Doctrines of the Gospel

Course Grading Syllabus

Instructor:  Bruce Satterfield

Office:Taylor 216

Phone: 496-3954

Jesus Christ

Text Books

To study in depth the doctrines associated with the Plan of Salvation.


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 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. HOWEVER, YOU MAYNOT USE ANY SOURCES WHEN ACTUALLY WRITING ESSAY.  It is to be written entirely from the knowledge you have in your head. 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.

 2.  READING 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 Selected Quotes, and other sources will be studied during the course.  In the Daily Reading Schedule found on the course page, the assigned chapters from the Doctrines of the Gospel textbook and other documents that will be discussed during each class period can be found.  

In the textbook ntoice that each chapter is about a different 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

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.