SYLLABUS BIB 205.01


BIB 205 Bible Survey           Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 01  Room: IAC 271     Day/Time: TTh 8:30-9:20am
Office: Stotts (NC), Room 243  Telephone: (304) 865-6120/295-6486
Office Hours: MWF 1-2pm; MW 3-5pm; TTh 9:30-11am; 2:30-5pm

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Course Description

This course will focus on the history and writings of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. It will include a brief survey of all the books of the Bible and the general outline of the contents of the major narratives and teachings of these books. Themes explored will include the mighty acts of God, God's covenants with His people, and the coming promised Messiah.

Course Objectives

  1. To acquaint the student with the historical events and major teachings of the Bible.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible.
  3. To survey the books of the Bible as related to introductory material and significant passages within them.
  4. To help the student come face to face in the scripture with the early Christians' experiences in following Jesus, thus providing a faith building experience for the student.

Attendance and Tardies

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes and daily homework. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be in class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were hospitalized, ill with a contagious disease, involved in an accident, on school business (up to five hours), or there was a death in the immediate family. More than six hours of unexcused absences will result in your being dropped from the course with either a W or an F at my discretion. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 8 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course. I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 7 total absences. If you are dropped for any reason, reinstatement is not guaranteed and will be granted only if a plan for success is presented. Note well: Absences may adversely affect your grade, as outlined below under the topic Grades.

Office Hours

I will be in my office fifteen hours during the week as outlined above. If you have class conflicts with my office hours, you can schedule another time with me. Appointments during office hours will be given precedence over drop-ins, but if you need to see me about something and don't have an appointment, come on up to my office and I will try to squeeze you in. If you need help, please use my office hours. You may also see me both before and after class as time permits. I will be available for extended conferences after class hours if it does not interfere with another class or chapel. No appointment will usually be necessary to see me at this time. If I am not in my office at office hours after a class, check my last classroom to see if a student has detained me there. Please feel free to interrupt me.

Assignments, Assessment, and Grades

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on homework and tests assigned by the teacher and on the student's ability to do relevant research on his or her own in papers described below.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), three two-page introductions to books of the Bible (two from the OT and one from the NT) with proper documentation, attendance, pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework. In addition, a Bible map of the student's choosing (although not on Palestine in the time of Jesus) may be done for up to two points extra credit.

The introduction papers should be typed. The two pages of the introduction papers are a minimum of two full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required with at least three entries, two of which are from the library). One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name or page numbers) with 1" margins. The typed papers should be written using the Turabian style guide. Students who are not Bible majors may petition to write the paper using the MLA style guide.

Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbook or the Bible. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class will be excused for students attending the World Missions Workshop. Students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report on the class attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect; up to five such absences will not count against the student's grade if the student has no unexcused absences. Two grace days will be given to all students to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

          Two-page Researched Papers                        10%
          Attendance                                        10%
          Pop Quizzes/Homework                              15%
          Major Tests                                       40%
          Final Exam                                        25%

Only in the area of Maps will any extra credit be allowed to exceed these percentages. Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89- 80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late. Late homework is not accepted, since the answers will often be given in class. Realizing that other teachers may assign work due at the same time, I will not dock your grade on the map if it is no more than one (1) week late; however, if it is later than one week, expect to have your grade on that assignment lowered by half. The 2-page typed papers turned in late will dock the paper grade by one-half letter (5%) per class period late.

No paper will be accepted that is more than two weeks late. A paper that is more than one week late may not be rewritten, except in unusual circumstances. A paper must be at least 75% of assigned length in order to be rewritten. The grade on a paper which is rewritten may be increased on content, length, and up to (but not exceeding) a letter grade on mechanical errors. No grade will be given to a paper which contains enough mechanical errors to dock the score by two letter grades. It will be turned back without a score and the rewrite counted as late. Be sure to proofread and spell check! The English proficiency test sets the minimum standard for college papers.

Students who are absent on exam days with good reason may schedule a make-up exam within the next week. You must ask to take a make-up exam.

Students who score less than a 70 on a major exam may petition to retake the exam within a week after grades are returned on it. The highest grade on any retake exam will be 70. Once again, you must ask to retake an exam. There will be no retakes on the final exam. Study hard for it.

Academic Integrity Policy

Because Ohio Valley College expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another's work as one's own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others to cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards. Students who engage in these behaviors will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, or being dismissed from the College. A student who believes that he or she is being treated unjustly may file an appeal with the Provost; the student must initiate the appeal within 48 hours after receiving notification of the consequence. Appeal procedures are available in the office of the Provost.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVC is expulsion from the college.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Provost before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, notify your instructor, who will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

Mission Statement of Ohio Valley College:

At Ohio Valley College, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.

MAJOR EXAM DATES:   Exam 1 -- Thursday, September 25, 2003
                    Exam 2 -- Tuesday, October 28, 2003
                    Final Exam -- Tuesday, December 16, 2003
                                  8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Tentative Course Plan

WEEK ONE:
 8/28/03 -- Introduction to the Course

WEEK TWO: Law
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/ 2/03 -- Genesis
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/ 4/03 -- Exodus, Leviticus

WEEK THREE: Law
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/ 9/03 -- Numbers, Deuteronomy
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
                      Bible map due
 9/11/03 -- Joshua, Judges, Ruth
Inman Forum

WEEK FOUR: History
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/16/03 -- I & II Samuel
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/18/03 -- I & II Kings

WEEK FIVE: History
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/23/03 -- I Chron. - Esther
            homework: study for test
 9/25/03 -- Major Test

WEEK SIX: Wisdom
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
 9/30/03 -- Job, Psalms
            homework: book introduction 1 due
                      read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/ 2/03 -- Psalms - Song of Solomon

WEEK SEVEN: Prophets
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/ 7/03 -- Isaiah
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/ 9/03 -- Jeremiah, Lamentations

WEEK EIGHT: Prophets
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/14/03 -- Ezekiel, Daniel
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/16/03 -- the 12 Minor Prophets
World Mission Workshop

WEEK NINE: Gospels
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/21/03 -- Matthew, Mark
            homework: book introduction 2 due
                      read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/23/03 -- Luke, John

WEEK TEN: Acts
            homework: study for test
10/28/03 -- Major Test
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
10/30/03 -- The Church in Jerusalem

WEEK ELEVEN: Acts
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
11/ 4/03 -- Early Expansion of the Church
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
11/ 6/03 -- Paul's Missionary Journeys

WEEK TWELVE: Paul's Letters
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
11/11/03 -- Romans
            homework: book introduction 3 due
                      read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
11/13/03 -- I Corinthians
Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!


WEEK THIRTEEN: Paul's Letters
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
11/18/03 -- Gal. - Col.
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
11/20/03 -- I Thess. - Phil.

THANKSGIVING BREAK

WEEK FOURTEEN: Other Letters
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
12/ 2/03 -- Hebrews
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
12/ 4/03 -- James - Jude

WEEK FIFTEEN: Revelation
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
12/ 9/03 -- Rev. 1-11
            homework: read intro in HBH and in Bible as assigned
12/11/03 -- Rev. 12-22

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
            homework: study for final exam
12/16/03 -- Final Exam (8:00-9:50am)

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!

THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE MODIFIED AS THE TEACHER FEELS NECESSARY!


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