A course syllabus will be provided to the student for each course of study. It will contain all important details for the successful completion of the class, such as the amount and type of assignments expected, any tests, online discussion blogs, as well as course objectives. The syllabus will also include information about required textbooks or resources, an outline of class content, grading criteria, and contact information for the instructor.
The course syllabus should be downloaded from the website (or viewed online) and textbooks obtained before the first day of class. Students are expected to complete required reading before each class to receive the maximum benefit of the class discussions. Assignments should be completed weekly to enhance the learning process.
Class Meetings and Online interaction
Most classes will require interaction on discussion topics that are posted on an online blog. This will enhance building of relationships with other students, promote learning and inspire critical thinking.
Courses rotate every two years so students may begin in any semester. All class sessions and a minimum of two (2) semesters of seminar sessions (8 weeks) must be completed satisfactorily to receive a diploma of graduation.
Because of the limited number of class meetings, it is vital to be in attendance at every class. Only one absence will be allowed in any semester and only in case of genuine emergency. Any absence must be approved by the Administrative Dean. Two absences will require the tuition be forfeited and the course be retaken.
While grades are not the most important thing in education, they are an indication of comprehension of the subject matter. Arizona School of Ministry uses a grading system of Pass/Fail. It must be determined that 70% of reading and assignments have been satisfactorily completed to pass the class. Any tests given in a course must also be successfully completed. Outstanding completion of a course will be awarded a “high pass” designation and qualify the learner for honors status.