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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).

Discussion 2

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.

Discussion Questions

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

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Discussion 1

Distance education refers to the learning process that takes place as the educator and the learner are split by space and time. Distance between them is bridged by technology such as videoconferencing for instance. In the case if a large classroom, both the learner and the instructor expect diversity. Different people have different opinions concerning different matters. Diversity describes the difference in opinion or ideology that exists between people. Initially it extended only on major matters such as gender and religion but now it encompasses attitudes and beliefs of the people. Broad spectrums that constitute diversity may pose a problem, for example, in a classroom situation. These issues include race, gender and socio-economic class.

From the article, these issues are said to cause many challenges especially since the learning is enabled by technology (Breton et al, 2005). Race has been a problem for several years but is now subsiding. This is because the people are beginning to view the world as one and racism has decreased. However, initially, when racism was prominent, the minority groups were not accepted in the learning environments. The minority groups included the blacks, Indians and Hispanics. Another issue is the socio-economic positions of the learners. Disparities may result in the formation of distinct groupings according to this fact. The students from the poorer families would be segregated and this would affect their studies. However, it has been stated in the article that this notion is quickly fading away and equality is taking over (Radford, 2003). Traditionally, the issue of gender in education was prominent but nit any more. Females were not allowed to access higher education, they were provided with only the basic skills. In this time and age however, this has changed and both genders are accorded with the same educational opportunities (Rubaii-Barrett, 2006).

Discussion 2

Welcome to this learning program, I look forward to the semester and learning with you as well as getting to know you better. However, just because it is a distance-learning program does not mean that there will be no observation of rules. It is a common notion in most classrooms. This will not be the case here because the instructor will require complete cooperation from all of us. From this, he will be able to ensure that the learning environment is appropriate. Every one of us is required to conduct themselves as required and to accord their neighbors with the respect they expect. This will include politeness during communication. The use of inappropriate language such as curse words will not be tolerated during class sessions. There should observe civility in the classroom, that is, everyone should behave in a respectable and reasonable behavior to each other. This will ensure that we maintain a good and cordial relationship amongst ourselves.

We should also provide constructive feedback to each other in order to aid in our improvement both academically and socially (Schmeeckle, 2003). Another important aspect that should be considered is that of diversity. This is because not every learner’s opinion can be identical; there is always a difference between them. We should therefore strive to accept these differences and respect them in order to achieve a peaceful classroom. Disagreements that may arise concerning diversity should be solves reasonable as opposed to a violent resort. By embracing and respecting diversity, the classroom will avoid disagreements and will provide a suitable learning environment (Tallent-Runnels, 2006) If these rules are kept into consideration and followed by each of us, this program will undoubtedly be an enjoyable experience for both the instructor and us, the learners.

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