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  • Syllabus Template for Instructors

    Syllabi template information:
    • Follow the syllabus format and include all the information that is requested.
    • Instructors must give students more than one way to contact them, such as email and work phone, or cell phone and times when they can be reached.
    • Due dates for assignments should be entered appropriately.
    • Two credit in-class (weekend) need to adhere to the time frame in the syllabus. The in-class time is considered the first week and each subsequent week an assignment is due to be submitted in the online componant by the student. 
    • The final reflective assignment is part of the class work for every Continuing Studies course so please be sure it remains as part of the syllabus, however the number of pages may be reduced or increased, typically it is 2-3 pages.
    • The syllabus is not just a class guide for the students! In many cases the syllabus replaces a prospectus for the class, therefore it must be completed thoroughly and with as much detail and specifics as possible.

    Please contact the faculty advisor with any questions:
    Deb Hare 651-641-8723

    • Please retain the Roman numerals, skip sections that are not required and/or are not pertinent to your course, and use a Times New Roman, 12-point font.



      Course Syllabus


      I.     The Mission of the University:

      The mission of Concordia University, a university of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, and for enlightened care of God's creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.


      II.     Course Number, Section Number, Course Title, Date of Course, CRN

      WAT 101-01:  Introduction to Water

      Fall Semester, 2012; Course Registration Number (CRN)


      III.    Credit Hours: Three semester hours



      IV.    Prerequisites and/or Co-requisites


       V.     Instructor?s Name, Office Location and Contact Information (telephone numbers, email address, etc.)               


      VI.       Instructor Availability

      Include "office hours", times you are available for telephone calls or chat sessions, etc. Include a statement about typical response time to emails, etc.


      VII.      University Catalog Course Description

      VIII.     Instructor?s Course Description
                  A brief summary of the course from the instructor?s perspective; perhaps more specific     
                  and "personalized" than the university catalog course description which typically is brief.


       IX.     Engaged Hours (35 learning hours per credit)


      The course is designed to have learning opportunities and activities totaling approximately 70 hours over the 7 weeks of the course. This estimate is for the typical graduate student.  The designed activities may take one person longer to complete and another person may complete the activities in less time.  We are all individuals.  Here are some further estimates:


                Reading of textbook and other materials (4 hours weekly x 7 weeks)        28 hours

      Discussion Board activities (4 hours weekly x 7 weeks)                            28 hours          

      Preparation/Participation for Chat activity (2 hours weekly)                      14 hours

      Written Activity (3 hours weekly x 6 weeks)                                            18 hours

      Writing of Final Paper                                                                              20 hours

                                                                                                    TOTAL            108  hours


      X.        Student Learning Outcomes
                              What are students expected to know and be able to do as a result of this course?


      XI.       Learning Goals Established by Student (optional)
                              Include this activity or simply note: Not Applicable


      XII.      Instructor?s Educational Philosophy, Teaching Procedures, and Expectations for


      What do you hold as important in your efforts to educate students for "thoughtful and informed living?.?"

      How will you conduct "instruction" in order to accomplish the outcomes you have set forth for this course?

      What are your expectations for students and perhaps what are the consequences for poor behavior, etc. (review university student policies)

      "This course may be touching on sensitive topics? topics may be uncomfortable??. ?Respectful of everyone?s opinion?.?

       XIII.     Student Attendance, Punctuality, and Participation

      Explain  your ?attendance policy? including your expectations and the consequences for missing ?class? (whether it be a face-to-face class, a chat

      time, etc.)


      XIV.    Academic Integrity

                               Excerpts from the Student Policies Handbook:

      A. Academic integrity is essential to any academic institution and is in keeping

      with the mission of Concordia University. In order to protect the rights of students, the disciplinary procedure for dealing with cases of academic dishonesty follows these broad guidelines. Violations of academic integrity include ?cheating? and ?plagiarism? as defined by the Student Code of Conduct.

      B. The term ?cheating? includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any

      unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.

      C. The term ?plagiarism? includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or

      direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


      Implementation of Academic Integrity Policies ? Assignments that have examples of plagiarized material will receive a failing grade. Instances of cheating will be treated the same.


      XV.      Required Course Materials
                              include title, publisher, edition and ISBN number, if possible


      XVI.    Supplementary Resources
                              a ?recommended? reading list


      XVII.   GradingExample:

      95 -100% A paper in this category:

              Is well developed and well organized

              Clearly illustrates and develops key ideas

              Fully supports and analyzes topics

              Displays a high degree of creativity and originality

              Displays sophisticated and superior use of language

              Is virtually free from errors in mechanics, usage, sentence structure and diction

              Displays good control of language


      90 ? 95% A paper in this category:

              Is well developed and organized, although it may have minor flaws in organization or   paragraphing

              Illustrates and develops some key ideas

              Generally supports and analyzes topics and consistent tone

              Is generally free from errors in mechanics, usage, sentence structure, and diction, but not a consistent pattern of such errors


      85 -90% A paper in this category:

              Is adequately developed and organized

              Illustrates and develops one or two key ideas

              Supports and analyzes some topics

              May display occasional errors in mechanics, usage, sentence structure, and diction, but not a consistent pattern of such errors


      80-85% A paper in this category may also have some positive qualities while exhibiting one or more of the following:

              Displays weakness in development or organization

              Reveals a number of errors in mechanics, usage, sentence structure, or diction in an otherwise adequate paper

              Suggests a lack of understanding of the assignment, a marked lack of understanding of the topics under discussion in the paper, or a superficial comprehension of the subject matter

              Papers that merely summarize fall in this category


      70% and below

      A paper in this category:


              Is marred by a considerable lack of development and organization and/or displays a pattern of accumulated errors so severe the reader may have difficulty following the essay

              Displays serious errors in reasoning and/or serious frequent errors in sentence structure.

      Grading Scale

      The points total from the calculations made above and the following scale determine the final grade:



      414 ? 420 points =


      378 ? 382 points =


      400 ? 413 points =


      372 ? 377 points =


      395 ? 399 points =


      364 ? 371 points =


      389 ? 394 points =


      353 or lower


      383 ? 388 points =




        General information on grading:

               Assignments may not be changed without the prior approval of the instructor.

              Late submissions (past final course date) will not be accepted.


      Explanation of Assignments
      All assignments will be submitted through the Blackboard class assignment page.  

      Assignment 1: how many words or pages, points, description

      Assignment 2: how many words or pages, points, description

      Assignment 3: how many words or pages, points, description

      Assignment4: how many words or pages, points, description

      Policies on late papers, make-ups, work for extra credit

                     Students please note: This course does not allow for in-progress, incompletes or   
                      assignment extensions.




      XVIII. Support Services

      Academic Support ? The instructor strongly encourages students to make arrangements to discuss course progress or concerns. Support services include such things as a library with a reference desk, a writing center, a tutoring office, a career services office, a health services center, personal counseling, campus ministry, etc.

      Tutoring Services ? If you believe that additional help would be beneficial, arrange for free tutoring through Tutoring Services in the Student Success Center. Contact Wendy Vargas at or call 651-603-6216. The office is located in the Poehler Administration Building in AD 124. NOTE: Free online tutoring services are also available. Students should contact their academic advisor for further information.

      Student Accessibility Services ? Those seeking adaptations to the course based on disability, significant medical conditions or illnesses that are outside of the scope of course policies should schedule a time to meet with Student Accessibility Services ( Melissa Fletcher (; 651-641-8272) or Josie Hurka(; 651-641-8207). The SAS offices are located in the Luther Tunnel Hallway in offices LU 115 and LU 124

      Writing Center ? The Writing Center is a place for all students, whatever their skill level, to receive free, one-on-one help with writing assignments. Students may visit the Writing Center at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, creating outlines, revising paragraphs, adding the finishing touches, or any point in-between. The Writing Center is located on the main floor of the Library Technology Center, to the west of the Reference Desk. Online writing assistance is also available for students in Concordia University?s many cohort and off-campus programs. For both face-to-face and online sessions, students are encouraged to schedule appointments in advance to ensure a time slot. ONLINE SCHEDULING IS AVAILABLE. For more information on scheduling procedures, hours, and policies, or to learn more about the Center, please visit the Writing Center website at or at


      Counseling Services ? This service provides confidential, caring, and non-judgmental professional counseling for a wide range of life difficulties and mental health concerns. The supportive and inclusive atmosphere equally welcomes all students and any issue.

      The office is staffed by experienced counselors who are familiar with the concerns, questions, and stresses often faced by university students. If you are having a tough time or are worried about a friend, Counseling Services is available. For information or an appointment contact:, 651-641-8252, visit the webpage at:, or search for ?Concordia Counseling Services?.

      Health and Wellness Center ? The Center offers health information and services including first aid and medical referral resources. Contact the campus nurse at or 651-641-8235. The center is located in DH 311 above the dining hall.


      CSP Ministry ? Concordia University is a Lutheran Christian university, where faith is lived out, offering a variety of ministry services and opportunities to address spiritual needs, including worship services, prayer requests, outreach, or talking with Pastor Carter or a CSPMinistry staff member. Contact them at,, or at 651-641-8213. Pastor Richard Carter?s email is

      Career Services ? For career services, contact Linda Mayes, Director of Career Services, at, or at 651-603-6241. The office is located in AD 111 near the Syndicate Street entrance to the Poehler Administration Building.



      XIX.    Course Outline




      Class Theme,

      Topics and/or Activities

      Prepared Readings,

      Preparation for Class

      Assignments Due