class shows as full - can you add me in?
This class tends to be pretty popular because it's required in several
programs, so it does fill up. Make sure to sign up early. Beginning
with Spring 2012, the college is using an automated wait list system.
Information about how the wait list works is located here
beginning of the term, there are always a few people who decide not to
stay in the class for whatever reason, so I can sometimes add a couple
of additional people. If you hope to add to the class at that point,
please plan on attending the first class meeting.
if I have to miss a quiz? Can I make it up?
There are weekly quizzes during the semester, and the two
lowest grades get dropped. If you miss a quiz, that becomes your lowest
quiz grade and will be dropped. Missed quizzes cannot be made up but
a quiz can always be taken in
advance of its scheduled due date.
if I have to miss a mandatory class meeting?
Can I make it up?
You can only become a good communicator if you practice, and that
includes practicing in front of other people. The required meetings are
the only mechanism in this class for attaining that practice.
Additionally, you will learn about presentation skills from watching
other speakers. Therefore, you are required to attend these three
meetings, and there are no makeup dates. Do not sign up for this class
unless you can attend the required meetings.
is assigned work due?
Work is generally due on Fridays for this class.
do I turn in work?
Work can be turned in four different ways:
- Hand it to me during
- Drop in off at the
turn in tray in 803
- Email it to me at
most students use this method
- In some cases, work
can be submitted through Blackboard.
This will be apparent when you look at the assignments themselves.
do I get work back?
You will get graded work back from me via email. You can
always check the gradebook in Blackboard to see if you have received
credit for work you have turned in. Work is usually returned within one
will I know if my work has been graded?
If the work is emailed to me, you will get a response
it has been graded, with the grade on it. Grades for completed work
are stored in the Gradebook in Blackboard which you can find at
can I find out how I am doing in class?
Check the Gradebook in Blackboard for your grade. From the class menu
on the left in Blackboard, select Tools>My Grades.
is this class offered? What does it have to do
with getting a technical degree?
The idea for this class originated in meetings with our Business
Advisory Council. We have a regular meeting with business leaders in
this area who hire Las Positas graduates, and we were advised that our
students were technically excellent, but needed additional skills in
communication specifically in areas that would help them succeed in
companies, such as writing, participating in
and giving oral presentations. The skill set offered in this class
includes some software applications, such as PowerPoint, but also
includes more general communications skills.