IEP

Syllabus Guidelines

Updated August, 2013

 

These guidelines for the IEP Syllabus are based on the Syllabus Guidelines originally published by CAS and IC on April 28, 2005:

Introduction:During Winter Quarter 2005 the Instructional Council created a list of course syllabus guidelines for consideration by members of the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee.Feedback from members of CAS and IC resulted in creation of a syllabus template (form) for future faculty use.

The original Syllabus Guidelines have been modified to include information and policies specific to the Intensive English Program. Although faculty members are not required to copy this format exactly, they are responsible for distributing and explaining all of this information to their students.

Notes on Definitions: As a point of clarification, Instructional Council offers definitions they feel are important to this process:

1.      Syllabus: The document faculty distribute to students in their classes.This document should be consistent with the officially approved course outline on file in the division office and Office of Instruction.

 

2.      Course Outline (also referred to as master course outline or course establishment form): The document used to present new or revised courses to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee, which identifies key elements that should be reflected in the syllabus for every section of a course taught by different faculty. (IEP Master Course Outlines)

 

Examples: To look at sample syllabi, follow these steps (note that these documents were created before these syllabus guidelines were created. Faculty members are responsible for adhering to the syllabus guidelines posted here).

Go to your Outlook account

       Open Public Folders

            Click on triangle next to North Campus

                       Click on triangle next to Basic and Transitional Studies

                                ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Click on Syllabi

                                    ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Choose the quarter you want to look at and double click on that folder

                                       †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Check out the bounty of examples that awaits!

 

NSCC Course Syllabus Model (with IEP notes in italics)

 

 

I. COURSE INFORMATION

Include:

††††† Course Prefix and Number:

††††† Course Title:

††††† Course Start Date:

††††† Course End Date:

††††† Important Dates: ††††††††††††††††††††††† Note to instructor: Examples are holidays, Collaboration Day, and, VERY IMPORTANT: the fact that final exams take place throughout the last week of the quarter and students should not make plans to leave for vacation until the quarter has ended.

††††† Course Location/Times:

††††† Required Textbook(s):

††††† Required Materials:

 

††††† Recommended Book(s):

Note to instructor: See IEP Student Handbook for policies on electronics in the classroom. We recommend that you have students purchase a paper dictionary (FYI, students will not be allowed to use electronics in Developmental English or College Composition classes). In Spring, 2009, faculty agreed that for levels 4-6 the recommended dictionary would be Longmanís Dictionary of American English, 4th Ed.

II. INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

Include:

††††† Instructor Name:

††††† Campus phone number:

††††† College e-mail address:

††††† Office Hrs/Availability to students:

††††† Office Location:

††††† Instructor Website: (if applicable) Note to instructor:We recommend having ††††††††††† yourcourse syllabus on your website.

III. COURSE CONTENT

 

Include:

††††† Course Description:

 

Note to instructor: At a minimum, the description should be the same as the brief description in the Course Outlines: (IEP Master Course Outlines) for your class. You are free to adapt or add details.

 

IV. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENTS

Note to instructor:The Course Establishment Forms have two different sets of outcomes. The first are the NSCC General Education Learning Outcomes and the second are the Course Outcomes/Learning Objectives specific to your class. Listing the NSCC General Education Learning Outcomes on your syllabus is optional. You do need to list or adapt the Course Outcomes that are specific to your class.

IV. COURSE GRADING

Include:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Note to instructor: Please include the applicable policy on your syllabus:

Grammar/Writing:†††††††††††††††††† Students must have a minimum of 75% in grammar and a minimum of 75% in writing to move to the next level. In addition, students must pass cumulative, common grammar final exam with a minimum of 75% and common writing final exam with a minimum of 75%.

Reading/Vocabulary:†††††††††††††† Students must have 75% combined average in reading and vocabulary to move to the next level. Vocabulary is not considered a separate subject. In addition, students must have a minimum 75% combined average on reading and vocabulary final exams.

Listening/Speaking††††††††††††††††† Students must have a minimum of 75% in listening and a minimum of 75% in speaking to move to the next level. In addition, students must pass cumulative, common listening final exam with a minimum of 75% and common speaking final exam with a minimum of 75% to move to the next level. Pronunciation is considered part of speaking and is not a separate subject.

SPLIT LEVELS:††††††††††††††††††††††† If a student is taking classes in two different levels, s/he will be placed in the Reading/Vocabulary class that is the same level as her/his Grammar/Writing class. If a student is a level 5/6 split, that student is officially considered a level 5 student.

Instructors: Students must pass both GW and RV in one level in order to move up to the next level. If a student has to repeat one of these two classes, s/he will repeat the other class as well.

Optional table to modify/include in your syllabus:

Factor

Points Possible

Percent of Course Grade

Assignments

 

Projects

 

 

Quizzes

 

Final Examination

 

Participation

 

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††††††††††† Grading Scale:†††††††††††††††††††††† Note to instructor:Recommend referring students to district catalog or department grading scales as appropriate. Inclusion of this grading scale in your syllabus is optional.

††††††††††† (Instructors: Note that we donít give students 0.0, S, Y, NC, or and I in the IEP.)  


Percentage

Decimal Grade (use this in Inst Briefcase)

Letter Grade (FYI)

96 Ė 100

4.0

A

94-95

3.9

A

93

3.8

A-

92

3.7

A-

91

3.6

A-

90

3.5

A-

89

3.4

B+

88

3.3

B+

87

3.2

B+

86

3.1

B

85

3.0

B

84

2.9

B

83

2.8

B-

82

2.7

B-

81

2.6

B-

80

2.5

B-

79

2.4

C+

78

2.3

C+

77

2.2

C+

76

2.1

C

75

2.0††† Š75 and ABOVE IS PASSING†† Š

C

74

1.9

Failing

73

1.8

Failing

72

1.7

Failing

71

1.6

Failing

70

1.5

Failing

69

1.4

Failing

68

1.3

Failing

67

1.2

Failing

66

1.1

Failing

65 and below†††††††††† 1.0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Failing†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

ALL GRADES BELOW 66% SHOULD RECEIVE 1.0

*If student passes a class but fails a final exam, grade for class on Instructor Briefcase should be 1.7.

 

CLASSROOM POLICIES

 

 

Instructors: See IEP Student Handbook in addition to the below information.

 

Include:

Respectful environment, raising hands, attitude, promptness, homework, sleeping, food, drinks in class.

 

 

 

 

Academic Honesty:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Note to instructor: International students need (plagiarism, exam conduct, etc.) explicit, repeated guidance regarding academic honesty, particularly about plagiarism. Some plagiarism policy information can be found as you browse sample syllabi.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NSCCís policy on Academic Honesty (for instructor information): Academic honesty is highly valued at NSCC.A student must always submit work that represents his/her original words or ideas.If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the studentís original words or ideas, the student is expected to cite all relevant sources both in the text and in the references listing at the end of the paper.The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used.Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hardcopy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Academic dishonesty could involve:

1.      Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of your assignment.

2.      Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment.

3.      Copying work submitted by another student.

4.      Using information from online information services without proper citation.

5.      Taking exam answers from another studentís paper.

6.      Using materials not allowed answering exam questions.

 

Participation and group work is required of all students:

 

 

Note to instructor:CAS and IC recommend not basing grade on attendance unless required for certification. The IEP Course Outlines for Listening/Speaking classes require assessment of group work.

IEP Attendance Policy: If a student misses 10 classes, he or she will fail the class. If a student misses 15 classes, the studentís I-20 is terminated and he or she is dismissed from NSCC for 1 year. See IEP Student Handbook for guidance and for summer quarter policies, which are different.)

IEP Repeat Policy: IEP students are allowed to repeat a class one time. If a student fails a class a second time, s/he will be dismissed from the program.

 

Fragrance Policy:†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† NSCCís policy: Do not wear fragrances (perfume, cologne, etc.) ††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† because many people are sensitive to these chemicals.

 

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Optional Late work policy

Optional Extra Credit policy

 

IP Office information:†††††††††††††† †††††††† Location: The International Programs office is †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† located in the College Center Building room CC †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† 2460C. Hours are Monday through Friday from †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† 8:00 am to 5 pm.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† Contacts:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jo Scozzafava: Jo.Scozzafava@seattlecolleges.edu

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Arlette Fellores:arlette.fellores@seattlecolleges.edu

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