Syllabus Guideline

Web Syllabus changes

ICU web syllabus system is renewed in AY2016.
There are some required fields and additional fields. Please note as follows and input your course syllabus.

  • Required fields
    "Description", "Learning Goals", "Contents", "Language of instruction", "Grading Policy", "Expected study hour outside class", and "Contact Address"
    ※We provided the space of English and Japanese for "Description", "Learning Goals", and "Contents".
  • Additional fields
    "Language of instruction" and "Expected study hour outside class"

*: All components marked with an asterisk are required.

Description *

- A brief introduction to the course (theme, scope, purpose, etc.)
- Courses that students need to have taken before this course.

Learning Goals *

- Student learning outcomes, in other words, what specific skills or knowledge you expect students to acquire through this course.  

Contents *

- Topics, keywords, and theme of each class 
※When you write this information including essay and exam along the course schedule, students can make a plan to study more easily.

Language of instruction *

For students' academic planning, please provide the language(s) of instruction as appropriate for each of the following course component. In particular, for courses with two languages of instruction, such as E/J or J/E, please indicate the language for each item.

(Good example)
Lecture: English, Readings/Materials: Both English and Japanese, Tests/Quizzes/Assignments: English,
Discussions/Presentation/Other learning activities: Mainly English, Japanese is allowed.
Communication with the instructor: English

(Bad example)
Both English and Japanese

Grading Policy *

Many students are concerned about the grading policy of their courses.Therefore, you should write unambiguous grading criteria for each method you will use to grade students.
ICU encourages multiple evaluation components in each course and not a single final examination or essay.
Students can make inquiries about their grading, so please set measurable criteria as possible.

  • Grading components: Midterm Exam, Final Exam, Presentation, Essay, etc.
  • Weighting of grade: Weighted Grades using Percentages
  • Grading criteria: Specific points of evaluation for each grading components  

cf. ehandbook: Units, Examinations, Grading

Grading components and weighting of grade
(Good example)
Final exam (** %),  Short Essay (** %), Presentation (** %)

(Bad example)
Final exam, Short essay

Grading criteria: Examples of "Essay".
  • It will be graded on the qualities of clarity and concreteness for a given theme.
  • It will be graded on the quality and the logical organization of the writing for a given theme.

Expected study hours outside class *

- Materials or study methods that support learning outside the classroom. 
- In principle, the number of credits assigned to a course corresponds to the number of class hours per week.
For each class hour, students are expected to spend two class hours (140 min.) outside of class for their study (preparation, review, and homework assignments). For laboratory-type courses which do not necessarily require preparation/review outside class, 140 min. - 210 min. per week in class counts as one credit. 


- The main textbook required in the class and other reference materials (textbooks, journal articles, etc.
     cf. Course Reserves (ICU Library's website)

- When you use copyrighted works in your class, please note copyright law.
     cf. Using of copyright works for the purpose of instruction (CTL Website)


- Please add policies or other notes for the class.
- When you have a course that students should take in advance, please fill in "Description" field.


- The Web page URL relates to the course

Contact Address *

- Instructor contact information (e-mail address, extension number) and office hours that students can contact outside the classroom.
※This information will not be published.

Syllabus Guideline


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