Instructors' course syllabi hold special value and meaning to the courses they teach; the syllabi also contain information to uphold these values: 1) a desire to affirm what we are doing in the classroom; 2) the move towards creating a climate conducive to assessing student outcomes; and 3) the need to be specific with regard to student expectations for a course and how those expectations might impact a student’s grade and progress as a degree candidate (Section 5.4.1 - Guidelines, Moravian University Faculty Handbook). More information about syllabi requirements can be found in the most current Faculty Handbook, as well as, on this checklist of requirements for syllabi.
A current template to assist in creating a syllabus in MS Word format (updated 1/7/2020) is available at this link.
Past syllabi of courses taught at Moravian University can be found through the Syllabus Lookup on AMOS.
Current Moravian University catalog to access course descriptions.
Every instructor shall post a copy of their syllabus in pdf or MS Word format on the Syllabus page of their Canvas shell. This is a requirement of the Provost's Office necessary for complying with the Federal Department of Education regulations.
Total Required Hours of Class Work
Moravian University requires a minimum number of hours of work for each credit hour a student earns.
For graduate classes, the minimum requirement is 44 hours of work for each credit hour or 132 hours of work for a three-credit hour course. This requirement works out to 16.5 hours of work required per week of an eight-week course, or 18.9 hours per week if the course is delivered over seven weeks.
For undergraduate classes, the minimum requirement is also 44 hours of work for each credit hour, or 176 hours of work for a one unit, four credit hour course. This requirement works out to 11.7 hours of work required per week over a 15 week semester.
What is included in the calculation of hours of work?
- Class hours - the time spent in the classroom in instruction, including exams and quizzes
- Work outside of the classroom, including but not limited to
- Assigned readings, preparation writing for class, homework assignments, general research associated with regular classroom work
- Special assignments, such as completing background research/project, writing drafts/revising drafts, and presenting completed work
- Other academic activities, including service learning, field work, attending assigned events, problem-solving sessions, group tutoring, group project meetings/outside group work, participation in electronic discussion boards, individual meetings with instructors.
The Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence provides a course workload estimator that is useful for estimating class hours for various types of assignments. Include your estimated total hours of work per week in your syllabus. You may be asked to document your classwork estimate. If so, please click on the link below to download the form, complete it then submit it to the department.
All syllabi must include the instructor's office hours. Instructors are requested to post the times of their office hour outside of their offices and in their Canvas shells and adhere to that office hour schedule. More information can be found within the Faculty Handbook under Section 5.13 titled: Office Hours.
Utilizing our Learning Management System, Canvas, student attendance is taken via the Attendance page. To take attendance for a class, follow these simple steps in Canvas
- Log into Canvas via your email address and password used for logging into AMOS
- Select the class for which you wish to take attendance and click the attendance link on the left-hand side menu. Record class attendance.
For more information regarding Canvas, or if you would like to receive Canvas training, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Tate, Instructional Technologist, at email@example.com
Emails will be sent directly from the Registrar to Faculty in regards to midterm, final, and grade changes every semester. Faculty post-midterm and final grades in AMOS. For further questions and information regarding grading policies and grade changes, please contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class cancellation procedures and protocols are found in section 5.15 of the Faculty Handbook.