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 EXAMPLE – Level V sample Syllabus


AUTHOR:  Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount, Instructor   Dr. Carl Lindgren – Written October, 2014, rev. 2015

The Studies of Futures is  increasingly being taught in many Universities and Colleges today.  Although it started  to becomes  a course  many years ago.

Foresight is   interactive with the study of change.    Today  the new technology is  creating more and more and modern science using the technology  to change the world we live in and the way in which people live together with   the skills that we need  to live and work .  Futurists help people to view and explore the  range of   possible futures . This course is an introduction to understand and develop your thinking in ways you can create and develop your futures.



At  the conclusion of this module students will be able to:

1.     Create 2 Scenarios  utilizing  the eight  elements of a good  scenario to create scenarios..
2.     Develop a strategic plan for your work place .
3.    Develop the implementation  of the Strategic plan
4.    Develop a short  lecture  about change, what it is and the dimensions of change.
5.    Compare and Contrast the following:   Project,  Approach,  Method,  Technique,
6     Differentiate between, Framing, scanning  forecasting,  visioning,  planning and acting
7.    Write a one page lecture explaining what is meant by systems theory  and the dimensions of systems theory.


The first session  is a required SKYPE session. In this session the student
and the faculty member will  have an interaction about the course and the assignments. The student is expected to have the resources and have reviewed the books and materials.  This is considered  the first session for the course.

Textbooks  (Buy from Kindle at Amazon.com)

  • Peter  C Bishop and Andy Hines-, 2012 . Teaching About the Future  (Palgrave, Macmillan)
  • Hines A and Bishop, Peter ,  Thinking about the Future. :   2007, Guidelines  for  Strategic  Foresight    (Washington, D.C.:  Social Technologies )

Recommended References

See other references at the end of each Chapter. V

The Reference style to be used is the Harvard Style adopted by the College of Teachers.



The Major  Assignment is  during the 15th week. This is a videotape and is required to be submitted by the 15th week . This is a requirement of our accreditation  with the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities. The videotape teaching exercise will have a purpose and  at least  2 learning Objectives It will be of  40 minutes in duration.. It is due the 15th week.

Examination. There will be a three hours examination for the course.  Students will attempt all five questions. This is the  16th week.  The student will be responsible for finding a proctor, paying the proctor and finding a suitable venue.  There is a proctor consent form with the instructions that the proctor signs  consent to proctor the three hour examination. This form will be given to the proctor by the student.  This completed Proctor  consent form will be  submitted with all accumulated  marks  by the Instructor  to the head office at the conclusion of the course.


Assignment l  Week 1  Student and Instructor have an interactive session on SKYPE to discuss the module and assignments and   clarify the conduct of the course.

Student to have read Introduction to   Text, Bishop and  Hines,
Amd ready to discuss with Instructor Why the study of Futures and what benefits accrue from Foresight .

Assignment 2. Week 2. Read Chapter 1   “Models of Change’’
Write a  500  word paper of an analysis of  the concept of change and its four dimensions.

Assignment 3., Week 3.  And  week 4 Read Text Chapter 2  on “ Systems Thinking.”   review  the book  by Kaufman listed on page 91 ,    Systems I  and Systems II, Systems thinking  is fundamental to understanding futures and foresight .

Assignment 3   week 4  Chapter 2  Perspectives on the Future
On page 91  T THE CONCLUSION  OF CHAPTER 2  Bishop and Hines recommend the books Read Chapter 3 in Bishop    by Kaufman  on Systems Thinking.   AND SYSTEMS THINKING II   Find this book in your library  OR INTER LIBRARY LOAN  and review the concept on Systems Thinking.
ASSIGNMENT 3  weeks 3 and 4.

Assignment 4.  Week 5   Read chapter 3 “ Perspective s on the Future “
Write a 250 page summary on Chapter 3.

Assignment 5 Week 6.  Read Chapter 4     “ Social Change “

Compare and contrast the  ten theories of social change

Discuss what the common theories of social change unite  the ten theories.

Assignment 6    Week 7 Read chapter 5
Discuss  the types of research and  its uses in  creating futures.

Assignment  7    Week 8. Read Chapter 6   “Scanning “   Prepare a paper on the purpose  of    scanning       Develop an analysis of why it is important to scan at different  LEVELS  “  Explain what is meant by “Scanning Hits”

Supplementary  Reading , Read  Choo, C.W. (2001) Information Management for the Intelligent Organization: The Art of Scanning the Environment (Medford, N.J: Information Today.

Assignment  8.  Week 9,  Read Chapter 7  “ Summarize this Chapter on Forecasting “ Set out the main ideas

Assignment 9  Week 10,  Read Chapter 8, on Leadership .
Write a 250 page paper on why leadership  is an important aspect of change in an organization .

Assignment  10 ,  Week 11.  Read Chapter 9 on Visioning.
Write a visioning activity using the generic activities set on page 246    making them  specific to your idea  of a specific change needed in y our organization  or in your group.
Assignment 11  , Week 12- Read   Chapter 10  Planning  Develop the planning process for your  change that you have envisioned to make  with Assignment 10 /Think through about developing  your plan   as you read through the chapter.  Pay special attention to   the steps  in Strategic Planning  on page 256
Write out your plan  for the organizational change process that you envision. Apply the process  that you read about in Chapter 10

Weeks 13 and week 14 In this assignment you will plan the process  to influence  to make the future  that you have envisaged

Major Assignment  creating a  teaching videotape
Week 15  You are now ready to teach the  process of envisaging, planning  and creating change in your organization  Plan your lecture that you will videotape on creating  changer

Review the objectives of the course in preparation for the final examination. It will be closed book exam. You will be given 5 questions drawn from the objectives and you will attempt all of the questions.

Your proctor should  have been selected and approved and  sent the consent sheet. The consent sheet will be sent to the Instructor and submitted to me with the examination materials The Instructor sends the examination to the proctor one day in advance of the examination
The  examination should be written on the exam paper in order that the student does not leave the examination room with any papers.

Assessment and marking are clarified on the Grading Scales Document
All grading will be determined by the document titled Grading Scales. This document has been distributed  to students and staff.


The  Final Examination will be given to you in the 16th week. The  student will have arranged for a proctor and a venue, which can be at a local library or school or i8nstitute. The student will supply the name of the proctor to the faculty member and faculty member will decide if proctor is appropriate and send examination to their proctor one day ahead preceding the date of the examination. The proctor to have completed  consent form on which I have written instructions. The examination  The examination questions will be written on the papers for the  responses. In this way the student leaves the exam room with no  papers.

For Assessments and marking see Grading Scales  document
All grading will be determined by the document titled Grading Scales. This has been distributed to students and staff.    See Dr. Blount if y ou do not have one.

100-96= A    87-85= B-     79-73=D
95-92=A-    84-80 = C     72-69=D-
91-88= B    83-80= C-     Below 70F

Final Examination (Max ) 100 pts)  (20 pts each )

Telephone contacts

The student should initiate an initial telephone or SKYP conference with the instructor within one week of enrollment to clarify a plan of action for the course.
This initial contact will help familiarize the student and instructor with one another, and permit the transmission of clear expectations for completion of course requirements. Periodic telephone interaction as required, at student’s expense should be continued for the duration of the course.

Email Communications

Frequent email communications between student and instructor should be initiated and continued for the duration of the course.
Students may send communication and materials via postal service, as requested.

Academic  Dishonesty   Plagiarism  and cheating

The International School of Interdisciplinary Sciences prokotes academic honesty and personal integrity. Cheating can take many different forjms; as submitting another person’s work, writing a paper for someone else, Buyina paper from a research sercice or submitting the same assignment twice for different courses. Students found guilty of any of the above will receive an F mark for the course.

Suggested Timeline
Students are expected to follow the suggested timeline as outlined in their first session with instructor

Assignment l (Week 1):  Submit on ___________________
Assignment 2 (week 2): Submit on ____________________
Assignment 3 (week 3):  Submit on ___________________
Assignment 4  (week 4):  Submit on ___________________
Assignment 5  (week 5) :  Submit  on ___________________
Assignment 6 (week 6):   Submit on  ___________________
Assignment 7 (Week 7):  Submit on _________________
Assignment 8 ( Week 8:   Submit  on  ___________________
Assignment 9 (Week 9:    Submit on ____________________
Assignment 10(Week 10 Submit on ____________________
Assignment 11 (Week 11 Submit on ___________________
Assignment 12 (Week 12  Submit on __________________
Assignment 13 (Week 13  Submit on _________________
Assignment 14 ((Week 14 Submit on _________________

All syllabi must be approved and signed by the Vice President, Director of Academic Studies

Contact information of Professor

Telephone no.
Office hours

email address

Syllabus approved _____________________  Date ____________



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