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Curriculum Level Outcomes & Curriculum Mapping
As a part of the holistic curriculum review, faculty committees at the CVM developed Curriculum Level Outcomes (CLOs) as a living document that states the intended outcomes of the MU-CVM curriculum. Specifically, the CLOs state those competencies new graduates should be capable of and those student skills that can be observed. As a tool in the review process, the CLOs need to be tied and mapped to course outcomes and objectives. There are many resources available regarding the CLO and their use:

Learning Objectives

Course material should include objectives. A learning objective is a statement describing what students should be able to do when they have completed an instructional segment. Learning outcomes are more broad. They are statements that describe the more global and general intended outcomes of an instructional segment, unit, or course. A single learning outcome may have many specific learning objectives that support it. More detailed information about learning objectives, outcomes, and how to write them can be found in this document.


Blackboard Courses
All professional curriculum required courses during instructional periods 1-11 will be renewed automatically.  Please contact Stephanie Bossaller regarding course creations or renewals for other professional curriculum courses.  All stand-alone graduate courses should be renewed directly by the course coordinator, feel free to contact Stephanie if you have any questions or need assistance.


Examinations and Examination Schedules
Please contact Stephanie Bossaller to schedule ALL examinations (electronic and paper) at least two weeks prior to the start of an instructional period to assist you in coordinating all your testing needs. A testing period has been designated in the College from 7-8:50AM and attempts will be made to schedule during this time.

Students should be made aware of dates and times of exams on the first day of class. These requirements are necessary to plan for and administer tests of appropriate length to those students with ADA accommodations and who are allowed additional testing time. Except for makeup examinations, tests should be of the same format for all students UNLESS there is an accommodation recommended by the Disability Center. If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact the Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affair (ADA representative) or the Associate Dean for Academic Affair. Stephanie will work with the course coordinates to schedule all ADA students.

Due to Federal regulations, examinations must be returned in a way to prevent public disclosure of a test score. AS SUCH, you should not post grades in public or return tests in mailboxes unless they are returned in a sealed envelope or folded and stapled to prevent inadvertent disclosure of information. Please consult the following site on FERPA regulations if you have any questions:


Computer-based tests
All CVM electronic exams and quizzes are given in Blackboard using a special LOCK DOWN Browser – exclusively available on the machines in the Histology Lab (W-240 Vet. Med. Bldg.), the Computer Lab (W-234O) and our smaller secure Testing room (W-216).  This browser prohibits running other programs, copying, pasting and printing while taking an exam.

Allowing the students to see their raw scores and answers is not mandatory and up to the discretion of the instructor.  An instructor may allow this immediately after an exam or may schedule a review session (proctored by the instructor) for the class after the exam has been validated.  Due to time and space constraints, individual appointments with Stephanie Bossaller can no longer be utilized for student test review. The session may be scheduled in the computer and/or histology laboratory.

In order to allow adequate time for online exam assembly, instructor(s) review for edits and testing before being fully prepared for students, all exams and quizzes will need to be submitted 5 full working days before the exam is given and in the correct format (see reference guide).   A proof for instructor edits will be made available 2 days before the exam is given, so any adjustments can be made if necessary. If this deadline is not met or the formatting is not correct, the exam WILL NOT be available for online delivery and the course coordinator will need to make other arrangements and give a paper exam.


Response Clickers
All veterinary students in instructional period 1-11 are issued a Turning Technology response clicker.  These are distributed (free of charge) to the incoming class during the first week of classes.

Incorporating clicker use in your class can be very useful and allow you to direct the lecture based on the understanding of the material being presented.  The HRACC, Auditorium and Histology lab are set up with permanent receivers. TurningPoint Lite is installed on all instructor machines.

TurningPoint Lite is a streamlined version of TurningPoint Cloud that displays as a floating toolbar over any application.  Functionality includes start polling, start a stopwatch, stop polling, view number of responses received and view results chart.  As a lightweight application, no data is saved.  Results are displayed in real-time charts to encourage interaction, increase participation and spur discussions during sessions.

If you have graduate students in your course and plan on using clickers contact Stephanie Bossaller to make distribution arrangements.

If you have any questions or would like to one-on-one help incorporating this into your class or are interested in checking out clickers for departmental meetings, seminars and/or special events.  Please contact Stephanie Bossaller.


Instructor Evaluations
Electronic instructor evaluations will be sent to students automatically within the first few weeks of course.  This availability allows students to periodically access and complete evaluations throughout the course. If your course is team-taught, please contact Stephanie Bossaller to verify all needed evaluations are accessible to the students.


Syllabus, ADA, Dishonesty, Intellectual Pluralism, Deficient Grades, and Grade Inflation:
Please make sure your course syllabus (or other first day hand-outs) contain information about ADA accommodations and a reminder that VM students are subject to the College Honor Code which prohibits dishonesty.

Sample statements about these subjects can be found on the Provost's web site at:

Dr. Tennison is the CVM ADA representative. If you are approached by a student with a possible disability requesting accommodations, please notify him immediately. Disability accommodations are not granted unless the student is registered with the Disability Center.


The Course Syllabus or other first day handouts should also contain:

1. Course (Lecture/Laboratory) Schedule: This should include dates, times and class location. Please consult the appropriate IP Calendar for the general schedule of when and where your course is meeting. If you schedule anything outside of this, please contact Jennifer Hamilton to ensure room and student availability. Additionally, many instructors choose to add their lecture number, topic and reading assignments.

2. Course Syllabus: This should include a course description, objectives, required reading materials, exam and grading policies and the academic honesty statement (

a. Type and time (if announced) of examinations (Whenever possible, please avoid giving exams on religious holidays. Also please avoid an exam the day after SCAVMA meetings).

b. Grading method and scale for letter grades

c. Policy for make-up exams (if they are offered)

3. Course Instructor List: Please provide the names of each instructor, their office hours and location, phone number and email address.

4. Course Notes: All materials the instructor believes should be with the student when they come to lecture or lab.

5. Course Materials: Supplemental materials that the student is not required to bring to lecture or lab.

6. External study sites: Choose one of the options in this document to address the way your class materials can be used in external study sites. 


Mid-course/rotation grade warnings must be issued to students if they are not achieving at least a "C" grade average. The notice should be copied to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Class Schedule: Please review the Official CVM schedule for your instructional period.  Click on the appropriate instructional period to view class schedules. Please report any errors to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Instructional Leaders: A list of instructional leaders and courses can be found on the CVM website at:

Submission of Grades:
Grades should be logged, by the course coordinator,  into the myZou system within 3 business days of the completion of a course.  If you have any problems, please contact Jennifer Hamilton in the Office of Academic Affairs.


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Last Update: October 26, 2016