Dr. El-Najjar's Website
Syllabi Permanent Sections for All Courses
Emergency Instructional Plan
In Case the College is Closed
All the educational materials related to this course are available to students through their Georgia View Blackboard accounts. These materials include study guides, handouts, power-point lesson presentations, and lecture notes.
Assessments in the form of online tests, discussion topics, and other assignments are also available from the first day of classes.
If the college is closed for inclement weather or other conditions, please consult the course calendar and the course schedule, which have been posted on Georgia View since the beginning of the semester.
The Course Schedule and Calendar prompt you to which tests, discussion topics, and assignments, you are expected to take or participate in throughout the semester, including any emergency period.
You are expected to complete the assigned readings, take the scheduled online tests, and participate in the assigned online class discussions .
You are also expected to check your email for additional information and updates.
Compensatory make-up days may be required if the total number of days lost exceeds the equivalent of one week of class time.
Main Differences Between Online and Face-to Face Courses
Online courses taught by Dr. El-Najjar are different from his face-to-face courses in the following:
1. Attendance is not required except for taking the basic in-class exams, on campus.
2. The basic in-class Exams are to be taken in the specific dates mentioned in the course schedule. Other assignments and tests are to be taken or completed online through the Georgia View learning system.
3. All materials which are usually given to students in a regular face-to-face class will be available online for students of online and hybrid courses. This includes lecture notes, handouts, audio-visual materials, study guides, and chapter tests.
Self-Assessment Questions & Strategies for Successfully Completing Online and Hybrid Classes
Who should take online or hybrid courses?
Online courses are for students who are very self-disciplined, who do not need the classroom presence to keep them on schedule, and who can study independently. Such students should also be comfortable with Internet and computer technology and have access to a computer at home.
Are online courses less time-consuming?
No. It takes as much time and effort to do well in an online course, and, in fact, it may take more time.
Who should not take online courses?
Online courses are not for students who need face-to-face interaction with the instructor and with other students. Students who need the structure of the classroom should not take online or hybrid courses. Also, online courses are not for those who are new to computers or to Internet technology.
How often do hybrid classes meet face to face?
Students who are enrolled in hybrid classes need to understand that hybrid classes meet face-to-face at least once each week.
How do students know when class starts and what the assignments are?
Online classes usually start on the same date as do regular classes. Instructors will attempt to contact students on the first day of class. However, it is the student's obligation to go to the course web page and contact the instructor no later than the first day of classes. Assignments and other instructions will be posted on the course web page. It is the student's responsibility to read all materials on the web page, to complete all assigned readings in the textbook, and to contact the instructor with any questions. Students enrolled in online and hybrid classes should monitor the course web page four or five times a week to be well informed about assignments and other important information.
Strategies for Taking Online and Hybrid Classes
1. Become familiar with the course's online delivery system.
2. Log on to your course every day (or a minimum of 5 to 6 days a week).
3. Read your course syllabus carefully.
4. Complete all assigned reading online and in your textbook. Reading is essential.
Most materials should be reread at least three times.
5. Participate fully.
6. Manage your time and review frequently.
7. Submit all assignments on time.
8. Speak up if you are having problems.
9. Be patient and polite. As much as your instructor will try to be prompt in answering questions, do not expect instantaneous responses to your emails.
10. Document your emails and postings. For complete and accurate documentation, anytime you send an email or posting, send a copy to yourself. Doing so provides proof that the email was delivered through the school's system and shows when the email was sent.
Ethics, Plagiarizing, & Cheating
The process of teaching and learning online represents an advanced stage in human cognitive growth and development on all levels, including ethics and honesty.
Whether in the face-to-face classroom setting or online, the processes of teaching and learning assume and require the observation of the highest standards of ethics and honesty.
It follows that plagiarizing and cheating in any way are prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Violators will be dealt with according to relevant DSC policies and regulations.
Cheating and plagiarism are a part of the Dalton State Code of Student Conduct, which can be found in its most updated form at http://daltoncampuslife.com/student-conduct/ . ANY assistance provided or given in any way toward work in a class constitutes cheating, unless such behavior is authorized by your instructor. Additionally, any use of the ideas or words of others should be noted, or this will constitute plagiarism. For more details on what Dalton State considers to be Academic Dishonesty, please review the Code of Student Conduct. Instructors will assign grades based on classroom performance. Additional sanctions may be provided as a learning experience from the Student Conduct process.
Dalton State is committed to respect via the Roadrunner Respect pledge. To learn more, please visit http://daltoncampuslife.com/roadrunner-respect/ .
“I pledge to show my fellow Roadrunner students, faculty, staff, and administration respect by treating others the way they want to be treated and by thinking about others first before making decisions that might affect them.”
Access Statement for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services.
In order to make an appointment or to obtain information on the process
for qualifying for accommodations, the student should visit the
Disability Support Services Library Guide
or contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services.
Withdrawal from Courses
“The proper form for withdrawing from all classes at the college after the official drop/add period but before the published withdrawal date is the Schedule Adjustment Form. All students must meet with a staff member at the Office of Academic Resources in the Pope Student Center to initiate the withdrawal process. After meeting with the staff member, students will then finalize the withdrawal process in the Enrollment Services Office.”
Withdrawal from the course:
The last day to drop this class without penalty is announced on the Academic Calendar issued by DSC.
You will be assigned a grade of W. After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued. The proper form for withdrawing from all classes at the college after the official drop/add period but before the published withdrawal date is the Schedule Adjustment Form.
Students who are assigned to the Academic Advising Center for advisement must meet with an advisor or staff member at the Academic Advising Center (107 Liberal Arts Building) to initiate the withdrawal process. All other students must meet with a staff member or advisor at the Office of Academic Resources in the Pope Student Center to initiate the withdrawal process.
After meeting with the staff member or advisor, all students will then finalize the withdrawal process in the Financial Aid Office. Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F. Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility. The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.
If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Schedule Adjustment Form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office located in Room 112 of the Technical Education Building. The Office is open on the following schedule:
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. The office phone number is 272-2635.