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The following syllabus component list is based on the GBC Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation Program's list, which requires specific inclusions in all syllabi. Required elements are labeled "mandatory" while others are labeled as "optional." It is assumed that syllabi are presented professionally, that they are well organized, correctly spelled, and grammatical.

 

All faculty, including adjunct faculty, may upload syllabi to the web site as part of creating a faculty web page. This is a useful way to link to all of your syllabi with one single, non-changing web address. There is an easy-to-use method for creating such a page; see the "Your Own Web Page" link on the Faculty/Staff page.

 

The use of examples has been approved by their authors. The content of this page has been approved by the Faculty Senate Curriculum and Articulation Committee.

Syllabus Components

College Information

 

Mandatory: Include the whole name, Great Basin College.

 

Optional: College mailing address, phone, and web address (1500 College Parkway — Elko, Nevada 89801 — 775.738.8493 — http://www.gbcnv.edu).


Instructor Information

 

Mandatory: Name, office location, work phone, work email, and office hours.

 

Optional: Instructor's web page address, fax number.


Basic Course Information

 

Mandatory: Course title, course number, section number[s], number of credits.

 

Optional: Meeting dates, times, places, including any dates when classes will not be held.

 

Mandatory: Course catalog description, including prerequisites and corequisites.

 

Optional: Expanded course description.


Required Student Purchases/Acquisitions


Mandatory: Required texts, including author name, copyright year, title, edition, publisher, and ISBN.

Bowers, Michael B. 2006. The Sagebrush State: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics (3rd Edition). University of Nevada Press. (ISBN: 978-0-87417-682-7)

 

Example excerpted from a PSC 101 syllabus by Danny Gonzales

Mandatory: Required tools, materials, and/or supplies, if relevant.


Learning Outcomes and Measurements (both mandatory)

These may be presented in tabular format, for example:

Learning Outcomes

Measurement

Recognize the thermal structure of the atmosphere and the gaseous composition of the atmosphere.

Quizzes

Explain why air over landmasses heats and cools faster and to a greater degree than that over oceanic areas.

Quizzes, Laboratory

Describe what controls the global distribution of precipitation.

Quizzes, Laboratory

Be able to diagram nutrient cycles and human impacts of nutrient cycles.

Quizzes, Laboratory


Example excerpted from a GEOG 103 syllabus by Carrie Bruno


Or they may be presented sequentially:

Expected Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the students will:

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, with and without a calculator.
  • Use a standard ruler and a metric ruler to measure.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.
  • [...]

Measurement of Learner Outcomes

  1. Written Examination
  2. Practical Evaluation – Students will be asked to show competence by kinesthetic demonstration.
  3. Verbal – Students will demonstrate competence by presenting oral demonstrations in groups and individually.

Students will be tested for knowledge and skill attainment through written tests comprised of questions taken from handouts, reading assignments, homework and lectures. Quizzes may be unannounced, but tests will be announced at least one class period before they are given.


Example excerpted from a WELD 103 syllabus by Richard Barton


Method of instruction
(mandatory)

 

Each week, there will be assigned readings from the book, which will be contained on each course lecture. I will provide lectures on the central points in each section that we cover. Portions of these lectures will be written with Microsoft Word, using the Equation Editor. Feel free to ask questions on the phone, via e-mail, by fax, or (preferred) by attaching MS Word files to e-mail. I plan to answer all questions within 24 hours.

 

Example excerpted from a Math 283 syllabus by Frank Daniels

 

Course Requirements

 

Mandatory: A list of required examinations, quizzes, reports, laboratory work, research papers, projects, and the like you will be requiring of students.

 

Optional: Attendance policy and policy on missed examinations and assignments.

 


Grading Criteria (mandatory)

 

Describe how letter grades are determined. Include point values and/or percentages for course requirements. If you wish to refer to general information about grading, you can reference www.gbcnv.edu/academics/grades.html.

 

Student drawings are graded on craftsmanship, following directions of the lesson and whether the student challenges oneself in the lesson. All general education classes have a written paper requirement.


Grading is based on a percentage of total points possible.


20% — Participation and attendance
70% — Exercises (in class and homework)
10% — Written Paper and drawings


Grading Scale

 

A=90-100
B=80-89
C=70-79
D=60-69
Below 60 is failing.

 

A "W" will only be given up until the 13th week. Incomplete grades will become an "F" if not completed. Incomplete grades are permitted only for medical reasons. Please let me know if you have signed up as an “audit “student. Sometimes this does not get recorded.

 

 

Example excerpted from an Art 101 syllabus by Patty Fox

 

 

Course Outline/Schedule (optional)

 

WEEK

SUBJECT

ASSIGNMENTS DUE
Check WebCampus for drop box open and close dates

1

New World encounters, Chapter 1

Quiz

2

The English Colonies, Chapter 2

Quiz

3

Putting Down Roots, Chapter 3

Quiz

4

Experience of Empire, Chapter 4

Quiz

5

The American Revolution, Chapter 5

Quiz

 

First Test covering Chapters 1 -5

TEST

6

The Republican Experiment, Chapter 6

Quiz

7

Democracy in Distress, Chapter 7

Quiz

8

JEFFERSONIAN ASCENDENCY, Chapter 8

1st Book Review due
Check WebCampus for drop box open and close dates

9

NATION BUILDING AND NATIONALISM, Chapter 9

Quiz

10

THE TRIUMPH OF WHITE MEN’S DEMOCRACY, Chapter 10

Quiz

 

Second Test Covers Chapters 6-10

TEST

11

SLAVES AND MASTERS, Chapter 11

Quiz

12

THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTIONS, Chapter 12

2nd Book Review due
Check WebCampus for drop box open and close dates

13

THE AGE OF EXPANSIONISM, Chapter 13

Quiz

14

THE SECTIONAL CRISIS, Chapter 14

Quiz

15

SECESSION AND THE CIVIL WAR, Chapter 15 and RECONSTRUCTION, Chapter 16

Quiz

16

Finals Week
Third test (Final Exam) covers Chapters 11-16

TEST


Example excerpted from a History 101 syllabus by Squy Wallace

 

General Education Objectives (mandatory for specific courses)

 

General Education course objectives, as described in the General Education Course Submittal Form, must be addressed in syllabi for all of the following courses: AMS 310, ANSC 100, ANTH 101, ANTH 102, ART 100, ART 101, ART 103, ART 107, ART 160, ART 260, ART 261, ART 297, AST 101, BIOL 100, BIOL 190, CHEM 100, CHEM 121, COM 101, CRJ 104, ECON 103, ECON 311, EDU 214, ENG 102, ENG 203, ENG 223, ENG 333, ENV 100, FIS 100, FREN 111, FREN 112, GEOG 103, GEOG 106, GEOL 101, GIS 109, GRC 119, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 105, HIST 106, HMS 200, HUM 101, INT 100, INT 339, INT 349, INT 359, INT 369, IS 101, MATH 120, MATH 126, MATH 181, MUS 101, MUS 121, MUS 125, NRES 150, NUTR 121, PHIL 102, PHIL 129, PHYS 100, PHYS 151, PSC 101, PSC 210, PSY 101, SOC 101, SPAN 111, SPAN 112, SPAN 211, STAT 152, THTR 100, THTR 105, THTR 221.

 

Objective 1: Communication Skills–Strong

Communication skills are very important in this course, which studies social interaction in human societies.

Learner Outcomes

Measurements

(1)  Definition of major viewpoints

Class discussions, exam scores, and class projects

(2)  Understanding of the five major institutions in any society and how each fits into the “whole”

Class discussions, exam scores, and class projects


Objective 2: Critical Thinking–Strong

There is a strong emphasis on looking at issues from many different vantage points.  Reasoning and independent thought will be stressed as well as experiences in analyzing data in research.

Learner Outcomes

Measurements

(1)  Assess pros and cons of different research methods

Assigned readings, review research from the past, discussion and presentation of current issues

(2)  Identify ethical issues inherent in research

Assigned readings, review research from the past, discussion and presentation of current issues


Objective 3: Personal and Cultural Awareness–Strong

Understand the roles of individuals in society.

Learner Outcomes

Measurements

(1)  Trace development of human societies.

Personal journals, class projects (“words”), and tradition assignments

(2)  Identify significance of creativity in the human experience

Personal journals, class projects (“words”), and tradition assignments


Objective 4: Personal Wellness–Moderate

This concept is implemented through the examination of demographic variables including equality, gender, and social class as it relates to issues around personal well being.

Learner Outcomes

Measurements

(1)  Appraise larger issues of health and well being as it relates to personal well being.

Videos, class projects, and journal responses


Objective 5: Technological Understanding–Some Degree

Students will learn to utilize and use technology to enhance human experience.

Learner Outcomes

Measurements

(1)  Develop ability to discriminate between reliable and non-reliable information

Photo exercise, discussion of current events, and reflections in journal

 

Example excerpted from a SOC 101 syllabus by Karen Martin

 

ADA Statement (optional)

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

 

Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability. The Disability Services Office, located in Leonard Student Life Center, will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. For more information or further assistance, please call 775.753.2271.

 

From the 2012-2013 GBC Catalog, page 36

 


Student Conduct Statements

 

Academic Honesty Statement (optional)

 

Great Basin College considers academic honesty one of its highest values.  A student who obtains academic credit for work that is not the product of his or her own effort is being dishonest and undermining the academic integrity of the college.  Students are expected to be the sole authors of their work.  Use of another’s ideas must be accompanied by specific citation and reference.  In addition, a learner may not submit the same work for credit in more than one course.  The disciplinary consequences of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty include non-acceptance of work submitted, a failing grade in the course, and/or or other disciplinary action as outlined in Great Basin College’s Student Conduct Policy. 

 

 

Example excerpted from a NURS 140 syllabus by Tami Gailey

 

Note: In addition to or instead of your own comments, you can reference the online GBC Student Conduct Policy at /rights_responsibilities/conduct.html.

 

Cell Phone Policy (optional)

 

Cell phones must be turned off before class and left off during class. Neither phoning nor text messaging is permitted.


Example

 

Other comments about student conduct, including classroom and email etiquette (optional)



Additional Information Helpful to Students (optional)

 

Bibliography of literature or other sources relevant to the course

 

Student resources, suggestions for success, and/or learning advice

 

Note: You may want to include comments about and/or links to the Academic Success Center (http://www.gbcnv.edu/asc) and/or the Student Peer Mentor program (http://www.gbcnv.edu/retention).



 
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