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How to offer a course

Based on personal ability and according to CSU academic policy, a student is allowed to register up to three courses at the same time. Most of our students enroll in two courses in a term to soon complete the program. Upon completion of the courses, if passed, the student continue to enroll in next course(s). This continues until program completion.

Course registration must be done ten days prior to course start date. Information of course start date, submission deadline and course end date are indicated in the study schedule. Course duration is ten weeks for LifePace courses or twelve weeks for tutor-led courses. This information is delivered to student’s registered email. It is also available in the Blackboard Learning Management System for student’s reference.

If a student enrolls in more than one course in a term, more time for course duration will not added. This means the student is required to study courses, submit assignments and exams within duration of ten weeks for LifePace courses or twelve weeks for tutor-led courses since the beginning of courses. A careful consideration is recommended for number of registered courses.

E-Learning and Online Course Delivery

All CSU courses are posted in Blackboard Learning Management System. CSU has powerful servers located in the United Stated and uses Blackboard platform to deliver the courses. This allows hundred thousands of tasks at a same time in a smooth operation that is available for students throughout the world.

Students are required to use their username and password to access in the site http://online.columbiasouthern.edu while studying at CSU. Students are responsible for keeping their username and password unrevealed to another since their course submission and grading are processed on the system. In the case that students suspect their revealed password, an immediate contact with the university is advised to secure the account.

Study at CSU is continuously maintained provided that there is an active internet connection to allow an access in the learning system. Blackboard system does not require an installment in the computer. It is light to operate and easy to use.

Students use Blackboard to:

  • Read and analyze lectures online
  • Keep communication with faculty members and other students
  • Participate in study forum to keep in touch with other students
  • Do assignments and exams
  • Submit assignments and exam for grading
  • Access in online library to get reference resources
  • Check grades and academic status
  • Access in the system

Right after successfully register the course and get email announcement from CSU, students need to login in the Blackboard as soon as possible to view course information and unit lectures posted there.

With successful login, students will find important announcements list in My Announcement tab, schedule in My Calendar, list of course number, course name, course version on the left side of screen.

Personal information is found on the left side of screen. Grade view is shown in My Grades tab. Address Book provides contacts with other students and course professors.

Information of course professor is introduced in Blackboard top menu with contact and correspondence details, qualifications, working experiences. This enables students to better communicate with their professor.

A course professor is assigned for each course and instruct students through the course. They will response all questions raised by students concerning course contents, grading, examination and encourage students to adhere to study schedule.

CSU course professors have full responsibility to grade and give comments about how a student participates in their course. Professor’s evaluation is final for study result in a course.

After assignment submission, scores will be given and posted in student site with necessary comments provided by professor. Students have right to give appeal to the professor if they have concerns about grading.

Course syllabus provides a full range of information that students need to know about a course, including:

  • Course Description
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Textbook
  • Course Learning Objectives
  • Number of credit hours
  • Regulations about plagiarism and reference policies along with warnings to avoid the grade deduction.
  • Course Outline
  • Course Structure
  • Paper and exam submission
  • Grading
  • Contact with faculty members
  • Online library
  • Course Evaluation

Further information can be found by clicking the links.

For example, in the link Course Learning Objectives, students will know learning outcomes and course requirements upon course completion.

For example, in the library introduction, students will be guided on how to utilize the reading resources with most effectiveness.

For example, in Course Content, unit guides are well designed based on assigned text contents, in addition with forum discussions, online library guides and CSU professor’s instruction.

Each unit contains from two to four chapters described in various categories:

  • Summary of Course Unit
  • Unit Learning Objective
  • Key Term
  • Application Exercise
  • Exercise Answer
  • Section Exam Assignment

The format will be same for every chapter of textbook. A course often contains six units (with from two to four chapters). Some units cover up to five chapters.

Section exams are used to evaluate units that students have completed in a course.

Textbooks and eLibrary

Copyrighted textbooks in English are used for all courses at Columbia Southern University.

Text information including author, edition, and publication is clearly introduced in the learning system for student’s acknowledgement before the course start.

Students are required to download course syllabus with their account to understand course requirements and contact their professor for unit lectures. They need to refer necessary library resources to do assignments and submit them for grading.

CSU’s online library is available to support student’s courses and programs. The online library includes databases, journals, e-books, and research guides. These resources are always accessible and can be reached through the library webpage.  Students can also access the CSU Online Library from the “My Library” button on the course menu for each course in Blackboard. At the moment, library fee is waived for Vietnam students.

Apart from textbooks and reference materials in library, students need to analyze all read assignments provided by their course professors to complete case studies or essays. The material includes, but not limited to, video clips, internet-based articles of various corporations or PowerPoint presentation slides.

Grading and Exams

Letter grades are given upon course completion.
Minimum passing score for a course is 70.
The following scale is used:

  • A = 90 – 100
  • B = 80 – 89
  • C = 70 – 79
  • D = 60 – 69
  • F = 59 or lower