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ABC 101: Course Title

Semester and Year, Section
Classroom Number, Class Time(s), Place(s)

Instructor Information

  • Office Location:
  • Phone: (416) 979 - 5000 ext. ______
  • Email Address:

Email Policy

Boilerplate concerning the Email Policy can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

Course Description

Copy and paste the course description from the Ryerson Calendar, which typically includes the course designation (Professional, Professionally-Related or Liberal Studies), hours per week, prerequisites, anti-requisites, and any other course exclusions. Course descriptions for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies are available at opens in new window, Ryerson Calendar.

Course Overview

  • A description of the teaching method(s) that will be used (e.g., laboratory, studio, problem-based learning, seminar, field work, un-graded journals, or
  • In cases where there are multiple sections of the same course with consequent variations in course delivery methods, grading and/or methods of evaluation, etc., students will be provided with at least a brief section/instructor-specific description in addition to the generic course outline.

Course Materials

Information about textbooks, reading lists, and other or State any specific details on any in course work, assignments or exams in this section.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

(although it is not specifically required, as programs develop more explicit Degree Level Expectations, it can be helpful for students to be made aware of what they can expect to learn if they are successful in the course).

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Topics and Course Schedule

and corresponding readings (as well as any field trips or required activities outside of class time). If you would like to see an example of a great course schedule, view IRD300 Course Schedule.

Week Date Activity Readings
Week 1 September 9 Introduction
Lecture 1: Topic Name
Chapter Readings: 1 & 2
Week 2 September 16 Lecture 2: Topic Name
Discuss Assignment 1
Chapter Readings: 3 & 4
Week 3 September 23 Lecture 2: Topic Name Chapter Readings: 5
Week 4 October 7 Lecture 3: Topic Name
Due: Assignment 1
Chapter Readings: 6 & 7
Week 5 October 14 Fall Reading Week - No Class No readings.
Week 6 October 21 Lecture 4: Topic Name
Discuss Assignment 2
Chapter Readings: 8
Week 7 October 29 Lecture 5: Topic Name Chapter Readings: 9 & 10
Week 8 November 5 Lecture 6: Topic Name
Due: Assignment 2
Chapter Readings: 11
Week 9 November 12 Lecture 7: Topic Name
Discuss Assignment 3
Chapter Readings: 12
Week 10 November 19 Lecture 8: Topic Name
Chapter Readings: 13
Week 11 November 26 Lecture 9: Topic Name
Due: Assignment 3
Chapter Readings: 14
Week 12 December 3 Lecture 10: Topic Name
Exam Review
Chapter Readings: 15

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Evaluation

  • A list and (at least tentative) schedule of all exams, and other work to be graded, and general descriptions of these.
  • The exam, and/or
  • A notice if any unscheduled evaluations will be used part of the grading scheme.
  • An indication of approximately when the first exam results or other grades will be returned to students (this should be before the last date to drop the class.)
  • A statement regarding how late work will be evaluated.

Missed Class and/or Evaluations

Boilerplate concerning Missed Class and/or Evaluations can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

Health Certificates

Boilerplate concerning Health Certificates can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

Religious Observance

Boilerplate concerning Religious Observance can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

Students who need Academic Accommodation Support

Boilerplate concerning Students who need Academic Accomodation Support can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Boilerplate concerning Academic Integrity and Plagiarism can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

Turnitin

Boilerplate concerning Turnitin can be copied directly from the Course Outline Policy section on the Secretary of Senate website. Please check the Senate page each semester for current policy.

Important Resources Available at Ryerson

  • The Library provides research workshops and individual assistance. Inquire at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library, or go to Research Skills Workshops.
  • Student Learning Support offers group-based and individual help with writing, math, study skills and transition support, and other issues.
  • on significant dates, academic standings, exam schedules, etc., visit the Current Students website.
  • The Student Guide summarizes the policies, fees, procedures and services you’ll need to know as a Ryerson student.

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