Syllabus: Personal Spiritual Development

Ohio Valley College
Bible Program Syllabus
General Education--Practical Ministry Studies
Class Policies and Syllabus

Course: BIB415, Personal Spiritual Development
Credit hours: 2 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Spring, 2000

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Course Description:
415 Personal Spiritual Development (2 credits) A practical study of spiritual development based in scripture, while exploring journaling, the spiritual disciplines, classic spiritual literature, and the history of spirituality.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts of faith development and personal spirituality. As such, the student can expect to be involved in reading the Bible, descriptive texts, devotional texts, and the study of spirituality through the ages. All students should be equipped with sufficient information about Jesus and the way people follow him to make a personal decision about the impact Jesus has had on society both past and present, and the impact Jesus wants to have and can have in their lives.

Student Expectations
[Student expectations are set forth in the catalog. This section clarifies some areas as they pertain to this class.]
Attendance Policy---The school attendance policy will be followed. Students whose unexcused absences exceed one week of class will be dropped. Students dropped are required to meet with the professor and submit a written plan for maintaining attendance and progress in the class before reinstatement. Evaluation is weighted in favor of regular class attendance and unexcused absences may lower the student's final grade up to a grade point (see below under "criteria for evaluation"). Excused absences are available only through contact with the instructor within 24 hours after class is missed or in advance. The student is responsible for consulting with the instructor when absent and is responsible for obtaining and completing all assignments.
Classroom Conduct---Students must arrive at class on time. (See catalog.) A student who must arrive at class late is expected to enter class without being disruptive and wait until after class to explain the reason for his or her tardiness.
Late Assignments---Homework must be turned in on time or early. Late work will be accepted only within one week of the due date and will be penalized up to 10%. Daily work and quizzes cannot be made up. Makeup examinations are not available.
Withdrawal Procedure---Class withdrawal procedures set forth in the catalog must be followed. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal. The student who neither attends nor drops the class will receive a grade of "F."

Goals and Objectives

The successful student will master all course objectives to some degree. The successful student will cooperate with the professor in a mutually stimulating, exciting learning experience. Evaluation will be based upon mastery of goals and objectives as reflected in class participation, quizzes, homework, and examinations.

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Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and instructor of BIBLE 415. The professor reserves the right to amend this syllabus as necessary during the course of the semester, and will promptly notify students involved of the changes.


Note: Thursday class meetings will generally introduce and discuss the reading, present additional material concerning the seven spiritual traditions and overview corresponding "Experiencing God" materials. Monday class meetings will be interactive, devotional oriented, and provide some opportunities for practicing or reflecting upon a discipline.

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Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.


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