Every work of literature has a ‘voice’ that the author uses to speak to the audience. The syllabus is no exception to this rule. This is because the person who has created the outline also uses a voice to communicate the objectives ant topics that should be covered in the course in question (Roberts, 2003). The voices used in these cases often differ in accordance to the information that is passed. The voice in the course syllabus may be authoritarian or friendly. The voice is the creation of the writer and he or she can manipulate it whichever way he or she likes (N.a, 2003). In most cases, the authors use different voices in the case of different situations. For example, while explaining the topics to be learnt, the author may adopt a friendly voice. On the other hand, in the case of grades and submission of assignments an authoritarian voice may be used. Two important factors influence the voice used in a syllabus, the choice of words and tone used in the work (N.a, 2008).
The choice of words affects greatly the voice of the author in the course syllabus. This is because from the use of certain words, the reader is able to identify with the voice the author is using. The use of playful language and remarks is a clear indication that the voice of the author is friendly. However, the use of curt sentences and official language signifies that the author’s voice is authoritarian. Another aspect that is a critical indicator of the voice of the author is the tone used in the syllabus. Tone is a significant factor since it enables the readers to find out the voice in the syllabus. For instance, the use of a lighthearted tone in the course outline shows that the voice of the author is friendly while the use of a serious tone indicates the voice of the author. Identification of the voice is important since it gives the students an idea of the personality of their instructor (Kennedy & Gioia).
DESCRIPTION: This course will discuss the different systems in the human body in detail
Learning Objectives Stated in Terms of Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
a) Understand how the respiratory system works
b) Understand the functions and components of the digestive system
c) Understand the special senses in the human body
d) Understand the physiology of the muscles
e) Understand the functioning of the reproductive system
Required Text(s) and Other Materials
a) Review of Medical Physiology by William F. Ganong
b) Textbook of Medical Physiology by Guyton & Hall
Course Assignments: They will be given at the end of every topic discussed in class
Online Discussion: Discussion may be conducted through the internet as long as the groups are given to the lecturer before the discussions begin This will ensure that he or she knows what topic is under discussion in case you may require any help from me.
Application Assignments: These will be given at the beginning of every month without fail.
Final Project: This project will encompass all the topics learnt in the course of the semester. It will contribute to 45% of the final grade attained by the student.
Grading Criteria and Total Components of a Grade: The grading criteria will differ in accordance to the test given. After the completion of each test, it will be posted on the class website.
Grading Scale for Final Grade: You can access this from the school website since it has not changed over the years.
Feedback Schedule: This will be issued at the end of the course. It will enable the lecturer to improve on any mistakes he or she made in the course of the semester.
Course Procedures: This course will have lessons in both class and the laboratory. The class will have two-lab sessions per week.
Preferred Methods for Delivering Assignments: The assignments maybe presented electronically or as a hardcopy, in which case they may be written or printed.
Submitting Course Postings to the Weekly Discussion Areas: The lecturer will do this at the beginning of the week
Submitting Application assignments: Assignments should be presented after two weeks.
Submitting the Final Project: It should be submitted at the end of the semester before the beginning of the final examinations
E-mailing Your Instructor: This should only be restricted to education related matters
Policies on Late Assignments: They will not be accepted without a valid reason. The ones accepted will be fined by a deduction of some marks.
Discussion Postings: They are encourages since they will enhance the student’s understanding.
Weekly Course Schedule
Week 5: Introduction to the respiratory system, its components and the functions
Week 6: Introduction of the digestive system and its components in the human body
Week 7: General introduction to the special sense and how they are utilized in the body
Week 8: Introduction to the muscular system in the human body
Week 9: General introduction to the reproductive system and the components it includes.
Week 5: Students should identify any anomalies related to the respiratory system
Week 6: Students should explain how the components learnt function in the body
Week 7: Students should identify all the special; senses and should explain the uses of the senses in detail
Week 8: Students should explain the different types of muscles and their locations in the body
Week 9: Students should explain any congenital anomalies related to the reproductive system