Syllabus Structure

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 11:59 -- sewm02

Syllabus Structure

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DRAFT Syllabus Structure for the future

This page is for planning what we want in a public syllabus/course description space.

  • Probably two levels are needed: one for course and one for sections.
  • Ideally much of the information is populated from a database so that we don't maintain two copies of the information.
  • Various options exist for where to put these pages (e.g., linked from course schedules, linked from catalog, links from the public part of the course management system, linked from a standalone index page, etc.)
  • Ideally match up this standard syllabus expectation with what we are expecting in faculty annual evaluation processes. For example, follow this link to PCTC Syllabus Checklist

Course information that should be identical to the course catalog:

  • Course prefix
  • course number
  • course title
  • credit hours
  • course description from catalog
  • prerequisites
  • FSU,PCTC or shared?

Learning outcomes information that should be identical to what is stored in the (eventual) assessment database.

Course Outcome Direct Measure(s) Performance Standard Rubric or other detail (optional) Associated Program outcome Associated Liberal Studies outcome
Add course outcome here Add direct measure for that course outcome here Add performance standards associated with the direct measure here Link to another page with rubric from here, or upload file here List any program outcomes that are supported by this course outcome. List any liberal studies outcomes that are supported by this course outcome.

Standard Institutional Syllabus Statements

Institutional information currently maintained by Academic Affairs and CTE at: Standard Syllabus Statements:

  • academic integrity
  • disability services
  • copyright
  • Expectations of Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • core values
  • link to student handbook.
  • PROPOSED: Link to tutorial services web page with up to date tutoring schedules.
  • PROPOSED: Attendance policy??
  • PROPOSED: Link to final exam schedule web page.
  • PROPOSED: Social Justice statement - for example "Students have the right to expect that faculty will be available, provide timely responses, and that faculty will not harass or humiliate or in any sense ‘put students down’ as they participate in class or ask or answer questions. Students also have the right to ask any appropriate questions of faculty to assist student understanding of the materials and to question any comments or answers instructors may offer, all without fear of harassment or retaliation. Finally, students have the right to expect that faculty will not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, or political beliefs - or any other basis. Faculty would appreciate the same courtesies from students."
  • PROPOSED: Assessment statement - for example "Fairmont State University may require students to complete an Assessment exam, perception of evaluations (IDEA course rating form), Major Field Tests, and other instruments to improve the educational quality of our School and Institution. Students should consider these to be valued input and respond truthfully and to the best of their ability. The purpose or use of assessment data may include, but is not limited to, accreditation, institution improvement, or another valid purpose."
  • PROPOSED: Classroom Etiquette and Conduct statement - for example "The School of Business expects students to behave in a professional manner in the classroom. Faculty members are responsible for effective management of the classroom environment to promote conditions that will enhance student learning. Students are expected to refrain from behavior that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct of a class. Examples could include persistently speaking without being recognized, cell phone calls, continuing with conversations distracting the class or, in extreme cases, resorting to physical threats or personal insults. Students who are disrupting the class will be warned that they are behaving inappropriately and if the conduct continues, they may be asked to leave the class. However, students are encouraged to properly express their views and opinions in class and disagreement with the instructor or other students is not in itself 'disruptive behavior'. Classroom etiquette expectations include:
    • Attending classes and paying attention;
    • Not coming to class late or leaving early;
    • Not talking with other classmates while the instructor or another student is speaking;
    • Refraining from the use of tobacco products in classrooms;
    • Not eating and drinking in computer labs or during class, at the discretion of the instructor;
    • Turning off electronics, including mp3 players, cell phones, pagers and beeper watches (this excludes approved devices used for study purposes).
  • PROPOSED: Tutoring statement - for example "Peer tutoring is available to all Fairmont State students on the main Fairmont campus and at the Caperton Center. On the main campus tutoring is available through the Tutoring Office located in Jaynes Hall 207. Students at the Caperton Center should see the front desk for help. Tutoring is provided for many classes by departmentally approved upper class students. Sessions are arranged to accommodate both the student and the tutor. Additionally, the Tutoring Office has drop-in hours for English and Math posted during which tutors are readily available. Furthermore, the Tutoring Center offers Supplemental Instruction for traditionally difficult courses available to all students. To request a tutor, please fill out a Tutor Request Form and return to the Tutoring Office. Use the following link..."
  • PROPOSED: Disclaimer - for example, "Modifications may be made to the original syllabus. Please consult this revised, updated Syllabus (in Blackboard Vista) for the most accurate information."

Course Information that changes regularly

  • Textbook or other learning resources used (required/elective, include ISBN or other direct ordering information?)

Standard section information

  • Section number and CRN
  • Instructor name
  • Instructor contact info
  • Instructor office hours
  • PROPOSED: Communication Plan - for example, "My preferred method of communication is email through Blackboard Vista. I will read and respond to email questions within 48 hours. I will not reply to voice mail messages. If the Blackboard Vista site is not operating, then you may send email to my Fairmont State account. I will only accept internet email from your Fairmont State account. Any email from other accounts will be automatically deleted."
  • Class meeting schedule and location
  • Final examination date
  • Dates for major assessments in the course (can be tentative)
  • Grading scale, grading information (what are the assessments, how are they weighted)
  • PROPOSED: Course Requirements - hardware, software, calculator, etc.