This Syllabus Guide includes the standard components of a well-designed syllabus.
You can also download the AU CTRL Syllabus Template, which includes the recommended syllabus components in a Microsoft Word document.
[Semester and Year]
[Session meeting days and times]
Office (or preferred, public meeting space on campus e.g., library, Mary Graydon Center):
You Can Book Me:
Office Hours (or times of day available/not available; by appointment; online office hours):
Preferred Communication Method (e.g., email, phone, Skype, Blackboard):
Response Time for Questions:
AU Core Learning Outcomes (Required for AU Core Courses)
(All AU Core Learning Outcomes are available on the AU Core Website. This serves as an example for a Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry in the Habits of Mind AU Core course)
AU Core Course
Habits of mind courses teach students to develop questions, employ methodologies, and create new knowledge or solutions. The AU Core includes five required Habits of Mind, each one focuses on specific ways of thinking or knowing: Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry, Cultural Inquiry, Ethical Reasoning, Natural-Scientific Inquiry, and Socio-Historical Inquiry. Habits of Mind are typically taken over the course of four years. This course is approved to satisfy the “Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry” component of “Habits of Mind.”
Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry Learning Outcomes:
- Identify and describe acts, practices, and products of artistic and other creative expressions or of aesthetic interpretations and discuss how they reflect, respond to, or shape their many contexts
- Describe and analyze the formal and structural components of artistic and other creative expressions in at least one discipline or domain, or across a range of disciplines or domains
- Engage in or with creative processes, which could include constructing meaning through the practices and products of artistic or other creative expressions, interpreting the meaning of artistic or creative expressions, practicing divergent thinking, or assessing the aesthetic value of artistic or other creative expressions
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- [Outcome 1]
- [Outcome 2]
- [Outcome 3…]
In this course, students will use the following systems and tools (please craft as desired):
- Blackboard Learning Management System: Participants will use their AU credentials to log in to Blackboard. AU’s Blackboard Support team recommends using Chrome or Firefox to optimize your experience and avoid incompatibility issues that can occur when accessing Blackboard with other browsers. Do not use Internet Explorer.
- Poll Everywhere: Poll Everywhere, a web-based response system, allows me to pose questions to you in class and collect your answers and feedback. You need to register for Poll Everywhere to ensure you receive credit for your attendance and participation in these activities.
- TurningPoint Clickers: To participate in class sessions and receive credit you must purchase and correctly register a subscription to use with your mobile device or laptop. You also have the option of purchasing and registering a clicker to use instead. First, go to the course Blackboard site and click Tools and follow the link for Turning Account Registration. Login and follow the instructions to create an account, if you have not done so before. Purchase a Subscription and associate it with your Turning Account. Subscriptions cost approximately $25 for one year or $50 for five years. You may purchase a subscription at the SU Bookstore or through the Turning Technologies website.
Textbooks and Materials
(List all textbooks and materials needed for this course, clearly distinguishing required materials from supplemental or optional materials. For additional information on selecting course materials, click here.)
In this course, students will use the textbooks and materials (please craft as desired):
Woolfolk, A. (2010). Educational Psychology (11 th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Supplemental. This is not required or necessary for the course but recommended for students who want to explore topics further:
Fink, L.D. (2003). Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Available at Amazon and elsewhere.
Good news: your textbook for this class is available for free online! If you prefer, you can also get a print version at a very low cost.
Your book is available in web view and PDF for free. You can also choose to purchase on iBooks or get a print version via the campus bookstore or from OpenStax on Amazon.com.
You can use whichever formats you want. Web view is recommended — the responsive design works seamlessly on any device. If you buy on Amazon, make sure you use the link on your book page on openstax.org so you get the official OpenStax print version. (Simple printouts sold by third parties on Amazon are not verifiable and not as high-quality.)
Introductory Statistics from OpenStax, Print ISBN 1938168208, Digital ISBN 1947172050,
Course Expectations, Requirements, and Policies
Expectations for Course Participation
(Instructor’s guidelines on attendance and participation, including attendance policy, policy on collaborative work, etc. For online courses, an explicit description of the weekly workflow, e.g., perhaps students should log in and complete all readings by noon ET on Tuesdays, and any regular/ongoing deadlines, e.g., perhaps discussion posts are always due on Wednesdays at midnight, are recommended for inclusion here.)
Late Work Policy
(Instructor’s late policy text. Please craft as desired.)
All papers must be submitted, in class, on the day they are due. You will be penalized ten points (ed.’s note: out of 100) for every day a paper is late. I will not accept papers submitted over one week after the deadline. If you become ill or the victim of an emergency, please let me know within 48 hours.
Students requiring a temporary leave of absence for medical or mental health reasons must provide documentation to the Office of the Dean of Students (email@example.com), which will verify with the academic unit that the documentation is appropriate and supports the leave. Students with an ASAC-approved accommodation for disability reasons should, to the greatest extent possible, make arrangements in advance of the due date or deadline.
Grading and Assessment
Grading Scale (Please personalize as desired)
|A XX%-100%||B+ XX%-XX%||C+ XX%-XX%||D XX%-XX%|
|A- XX%-XX%||B XX%-XX%||C XX%-XX%||F Under XX%|
|B- XX%-XX%||C- XX%-XX%|
Final Grade Calculation
Assignment Overview and Rubrics
(Overview of assignments/other requirements for course completion, including general submission instructions; Helpful Tool: Course Workload Estimator)
All assessments will have detailed instructions in the Blackboard course space and will be scored using the rubrics that are attached to the assignment. You should review all of the instructions and the rubrics before submitting each assessment. If you have questions about an assessment or rubric, contact the instructor to schedule a time to speak one-on-one.
(Please craft as desired.)
At the discretion of the faculty member and before the end of the semester, the grade of I (Incomplete) may be given to a student who, because of extenuating circumstances, is unable to complete the course during the semester. The grade of Incomplete may be given only if the student is receiving a passing grade for the coursework completed. Students on academic probation may not receive an Incomplete. The instructor must provide in writing to the student the conditions, which are described below, for satisfying the Incomplete and must enter those same conditions when posting the grades for the course. The student is responsible for verifying that the conditions were entered correctly.
Conditions for satisfying the Incomplete must include what work needs to be completed, by when the work must be completed, and what the course grade will be if the student fails to complete that work. At the latest, any outstanding coursework must be completed before the end of the following semester, absent an agreement to the contrary. Instructors will submit the grade of I and the aforementioned conditions to the Office of the University Registrar when submitting all other final grades for the course. If the student does not meet the conditions, the Office of the University Registrar will assign the default grade automatically.
The Associate Dean of the Academic Unit, with the concurrence of the instructor, may grant an extension beyond the agreed deadline, but only in extraordinary circumstances. Incomplete courses may not be retroactively dropped. An Incomplete may not stand as a permanent grade and must be resolved before a degree can be awarded.
More information on AU Regulations and Policies.
|Readings, Media & Resources||Activities & Assessments|
Introduction to Action Research Part I
|Brydon-Miller, M., Greenwood, D., & Maguire, P. (2003). Why action research? Action Research, 1(1), 9–28.
Young, M. R., Rapp, E., & Murphy, J. W. (2010). Action research: Enhancing classroom practice and fulfilling educational responsibilities. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 3(1).
|Week 2 Discussion Post: Due date, time ET
Assignment 1: Due date, time ET
Week 2 Discussion Responses: Due date, time ET
Assignment 2: Due date, time ET
Sharing of Course Content
(Below are two, potential options for communicating to your students your policy for sharing your course content.)
Students are not permitted to make visual or audio recordings (including livestreams) of lectures or any class-related content or use any type of recording device unless prior permission from the instructor is obtained and there are no objections from any student in the class. If permission is granted, only students registered in the course may use or share recordings and any electronic copies of course materials (e.g., PowerPoints, formulas, lecture notes, and any discussions – online or otherwise). Use is limited to educational purposes even after the end of the course. Exceptions will be made for students who present a signed Letter of Accommodation from the Academic Support and Access Center. Further details are available from the ASAC website.
To supplement the classroom experience, lectures may be audio or video recorded by faculty and made available to students registered for this class. Faculty may record classroom lectures or discussions for pedagogical use, future student reference, or to meet the accommodation needs of students with a documented disability. These recordings are limited to personal use and may not be distributed, sold, or posted on social media outlets without written permission of the instructor.
Unauthorized downloading, file sharing, or distribution of any part course materials, or using information for purposes other than student’s own learning, may be deemed a violation of American University’s Student Conduct Code and subject to disciplinary action (see Student Conduct Code VI. Prohibited Conduct).
Academic Integrity Code
Standards of academic conduct are set forth in the university’s Academic Integrity Code. By registering for this course, students have acknowledged their awareness of the Academic Integrity Code and they are obliged to become familiar with their rights and responsibilities as defined by the Code. Violations of the Academic Integrity Code will not be treated lightly and disciplinary action will be taken should violations occur. This includes cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism.
SafeAssign: In this course, one or more assignments may be submitted to the instructor using the SafeAssign plagiarism detection tool, which is integrated into Blackboard. SafeAssign uploads the submitted work to the AU SafeAssign database for comparison against other student papers, as well as academic articles and internet resources, to generate an “Originality Report” that identifies areas of potential overlap. In addition to discouraging academic dishonesty, this tool can create opportunities for students to learn how to properly cite and paraphrase sources. Neither Blackboard nor AU claim any copyright ownership of work submitted through SafeAssign.
A short guide for students on how to meet the expectations of the AU’s Academic Integrity Code
Defining and Reporting Discrimination and Harassment (Title IX)
American University expressly prohibits any form of discrimination and discriminatory harassment including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. AU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information, or any other bases under federal or local laws in its programs and activities.
As a faculty member, I am required to report discriminatory or harassing conduct to the university if I witness it or become aware of it – regardless of the location of the incident. There are four confidential resource on campus if you wish to speak to someone who is not required to report: Counseling Center, victim advocates in OASIS, medical providers in the Student Health Center, and ordained clergy in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. If you experience any of the above, you have the option of filing a report with University Police (202-885-2527), the Office of the Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-3300), or the Title IX Office (202-885-3373 or TitleIX@american.edu). For more information, including a list of supportive resources on and off-campus, contact OASIS (email@example.com or 202-885-7070) or check out the Support Guide on the Title IX webpage.
In the event of an emergency, American University will implement a plan for meeting the needs of all members of the university community. Should the University be required to close for a period of time, we are committed to ensuring that all aspects of our educational programs will be delivered to our students. These may include altering and extending the duration of the traditional term schedule to complete essential instruction in the traditional format and/or the use of distance instructional methods. Specific strategies will vary from class to class, depending on the format of the course and the timing of the emergency. Faculty will communicate class-specific information to students via AU email and Blackboard, while students must inform their faculty immediately of any emergency-related absence. Students are responsible for checking their AU email regularly and keeping themselves informed of emergencies. In the event of an emergency, students should refer to the AU Student Portal, the AU website, and the AU information line at (202) 885-1100 for general university-wide information, as well as contact their faculty and/or respective dean’s office for course and school/college specific information.
Student Code of Conduct
The central commitment of American University is the development of thoughtful, responsible human beings in the context of a challenging yet supportive academic community. The Student Code of Conduct is designed to benefit the American University community and to assist in forming the highest standards of ethics and morals among its members. By registering for this course, students have acknowledged their awareness of the Student Code of Conduct and they are obliged to become familiar with their rights and responsibilities as defined by the Code.
Students will be provided the opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance, provided they notify their instructors before the end of the second week of classes. Please send this notification through email to the professor. For additional information, see American University’s religious observances policy.
Use of Student Work
The professor will use academic work that you complete for educational purposes in this course during this semester. Your registration and continued enrollment constitute your consent.
Academic Support Services
All students may take advantage of the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) for individual academic skills counseling, workshops, Tutoring and Writing Lab appointments, peer tutor referrals, and Supplemental Instruction. The ASAC is located in Mary Graydon Center 243.
Additional academic support resources available at AU include the Bender Library, the Department of Literature’s Writing Center (located in the Library), the Math Lab in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and the Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, & Research (CLEAR) in Anderson Hall, Room B-10. A more complete list of campus-wide resources is available in the ASAC.
International Student & Scholar Services
International Student & Scholar Services has resources to support academic success and participation in campus life including academic counseling, support for second language learners, response to questions about visas, immigration status and employment and intercultural programs, clubs and other campus resources. (202-885-3350, Butler Pavilion 410).
The Writing Center offers free, individual coaching sessions to all AU students. In your 45-minute session, a student writing consultant can help you address your assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit your own work. (202-885-2991, Bender Library – 1st Floor Commons).
Student Support Services
Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI)
CDI is dedicated to enhancing LGBTQ, multicultural, first-generation, and women’s experiences on campus and to advancing AU’s commitment to respecting and valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison to students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy. It is located on the 2nd floor of Mary Graydon Center (202-885-3651, MGC 201 & 202).
The Counseling Center offers counseling and consultations regarding personal concerns, self-help information, and connections to off-campus mental health resources. (202-885-3500, MGC 214).
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office offers individual meetings to discuss issues that impact the student experience, including academic, social, and personal matters; making referrals to appropriate campus resources for resolution. Additionally, while academic regulations state that medical absences are to be excused, if faculty require documentation to verify the student’s explanation, such documentation should be submitted to the Dean of Students. The office will then receive the documentation and verify the medical excuse. Faculty have the discretion to approve absences and do not need permission from the Dean of Students to excuse absences. Students should be sent to the Dean of Students only if faculty require further proof or if they have concerns about the impact of absences on the student’s ability to succeed (202-885-3300, Butler Pavilion 408).
Food and Housing Insecurity Statement
Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org) for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable them to provide any resources that they may possess.
Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence
OASIS provides free and confidential advocacy services for students who have experienced sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, sexual harassment, and/or stalking. Please email or call to schedule an appointment with a victim advocate in OASIS. (email@example.com, 202-885-7070, Health Promotion and Advocacy Center – Hughes Hall 105). Students can also book an appointment with one of our two confidential victim advocate.
Respect for Diversity
As stated in the American University Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy:
“American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy or parenting, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under applicable federal and local laws and regulations (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. The University expressly prohibits any form of discriminatory harassment including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and stalking.”
The above website includes further details, including how to report instances of discrimination and your responsibilities as a member of the campus community in relation to the policy; you are strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself further with this policy.
Class rosters and University data systems are provided to faculty with the student’s legal name and legal gender marker. As a student, you are able to change how your preferred/proper name shows up through email, Blackboard, and on your AU ID Card. This option is helpful for various student populations, including but not limited to: students who abbreviate their first name; students who use their middle name; international students; and transgender students. As a faculty member, I am committed to using your proper name and pronouns. We will take time during our first class together to do introductions, at which point you can share with all members of our learning community what name and pronouns you use, as you are comfortable. Additionally, if these change at any point during the semester, please let me know and we can develop a plan to share this information with others in a way that is safe for you. Should you want to update your preferred/proper name, you can do so by looking at the guidelines and frequently asked questions from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
Students with Disabilities
If you wish to receive accommodations for a disability, please notify me with a letter from the Academic Support and Access Center. As accommodations are not retroactive, timely notification at the beginning of the semester, if possible, is strongly recommended. To register with a disability or for questions about disability accommodations, contact the Academic Support and Access Center at 202-885-3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by MGC 243. For more information, visit AU’s Disability Accommodations web page.