Volunteer State Community College

Term: Fall 20XX

Instructor Information


Please see "Instructor Information" in the Get Started Here module for instructor contact information, office hours, and other communication information.

Course Information


This is a general education course designed to meet the humanities/fine arts requirement. It provides an introduction to musical aesthetics, the elements of music, musical form, and brief surveys of music in Non-Western cultures, American popular music and European classical music.

Course can be used to meet Minimum General Education Core requirements.

Credits: (3)


There are reading and writing prerequisites for this course. Completion of ENGL 0810 (Learning Support Writing), READ 0810 (Learning Support Reading), or acceptable placement scores are necessary. English Composition is encouraged.


This is an online course. In an online course, all course activities are done online. There are no required face-to-face sessions within the course and no requirements for on-campus activity.


This is a hybrid course. In a hybrid course, most course activity is done online, but there are some required face-to-face instructional activities, such as lectures, discussions, and labs.

Class Meeting Times and Location: M/W 12:45-2:10 PM (SRB 257)


Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Course Objective One
  2. Course Objective Two
  3. Course Objective Three... 

Required Materials


My College Textbook, 8th edition by Esteemed Author. You may purchase the textbook at the Vol State campus bookstore.


We will be using Connect/MindTap/MyLabs/Etc. to complete assignments and access instructional materials. Be sure you also purchase an access code to this resource. You can buy it with the book at the bookstore or if you have print copy of the book you can buy an access code directly from Connect/MindTap/MyLabs/Etc. (be sure to add a link to the location where they can purchase a code).


For this course, you will need to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. Vol State students have access to Microsoft Office 365 for their personal use. I recommended you using Office 365 for file storage and writing papers if you don't already have the most current version of Microsoft Word on your home computer or laptop. Office 365 Student Instructions


For this course, you will need to have reliable Internet access. See this list of Technology Requirements for general hardware and software requirements.

Assignments and Grading


A: ≥ 90% 
B: ≥ 80% - < 90% 
C: ≥ 70% - < 80% 
D: ≥ 60% - < 70% 
F: < 60%


Course Assignments and Their Values
Assignment Points
Quizzes (5 at 25 points each)

Chapter Presentation


Tests (2 at 100 points each) 200
Class Activities/ Discussion/ Participation 175
Group Project 250
Final Culminating Experience 150
Total 1000


Quizzes are given every 2 to 3 chapters. You will take your quizzes in eLearn. You have 2 attempts at each quiz. Use the feedback provided after your first attempt to... Explain the details about this assignment type. You should have one entry for each assignment type you have listed in the table above. The names should match what you called the assignment in the table.

Chapter Presentation:

You will give 1 chapter presentation during module 3, 4 or 5. I will assign...  Explain the details about this assignment type.


A mid-term and a final test will be given. These are proctored exams. You will need to schedule a time at the Vol State Testing Center to take these exams... Explain the details about this assignment type.

Class Activities/Discussion/Participation:

You are expected to participate in the discussion boards in eLearn. There is one discussion board for each module in the course... Explain the details about this assignment type.

Group Project:

During Module 6 you will be assigned a group. Each group will... Explain the details about this assignment type.

Final Culminating Experience:

The final experience will be a case study where you will show that you can apply the concepts that have been presented throughout the semester... Explain the details about this assignment type.

Policies and Procedures

Attendance Policy:

Student success in this course is tied closely to participation. Students are expected to regularly participate online and put in sufficient study time to learn the material. You will not be graded on the basis of attendance, but attendance will be recorded in accordance with college guidelines. Please note that while participation is generally associated with grades earned, participation by itself does not assure a high or passing grade in the course.  Grades are assigned based on demonstration of knowledge on assessments.  Students should view participation as the way to acquire the knowledge necessary to earn high grades.

WARNING: Students who are receiving Title IV financial assistance (Pell Grant, Student Loan or SEOG Grant) must regularly attend class or be subject to repay PART or ALL of the Federal Financial Aid received for the semester.

To be marked as attending this class you must complete the Attendance Reporting Requirements.


Hybrid and Classroom-Based Courses:

If Vol State is officially open, this class will meet as scheduled, all assignments will be due as scheduled, and any scheduled tests/ quizzes/ exams will be given. If Vol State is officially closed, all assignments will be due at the next regular class meeting. Please check eLearn and your student email for instructor announcements. Check the Vol State website for campus closure information or sign up for text alerts.

Online Courses:

As an online course, this class is not normally affected by weather or school closures. Unless specifically stated otherwise, all due dates remain in effect even if campuses are closed. If you feel that there are special circumstances, you should contact the instructor.


It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services to receive accommodations and services in accordance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, and The Americans with Disabilities Act/Amendments Act (ADA/AA). Only those students with appropriate documentation, and who are registered with the Office of Disability Services, will receive accommodations. For further information, contact the Office of Disability Services at (615) 230-3472, online by visiting Disability Service's website, or visit the office which is located in Ramer room 176.


The last day to withdraw has been set by Admissions for this semester as XXXXX. After that date, students will no longer receive a grade of “W” on their transcripts. If you have a failing grade and drop the class after this date, you will receive an “F”. Further, a student who stops attending class and does not follow the college’s withdrawal procedures will remain on the class roll and the grade will be reported as “F”. A student is encouraged to meet with their advisor or instructor prior to dropping a course.


The “I” (Incomplete) indicates that the student has not completed the requirements for the course during the semester for extenuating and unavoidable circumstances. The mark of “I” will not be given unless the instructor is reasonably certain that it is possible for the student to complete the requirements for the course during the subsequent semester and receive a passing grade. All work must be completed (or an extension of the “I” requested) by one week before the first day of final exams for the next semester or the “I” will be converted to an F.


It is the intent of Volunteer State Community College to fully comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, and all regulations implementing those laws and orders, for the promotion and ensuring of equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. It is the intent of VSCC to be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical appearance.  It is the intent of VSCC to fully comply with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the CRA of 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, the Age discrimination in Employment Act of 1976, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicable state statutes and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.


No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 20 U.S.C. § 1681.


Students who are receiving Title IV financial assistance (Pell Grant, Student Loan or SEOG Grant) must regularly attend class or be subject to repay PART or ALL of the Federal Financial Aid received for the semester.


Academic dishonesty is a serious violation and students should be aware of the College’s policy.  The VSCC Student Handbook states the following with regard to academic dishonesty: “Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exercise or examination or to assign an F in the course.”

NOTE:  Only the enrolled student for the course may log into the course.  Allowing someone else to log into your course or logging into someone else’s course is considered to be academic misconduct and will result in the same responses as traditional classroom academic misconduct—failure for an assignment or failure for the course.

Course Topics

The following general topics will be covered in this course:

  • Topic 1
  • Topic 2
  • Topic 3
  • Topic 4

Be sure to follow the Course Schedule for a more detailed listing and all assignment due dates.