The face-to-face version of SPTE 201 (Introduction to Sport Management) is of very high interest not only to undergraduate students in the Department of Sport and Entertainment (for whom this class is a requirement), but also to undergraduate students in the Darla Moore School of Business, and South Carolina Honors College. As such, the department is currently unable to teach enough face-to-face sections to meet the course demand. Providing the course online will allow the department to offer larger sections, not be bound by physical classroom space, and allow more students to complete the course. Course materials incorporate basic accessibility features, provide for appropriate learning activities, and allow for appropriate interaction. There are also several benefits of distributed delivery. This asynchronous online course also provides a selection for undergraduate students who may be studying at a distance, working, or whose schedules conflict with other classes. This will also assist in classroom scheduling conflicts due to limited space.
Adminitratively returned to add additional users per J. Grady.
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The Instructional Development Committee has elected to return the proposal for SPTE 201 for revisions.
Please see the comments below for advice on what changes need to be made to the syllabus before approval.
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Comments for SPTE 201
A suggestion is made that the instructor include a statement about how students select between the “Foer, 2004” and “Sperber, 2000” text. For example, would students chose one book based on area of interest, ultimate career after graduation or being placed in a group within the course.
In “Assessment”, the sum of the % weights of the assignments should add to 100%. Currently, the sum is 90%. Also, the total sum of all points is now 900, which is in conflict with the grade determination table, where 900 – 1000 points are required for an A. This should be fixed.
In “Course Communication”, the turnaround time for feedback on assignments is stated to be 48 hours, while in “Grade Determination”, the grading turnaround time for assignments is stated to be 72 hours. Unless, the instructor intends to give both feedback and a grade within different time frames, the two values should be aligned.
I am somewhat concerned about the statement in “Syllabus Changes” that variations in the syllabus, including evaluation and grading mechanisms are possible. The phrasing leaves the impression that such changes are possible during the semester. If this is indeed the intention, I would strongly advise against it. Given that the syllabus is the contract between the students and the university for the specific course, changing critical components of the contract, such as evaluation and grading mechanisms may become a legal issue. I would strongly suggest that the proponent consults with the USC legal office before allowing for such variations. If this is not the intention of the statement, please, restate with increased clarity.
The course minutes need to exclude the final exam. The syllabus states that there will be three exams in total (in “Exams”) and as far as I can see, the minutes of only two exams are included in the total of 6335. It looks like, the final exam is “Exam 3”, however, this is a bit ambiguous. If the Final Exam is listed in the course schedule but excluded from the learning minutes, then there will not be any misunderstanding.
The course schedule is ambiguous. The schedule lists 10 units, which combined with the course and assignment descriptions in the syllabus suggests 10 weeks. The semester is typically 14 learning weeks long. There should be some activities listed for the remaining 4 weeks. Book Review is in the schedule, but is not anchored to any week – it takes about 21 hours, so it must take more than one week. The Career Portfolio and the Interview report are not listed in the schedule – they should be there. Each of these assignments takes 12.5 hours, which is a bit more than a week. So, in total, at least minute-wise, the Book Review, Career Portfolio, and Interview Report take about 4 weeks. What should be made clear in the schedule is whether students should expect to work on these assignments during the last weeks of the semester, or continuously throughout the semester.