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American Sign Language I

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


This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Beginning vocabulary, ASL questions, commands, and simple sentence structures as well as basic personal and descriptive classifiers are introduced to develop rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Elements of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be introduced. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite Courses: Minimum 2.0 in SIGN 160 or concurrently
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 4

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Acquire and use basic conversational vocabulary, appropriate question and negation forms, facial  expressions, classifiers, counting system, manual alphabet, time elements, basic sentence structures and creation of plural forms
  2. Develop a vocabulary of approximately 800 signs over the semester
  3. Create grammatically correct sentences using appropriate body and facial expression
  4. Receptively translate signed ASL sentences to proper written English form
  5. Comprehend short ASL dialogues containing vocabulary used in class


Video Supplementals

These materials are on D2L, so please refer to it for instructions. This assignment is required. 

  • Availability: D2L


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
Assignments 5%

Homework (Video Supplementals and Journal):
Video Supplementals: Failure to turn in each week's supplemental completed and on time will result in 0 points.
Interaction Log/Journal: Students will keep a journal/log of interaction hours as outlined below.

The Sign Language curriculum at Lansing Community College requires that all students fulfill and document 16 hours outside of regular class meeting times. Students will be responsible for locating and setting up their own events according to 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 and Deaf culture in general. Students will be required to provide documentation of 16 such hours.

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.

Quizzes 95%

Weekly quizzes will consist of vocabulary, sentences, and paragraphs which the student will be required to interpret from ASL to written English. Students are also responsible for grammatical information from the text.

Quiz Make-up
Exams and quizzes must be made up within one class period. Please contact your instructor.


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.

Late Tests and Assignments must be made up within one class period, please contact your instructor.

Detailed Outline of Course Content and Sequencing

  1. Week 1 - Introductions, Syllabus Overview, Lesson 1, Practice Quiz, Activities
  2. Week 2 - Lesson 2, Quizzes, Activities
  3. Week 3 - Lesson 3, Quizzes, Activities
  4. Week 4 - Lesson 4, Quizzes, Activities
  5. Week 5 - Lesson 5, Quizzes, Activities
  6. Week 6 - Lesson 6, Quizzes, Activities
  7. Week 7 - Lesson 7, Quizzes, Activities
  8. Week 8 - Lesson 8, Quizzes, Activities
  9. Week 9 - Lesson 9, Quizzes, Activities
  10. Week 10 - Lesson 10, Quizzes, Activities
  11. Week 11 - Lesson 11, Quizzes, Activities
  12. Week 12 - Lesson 12, Quizzes, Activities
  13. Week 13 - Lesson 13, Quizzes, Activities
  14. Week 14 - Lesson 14, Quizzes, Activities
  15. Week 15 - Lesson 15, Quizzes, Activities
  16. Week 16 - Quizzes, Activities, Wrap Up