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Intro to the Deaf Community

  • Section Template
  • 3 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 07/22/2022


This course is designed to introduce the student to the various aspects of life in the deaf community including cultural identity, education, language, the medical perspective, civil rights, disability law, advocacy, audiology, and oppression. Students will be taught up to 300 American Sign Language vocabulary words and phrases, Fingerspelling and numbers. A grade of 2.0 fulfills the Communication Core requirement. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisites Courses: None
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 4

Course Note: Non-degree students may waive SIGN 160.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the parts of an audiogram and explain how it relates to hearing loss
  2. Define and identify the cultural shift in language use related to the deaf community
  3. Explain the various manual and verbal communication systems used in the Deaf community (Oral, ASL, PSE, CASE)
  4. Describe the historical evolution of education, oppression, and civil rights of Deaf people in the U.S
  5. Summarize current state and federal legislation affecting the rights of deaf people
  6. Identify Deaf Culture and organizations important to the Deaf community
  7. Identify interpreting roles and responsibilities, national organizations, and national and state testing
  8. Describe the deaf community/culture
  9. Compare assistive technologies developed for use by deaf persons and deaf peoples' perceptions of those technologies (cochlear implant, video relay, digital hearing aids)
  10. Define and explain the nature of the communication process as it relates to the deaf community and research, prepare and deliver presentations on topics relating to deaf culture
  11. Use an active vocabulary of 300 American Sign Language signs including personal introductions and counting up to one billion
  12. Explain the cultural differences that exist between the hearing and deaf cultures in the U.S.



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Other 3-5%


Papers 5-10%
Quizzes 75-80%
Reports/Presentations 5-10%
Additional Information

Late Tests and Assignments: Students who might need an extension should request it in writing (via D2L or LCC email) for instructor's approval. Missing/late assignments must be made up within a week period. The instructor reserves the right to honor such requests and/or to give only partial credit.

Interaction Log/Journal: The Sign Language/Interpreter Training Program requires that all students fulfill and document 16 hours outside of regular class meeting times. Students will submit a journal entry of interaction hours, as detailed in the attached Journal Hour Guidelines document. One point will be given for each hour for a total of 16 points.

Students will be responsible for choosing the activities/events that fit their schedules. They should look at these experiences not only as skill builders but also as a way of gaining exposure to the field of interpreting & Deaf culture. Students will be required to provide documentation (journal entries) along with a signature log of 16 hours in order to receive credit.

Journal hours will be collected at different times throughout the semester. Entries should include ALL required elements and MUST be typed. Please contact your instructor(s) with questions.
In the case that a student is taking two (2) or more SIGN classes concurrently, they may apply the same event from 161 to 160. Please contact your instructor(s) with questions.


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra Credit is not available for this course.

Institutional Policies


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-5323.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations are put in place as soon as possible.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Academic Success Coaches (ASC)

Student success is our first goal.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  Faculty or staff may refer you to an ASC for help if you are not doing well in a class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

COVID-19 Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping LCC safe.  Stay home if you are sick! See the Keeping LCC Safe webpage for the most current information. Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For rules and procedures on matters such as Academic Calendar, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Appeals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach.

Emergency Notifications and the Rave Guardian App

The College uses an emergency alert system to provide information on urgent situations such as power outages, weather emergencies, and other incidents related to the safety and security of those on campus.  Therefore, it is important that we have the correct contact information on file. To review and update your contact information for those alerts, go to myLCC, School Tab, Student eToolbox, and click on “Emergency Notification System.”  After reviewing and agreeing to the terms of use for Rave alerts, you will be directed to your personal dashboard, where you can review, update, confirm, and test the phone numbers and email addresses on file.  Students with a mobile/cell number on file will receive text alerts. If you made updates to your contact information, please also go to the Banner Self Service Personal Information tab to update your contact information in Banner.

You may also want to download the Rave Guardian app which has features to enhance your safety on and off campus.  For more information, see the Public Safety website.

Additional Items

Course Specific Information

If you are taking this course for your own personal enjoyment and may not be able to attend most of the sessions, it is recommended that you audit the course.

Technology Use: The following statement may be found in the LCC Course Schedule Book for the current semester:

Students should be prepared to use computer technology in their course work, including gaining regular access to the D2L course site associated with each class. Every section at LCC has a D2L site associated with it that may be used by the instructor as a mandatory part of the class. D2L can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and Web browsing software, including computers in the Learning Commons Computer Lab located in the TLC Building. Student D2L Orientation training is available online.

Late Tests and Assignments must be made up within one class period.