LITERATURE-BASED DISTANCE MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY INSTRUCTIONS FOR ON-LINE COURSES

3a. Instructions for Completing a Didactic Course in the Distance Learning Program

After your admission, you will receive a KU id that will allow you access to University library services and the Blackboard website that houses all the didactic courses for the program. Navigate to the University of Kansas web page (www.ku.edu), click on the Blackboard link at the top of the page, enter your KU id and password and the list of your enrolled courses should populate your Bb page. Each course is divided into a series of topics that will be presented as voice over PowerPoint presentations or whiteboard presentations. The topic of each lecture will be clearly indicated in the course syllabi and on the Blackboard site. A series of 3-6 learning objectives will be present at the beginning of each lecture and will help you focus on important points to be covered in quizzes or exams. Your instructor will indicate when each quiz or exam should be taken. All assignments, quizzes and exams are designed to be completed within 8 weeks of initiating a course. However, this is not required and if you would like more time to complete any course, just inform the Course Director in writing of your intent (no explanations are needed).

If you fail to complete a course within 16 weeks, your grade will reflect a failure to pass the course (F) and further progression through the program will not be allowed without retaking the course successfully. Satisfactory performance in graduate school is achieved by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or greater, which is achieved by receiving an “A” or a “B” in any given course. Receiving a “C” or “D” in a course will not necessarily result in dismissal if your overall GPA remains at 3.0 or above. However, a D cannot be counted for credit toward the degree and the course must be retaken at the student’s expense. Failing any course in the curriculum or earning a GPA that falls below 3.0 will result in dismissal from the program. Please follow the links below for additional information on the University’s policies on graduate credit, good academic standing and academic probation.


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