Teaching & Learning

Typical Course Components

Gears working together

Below is a list of components other instructors have included in their courses.

Welcome to the course

  • might include video welcome

Announcements Orientation to LMS Orientation to course (see Syllabus also)

  • meet the instructor
  • office hours and location
  • prerequisites
  • course description
  • course goals
  • objectives and outcomes
  • structure and content of course, methods of instruction
  • technical requirements
  • books and readings
  • exercises and assignments
  • examinations
  • procedures and grading scale
  • submission of exercises and assignments
  • purpose of the class
  • student responsibilities
  • communication guidelines
  • copyright responsibilities

Syllabus (see Orientation to course also)

  • course content
  • instructional objectives
  • grading criteria
  • final exam date
  • attendance policy
  • office hours
  • required and recommended course materials
  • instructor and TA information and contacts
  • deadlines and exam dates
  • schedule of course topics
  • required exercises and associated fees
  • make-up policy
  • attendance policy
  • course prerequisites and restrictions (as they appear in Description of Courses Catalog)(http://www.reg.msu.edu/Courses/search.asp)
  • information about required tools and fees
  • information about LMS
  • plagiarism and academic honesty
  • drops and adds

Calendar

  • exam dates
  • deadlines
  • meetings
  • special events

Class roster (If necessary for class activities)

  • list of student names and email
  • profile information
  • photo of student if included in profile

Course content

  • modules/units/lessons/weeks
  • discussions/activities/projects
  • media/external resources
  • exams

Evaluation

  • within course
  • departmental
  • SIRS
  • SOCTS

Gradebook

  • assignments
  • exams
  • participation

Help

  • hotline

Resources

  • library
  • web links
  • bibliography