BIB 451.01 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)

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

Class days/times: MW 4:10-5:00 pm
Location: Bible Annex, Room #18
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: Bible Annex, Room 201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
M 10:00-11:00am; 1:15-3:15pm
T  10:00-11:00am; 2:10-2:40pm
W 10:00-11:00am; 1:15-3:15pm
Th 10:00-11:00am; 2:10-2:40pm
F  10:00-11:00am

I. Textbooks:

II. Course Description:

BIB 451 Senior Seminar (2 credits) A review of the content of the student's studies in the Bible program, with a special emphasis on reviewing and processing the content of the Biblical text. The student will produce a portfolio, resume, and senior research project. The oral examination required for a degree in Bible is given as a component of this course. A practical ministry course. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of the instructor.

This course reviews and integrates the material in the Bible program and provides the student with an opportunity to reflect on the material and how it might be used in ministry. As a part of the course, the student is asked to put together a portfolio and revise a paper previously done into a senior project. In addition, the course contains two oral exams: the Bible exam over the content of the biblical text and the exit exam which asks the student to should his ability in integrating text with experience in practical situations. The student will also be asked to produce a written review of the Bible program.

III. Rationale:

This course addresses the following objectives of the Bible program:

Objectives For Majors

Prepare students for Christian service by providing ministry training in public speaking, evangelism, and missions.

IV. Integrating Faith and Learning:

Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (ESV).  Consequently, this class will use biblical texts and references to texts to help the student grow in faith.  But simply hearing is not enough.  Jesus told those who believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32 ESV).  So it is necessary to keep doing what we learn.  In light of this, this course will also contain references to application of principles learned.  One of the objectives is a faith objective.  It will not be assessed for a grade, but life is such that it will be assessed, one way or another.  My prayer is that you will pass that test of life.

V. Course Objectives and National Standards:

  1. To provide a capstone experience for the student in the Bible program.
  2. To aid the student in reviewing the biblical text.
  3. To help the student reflect on the material covered in the Bible program and begin to integrate this material into a useful tool for ministry.
  4. To help the student grow in his personal faith.

There are no national standards for undergraduate study of the Bible.  At OVU, we emphasize the biblical text and its application in our lives.

VI. School of Biblical Studies Mission Statement:

At the School of Biblical Studies, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community by encouraging biblical faith to produce life-long truth-seekers who serve God in His kingdom throughout the world.

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

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. Academic abilities assessed include reading with understanding skills as evidenced by classroom discussion; writing skills as evidenced by several typed papers and a portfolio; research skills as evidence by an interview project; and memory organization and retention and integrative reasoning skills as evidenced by oral exams.

The grade will be based on two oral exams (including a written Bible exam if the oral Bible exam is failed), a typewritten research paper or exegesis of at least five pages in length of enough quality to be presented to a graduate school as a writing sample (revising a former paper is suggested), a five-page reflection paper over the Bible program, a portfolio of the student's work over the years, and attendance and participation in class. Bible exam questions can come from any place in the Bible. In addition, students will be expected to do a professional research project which will consist of one-page write-ups of eight interviews with ministers, a synthesized list of five positives and five negatives that the student has learned from the interviews, and a vita or resume.

The papers should be typed. The number of pages listed for the typed papers refer to full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required for the exegesis with at least six entries, most of which are from books or print journals). 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.

The portfolio should include at least the following: a resumé, statements of philosophy of ministry, your spiritual journey, and your views on ethics and integrity, a bibliography of important works in Bible and ministry (with items owned marked with an asterisk), examples of your academic work (including a copy of the research paper or exegesis produced for this class), examples of lessons and/or sermons from your internship or other ministry, recommendations, any diplomas and/or certificates, material from mission workshops, lectureships, or campaigns, and a global component.

Class may be dismissed if there are classroom conflicts during Lectureship week April 6-9. In such a case, students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class or lecture for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report on the class or lecture 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.

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. The typed papers turned in late will dock the paper grade by one-half letter (5%) per class period late.

All papers must be turned in to receive credit in the course. 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; however, in this class most papers may not be rewritten. 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!

Students who fail the oral Bible exam will be asked to take a comprehensive written exam over the Bible. Students must make a grade of 70 to pass. Gradewise the written exam is worth 60% of the oral exam's points. Any retakes of the written exam drop the value by 10% each. Either the oral or written exam must be passed to pass the class.

Definition of a Credit Hour

In 2011, the US Department of Education and OVU's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, established requirements regarding how much time is required to be spent on a course for each credit hour earned. As a result, all colleges and universities have been required to establish policies that adhere to this definition. In keeping with this requirement, OVU expects you to spend a minimum of two hours outside of class doing course work (reading, doing homework, writing papers, reviewing for tests, etc.) for each hour you spend in the classroom. Because this is a 2-credit hour course, you should expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours each week outside the classroom doing work for it.

VIII. Grading System:

            Attendance                                  10%
            Professional Research Project               25%
            Senior Project Paper                        10%
            Reflection Paper                             5%
            Portfolio                                   20%
            Oral Bible Exam                             15%
            Exit Exam                                   15%

Extra credit in these areas will not be allowed to exceed these percentages. Extra credit in the course will be given for up to two one-page reports on the Lectureship. 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.

IX. Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley University 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 cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards, as is falsifying records such as those kept for field experiences, practica, internships, etc.. Students who engage in these behaviors in a course in which they are enrolled will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, being placed on restricted status (i.e., the student will not be allowed to participate in on-campus activities, including intramurals, and may not represent Ohio Valley University in public events, including athletic competitions, performances, and presentations), or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. Students who engage in these behaviors when they are unrelated to a course in which they are enrolled will also face appropriate consequences, which could include being placed on restricted status or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. If a student believes he or she has been falsely accused of academic dishonesty, or if the student believes the consequences of an incident of academic dishonesty are unjust, the student may ask that the situation be reviewed. To ask for a review, the student should give to the Vice President for Academic Affairs written notice of the appeal and the reasons for it within 48 hours of being informed of the consequences of the alleged incident; detailed instructions about the appeal procedure are available in the catalog or from the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


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 OVU is expulsion from the University.

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.

Professional Dress

Students should dress modestly regardless of the type of clothes that they choose, and be aware that first impressions count and are often dictated by clothing choices. Specifically, members of the University community should avoid clothing that is revealing and/or features offensive slogans, language, or advertisements. Examples of revealing clothing include but are not limited to: midriffs or halters, mesh or netted shirts, tube tops, low cut blouses, and short shorts. Very tight clothing should be avoided. Examples of offensive slogans, language or advertisements include but are not limited to: curse words, sexually suggestive language or gestures, and references to alcohol or drugs.

Electronic Devices

Please turn cell phones OFF or ON SILENT before entering class. You may place your cell phone on your desk as a clock; otherwise, keep it put away. The use of cell phones, computers, and tablets for texting, calling, emailing, googling, checking the internet, tweeting, using facebook is not permitted; such is distracting both to the students doing such and the students around them. Please put these electronic devices away. Do not use your device out of sight under the desk. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. Cell phone or tablet use for voice, text, or data during a test will result in failure of that test!

X. Policy for Attendance and Tardies:

OVU Catalog:

Regular class attendance is most important. Instructors are responsible for recording and reporting attendance in each of their classes. Attendance at 75% of the scheduled class meeting is required to receive credit for a given course; in other words, if a student misses 25% or more class sessions including both excused and unexcused absences, the student will fail the course.

Course Policy:

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. 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 a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence. Tardies that exceed 5 minutes are counted as factional absences.

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 five hours of absences which include three hours of unexcused absence 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., more than 7 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course (if possible). I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 5 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 above under the topic Course Requirements. A drop from your only Bible course may affect your ability to enroll in the next semester.

Please turn off cell phones before entering class. If you should have wireless service in the classroom, do not use your messaging service on your laptop or PDA. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. If you are caught texting during class, one-fourth absence will be counted. Cell phone use for voice or text during a test will result in failure of that test.

XI. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

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

XII. Bibliography:

Students should include their own bibliography of important books and books that they own in their portfolio.

XIII. Course Calendar:

WEEK ONE: Registration and First Class

WEEK TWO: Group Work developing questions for Professional Project

WEEKS TWO THROUGH SEVEN: Discussion of Readings (Thursdays) and
	Questions (Tuesdays)

Portfolio drafts due on week:
  1. a resumé
  2. statements of philosophy of ministry
  3. your spiritual journey
  4. your views on ethics and integrity
  5. a bibliography of important works in Bible and ministry (with items owned marked with an asterisk)
WEEKS EIGHT THROUGH TEN: Ministeral Finances and Taxes WEEK EIGHT: Four Interview Papers and Senior Project Paper Due WEEK NINE: The Oral Bible Exam may be scheduled at any time after Spring Break. They are scheduled individually. WEEKS ELEVEN TRHOUGH FIFTEEN: Discussion of Readings (Thursdays) and Questions (Tuesdays) WEEK THIRTEEN: Portfolio and complete Professional Research Project Due WEEK FOURTEEN: Oral Bible Exams Completed WEEK FIFTEEN: Exit Exams (scheduled individually), Reflection Paper Due WEEK SIXTEEN: Exit Exams (continued)

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


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