Syllabus Master


<Instructor name>
<Instructor office location>
<Instructor phone number>
<Instructor e-mail address>
<Instructor office hours>

<KCTCS catalog description>
<Course relationship to college’s mission and goals>
Note: current mission and goals can be found at https://jefferson.kctcs.edu/about/mission-vision/index.aspx

<Student learning outcomes specific to course>

“Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:”

Note: List all discipline/program learning outcomes specific to this course. At least one learning outcome, as determined by the faculty, must be assessed
so that the results can be analyzed and strategies for improvement identified and implemented. See your discipline’s department head or academic program coordinator about outcomes that must be included and assessed. Other faculty-specific learning outcomes may be added.

Note: If this course satisfies a general education requirement in one of the five broad categories into which the statewide competencies are organized (Written and Oral Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social and Behavioral Sciences), your list of student learning outcomes specific to the course must include one of the competencies listed for your discipline on the attached list of Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes document attached.

<State-wide general education student learning outcomes being taught or strengthened in the course (only include the competencies relevant to THIS course>

“In addition to the course and discipline specific learning outcomes listed above, this course also supports the college’s general education goals; upon completion of this course, students will be better able to:

Note: List all general education student learning outcomes that are introduced or supported by this course. Refer to the attached “Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes” document attached. Include only those student learning outcomes actually addressed by your course. DO NOT SIMPLY INSERT THE LIST.

<Critical thinking skills developed in this course>

All courses, both general education and technical, contribute to students’ achieving the college’s general education competencies. Determination of the extent to which Jefferson students achieve general education competencies has been assessed using both the Critical Thinking Assessment Test and the ETS Proficiency Profile. Both instruments have demonstrated weaknesses in students’ critical thinking abilities. Recent studies have shown that students lack awareness of critical thinking skills even when they are employing them and are therefore unable to consciously call on them as strategies for approaching new materials and situations. Amanda Hiner of Winthrop University writes that “experts agree that critical thinking involves metacognitive awareness and a systematic application to analyze and assess information”; that is, we need explicit, intentional critical thinking instruction to develop students’ thinking processes and make them “visible” and accessible to the student. And she contends that this happens best when critical thinking instruction is combined with discipline-specific instruction. As a way of beginning to make skills needed to succeed in your course explicit for your students, please include appropriate skills from the attached or other lists of critical thinking skills that students will need to exercise in your course and explain what they are.

<Required texts, supplies, materials>

Note: include information about editions

<Suggested texts, supplies, materials>
<Use of Blackboard and other technology (in in-person classes)>

Make clear how you will be using Blackboard and any other technology in the class and what your expectations of student use of the technology is.

<Use of Starfish>

Explain how you will be using the Starfish early alert system in your course to help students understand their progress and what they need to do to succeed.

<Course requirements>

Note: include specific numbers of tests, quizzes, assignments, projects

<Evaluation and grading criteria>

Note: explain relationship of requirements to grades that can be earned in the course, including method of calculation, any weighting, etc.; include discussion of homework, class participation, extra credit, or anything else that will affect grades; either here or in policy section, include policies on late assignments, missed quizzes or exams, absences, or tardiness in relation to grading. Explain the I grade and the circumstances under which you will award one. Explain your withdrawal policy and list the last date when a student may withdraw without your signature. If you only allow withdrawals after mid-term for specific reasons, list those.

<Final examination>

Note the date and time of the final exam on your syllabus and let students know that they should check the times of the finals in all their classes early in the semester to ensure there are no conflicts. If there are, students should contact their instructors to arrange an alternate exam time. Students should also be told that, if they have three or more exams scheduled on the same day, they may request to have one of them rescheduled. Again, they should talk with their instructors if this occurs to arrange to take one of them on an alternate day.

<Policies and other information>

Note: at a minimum, the following must be included: information for students with disabilities, complaint/appeal process, a reference and link to the Code of Student Conduct, which lists student and faculty rights and responsibilities, and—if not covered above—policies on absences and tardiness.

<Withdrawal policy, dates, process>

“All Jefferson Community and Technical College students may request a drop/withdrawal by sending an e-mail from their KCTCS e-mail accounts to the Records Office [[jf-records-office@kctcs.edu] . The email must come from a KCTCS student email account, include the student’s KCTCS ID# and the course in question and include any necessary documentation/approval from the instructor.”

Note: indicate to students what the last date is that they can withdraw from your course without your permission; tell them the circumstances under which you would be willing to give permission after that date, and include information telling them that they may drop a course by e-mail by following the instructions given above.

<Special accommodations for students>

Note: use the following statement and then include either all the contact information or just that specific to your location:

Students Needing Special Accommodations:

Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Access*Ability Resource Center (ARC) on the appropriate campus as soon as possible. Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor. If you require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify your instructor and the ARC.

  • Downtown, Technical, and Carrollton Campuses
    • Terri Martin
      • Downtown Campus
      • Office:  Chestnut Hall, Room 319
      • Phone:  502.213.2375
      • Email:  terrif.martin@kctcs.edu
  • Southwest, Shelby, and Bullitt County Campuses
    • Nancy Birkla
      • Office: Chestnut Hall, Room 319 (on the Downtown Campus)
      • Phone: 502.213.7120
      • Email: nancy.birkla@kctcs.edu
  • Students with Hearing Loss or Deafness
    • Venetia Lacy
      • Interpreter and Coordinator of DHHS
      • Office: Chestnut Hall, Room 319
      • Phone: 502.213.4218
      • Email: venetia.lacy@kctcs.edu
<Complaint procedure>

Note: your policy should explain that Jefferson Community and Technical College students with a complaint are first expected to address it with the instructor. Normally, if the complaint cannot be resolved, the student should contact the appropriate department head or program coordinator [give name, phone number, and e-mail]. If the complaint still cannot be resolved, the student should contact the appropriate division chair [give name, phone number, and e-mail]. If the complaint cannot be resolved even at that level, the student should contact the appropriate academic dean [give name, phone number, and e-mail]. Because coordinators now handle multiple campuses, Division Chairs may be the first person to be contacted by the student; follow the instructions of your DC.

<Code of Student Conduct>

Note: you should explain the general policy on cheating and plagiarism as well as the consequences that can be leveled for such offenses. You should definitely include a link to the complete Code of Student Conduct: Code of Student Conduct (http://www.kctcs.edu/Current_Students/Code_of_Student_Conduct.aspx)

You may include additional policies on such things as cell phones, use of computers and calculators, food in the classroom, bringing children to class, leaving class early, and general expectations of behavior.

<Attendance Policy> if not included above

Note: there is no specific attendance policy mandated, but you must include one or note that you do not have one in your syllabus. Please also note that you may NOT drop any student for non-attendance. Do not list this as a possible consequence of non-attendance. Students may only be dropped for non-payment or as the result of a Vice President-level disciplinary action.

<Attendance Policy for Religious Holidays>

Note: KCTCS Legal Services advises us that we should

  1. provide students an accommodation to attend their holiday observances; however, they can be required to make up the time or examinations missed. 
  2. that our syllabi should include a statement indicating that students should make their requests for this accommodation in advance.

Faculty may exercise their own discretion about allowing students who have missed without requesting an accommodation to make up missed times or exams.

<Links to Key College Academic Support Services>

Library and Learning Commons: Library services and resources are available at the Downtown and Southwest Campuses and electronically. The Learning Commons on each campus offers tutoring and academic support services. https://jefferson.kctcs.edu/current-students/student-resources/libraries/index.aspx

<Non-discrimination Statement>

Use the following statement:

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is an equal educational and employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, family medical history, or genetic information. Further, we vigilantly
prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, military service, or any other non-merit based factor.

Revised DCF 7.13.17