Doctrines of the Gospel

Course Grading Syllabus

Instructor:  Bruce Satterfield

Office:Taylor 216

Phone: 496-3954

Jesus Christ

Text Books

Course Objective or Learning Outcome
To study and learn in depth the doctrines and principles associated with "the great plan of the Eternal God" (Al 34:9).

Having studied the readings assigned throughout the course regarding aspects of the "the great plan," each student will demonstrate their knowledge of the plan (reflecting the course readings) by writing a detailed essay of the plan within a two hour period using only the knowledge they have internally accumulated and no outside resources.


At the end of the course, you will receive a letter grade that I feel reflects the learning you accomplished during the course.  I will use three criteria to determine your grade:  (1) attitude, (2) class attendance, and (3) academic work. 

1.  Attitude 

Attitude is displayed through preparation for class, class participation, and adherence to honor code.  Things that can negatively affect my perception of attitude displayed is sleeping during class, inappropriate use of electronic devices.  Grade for class participation is purely subjective on my part and is used in determining the final grade given in the course. 
2. Class Attendance Class attendance is a crucial part of the course.  It is the policy of the Department of Religious Education that a student must participate in a minimum of 80% of the class periods held for a religion course. With this in mind note the following:
  • Missing six class periods or more will result in not receiving credit for the course.  
  • School excused absences (such as a class for a field trip, etc.) are an exception to this policy. The student, however, must present the teacher with a school excused form as evidence of the excused absence. The student who misses a class because of a school excused absence is still responsible for both assignments due and material discuss during the class missed.  
  • MIssing a class because of illness is not an excused absence.  So be careful with your health.
3. Academic Portion of Final Grade
Academic Assignments
  • Final Essay
  • Reading Write-ups
  • Article Summaries
Description and rubrics of Academic Assignments
At the final, the student will produce a two-page essay concerning the plan of salvation that reflects the teachings found in the course material and class discussions. It is to be written entirely from memory, not allowed to use any sources. Writing must be both comprehensive and concise.  In this essay, you should "connect the dotes" between the various doctrines making up the plan of salvation.  You will write this essay in any two hour block after the last day of classes. I will not accept an essay until 3 hours after final class. Follow the following instructions for completing this essay.
  1. Complete preparatory studies (as well as an practice essays, outlines, etc and practice outlines-writeups),
  2. Choose a two-hour block of time where you can complete the essay without interuption.
  3. Set a stopwatch, or timer, for two hours.
  4. Prayer--I would suggest you offer a prayer, invite the Spirit to be with you, and help you to recall as well as to see more and learn more as you write.
  5. Start the timer and begin to write your essay. When the timer rings then stop writing. You cannot go over the two hour time limit.
  6. Write Essay--From memory (no other sources), Two Page, Single Spacing. This essay must be written entirely for you head, your memory. You are NOT to use any sources except that which is in your head. That means no scriptures, notes, booksm articles, etc.
  7. Use Bolded Subheadings for Each Topic
  8. Use Good Writing Skills -- use short paragraphs (each topic it's own paragraph).
  9. Print and Bring to Taylor 216--When timer buzzes, quit writing.  Make sure your name, the Course, and time course met is written on top of essay.  Save document on a couple of different devices. Print a hard copy. Staple it. Place in the box next to my office door (Taylor 216)
  10. Suggestions for successful essay. [1] Though you may not use it when writing your essay, during preparation make an outline of topics you need to write about. Practice writing down the outline.  When you begin to write the essay, first write out the outline. Then go back and fill it in. [2] Review your write-ups of the reading assignments and any other documents that you used. Study through them. [3] In writing your essay, be brief but concise. (A good example is found in the Truth to the Faith: A Gospel Reference. book. [4] As you are writing, save your document several times.
 2.  Reading Assignment  WRITE-UPS  (up to 20 pts each)

To help prepare the student for the essay, certain chapters from the Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, True to the Fath and other sources (such as articles and talks from the )Ensign, etc.) will be studied during the course.  The reading assignments are found In the Daily Reading/Assignment Schedule located under the Course Syllabi (where you found this Grading syllabus you are reading).

In the Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual each chapter focuses on a particular doctrine. The chapter begins with an Introduction followed by a Doctrinal Outline. Under the Doctrinal Outline are a number of points (each noted with a letter from the alphabet with subpoints noted with a number), each with scriptural references, regarding the doctrine discussed in the chapter. Following the Doctrinal Outline is a section called Supporting Statements with general authority teachings regarding the same points found in the Doctrinal Outline

You are to study the scriptures and general authority statements regarding each point. (You will probably not be able to look up all scriptural references under each point but read at least one reference found in each subpoint [noted with a number] of each point.)

For each assignment a write-up is to be produced that meets the following criteria:
  • Summarize and discuss each point of the doctrine found in the chapter or other assigned reading.
  • EXAMPLE No 1.    EXAMPLE No. 2   These are two examples of appropriately done write-ups Notice the Title, Author, and Assignment Name are located at top of write-up.  
  • Along with your summary, as you study each assignment, watch for and mark specific thoughts and ideas, even phrases and words that impress your heart and mind.  Note these down in your write-up in an insights gained section
  • Include with this any relevant feelings, impressions, and especially QUESTIONS the reading promps you with!
  • The write-ups should be typed.  Handwritten write-ups will result in a lower grade.

3.  ARTICLE WRITE-UPS   (up to 20 pts each)

During the course the student will be required to complete a write-up for a number of general authority talks.  These talks and when they are due are found under the Daily Reading/Assignment Schedule. and noted with bolded Article Write-up Due.   Use the following criteria in writing your write-up:
  • Write-up is to be only one page.
  • Single space
  • Typewritten (small font allowed). Hand written write-ups will receive significant grade reduction.
  • Make sure title, author, and bibliographic source reference is at top of page! (This is all found on the top of the article--this does not mean the URL)
  • The write-up must be divided into two separate parts with a heading for each: (1) summary of content (a paragraph describing main point of article, and a paragraph for each main subpoint supporting the main point); (2) five personal insights gained (mark each with a bullet or in a separate paragraph for each).
  • Will be graded according to depth of coverage, writing skills, and observations made.
  • Summaries handed in after due date will receive partial credit.
Example of appropriate write-up: CLICK HERE for example of appropriate write-up.