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COMS-256 - Intercultural Communication - Tammera Stokes Rice

Course:Intercultural Communication
Professor:Tammera Stokes Rice
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to Intercultural Communication, Communications 256 online course.  My name is Tammera Stokes Rice, and I will be your instructor.  Please read this entire letter, and if you have any further questions, please email me at  I will do my best to reply to you within 24-48 hours.

Course Description

This course examines the cultural dimensions of communication.  Throughout the semester, the principles, concepts, and theories of culture and communication will be analyzed and evaluated in their application to everyday interaction. This course is a little different than many of you have taken because all of your work will be completed virtually though discussion boards, online quizzes, writing assignments and exams.  You will NOT be required to meet online at a specific time; however all of your assignments are expected to be completed and “turned-in” by the designated due date.

What to Expect in this Course

In order to be successful in this course you must have reliable access to the Internet, a web browser and a word processing program.

Types of Assessments

Quizzes, Exams, Discussions, Papers and project.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We are using an Open Education Resource this semester created by the COC Communication Studies Department. It will be available in Canvas at the beginning of the semester at no cost to you.

Other Relevant Course Information

If you are already familiar with online courses, then this class will feel comfortable to you.  However, if this is your first time taking an online course, then you should be aware that this course runs at a quick pace and relies upon your commitment to do the coursework independently.  Ideally, you should be self-reliant, motivated and disciplined in your work ethic.   After you have registered for the course, you can download the class syllabus on our Communications 256 Canvas website on the Sunday before the new term starts. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 05/13/2022 Sub#: 806