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Required and recommended materials

Required and recommended materials and if  necessary, the location of materials

Your syllabus should include the complete citations for both required textbooks (including edition) and recommended readings. Because the University of Minnesota has more than one bookstore, it is helpful to include the name of the bookstore as well.

Example

REQUIRED MATERIALS (available at the H.D. Smith Bookstore) Raymond A. Friedman (1994) Front Stage, Backstage; The Dramatic Structure of Labor Negotiations, Cambridge, MA; The MIT Press Roy J. Lewicki, Alexander Hiam, and Karen Wise Olander (1996) Think Before You Speak: A Complete Guide to Strategic Negotiation, New York: John Wiley and Sons SUPPLEMENTAL READING Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton (1991) Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, second edition, New York: Penguin Books (available at the H.D. Smith Bookstore). Various journal articles (available on reserve at the IRC Reference Room).

- John W. Budd, Industrial Relations 8037

It is also helpful to students to include the price of the books. If you have doubts about whether all students can afford to purchase the required text, you might consider putting the text on reserve at one of the libraries. Also consider the use of open access textbooks. Click here for a database of free, available digital textbooks through the UofM libraries.  If you do, be sure to include the location of the reserve library on the syllabus. As an additional aid to students, some instructors also include the hours and phone number of the reserve room on the syllabus.

You may want to include a picture of your textbook in the syllabus.  This allows students to quickly identify the correct book and edition if they look for a copy online.

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Provide Additional Information About the Text

Telling students why you have chosen this text can lessen resentment they might feel about purchasing an expensive text. In their enriched syllabus sample (Teaching Within the Rhythms of the Semester, Donna Killian Duffy and Janet Wright Jones, 1995) Duffy and Jones offer the following example:

Required Text: John Smith and Jacqueline Schwartz, Constitutional Law, 3rd edition (New York; Legal Publishing, 1993). The Smith and Schwartz text is challenging and informative reading. As the authors state, this book has "never succumbed to the temptation of oversimplification" (p.xi). I chose this book because it is well organized and nicely combines text information with the actual cases. Former students have told me that they still use the book as a reference.

- Duffy and Jones, 1995

It may also be helpful to tell students how you expect them to use this text.

Example

This is not an ideal book, but nothing else is available at an affordable price. I would rather not make daily assignments in this book since I intend it primarily as a reference source to complement the lectures. However, I will announce in advance the topic of each lecture so that you can read the appropriate pages in the text before the lecture.

- Frederick Asher, Art History 3014: Art of India

There may be additional information about the text or supplementary reading important to provide to students. For example, is this a book that will also be used in another class? If students are buying a used copy of the text, do they need to be careful to buy a particular edition?

Example

Textbook, Tutorials, and Special Help Materials: The principal textbook, available at the bookstore, is "General Chemistry" (3rd edition) by McQuarrie and Rock, published by Freeman. The same text will be used in Chemistry 1005. Note that this is a new edition of the text; the 2nd and 3rd edition of "General Chemistry" are sufficiently different that students are strongly discouraged from buying a used copy of the 2nd edition. A companion book, "Study Guide - Solutions Manual," by the same authors, is also available. Although the study guide is extremely useful, it is not a required text.

- J. Roberts, Chemistry 1004: General Principles of Chemistry

Annotating the bibliography of additional or supplementary readings helps students find the reading which is relevant or interesting to them. This will make it much more likely that students actually do some of the additional reading.

Example

The last decade has seen an explosion in the amount of material written about negotiations. For those of you interested in additional readings on negotiations or becoming a better negotiator, see: Roy J. Lewicki, Joseph A. Litterer, David M. Saunders, and John W. Minton (1994) Negotiation, Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin. A comprehensive textbook on negotiations. Roy J. Lewicki, Joseph A. Litterer, David M. Saunders, and John W. Minton (1993) Negotiation: Readings, Exercises and Cases, Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin. A book of readings (and exercises) to accompany the textbook. Contains many useful and informative articles on negotiations originally written for practitioners. Max H. Bazerman and Margaret A Neale (1992) Negotiating Rationally, New York: Free Press. This book is an excellent guide to improving one's negotiating skills by improving the decision-making process. Contains real-life examples and step-by-step advice. This book summarizes the ideas that Bazerman and Neale have used to develop the leading managerial negotiations course in the country.

- John W. Budd, Industrial Relations 8037

List any additional equipment, materials, or supplies students will need such as flash drive, specific type of notebook, calculator, safety goggles, camera, and so on and suggest where they might be purchased. If you have materials at a copy center on campus, give them the location of the copy center and the price of the packet. For each of the items you have listed, consider whether students will need additional information in order to purchase the correct or most suitable item. For example, if you require a notebook for a journal, should the notebook be a certain size? If you require a flashdrive how much data should it hold?

Example

  • Studio Arts 1-701
  • Personal Photo Equipment
    • Camera with adjustable aperture and shutter
    • Light meter (if not built into camera)
    • Tripod, cable release, flash, lenses, etc. (all optional)
    • Personal Darkroom Materials

 

Item

Source

Film (to be discussed in class)

 

Photographic paper (to be discussed in class)

Photo store

Negative Envelopes

Photo store

Utility Knife

Hardware

Can Opener ("church key" type)

Hardware

Scissors

 

Rubber Gloves (Bluettes, highly recommended)

Hardware

Spotting Brush #000

Art Supply

Negative Dust Brush (soft, clean, medium size watercolor #4)

Art Supply

Chamois (optional, to be discussed in class)

Auto Supply

Hand Towel

 

Straight Edge

Art Supply or Hardware

Thermometer (optional)

Photo Store

Notebook

 

Three Ring Binder

 

Dry Mount Tissue

Studio, in Coffman

 

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