Syllabus Template for FYS Courses

Course Number/Section and Title:
Semester and Year:
Course Meeting:
Credit Hours:
Total Credit Hours
Lecture Credit Hours
Lab Credit Hours (if applicable)
First, Last
Office Location/Room #
Email Address
Office Phone Number
Other Number or preferred contact information
Set Office Hours (Days and Time) Also available by appointment.
(If multiple instructors, please copy and paste table here.)
Peer Mentor:
First, Last
Email Address
Course Catalog Description, including pre- or co-requisite course work or other required items. (Copy and paste from
online course description.)
Academic Goals of the FYE Program:
To connect you to the resources that promote belonging, wellness, and success in the first year.
To inspire intellectual curiosity and to introduce you to the richness and rigor of an Otterbein education.
To explore diverse communities and identities and consider what it means to be a global citizen.
Click here to view the FYS Goals and Learning Outcomes.
Program Learning Goals for Integrative Studies Courses:
(choose the one INST goal that your course is designed to meet)
1. To inspire intellectual curiosity about the world as it is and a deeper understanding of the global condition.
2. To assist students in cultivating intercultural knowledge and competencies.
3. To promote active and critical reflection on the human self and its place in the world.
4. To challenge students to critically examine their ethical responsibilities and choices in both local and global contexts.
5. To encourage purposeful public engagement and social responsibility.
Student Learning Outcomes specific to this course:
Peer Mentor: Define the way in which the Peer Mentor will be used in the course.
Co-Curricular Events: Define the required co-curricular events, how to document.
Common Book: FYS courses should acknowledge the Common Book, including promoting the Convocation
ePortfolio Requirement:
Students are required to build an ePortfolio using the INST ePortfolio template to save work done in class, to reflect on your
learning and your growth at Otterbein, and to make connections between different IS courses, between IS courses and your
major, between all of your courses, and your full range of experiences outside of the classroom.
In FYS, students should create this portfolio, upload their Common Book reflection assignment, and complete (and upload) the
First Year Writing prompt.
Required Texts and/or Ancillary Materials
Attendance and Participation Policy
Assignments/Tests and expectations for out-of-class work
Deadlines for submitting work
Final Exam Date and Time
Academic Honesty
All academic work should be your own. Academic dishonesty (plagiarism and cheating) may result in automatic failure of the
assignment or the course itself, and you will be referred to the Academic Dean’s Office for suspension or expulsion proceedings.
You are plagiarizing when you:
1. Copy material from a source without using quotation marks and proper citation.
2. Follow the movement of the source, substituting words and sentences but keeping its meaning, without citing it.
3. Lift phrases or terms from a source and embed them in your own prose without using quotation marks and proper
4. Borrow ideas (that are not common knowledge) form a source without proper citation.
5. Turn in a paper wholly or partially written by someone else.
The complete statement on Plagiarism, Cheating and Dishonesty can be found in the Campus Life Handbook, page 33, at the
following web link:
Learning Differences
If you have a documented learning difference please contact Kera McClain Manley, the Disability Services Coordinator, to
arrange for whatever assistance you need. The Disability Services is located in Room #13 on the second floor of the Library in the
Academic Support Center. You are welcome to consult with me privately to discuss your specific needs. For more information,
contact Kera at [email protected], 614-823-1618 or visit the Disability Services at the following web link:
Statement on Credit Hour Definition/Expectation for Student Work
For each credit hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction, students are expected to engage in two hours of outof-class work (readings, homework, studying, project preparation, etc.). A four semester credit hour course requires
eight hours per week of out-of-class work.