Course Documentation and the Syllabus

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CurricUNET, an online curriculum management system, is used to propose course changes, new courses, program changes, and new programs. The CurricUNET system can be accessed at The preferred web browsers are Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

  • The login menu is located on the left hand side of the page
  • Enter your username, which is the first initial of your first name and your entire last name. (example: sluebbert)
  • Note: There are a few employees that have a different username due to having the same first initial and same last name as another employee. If you are unable to login, contact Sheila Luebbert for your username.
  • Enter your password, which is “changeme” (all lower case with no spaces) if you have not changed it.
  • If you have not already done so, change your password once you are logged into the system:
  • Select “Personal Info” under the “Prefs” Tab.
  • Password: enter new password
  • Password Confirm: reenter new password
  • Scroll down and click the “OK” button

Each student taking a class at State Technical College of Missouri must be provided a syllabus for that class at the beginning of the class. Class syllabi are produced in a standard format and stored in CurricUNET.

CurricUNET Syllabus Module Instructions 08 20 2015.docx
CurricUNET Syllabus Module Instructions 08 20 2015.pdf

A portion of the college program course syllabi are audited each academic year by the Dean of Instruction and Department/Division Chairs.

The following information describes the components required in a State Technical College of Missouri course syllabus.

Letter Identification. Courses will be identified by a three-letter identification prefix.

Major Course Identification Prefixes. Major course identification prefixes include the following:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Automotive Collision Technology (ACT)
  • Automation & Robotics Technology (MAR)
  • Automotive Technology (AMT)
  • Aviation Maintenance (TAM)
  • Business Administration (BUS)
  • CAT Dealer Service Technician (CAT)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (CVT)
  • Commercial Turf & Grounds Management (CTG)
  • Computer Application Development (CPP)
  • Dental Assisting Technology (DAT)
  • Design Drafting Technology (DDT)
  • Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS)
  • Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG)
  • Electronics Engineering Technology (EET)
  • Heartland International Dealers Assoc. (INT)
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology (HVT)
  • Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO)
  • Heavy Equipment Technology (HET)
  • Industrial Electricity (IEL)
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT)
  • Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT)
  • Medium/Heavy Truck Technology (MHT)
  • Networking Systems Technology (NST)
  • Nuclear Technology (MNT)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • Powersports Technology (PST)
  • Practical Nursing Technology (PNT)
  • Precision Machining Technology (PMT)
  • Utility Systems Technology (UST)
  • Welding Technology (WLT)

General Education Course Identification Prefixes. General education course identification prefixes are designated as follows:

  • American Government (PSC)
  • Communications (COM)
  • Computer Application Development (CPP)
  • History (HST)
  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Networking Systems Technology (NST)
  • Physics and Environmental Science (PHY)
  • Self-Paced Mathematics (SPM)

Technical-Occupational Related Course Identification Prefixes. Technical-occupational related course identification prefixes are designated as follows:

  • Agriculture (AGR)
  • Associated Science Course (ASC)
  • Engineering/Mathematics/Science (EMS)
  • Psychology (PSY)
  • Seminar (SEM)

Number Identification. A new course number is needed for any course being offered for the first time or a previously-offered course with a significant content or credit hour change. The Office of Academic Affairs will assign sequence numbers, will ensure that numbers assigned have not been previously used, and keep a record of all course sequence numbers. Assignment of sequence numbers will be as follows:

  • 001-099 = developmental courses (these courses do not fulfill degree requirements)
  • 100-199 = first year courses
  • 200-299 = second year courses

Title. The title will immediately follow the course’s alphanumeric identification. Course titles are descriptive of course content.

Semester Credit. Credit to be granted for successful completion of a course is to be indicated. A “class period” is defined as fifty (50) minutes. Amount of credit is to be determined by the following formulas:

  • Lecture: One hour of credit is 750 minutes/15 class periods. With the exception of the internship, special topics or independent study, a course must contain at least one credit hour of lecture.
  • Science lab: One hour of credit is 1500 minutes/30 class periods. A science lab is a systematic sequence of experimental activities that demonstrate the operation of physical or natural laws. It may be counted as general education credit. For safety, an instructor monitors all labs.
  • Applied lab: One hour of credit is 2250 minutes/45 class periods. An applied lab consists of activities that require a practical application of lecture material. It does not count as general education credit. For safety, an instructor monitors all labs.
  • Supplemental lab: One hour of credit is 3750 minutes/75 class periods. A supplemental lab is designed for the completion of problems or projects pertaining to the course being taught. It does not count as general education credit. For safety, an instructor monitors all labs.
  • Open lab: Zero credit is allowed for open lab periods. Some courses provide lab time for students to complete required course work; no credit is earned for this type of lab. For safety, an instructor monitors all labs.
  • Internship: One hour of credit is a minimum of 40 clock hours.
  • Special Topics Course: Lab/lecture requirements are at the discretion of the instructor within the parameters of syllabi guidelines.

Credit hour requirements are defined above. The following chart gives possible outcomes using Lecture, Applied, and Supplemental Lab requirements:

Credit Hour Combinations Chart.docx
Credit Hour Combinations Chart.pdf

Composition of the Course. The type of credit included in the course is to be indicated on the syllabus (i.e., lecture, type of lab required or internship). In addition, the total number of periods of each type of credit or the total number of clock-hours for an internship is to be indicated.

Course Description. A course description is to include an overview of the major topics to be addressed and the essential learning objectives the course contains.

Course Requisites. Requisites may include skills, abilities, certification, or course(s). Indicate the minimum acceptable level of competency or minimum acceptable grade. Chairs can waive requisite requirements. The various types of course requisites are defined below:

  • Prerequisite. A course or requirement that must be completed prior to enrollment in a given course.
  • Corequisite. A course or requirement that must be completed prior to or at the same time as enrollment in a given course.
  • Concurrent Requisite. A course or requirement that must be completed at the same time as enrollment in a given course.

Course Objectives. Develop objectives that are specific, measurable, observable, and meaningful learning outcomes. They should either demonstrate directly what students need to know or should have the ability to perform when they are completing job assignments required by industry, or they should contribute to the body of knowledge and skills necessary for that purpose. Relate the objectives to the course goals. Course goals relate back to the program goals. State objectives in terms of actions that students will be able to perform. The majority of objectives must be from the Analysis, Synthesis, or Evaluation portions of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Bloom’s Taxonomy (Cognitive Domain).pdf

The number of objectives should be appropriate for the course content and description; a recommended guideline for the number of objectives is three to seven. Objectives are listed in bullet format.

Instructor and Course Information. The following instructor and course information must be included:

  • Course section, days and time, and location
  • Course length, start and end dates
  • Instructor name, office hours, office building and room number, office phone number, and email address.

Required Books, Tools, and Other Materials. Identify all books in standard bibliographic form. If a list of tools, materials, or other items is lengthy, reference the list and indicate where it may be obtained.

Optional/Recommended Books and Other Materials. Identify all optional reading materials in standard bibliographic form, if applicable. List other materials that may be of use to students.

Grading System

AJA@™STC. In addition to the academic grades listed on transcripts, a job readiness work ethic score and an attendance percentage are issued for each class completed as applicable. Classes in which students will not receive job readiness work ethic scores and attendance percentages include: online, independent study, special topics, internship, clinical, seminar, self-paced math, dual credit and dual enrollment (located at high schools).

Academic Grades (GRD): A, B, C, D, F

Job Readiness Work Ethic (JR): score of 0.0 – 4.0

Attendance (ATT): percentage of 1 – 100

Academic Grade. Explain in detail how students’ academic grades are to be determined. Identify how the final letter grade will be earned based on the distribution of points and/or percentages associated with tests, lab projects, out-of-class assignments, other projects, and/or attendance. Specify any additional attendance requirements that are included in the academic grade to distinguish between the attendance portion of the academic grade and the AJA attendance percentage. Specify guidelines for allowing test retakes and awarding extra credit.

Grading Scale.jpg

Higher grading percentages than the above grading scale will take precedence with approval by the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs if the need is supported by program accreditation or certification requirements.

Note: Some classes use a pass/fail grading system in which a P (pass) grade is substituted for the A, B, C, and D letter grades.

Job Readiness Work Ethic Score. Instructors are expected to evaluate students’ job readiness work ethic. Describe how students’ job readiness work ethic scores will be determined using the following criteria:

The Job Readiness Work Ethic Chart can be found on EagleOnline; it will be used to evaluate students a minimum of once per semester, preferably twice per semester.

Job Readiness Short Form.pdf

The final score will be a number between 0.0 and 4.0, with 4.0 being the best Job Readiness Work Ethic Score. The final Job Readiness Work Ethic Score may be either an average score or the ending score.

Attendance Percentage. Instructors are expected to take attendance at each class session. Include in the syllabus that the final score recorded for attendance will be a percentage of the points possible.

Attendance Point Scoring:

  • Present (P) = 2 points
  • Absent (A) = 0 points
  • Late (L) = 1 point
  • Excused (E) = 2 points

For the list of excused absences, visit EagleOnline

Attendance Requirement. The following statement needs to be included in all course syllabi with the exceptions of internship, seminar, dual credit in the high school, and dual enrollment in the high school: Students are expected to attend all classes.

“It is the responsibility of students who will be absent, tardy, or leaving early to leave a message with the college receptionist by calling 800-743-8324. The receptionist will relay the message to the appropriate instructors and staff. In cases of prolonged absence, the student must notify the Office of Counseling Services, who will then notify the student’s instructors.”

Individual instructors may also require students to notify them directly prior to an absence or being late. Include additional requirements here that you or your department may have.

Library Assignment. Library assignments are required for all courses except internships, seminars, test prep, and special topics courses. Concurrent lecture and lab courses are required to have only one library assignment. The following are the parameters of a good library assignment: 1) must be an oral presentation or written assignment that is turned into the instructor for evaluation, 2) students will be required to use State Technical College of Missouri library resources to complete the assignment1234, 3) it cannot be duplicated on another course’s syllabus and 4) the section must be completed on each syllabus.

Special Class or Laboratory Procedures. Explain any special procedures that apply such as: safety, time allotment for equipment usage, and so on.

Plan of Instruction. List the course topics in their expected sequence. Also, indicate class assignments, library assignments, lab projects, and tests that pertain to each topic. Identify assignments and projects by name.

Each program must include a minimum of two written assignments and two oral presentations documented in the Plan of Instruction. If the library assignment is being used to satisfy the oral or written assignment requirement, it must be described in the Plan of Instruction.

Include the following disclaimer: “The instructor may change or modify the plan of instruction as needed.”

Below is a form for reviewing syllabi.

Syllabus Review Form.pdf