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PRST 5430/6430/7430 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

PRST 5430/6430/7430 - Advanced Instructional Design for Training and Development

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course builds on basic instructional design theory and enhances it with considerations necessary to build and deliver instructionally sound training materials across multiple media, focusing on electronic media delivery systems. This course will include an in-depth look at media selection strategies, interface design considerations, and instructional strategies for developing online training.

Course Outcomes:


At the conclusion of the course, the students will have knowledge about:

1. The instructional systems design process.

2. Principles of sound instructional design.

3. Guidelines for writing sound learning objectives.

4. How to design assessments that measure the learning objectives.

5. How the instructional strategy and process varies across media platforms.

6. Media selection strategies.

7. Standards and requirements for eTraining.

8. Online training design guidelines.

9. Tools available for designing and developing online training


At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to

1. Write instructionally sound learning objectives.

2. Design assessments to adequately measure a learning objective.

3. Critique training modules across a variety of delivery platforms.

4. Select the most appropriate media for delivering various training content.

5. Design a training module for both traditional and online delivery.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Graduate standing; admission to the Master of Professional Studies program or departmental permission.

Course Topics:

1. Overview of Instructional design process

2. Overview and comparison of major instructional design models and theories.

3. Introduction to instructional design components; analysis, design, development, and evaluation

4. Delivery modes for Instruction

5. Designing interactivity

6. Introduction to multimedia for online instructions

7. Resources - Books, journals, associations, conferences and workshops, video, courseware, software and additional resources for designing and delivering training material.

Specific Course Requirements:

Desire2Learn is the official course management system (CMS). Students should be experienced in using an online learning environment (Blackboard, etc.) so they are able to take full advantage of all tools available to them through Desire2Learn and/or their home institution.

Students should be:

  • Skilled in using WORD, sending and receiving e-mails with attachments.
  • Skilled in using a web browser to connect to websites (Internet Explorer).
  • Skilled in developing PowerPoint presentations and sending them by e-mail attachment.

*Note: Students in need of assistance in acquiring these skills may contact their home university campus content for on-site assistance and training in the noted areas.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Grades will be based on assignments/activities, participation in discussions, quizzes, project and presentation.

Grading Procedures:

Grades will be assigned on the scale presented below. There is no extra credit available in this class. As professionals you are expected to continually present a high standard of work raising the bar on quality and delivery. Students must complete all assignments, modules, quizzes, and final project for consideration of a final letter grade.

Students must present documentation of their unexpected circumstances to request an "I" (incomplete). Students receiving an incomplete must complete assignments within four weeks after the end of the semester.

Grading Scale:
RangeAssigned Grade
90-100 %A
80-89 %B
70-79 %C
60-69 %D
under 60 %F


Discussion Questions (12) @ 25 points each300 points (25%)
Research Paper, Critique & Presentation @ 60 points180 Points (15%)
Quizzes (3) @ 40 points each120 Points (10%)
Project Assignments (9) @ 50 points each450 Points (37.5%)
Final Project @ 150 points150 Points (12.5%)
Total Points1200 Course Points (100%)


Assignments and Projects:

Reflection/Lessons Learned postings are required of each student. Reflection postings will be submitted to the discussion board.

Overview of Course Requirements (Detailed reading lists and topics are provided within the Course)

  • Post comment on the case study to the Discussion Board, at least once a week.
  • Submit answers to questions on the assigned readings. Deadlines for submission are posted in the syllabus, but generally there is a deadline once a week. Write in complete sentences.
  • Submit the answers on the discussion board by the deadline for each discussion.
  • Write a research paper of the team's choice of topic
Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course if interaction is part of the course design. Students must communicate with other students in the chat room. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and check the course news page frequently for announcements. Students must actively participate in threaded discussion events.

Late Policy:

Describe the course late policy for graded assessments

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 20, 2020