Alignment matrices are designed to ensure the integrity of your instruction and to provide artifacts for the assessment of student learning. In the matrix attached, you will find columns for student outcomes, state standards, national standards, program standards and artifacts from assignments ensuring these areas have been satisfied.
WR122 continues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research; it also uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. The course emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research, and information literacy.
The fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry including the physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, the gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, redox reactions, and chemical equilibria. All course content created by Patricia Richard. Content added to OER Commons by Joanna Gray.
This syllabus relies on three openly licensed textbooks:
Gagich, Melanie and Emilie Zickel. A Guide to Rhetoric, Genre, and Success in First-Year Writing.
Priebe, Sybil, Dana Anderson, and Robin Marman. Writing Unleashed.
Wangler, Sarah and Tina Ulrich, editors. 88 Open Essays: A Reader for Students of Composition and Literature.
Offers broad preparation for both academic writing and professional communication. Includes composing for a variety of rhetorical situations, writing for both oneself, and for external audiences. Provides self-guided learning opportunities alongside more structured opportunities for practice with support as needed.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
ADAPT: Experiment with different genres.
INQUIRE: Locate relevant information sources in a process of inquiry.
CONNECT: Use rhetorical tools to convey and support a perspective.
REFLECT: Analyze their own learning in writing.
This course is designed to familiarize students with basic computer architecture and operating systems and the relationships between hardware and operating systems will be explored. A student who successfully completes this course will also be able to gain strong foundation in the core fundamentals of digital technology. Basic concepts are reinforced by exercises, and hand-on applications. Students will also program and run simple macros in Linux shell. Employability skills, such as Problem solving, Teamwork, Communications and Critical Thinking are integrated into the course work.
4 hours’ lecture.
All course content created by Syeda Ferdous Arar Begum. Content added to OER Commons by Joanna Gray.
Folder with syllabus and course outline for General Physics (Algebra) I course that uses Openstax College Physics as textbook (https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics).
This course covers classical mechanics, which essentially means the physics of forces and motion that was developed before the start of the 20 th century. This physics accurately describes the behaviors of objects that are: large enough to be seen with microscopes but smaller than planets or moons, roughly room temperature (give or take a few hundred degrees), and traveling much slower than the speed of light—in other words, most of our everyday experience.
The classical mechanics covered in this course can be boiled down to seven key concepts: Newton’s three laws of motion, the law of universal gravitation, and the laws of conservation of momentum, energy, and angular momentum. We’ll be focusing on these central ideas and how they apply to practical examples.
Course Content and Outcomes
After completion of this course, students will
1) Apply knowledge of motion, forces, energy, and circular motion to explain natural physical processes and related technological advances.
2) Use an understanding of calculus along with physical principles to effectively solve problems encountered in everyday life, further study in science, and in the professional world.
3) Design experiments and acquire data in order to explore physical principles, effectively communicate results, and critically evaluate related scientific studies.
4) Assess the contributions of physics to our evolving understanding of global change and sustainability while placing the development of physics in its historical and cultural context.
Course description: A research-based course on the use of language for thinking, problem-solving and communicating across subject areas. Includes best-practice teaching strategies that will enable all students to become independent learners.
Openly licensed syllabus that uses the open textbook Human Resources Management: https://open.lib.umn.edu/humanresourcemanagement/
Covers principles and techniques of human resources management. Includes the following topics: hiring practices, orientation, training, job enrichment, motivation, and performance and review. Covers wage policies, benefits programs and how to comply with a myriad of legal requirements.
Bonaventure, O., Computer Networking: Principles, Protocols and Practice, Release 0.25, Saylor Foundation, 2011. http://www.saylor.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Computer-Networking-Principles-Bonaventure-1-30-31-OTC1.pdf
Dordal, P., An Introduction to Computer Networks, Release 1.9.16, 2019. http://intronetworks.cs.luc.edu/current/ComputerNetworks.pdf
Course description: A comprehensive examination of how computers can be linked together to share resources and information. Emphasis will be given to understanding packet switched networks and how they enable contemporary enterprises. Topics include network hardware, software and protocols. Prerequisites: CS13X or CS161 (or concurrent).
After completing this course:
Students will have practical experience using protocols to enable communication between computing devices connected to each other,
Students will have configured an IT infrastructure solution for a small organization, including a network based on standard technology components, servers, security devices, and several different types of computing clients,
Students will apply core concepts underlying IP networks to solve simple network design problems, including IP subnetting.
My interest in re-designing my Writing 115 classes to utilize Open Educational Resources grew out of the reality that many students on this level are often challenged by a lack of money. This class is one more that they must take before they even start transfer-level writing. They are also challenged to pay for tuition, fees, and everyday living expenses. When a student chooses food over books because the books are unaffordable, their chances of success go down.
I started my re-design with the textbook I had been using and chose readings from it. Since most are previously published pieces available on the Internet, it’s easy to locate them and provide a link to them. If I had a reading that wasn’t as readily available, I consulted my friendly neighborhood reference librarians. For readings on writing instruction and grammar, I relied on the titles from the Open Oregon project. My students have enjoyed these books for their readability, general usefulness, and portability.
In addition to a course syllabus, I have included activities in this document that I developed to use in my writing classes. Please feel free to use any of them that fit the needs of your students. I would love a shout-out if you do, and I also welcome questions and suggestions.
Syllabus with listening links for Introduction to Jazz History course that uses a library ebook as primary textbook: Ted Gioia, The History of Jazz, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford, 2011). Covers the 90-year history of jazz, a truly American art form. Examines and analyzes eras, styles, and significant artists.
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Understand that the study of jazz involves an analysis of what motivates humans to create and how their creations reflect their values and world views
Experience jazz music “dynamically,” that is, to appreciate simultaneously the uniqueness of a work, its origins and precedent, its potential as an inspiration and influence on later music and its relationship to a particular cultural moment
Critically examine the impact of jazz on social interaction so as to encourage sensitivity and empathy toward people with different values or beliefs.
Catalog description: ENG 106 will present to the student a wide range of poetry from various time periods and cultures. Course work will involve students in the consideration of poetic technique and expression. Theme, structure, and style will be emphasized, as well as the elements of poetry. At the discretion of the Instructor, students may also be required to participate in creative writing assignments to gain insight into the nature of poetry.
Additional words from Amy: This course will be geared toward helping you learn ways of reading, enjoying, and appreciating poetry. To do this, we'll read a wide variety of poems from different cultures and times. Keeping in mind that poetry is a form of artistic expression, our ultimate goal will be to discover ways that poetry can guide our understanding of a culture, a time, and/or of human experience. In order to notice and discuss the effects that poems have on readers, you'll also work with the language used to describe techniques that poets use in their art.
This syllabus is for a writing intensive course that provides students with an introduction to technology and ethics in society.
This sample syllabus for a course on planets, exoplanets, and SETI (using the OpenStax Astronomy textbook) may help beginning instructors think through what sorts of things they might want to put on a syllabus. It can also provide guidance on how to select key sections of the textbook for a course that doesn’t have time to cover everything.
This course is designed to provide the student with the range of communication issues a manager will face in the future. Enduring issues on how to write and speak effectively and devise a successful communications strategy as well as how to make the best use of telecommunications technology will be explored. Through readings, case studies and application, the student will study such areas as handling feedback, managing meetings, communicating change, communicating with diverse populations and external audiences. Special focus on how to use communications to achieve organizational goals, how to adapt their communications to the specific needs of their audiences, and how to prepare for intercultural communications challenges.
Syllabus for Materials Science course that also uses:
Material Science FlexBook: https://flexbooks.ck12.org/user:bw9ycmlzdgvabglubmjlbnrvbi5lzhu./cbook/material-science/
NSF Materials Science and Technology module: http://matse1.matse.illinois.edu/metals/intro.html
NDT Resource Center: https://www.nde-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/Materials/cc_mat_index.htm
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Identify property classifications of various materials to determine their applicability for use.
Apply knowledge of subatomic, atomic, molecular, crystal and grain structures to materials science.
Identify materials commonly used in the manufacturing environment and safety/health issues.
Understand heat treating of ferrous metals and determine hardness.
Read and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Introduces academic writing as a means of inquiry.
Employs critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions.
Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis.
Folder of openly licensed course documents including syllabus and assignment prompts.
Course description: Instruction and practice in professional workplace writing, with emphasis on genre, audience and collaboration.
Course Description: This course examines selected health issues and their physical and emotional effects on women. Examples of topics include: body image, eating disorders, reproductive life, violence, menopause, cancer, depression, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and the politics of women’s health.
Performance Based Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Identify key health issues as they relate to women.
2. Access community resources as they relate to women’s health issues.
3. Differentiate women’s chronic conditions from a treatment and prevention perspective.
4. Identity the components and influences of psychological health from a gender perspective.
5. Contrast current and historical treatment of women in the health care system.
Course readings from openly licensed Saylor and Noba sources.
Psychology and human relations focuses on practical applications of psychology to relationships. Topics include models for understanding individual and social behavior, self and social perception, emotional self-regulation, physical and mental health, addictions, attraction, relationship formation and maintenance, leaders and followers, stress, work, leisure time, sexuality, commitment, and brief introduction to the clinical aspects of human behavior.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Understand themes of personal growth, self concept, and self estee.|Know the interrelationship between physical health and mental health.|Manage personal decision making, motivation, and emotion.|Identify one's own capabilities as leader or follower.|Intergrate sexuality, love, and commitment.|Understand personal stressor and manage one's response to stress.|Know the factors and outcomes for addictive behaviors and how to seek help.
Syllabus and reading list of openly licensed materials.
Applies psychological principles to relationships in both personal and professional environments. Includes an overview of basic personality and social psychology concepts, as well as specific skill development in the areas of communication, listening, and conflict resolution.
Apply an understanding of psychological and social influences on human behavior to objectively analyze one’s own interpersonal experiences and relationships.
Utilize intra- and interpersonal management skills to increase effectiveness in personal and professional relationships.
Use knowledge of culturally diverse practices to increase sensitivity and competence in a variety of social and cultural interactions.
Communicate, listen, and manage conflict more effectively in personal and professional relationships.
Folder of documents includes syllabus, readings, activities, worksheets, and videos.
COCC Catalog’s Course Description: “Emphasizes enhancing the relationship between speaker and audience through the content, organization and delivery of short oral presentations. Helps relieve student speech anxiety.”
Comm111 offers basic instruction in public speaking. The ability to speak successfully in public will benefit your professional, academic, and social life. Much like good writing, good public speaking requires preparation, organization and structure. This course will provide you with the tools for presenting your thoughts and ideas to others, orally, as you practice speaking to your peers. This course will also enable you to become a more discerning consumer of speeches – including political oratory.
Syllabus of open, free, and low-cost readings.
Professional rehabilitation counselors who work with clients who are Deaf or have disabilities at various points in their lifespan will often also work with family members. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with information that will provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, from birth to old age. Family systems and how families who have members who are Deaf or who have disabilities will be
explored. Topics for this course will include the following: (a) a general overview of the expanded family life cycle; (b) an explanation of six developmental stages; (c) an introduction of family counseling theories and clinical application; (d) a demonstration of how to use genograms to track family history through the family life cycle; and (e) an understanding of how diverse characteristics including gender, spirituality, age, ethnic or cultural background, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status impact the family throughout the lifespan.
Syllabus of open/free readings.
This course addresses the general lab skills and knowledge required to function safely and effectively in an electronics laboratory or shop environment. The student will be introduced to concepts in electronic circuit assembly, wire termination, and soldering. Included is an overview of various electrical schematics and diagrams used in the design, assembly, and repair of electrical and electronic systems. The proper use of common lab equipment and hand tools will be covered. This is a hands-on course intended to give the student experience performing tasks that are best taught by practice.
Openly licensed syllabus assigns low-cost textbook (The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal, ISBN: 9781101982938)
Course Description: The course is designed for students interested in a comprehensive approach to the management of stress. The class will examine the historical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, psychological, and physiological foundations of the stress concept. This broad understanding of stress will be the basis for the study
of the role that stress plays in health and disease. Students will explore a wide variety of stress management/relaxation techniques. The course will include lectures, critical thinking exercises, class discussions, workbook activities, quizzes, exams, and practical applications of various stress management techniques.
The Cambrian College Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub has created a series of syllabus templates designed as infographics.
These templates have been created in PowerPoint to assist educators in developing and customizing a more visual introduction to their course. These illustrative templates are simple so that your students can have an easy-to-digest and engaging overview of your course. The syllabus is often the first piece of information that students will receive in their course. They often refer to this to help them become oriented with the course activities and assessments; it’s an important element to their success.
Visit our website to download the templates individually by hovering over the previews and clicking the “Download Template” button to receive the single PowerPoint file. To receive all of the templates as a ZIP file package, click the “Download All Templates” button.
For help in customizing the templates in PowerPoint, we have also included a short how-to video.
These templates by Cambrian College are licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0.
Syllabus of free/open course readings.
WR 121 focuses on rhetorical reading, thinking, and writing as a means of inquiry. Students will gain fluency with key rhetorical concepts and utilize these in a flexible and collaborative writing process, reflecting on their writing process with the goal of developing metacognitive awareness. They will employ conventions, including formal citations, appropriate for a given writing task, attending to the constraints of audience, purpose, genre, and discourse community. Students will compose in two or more genres. They will produce 3000-3500 words of revised, final draft copy or an appropriate multimodal analog for this amount of text. If the focus is primarily multimodal, students will produce at least one essay that integrates research and demonstrates an understanding of the role of an assertive thesis in an academic essay of at least 1000 words.
WR 122 continues the focus of WR 121 in its review of rhetorical concepts and vocabulary, in the development of reading, thinking, and writing skills, along with metacognitive competencies understood through the lens of a rhetorical vocabulary. Specifically, students will identify, evaluate, and construct chains of reasoning, a process that includes an ability to distinguish assertion from evidence, recognize and evaluate assumptions, and select sources appropriate for a rhetorical task.
Students will employ a flexible, collaborative, and appropriate composing process, working in multiple genres, and utilizing at least two modalities. They will produce 3500-4500 words of revised, final draft copy or an appropriate multimodal analog for this amount of text. If the focus is primarily multimodal, students will produce at least one essay of a minimum of 1500 words, demonstrating competence in both research and academic argumentation.
An instructor resource to accompany The Word on College Reading and Writing, which is an open educational resource (OER) for developing college readers and writers.
Syllabus for two courses: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga All Levels. Both courses make use of a free online text: https://yoga.dasa.ncsu.edu/
Course Description: Appropriate for all levels. A dynamic, flow-style Vinyasa practice linking breath and movement with modifications for all levels offered. Focus will be on traditional postures for functional use and comfort in daily life as well as an introduction to a restorative, deep-stretching style of yoga.
Learning Outcomes & Course Competencies:
At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.
2) Understand the basic concepts of the mind-body-spirit connection.
3) Have a basic awareness and understanding of the historical importance of yoga.
4) Understand the concepts of yoga off the mat.
5) Learn and demonstrate the basic use of yoga props.
6) Learn and demonstrate the basic use of restorative postures.
7) Understand and demonstrate the concept of “intention”.
8) Learn and demonstrate the importance of “safe” yoga postures.
9) Understand and demonstrate basic breathing techniques and how it relates to a meditative state.
10) Show respect for yourself and fellow classmates by contributing to an open, non-threatening, non-judgmental, ego free atmosphere.
11) Understand the concept of “being present”.