Course Syllabus Template

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Course Syllabus Template

  1. 1. SAMPLE SYLLABUS FORMAT – ONLINE COURSES [SEMESTER] [COURSE TITLE] and [COURSE ID] [NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS] Course Information Course Description: A brief statement describing the nature of the course, what the student can expect to learn, and an overview of course activities such as teamwork, group projects, student web pages, etc., may be provided. Course Objectives: The course objectives should be stated clearly so that they can be related to the expected learning outcomes in each section or module of the course and to the goals of the overall assessment process. Prerequisites: A list of all course prerequisites with a statement of why the prerequisites are deemed necessary. Course Topics: A suggested sequence of course topics, perhaps noting that students should complete certain core modules prior to moving to elective or more advanced modules. Specific Course Requirements: A description of any special course requirements should be provided, such as knowledge of specific software, and why it is necessary for successful completion of the course. Textbooks and Supplementary Materials Required Textbooks: Supplementary Materials: A list of other published material the student is required to purchase for the course including lab manuals, lab kits, etc. Hardware/Software Requirements/Browser Information Hardware Requirements: A reliable computer with a CD-ROM drive and Internet connection are necessary to successfully take an online course. Students who do not have a computer may access their courses at the MTSU Walker Library (with an MTSU ID), MTSU open computer labs (see http://www.mtsu.edu/infotech/ for links to hours of operation) or at a local public library (Note: Some public libraries block certain web addresses; student should verify
  2. 2. with the library’s IT support if unable to access.) COMPUTER HARDWARE, SOFTWARE AND BROWSER REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING ONLINE COURSES A reliable computer with a CD-ROM drive and Internet connection are necessary to successfully take an online course. Students who do not have a computer may access their courses at the MTSU Walker Library (with an MTSU ID), MTSU open computer labs (see http://www.mtsu.edu/infotech/ for links to hours of operation) or at a local public library (Note: Some public libraries block certain web addresses; student should verify with the library’s IT support if unable to access.) Minimum System Requirements for PC Users: •Pentium III or better •32 Megabytes of RAM or better •Windows ME (or higher) Browsers: • Internet Explorer. Windows: 6.0 SP2 or higher • Netscape Communicator. Windows: 7.1 or higher • Note: PipelineMT does not support AOL, Safari or other browsers •Communications software (which allows communication between your computer and your modem)
  3. 3. •A modem (56k or better) •A dependable Internet Service Provider (ISP). (The ISP should provide an e-mail account, access to the World Wide Web, and ease of making and maintaining a connection.) Minimum System Requirements for Mac Users: •604 PowerPC processor Preferably a G3 (iMac included) or G4 processor computer running Mac OS or 0SX.1 or above; •Internet browsers • Internet Explorer. MAC: 5.2.3 (OS X) or higher • Netscape Communicator. MAC 7.1 or higher for OS X Note: PipelineMT does not support AOL, Safari or other browsers •A minimum or 64 MB RAM, preferably 128 with at least 25 MB assigned to your browser. (If you need assistance in adjusting memory please refer to your Apple Help file searching under the header Memory - Adjusting your memory usage. Multiple applications should not be open while working in your browser within the Online Degree Program. This requires more RAM and will cause the browser to run very slowly.); •Communications software (which permits communication between your computer and the modem); •Modem (56K or better for best performance); •Dependable Internet Service Provider (ISP). (The ISP should
  4. 4. provide an e-mail account, access to the World Wide Web, and ease of making and maintaining a connection.) Computer Software Requirements Microsoft Word is generally recommended for completion of papers and assignments. Professors may, however, recommend specific software for certain courses. Please review your course syllabus for information about required software. Browser Information • Internet Explorer. Windows: 6.0 SP2 or higher MAC: 5.2.3 (OS X) or higher • Netscape Communicator Windows: 7.1 or higher MAC 7.1 or higher for OS X • PipelineMT does not support AOL, Safari or other browsers Make certain that, whichever browser you choose, it is Java and JavaScript enabled. This usually requires checking a box or choosing this capacity in an options box under the tools or properties menu. It is recommended that the “browser checker” utility be completed (in its entirety) prior to accessing WebCT for the first time. The browser checker is located on the upper toolbar of the course and is used to verify that all browser settings are correct. Software Requirements: Microsoft Word is generally recommended for completion of papers and assignments. Professors may, however, recommend specific software for certain courses. Please review your course syllabus for information about required software.
  5. 5. Browser Information: • Internet Explorer. Windows: 5.5 SP2 and 6.0 SP2 MAC: 5.1.7(OS 9) and 5.2.3(OS X) • Netscape Communicator. Windows: 6.2.3 and 7.1 MAC 6.2.x for OS 9 and OS X • PipelineMT does not support AOL, Safari or other browsers • Make certain that, whichever browser you choose, it is Java and JavaScript enabled. This usually requires checking a box or choosing this capacity in an options box under the tools or properties menu. • It is recommended that the “browser checker” utility be completed (in its entirety) prior to accessing the Learning Management System (LMS) for the first time. The browser checker is located on the upper toolbar of the course and is used to verify that all browser settings are correct. Instructor Information Please see the separate page inside the course to find instructor contact information as well as a statement of virtual office hours and other communication information. Assessment and Grading Testing Procedures: A statement describing the process students will need to have in place for proctors, online testing (http://www.mtsu.edu/~learn/testing/index.htm), etc. Grading Procedure: A detailed statement of how grades are related to or reflective of the expected learning outcomes. A statement of what constitutes high achievement in the course. Grading Scale: ##-##---A ##-##---B ##-##---C The grading scale should emphasize assignments, projects, and student participation in the learning community as well as timed quizzes and periodic examinations. Assignments and Participation Assignments and Projects: A sequenced list of assignments and projects arranged by course section or module with due dates if applicable. Class Participation: A statement may be made that students must participate in all interactive aspects of the
  6. 6. course if interaction is part of the course design. For example, students must communicate with other students in the chat room, students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, students must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussion events. Punctuality: A statement of course milestones to keep the students on track in an asynchronous environment. Course Ground Rules A reiteration and emphasis of certain rules and course expectations. For example, participation is required, expected to communicate with other students in team projects, learn how to navigate in the learning management system, keep abreast of course announcements, use the student email address as opposed to a personal email address, address technical problems immediately, and observe course netiquette at all times. Communication Guidelines Email: • Always include a subject line. • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases. • Use standard fonts. • Do not send large attachments without permission. • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication. • Respect the privacy of other class members Discussion Groups: • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant. • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic. • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas. • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks. • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks. • Be positive and constructive in group discussions. • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner. Chat: • Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session. • Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
  7. 7. • Be concise in responding to others in the chat session. • Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time. • Be constructive in your comments and suggestion Web Resources: • Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor • Citation Styles Online http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/cite6.html • Copyright Issues http://www.tbr.state.tn.us/general_counsel/ip/Copyright%20in %20DE.htm Library Provide a link to MTSU’s various libraries at: http://www.mtsu.edu/libraries/, and to the Walker Library’s Distance Learning site: http://ulibnet.mtsu.edu/distance/. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses. University Writing Center Writing Computer Phone Web Site Email Center Lab Number Peck Hall Peck Hall 904-8237 www.mtsu.edu/~uwcenter uwcenter@mtsu.edu 325 326 The University Writing Center (UWC) offers free writing assistance for any writing assignment in any class. The UWC staff, comprised of English graduate assistants, work with students to develop the skills necessary to become a confident, competent writer by providing one-to-one consultations and helpful handouts. The Writing Center offers many online services as well, including a Grammar hotline for quick questions, a learning management system (LMS) email drop box and chat room, and a website filled with helpful handouts, exercises, and resource links for individual work. The Center provides a free computer lab, located next door to the Center, which affords students the opportunity to immediately incorporate suggestions and assistance gained during their session. The Center is open Monday through Saturday, and access to online services is available 24/7. SMARTTHINKING Online Tutoring Service
  8. 8. SMARTHINKING is the leading provider of online tutoring. Students connect to live tutors from any computer that has Internet access. SMARTHINKING is a virtual learning assistance center. It provides online tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To use this service at www.smarthinking.com, use the following Username and Password information: Username: full MTSU email address (example lmm2r@mtsu.edu) Password: MTSU Students With Disabilities Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) (http://www.mtsu.edu/~dssemail/). Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility from the Office of Disabled Student Services. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the DSS staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor. Syllabus Changes The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board. Technical Support If you experience problems logging into your course, timing out of your course, using your course web site tools, or other technical problems, please contact the MTSU Help Desk by calling (24/7) 1-615/898-5345, or by going to the website at http://www.mtsu.edu/~itdsupp/helpdesk/.e, using your course web site tools, or other technical problems,4/7) 1 Academic Misconduct The use of a third party to submit a student's work is only allowed when accommodations approved by the Disabled Student Services Office. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be reported to the faculty member and Dean of Student Affairs. Students should be familiar with the “MTSU Students Rights and Responsibilities” handbook which outlines academic misconduct defined as plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, or facilitating any such act,” a statement of community standards of civil behavior, and code of computer use. The handbook can be accessed at http://www.mtsu.edu/~stuaff/slunit.htm. Hope (Lottery) Scholarship Information
  9. 9. Students receiving the Lottery scholarships must earn a 2.75 GPA after attempting 24 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA after attempting 48 hours or more. Students who drop below full-time status (12 hours) during the first 14 days of the semester will have their awards adjusted and will owe money to the University. Students who drop after the 14th day of class will have their future lottery scholarships suspended unless the drop was approved in advance by the Financial Aid Office. Students may appeal the suspension if the drop is due to documented personal illness, illness or death of immediate family member, extreme financial hardship, military service or other extraordinary circumstances beyond the student's control. The lottery appeal form may be obtained at http://scholarships.web.mtsu.edu/telsprogram.htm. For more lottery information please see http://www.tennesseescholardollars.com/. Revised January 9, 2007 Distance Learning Faculty Services Office Academic Outreach and Distance Learning Department College of Continuing Education and Distance Learning

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