Resources for creating & improving your syllabus
Constructing a Learner-Centered Syllabus by Aaron S. Richmond
Holistic Wellness, Learning, and Engagement
CSUMB believes in a holistic wellness, learning and engagement paradigm. Many departments support students with their physical, mental, financial, intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellness. As a college student you may need assistance with anything, including tutoring, testing accommodations, emergency funds or mental health support. While at CSUMB, we hope you enhance and maintain your wellness. We also hope you learn to respond to challenges by seeking available guidance. View the list of CSUMB student resources below and learn about their services at www.csumb.edu/help/campus-resources.
Academic integrity is of central importance to an education at CSUMB. The core of this integrity resides in the scholastic honesty of the CSUMB community, and therefore, is the responsibility of all students and faculty to uphold and maintain. Forms of academic dishonesty include: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and collusion in any of these activities. We value informal resolution of academic integrity allegations; however, students discovered to have engaged in academic dishonesty will be sanctioned.
View the Academic Integrity Policy
Center for Student Success (CSS)
CSUMB works to make sure that all students are succeeding in their courses. To ensure that this takes place, if you are falling behind or are missing too many class sessions, I strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with the Center for Student Success to create an Academic Success Plan and get back on track. The CSS offers services such as one-on-one support, peer mentoring, and study skills workshops. CSS is located in the Library, 3rd Floor, Suite 3180, 582-3165.
CSUMB is committed to providing excellent and innovative curricula and educational opportunities to its students. To help us maintain quality academic offerings and to conform to institutional and professional accreditation requirements, the University and its programs regularly evaluate student work to assess student achievement of learning outcomes. CSUMB obtains, evaluates, and retains samples of student work from designated assignments in representative courses. This work includes, but is not limited to, papers, exams, creative works, recordings of oral presentations, or portfolios developed and submitted in courses or to satisfy the requirements for degree programs. Instructors will inform students which assignments will be designated for assessment purposes. Instructor and student names will not appear in any assessment results and assessment results will have no impact on student grades, instructor evaluations, or instructor employment.
Cooperative Learning Center (formally ASAP)
The Cooperative Learning Center is our campus tutoring program, free and open to all students. The CLC provides high-quality supplemental learning and studying experiences for students of all abilities in science, math, writing, languages, academic reading, computer technology, and English language learning for multilingual students. We work with students to expand their knowledge and abilities, empowering them to become independent learners; our tutors, staff, and faculty work together to design and offer effective, collaborative, and active learning experiences. We also provide undergraduate tutors with the opportunity to develop teaching, leadership, and communication skills. The Cooperative Learning Center is located on the second floor of the library. 582-4104. firstname.lastname@example.org
You will find the faculty handbook prepared by the Office for Student Disability Resources (SDR)
SDR encourages faculty to make the following announcement in the first few class meetings and in your syllabi:
Students with disabilities who require accommodations such as time extensions or alternate media/format must present current verification from Student Disability Resources as soon as possible. Please schedule an appointment to discuss specifics with me. If you think a disability may impact your performance in this class, meet with SDR professional staff in the Health and Wellness Services, Building #80. Contact SDR: (831) 582 - 3672 or Email: email@example.com
At a minimum, your syllabus should include something like the following:
If you are a student with a disability and you need accommodations, please make an appointment with me to discuss your needs. Bring your forms from Student Disability Resources located in the Health and Wellness Services, Building #80.
CSUMB is committed to creating and sustaining an environment free of discrimination, including sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. If you experience discrimination of any kind, CSUMB encourages you to utilize the resources described below.
To report any type of discrimination
- Title IX/DHR (Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Email is recommended for fastest response)
To report discrimination as a crime and/or safety assistance
- University Police Department
- Emergencies: 911
- Non-emergencies: 831-655-0268
For confidential support
- Campus Advocate/Monterey County Rape Crisis Center
- Call or text: 831-402-9477
- 24 hour crisis line: 831-375-4357
- Personal Growth and Counseling Center (PGCC)
- Call: 831-582-3969
- Call: 831-582-3969
Any CSUMB staff or faculty member, other than the campus advocate or PGCC counselors, who are told about student experiences of misconduct must report all known information to the Title IX/DHR office.
- Title IX/DHR (Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation)
Note: Faculty may choose to add or substitute iLearn or some other electronic resource here. The critical point is that students be advised about how they should expect to receive information and with what frequency they should check for communications.
CSUMB policy establishes email as the primary and official means of communication from California State University, Monterey Bay to students. This includes faculty communication to students and will be used for communication in this course. Students are therefore expected to check their email on a frequent basis.
“Veterans,active duty military personnel with special circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill requirements, disabilities) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor.”
Find more helpful information in the VA campus toolkit
In keeping with the CSUMB vision statement, which says: “The University will invest in preparation for the future through integrated and experimental use of technologies”, this course will require the application of technology to solve problems and create material relevant to our discipline. It is the responsibility of each student to fully understand the required technology and how to use it to complete assignments for this course. There are a variety of campus resources provided to help students enhance their technology skills and you are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities as needed. A summary of the required skills in this course is provided below
Outcome Example Skills Take a large set of data, organize and summarize it. Create meaningful graphical representations that can be used to draw conclusions about the sample population. Use a spreadsheet program to: 1) Make a new spreadsheet, 2) Import a comma delimited file, 3) Sort data based on different fields, 4) Create pie, scatter and bar charts and determine the best type of chart for a given claim Create a persuasive presentation using supporting visual materials. The presentation should be viewable over the web. Use presentation software to: 1) Create a new presentation using a template, 2) Design an appealing and coherent theme for a presentation, 3) Embed media (such as video) into a presentation Use collaboration tools to deliver your presentation online.
For more information on technology support:
CSUMB believes that wellness matters. As a college student, you may sometimes experience problems with your wellness that interfere with academic success and negatively impact daily life. An important part of college is learning how to respond to these problems and seek guidance. Departments within Health & Wellness Services can support you in achieving and maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. To learn more about these resources go to csumb.edu/hws.