Course Syllabus

This is where the syllabus lives in online courses.

 

SAMPLE SYLLABUS BELOW:

ABC 200 Syllabus

ABC 200: your course (3). The course consists of a semester-long group project in which students develop a successful project concept and design that addresses a selected ABCchallenge. The educational focus of the ABC program is to teach “technical expertise with advanced project development skills” - this course is your opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned in those areas.

Instructor

 

Course Description

The course consists of a semester-long group project in which students develop a successful project concept and design that addresses a selected ABC challenge. The educational focus of the ABC program is to teach “technical expertise with advanced project development skills” - this course is your opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned in those areas.

Required Materials

There are no required textbooks beyond the online course notes. However, students will need access to readings and related materials from ABC courses that they have taken thus far. They will also need access to word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and similar project tools in order to complete the course.

Course Content

The course is divided into five “modules”, each consisting of a content lesson related to the project and a milestone deadline for the development of the final project. Some lessons will have additional assignments that reinforce module topics. See the Course Schedule for deadlines for project milestones and assignments.

Module Topics Project Milestone Other Assignments

1

Project Management, Team Dynamics, and Scholarship

Project Ideas and Preferences

Team Selection

Select Project Director

Teamwork Discussion

Cohesiveness and Trust Discussion

Ethics Essay

2

Project Definition and Working With Stakeholders

Project Definition Statement

Define Team Roles

Stakeholder Interaction Plan

3

Preliminary Design

Brainstorm Design Alternatives

Select Design

Preliminary Design and Feasibility Assessment

4

Technology Selection and Detailed Design

Detailed Project Design

5

Presentation and Evaluation

 

Peer and Self Evaluations

Final Written and Oral Report

Grading

Grades will be given on a 0-100 percent scale, with percentages corresponding to the following letter grades:

Letter Grade Percentage
A 94-100%
A- 90-93%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C 70-79%
D <70%

As per university policy, a minimum grade average of B for work done at the University is required for all graduate degrees.

The final grade for each student will be weighted based on the following algorithm:

  • Final written report 50% of final grade
  • Final oral report 20% of final grade
  • Participation in team 15% of final grade
  • Additional assignments 15% of final grade

PSU Policies

 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others (see Faculty Senate Policy 49-20, G-9 Procedures and the Code of Conduct).

Read the Academic Integrity Guidelines for the College of Agricultural Sciences

A lack of knowledge or understanding of the University’s Academic Integrity policy and the types of actions it prohibits and/or requires does not excuse one from complying with the policy. Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences take violations of academic integrity very seriously. Faculty, alumni, staff and fellow students expect each student to uphold the University’s standards of academic integrity both inside and outside of the classroom.

Copyright Notice

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor’s express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University’s Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Office for Disability Services (ODS) Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

 

Use of Trade Names

Where trade names are used, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the World Campus, Outreach and Cooperative Extension, the College of Agricultural Sciences, or The Pennsylvania State University is implied.

Subject to Change Statement

Please note that this Course Syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible for abiding by such changes.

 

Course Summary:

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