with the office of Services for Students with
Disabilities (SSD) to be eligible for accommodations, which are
determined on an individual basis. The SSD office is located in the
Science Building, room S132 (718-631-6257). Students should also contact
me privately to discuss their specific needs.
for Students with Disabilities
Accommodations for students with disabilities
As stated in the current QCC catalog, any student who needs specific
accommodations based upon the impact of a disability should register
with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to be
eligible for accommodations, which are determined on an individual
basis. The SSD office is located in the Science Building, room S132
(718-631-6257). Students should also contact the instructor privately to
discuss their specific needs.
The QCC Office of Services for Students with Disabilities issues the
"Accommodations Card" , a new card being issued by Services for Students
with Disabilities (SSD). SSD will issue these cards to QCC students
who have properly registered with our office and have been approved for
appropriate reasonable accommodations and/or academic adjustments as per
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Accommodations card
will go into effect for the Fall 2011 semester
1: What if a student is taking classes at a distance? Can they fax the
SSC Card to the faculty member or have some other way of "presenting "
Either they can present such an Accommodations Card in person to the
faculty member or if they cannot meet on campus, then in such a case a
letter/email from SSD would be needed. The letter/email must be
requested by the student and , if needed, can be sent from SSD to the
faculty member upon student consent.
2.What is the purpose of this new card?
Until now, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) has required
students request, and present, "Accommodation" letters to their
professors every semester in order to confirm approval of testing and/or
classroom accommodations. In most cases this new Accommodations Card
will replace these letters and a student can produce the card when
accommodations are needed in a particular class. We do realize some
accommodations will still need an accompanying letter, and/or email, to
explain certain situations.
3. What information does the Accommodations card contain?
The Accommodations card will be printed with the students CUNY ID number
as an identifier (verifiable by class roster) and contain their
personalized testing and/or classroom accommodations as approved by SSD.
4. Does the Accommodations Card replace the QCC ID Card?
No, the Accommodations card is not an official QCC ID card.
5. How will it work?
If a student is entitled to classroom accommodations under the ADA,
he/she must show you their card at the beginning of the semester to
make you aware of their needs. We advise students to produce the
Accommodations card to remind you of their testing accommodations each
time they request you complete and sign our "yellow" SSD Testing
Accommodation Form when scheduling exams to be proctored by SSD.
6. Once a student "self Identifies" as having a disability, must they
utilize exam accommodations for each exam?
No. Students, as adults, have the right to take exams with or without
accommodations any time they choose to do so on their own free will.
But, if a student chooses to take an exam without accommodations, they
do not have the right to request a retake of the exam due to lack of
Ben Freier, Director
Services for Students with Disabilities
CUNY Assistive Technology Services
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th avenue S-132
Bayside New York 11364
Tel. 1- 718-631-6257