Course Syllabus

Instructor and Class Times

Instructor: Doug Stringham
Class Period: MW 7:30–8:45 pm, LA 003f
E-mail: dstringham (at)

(You may contact me at any time via e-mail or by arranging a meeting time before or after class. Please no phone calls unless prearranged.)

Required Texts

Please bring your text, handouts, and notetaking materials to class each day.

How is my work evaluated? (or, in other words, “How do I get an A?”)

Course final grades are determined by combining both

  1. scores on all of the submitted assignments and exams
  2. considering assessed performance on your student-teacher contract.

More importantly, you should remember that making decisions in interpreting situations or producing interpreting work is really all about efficient and fluent problem solving: identifying and then applying knowledge to resolve communication differences.

While some portions of your coursework and quizzes will test for specific factual information (remembering skills), far less important is your ability to regurgitate facts and figures. Instead, assignments and exams are designed to identify how well you internalize principles, cultural and technical knowledge, and process understanding, and then apply them to create solutions to various situations (applying and analyzing skills). Learn more about higher-level learning at the FAQs page.

Scoring criteria are clearly defined on assignment handouts or exams; you’ll know what you need to do to earn the grade you want. Ultimately, your grade is a reflection of personal effort and internalization of concepts learned in the course.

Grading Breakdown

A  100–93 B+ 89–87 C+ 79–77 D+ 69–67 E  59–0
A- 92–90 B  86–83 C  76–73 D  66–63
B- 82–80 C- 72–70 D- 62–60

College Policies and Students with Disabilities

Course Requirements and Expectations

These are the instructor’s expectations of you:

  1. There is a strict NO-Spoken-English policy in and around this class. Each violation of this policy will result in a .5% deduction from your final grade. However, due to the nature of this course, if discussions are conducted in spoken English, you may be permitted to use spoken English (making accommodations to students who do not use spoken English). Understand, though, that spoken English discussions are instituted at the discretion of the instructor. Please respect the importance of maintaining this policy.
  2. Students take this course for various reasons. Despite the diversity, it is important—especially in a setting that demands criticism in order to better your skills—that we strive to form a community of openness, collegiality, and trust. Our cohesiveness influences how rich the language and idea exchange is in the classroom. Thin skins, quick offense, and missing class makes it difficult to achieve this interactive environment.
  3. Salient, intelligent, self-expressive, and self-paced skills are requisite for this course. In short, I can help lead you to water, but you have to want to drink. This is a third/fourth-year class; as such, it is assumed that you can maintain a certain level of self-mastery, scholastic discipline, and responsibility. The attitude and success of this course is dependent on your preparation and interactivity. Please come to class on time—not five to ten minutes late—and be prepared. You should read and study the appropriate unit in the text for each class period (see class schedule), submit postings and comments, complete the lab assignments, and be prepared not only to answer questions, but also to ask them. Being ill-prepared sets the class back and undermines our classroom community.
  4. Become BFF with technology. Current technologies enable our cognition and communication; you’ll need to familiarize yourself with:
  5. Academic Integrity. Your assignments and classwork are graded on an honor system; completing classwork indicates that you have studied and made a serious attempt to complete an assignment. Note: cheating, plagiarism, or any dishonest work violates this honor system as well as UVU policy will result in the automatic failure of the assignment and/or the course. Further punishment(s) for cheating will also be given by college administrators.
  6. Class attendance is important and necessary. Because this class is only held for 75 minutes twice a week, it is, of necessity, faster-paced. When you miss a class, you are responsible for all materials presented, i.e. lecture notes, changes in class schedule, and assignments. If you’re unable to sumbmit an assignment or have your labs checked on their due date, I urge you to 1) bring the assignment to me early to avoid late penalties or 2) give the assignment to a classmate for submission.

This is what you may expect of me: