Syllabus Template and Instructions

Attached are the July 1, 2022 syllabus template, instructions and credit hour policy currently in place for faculty at Concordia University.


Instructions for Syllabus Template 07-01-2022

Supporting Information for Syllabi Creation/Revision

Information about the updated procedures using MACH forms as of October 2021

Submit your Syllabus to Provost MACH Form

Registrar’s Banner Course Information (BCI) MACH Form

Revised Syllabus Continuity

A change to any of the following components of a course require that the department or program submit the syllabus for review as a “revised” syllabus:

  • Course Title
  • Course Number
  • Credit Hours
  • Course description (aka catalog description)

When a revised syllabus is submitted for a course that has changed title or number, please indicate the previous title and/or number for reference in your submission in the additional comments.

This is to ensure that the university catalog, schedule, academic advising, and admission teams possess current, accurate information about all courses offered by the university.


If you have questions about the Syllabus Template or Submissions to the Provost Office MACH Form, please contact Elizabeth Evans.

If you have questions about the Banner Course Information spreadsheet or MACH Form, contact Allison Wolf.

Designing Your Course and Syllabus – 1/11/22 Faculty Development Day

1 CELT_CourseSyll Design_2022 CUW CUAA 01112022
2 Syllabus Workshop Outline January 2022
3 Blooms Taxonomy Wheel Color
4 revised-blooms-chart and questioning strategies
5 CU Evaluation of Instruction Proposed Model 2019 E Evans
6 DBA 9010 Syllabus 12-2020 M Hurtienne
7 MPD 518 Syllabus J. Wood October 2021
8 MSAT 350 – Applied Biomechanics and Arthrokinematics – Smith – Spring 2022
9 SPA 530 Edited Organizational Leadership Governance in Higher Education Gahagan 09-21
10 Concordia-University-Syllabus-Template-August-2021
11 Spring 2022 Semester Schedule
Overview of Design Diagram

Practices & Processes: Syllabus Submission to Provost and Banner Course Information Form

New in October 2021: Banner Course Information MACH Form:

Departments use this form to notify the Registrar’s Office of changes to course-level information. Changes are normally a result of updates to program requirements, or adding elective course options. When course changes impact overall program requirements and require APST, complete the APST process first. Once Academic Council has approved program changes, then complete the BCI form and attach the program change approval from the Provost’s Office. NOTE: Information submitted on the BCI form, including course descriptions, should be the same information used when submitting your syllabi for approval to the Provost’s Office.

New in October 2021: Syllabus Submission to Provost MACH Form:

Departments use this form to submit up to seven (7) new or revised official course syllabi of the same course subject (i.e. EDG, COMM, PHAR) that have been approved by the Department Chair/Program Director.  Within the MACH form, the syllabi go to the appropriate Dean or Dean designate for approval before consideration by the Provost Office. Include the confirmation that the Banner Course Information Mach Form was submitted when submitting a syllabus with those changes.
Include the emails of all persons who should receive the confirmation e-mail once the final version of the syllabus is approved by the Provost Office.

Here are the resources and recording for this session that was held on 10/8/2021:



Current Approved Syllabi On File 10-05-2021

Links to Resources:

Overall Information

Download and Complete Banner Information Spreadsheet

Report Course Changes on the Banner Course Information (BCI) MACH Form

Syllabus Template Instructions and Submission to Provost Instructions

Syllabus Submission to Provost MACH Form

Designing Your Course and Syllabus

Below are resources related to this program presented by Elizabeth Evans and Kate Robertson on January 15, 2020.

1A- Jan 2020 Syllabus Workshop

1B-Instructional Script Jan 2020

1C- Syllabus Workshop Outline January 2020

5- Rev Global Learning Outcomes Diagram Nov 1, 2018

6-University Liberal Arts Outcomes and Proficiencies-4

7- PLOs to GLOs CurriculumMap-Example_MS-Leadership

8- Effective Instruction at CU Model Color 14 Feb 2018 E Evans

9- Rev Bloom’s Taxonomy Triangle (Color)

10- BloomsTaxonomyVerbs

11- Blooms Taxonomy Wheel Color

12- revised-blooms-chart and questioning strategies

18- Spring 2020 Dates

19- CU Faculty Handbook Policies on LMS

The information on the syllabus template, instructions, writing a good course description, the credit hour, behavioral language, and connecting to the Global Learning Outcomes is here

For samples of well-written syllabi, please contact Elizabeth Evans at

CUAA Syllabus Construction Workshop (August 8, 2018)

This Fall Georgia Kreiger led this session. Below are related handouts.

Course Design and Syllabus Construction Workshop Outline Link to Document

PowerPoint Slides  Link to Document

Board Global Ends Policy Diagram + University Liberal Arts Outcomes and Proficiencies (ULOAs)

Draft of Possible Evaluation of Instruction at CU Model  Link to Document

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy  Link to Document

Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs  Link to Document

Bloom’s Taxonomy Wheel

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Process Verbs, Assessments, and Questioning Strategies

Elements of the Concordia Syllabus Link to Document

Syllabus Template, Instructions and Credit Hour Policy

Sample Syllabus Language for Behavioral Expectations  Link to Document

Fall 2018 Semester Schedule  Link to Document

Faculty Handbook Policies about LMS  Link to Document

CUW Syllabus Construction Workshop (August 15, 2018)

This Fall Elizabeth Evans and Kate Robertson led this session. Below are related handouts.

Course Design and Syllabus Construction Workshop Outline:  Link to Document

PowerPoint Slides:  Link to Document

Board Global Ends Policy Diagram: Link to Document

University Global Learning Outcomes: Link to Document

University Liberal Arts Outcomes and Proficiencies (ULOAs):

Draft of Possible Evaluation of Instruction at CU Model:  Link to Document

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy:  Link to Document

Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs:  Link to Document

Bloom’s Taxonomy Wheel:

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Process Verbs, Assessments, and Questioning Strategies:

Elements of the Concordia Syllabus: Link to Document

Syllabus Template, Instructions and Credit Hour Policy:

Sample Syllabus Language for Behavioral Expectations: Link to Document

Fall 2018 Semester Schedule: Link to Document

Faculty Handbook Policies about LMS: Link to Document

January 2022 CELT Programs – CUWAA

Practices and Processes: The Successful Department Chair/Academic Program Director

Friday January 7, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Leah Dvorak

Audience: Department Chairs, Program Directors

What are the expectations for the role of Department Chair or Academic Program Director? An effective chair or academic program director manages faculty, staff, programs, courses, and processes vital to student success. The effective chair also fosters a healthy departmental culture and establishes efficient, collaborative decision-making processes. A strong department chair or program director uses both management skills and leadership skills to create and sustain a successful department in which faculty and staff feel engaged and energized.

New and Returning Faculty Development Day

Tuesday January 11, 8:15 – 4:00 Central/9:15 – 5:00 Eastern
All sessions are via Zoom


Designing Your Course and Syllabus – Kate Robertson, Joanna Pheifer, and Elizabeth Evans
8:15 – 9:45 am Central/9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern

  • Learn about and incorporate best practices in syllabus development and course design. Discussion will include the Concordia University syllabus template, including the latest revision for this fall, how to demonstrate connection to Global Learning Outcomes and what is required to document the credit hour policy.

Blackboard Basics – Susan Gallanis, Justin Frisque
10:00 – 11:30 am Central/11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern

  • Learn how to add content, Blackboard Assignments (“dropboxes”) and set up the gradebook for a Spring course! This is an ideal session for faculty new to using Blackboard.

Engaging Your Learner – Susan Gallanis, Kate Robertson, and Diana Belscamper
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Central/12:45 – 1:45 pm Eastern

  • Effective teaching fosters learning; students need to be engaged for learning to happen. This session introduces strategies to engage students in multiple instructional modes.

Blackboard Tests and Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor with Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
1:00 – 2:30 pm Central/2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern

  • The first half of this session will show how faculty can create Blackboard Tests using three commonly used question types. The second half of the session will cover Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor. Faculty will learn the difference between LockDown Browser and Monitor, and how to enable the appropriate settings based on where students take the test.

Faculty Resources – Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis, and Wayne Thompson
3:00 – 4:00 pm Central/4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern

  • Learn what resources are available to you as faculty, including research/scholarship support, where to find them, and who to contact if you need more help.

After submitting your registration, the CELT Student Worker will send you an Outlook invitation for each session you registered for and it will include the Zoom link. Please accept the invitation(s) as you will not receive a separate email confirmation.

SoTL Workshop with Erin Laverick [CUAA only]

Wednesday January 12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Eastern
In person on the Ann Arbor campus

This session is for Ann Arbor faculty. During this workshop, we will define and discuss SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) and share ideas for designing SoTL projects. There will also be time devoted to writing research questions and planning a study. Morning refreshments and lunch is included. Participants will also receive a copy of Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler’s book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00-9:30 Coffee and Pastries
9:30-10:00 Freewrite & Discussion about SoTL in general
10:00-11:30 Defining and Designing SoTL Projects
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Workshop time -writing research questions and planning a study

Workshop for CIRG Applicants

Wednesday January 12, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central/2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Presenters: Natasha Irish, Rachel Heil

Note: First-time CIRG applicants must attend this workshop to be eligible for grant funding.

This workshop is to help faculty with the CIRG grants application process. The workshop will focus on the following:

  1. Budget Development (Ensuring that your budget is appropriate, addresses necessary resources, and is justified)
  2. Objectives and Outcomes (Developing goals, objectives, and outcomes)
  3. Efficient and professional writing (Ensuring that your proposal is concise, specific, and clearly communicates your intent)

The purpose of these grants is to support scholarly activity among interested full-time Concordia University faculty. These grants are intended to function as seed money in obtaining additional funding from outside sources. If you are unsure if your idea is eligible, please review the definition of scholarship described in the CU Faculty handbook, or review the application for further information. CIRG is a faculty committee, and full-time faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to apply for a grant. Examples of past successfully funded proposals can be found in the portal link faculty page under the “research and scholarship” tab, along with the application.

Traditional Adjunct Orientation

Thursday January 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Central time over Zoom
Presenters: Elizabeth Evans, Dan Paavola, Elizabeth Polzin, Susan Gallanis, Andrew Wahl, Jan Chapman

This orientation session is for new and returning traditional adjuncts teaching in-person at the Mequon campus.

Faculty Discussion of Academic Freedom

Three options, choose one:

  • In-person at Ann Arbor – Thursday January 13, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern time in the Music Lecture Hall, Kreft Arts Center. Leader: Charles Schulz.
  • In-person Mequon – Tuesday January 18, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Central time in the Friends of Concordia Room. Leaders: Jordan Beck and Dan Sem.
  • Zoom for both campuses – Thursday January 20, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Central/3:00 – 4:30 Eastern. Leaders: Jordan Beck and Dan Sem.

Sponsored by the Academic Freedom Task Force (Jordan Beck, Dan Sem, Arletta Frazier, Charles Schulz, Mikaely Schmitz, Angus Menuge)

Academic freedom, indicating the unfettered pursuit of truth through research and the exchange of ideas, is a cherished value on American university campuses. At the same time, Concordia University has always understood the exercise of academic freedom within the context of its commitments as a Lutheran University. Moreover, political and social discourse raise questions about, if not challenges to, the limits of academic freedom.

The Academic Freedom Task Force has produced a document in an effort to articulate what academic freedom means for us at Concordia University. We desire to trace the foundation of our understanding and exercise of this freedom to our commitment as Christian educators to pursue truth in teaching and learning. Our goal is to arrive at a consensus about the content of this document, which can then be used to evaluate or further develop our policies and procedures around academic freedom. We also hope to generate discussions and promote insights which lead us all to greater clarity and confidence in the exercise of academic freedom at Concordia.

In this session, faculty will gather to discuss academic freedom generally, respond to the task force document, and highlight discipline-specific issues related to the topic.

Blackboard Tests: Beyond the Basics

Friday January 14, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern

Presenter: Justin Frisque

This session is for faculty who are responsible for setting up their own course in Blackboard and are familiar with setting up a Blackboard test. During this session participants will learn how to set up tests using pools of questions using random blocks and question sets, how to use the “categories and keywords” section of a test question, and how to copy a test to another course.

Practices & Processes: Academic Program Assessment of Student Learning

Friday January 14, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Presenters: Elizabeth Evans, Tammy Ferry and Susan Gallanis

Audience: Department Chairs, Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Assessment Coordinators, and Supporting Staff

This session highlights the support available for curriculum mapping, the academic cycle of continuous improvement and assessment reporting processes, alignment of Program Learning Outcomes and Global Learning Outcomes, Focus GLOs each year, the EAC tool in Blackboard, how to find resources in the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes portal channel, and quality indicators of effective academic program assessment process at Concordia.

Comprehensive Budget Management

Two sessions, choose one:
Wednesday January 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central/2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Thursday January 20, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – Noon Eastern via Zoom

Presenter: Andy Dunn

Audience: All budget managers and administrative assistants who are responsible for entering and/or overseeing the budget of an academic program or administrative area.

This presentation will cover:

  • The FY23 budget process
  • Budgeting tips
  • 2 types of analysis that budget managers can use as they prepare their budgets:
    • Using the budget dashboard tool in Pyramid
    • Using our Banner system

Christian Vocation and Personal Meaning: Supporting Student Mental Health

Thursday January 20, 11:30 – 1:00 Central/12:30 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom

Presenter: Rachel Pickett, Professor of Psychology, Department Chair

This session will focus on the concept of Christian Vocation as a way to engage students in exploring meaning and purpose as a tool to foster positive psychological well-being. A brief foundation on the impact of COVID19 and student mental health will be provided along with research supporting the link between meaning, purpose, and well-being. Resources on vocational discernment, campus outlets/referral processes, and discussion techniques grounded in humanism will be presented. Participants will explore ways to incorporate vocation in their interactions with students. This workshop can apply to the NetVUE grant.

Blackboard Discussion Boards

Friday January 21, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Presenter: Susan Gallanis

This session is for faculty who are responsible for setting up their own course in Blackboard. Learn how to set up two different types of discussion boards: one where the entire class participates on a discussion board and another where the class is split into groups and each group has its own discussion board.

Traditional Adjunct Orientation (Mequon Campus) 1/13/2022

Session Recording

January 2022 Mequon-Adjunct-In-Service-Orientation (PPT)

CU-ARC-COVID19-Update-Spring 2022

Grace, Faith, Scripture Portrait of a Lutheran, Faculty orientation  (PPT)

Concordia University Blackboard Use for Faculty

Blackboard and Other Resources 01122022

Syllabus Template and Instructions

Find and Acknowledge your Faculty Contract (Fall 2021)

Fall 2021 Mequon Traditional Adjunct In-Service/Orientation August 25 on Zoom


PPT: Fall 2021 Mequon Adjunct In-Service Orientation

Fall Teaching 2021 from Interim Provost

CU ARC COVID19 Update Fall 2021

PPT: What it Means to be Lutheran by Dan Paavola

Concordia University Blackboard Use for Faculty (August 2021)

Blackboard and Other Resources Handout

Syllabus Template and Instructions

Global Learning Outcomes and FOCUS 2021-22 Service and Global Citizenship

Find and Acknowledge your Faculty Contract (Fall 2021)


Faculty Development Day – August 5, 2021

Here are the recordings and resources used in the sessions from the Faculty Development Day on August 5, 2021:

Designing your Course and Syllabus (with Kate Robertson and Elizabeth Evans)



Syllabus Outline, PowerPoint, Evaluation, Syllabus Template, Sample Syllabus – BIO 301, Sample Syllabus – CCE 110, Sample Syllabus – MGMT 336, Blooms Chart, Blooms Taxonomy Wheel, Blooms Taxonomy Verbs, Tentative Course Schedule, Fall 2021 Dates

Blackboard Basics (with Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque)



Faculty Resources (with Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis, and Rachel Heil)



Active Lecturing (with Susan Gallanis)


Zoom and Recordings (with Justin Frisque)