Spring 2019 / 2 Credit Hours

Instructor: Kenneth J. Galla, Jr., MPA

Cleveland State University 
Department of Urban Studies 
Urban Affairs Building - Room UR323 A
Cleveland, Ohio 44115 
Office hours by appointment. 
Analysis of Experiential Learning in Urban Affairs is a two-credit course designed for adults with substantial prior learning who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree. The course assists them in documenting and reflecting upon their learning through the portfolio process. College credit earned in this course may then be applied to one of the six majors in the Levin College.
Upon completing this course, you will gain the ability to:
  • describe and document learning gained through your prior experience;
  • analyze your prior learning through theoretical and professional lenses;
  • assemble your portfolio of life and career accomplishments for submission to CSU faculty assessors;
  • more clearly define your educational objectives as part of a program of study in the Levin College;
  • clarify your unique values and goal orientation; and
  • appreciate the knowledge, skills and values acquired through your prior learning.
Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines before you begin your assignments. These guidelines will give you insight into how each assignment and your final portfolio will be assessed and graded. Students receive an S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade for this course.
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This is an online course. Students will utilize Blackboard to access course assignment information and due dates. Assignments 1-5 will be submitted electronically through Blackboard. Assignment 6 requires a “hard-copy” to be turned in to my office at CSU. Videos have been posted to Blackboard to help clarify assignment requirements.
Assignment #1 Worksheet Assignment & Course Syllabi Identification - Due: Friday, January 18, 2019
This assignment is designed to help you begin thinking about your past experiences and demonstrated learning. Refer to the example document, and fill out a similar chart in excel for yourself. (Note: this assignment is for the class only and will not be included in your final portfolio). For a list of useful verbs for this assignment and your competency statement, click here.
Assignment #2 Autobiographical Resume - Due: Friday, February 1, 2019.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX. B
Assignment #3 Competency Statement - Due: Friday, February 22, 2019.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX. C
Assignment #4 Narrative Assignment - Due: Friday, April 5, 2019.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX D
Assignment #5 Education/ Goal Statement - Due: Friday, April 19, 2019.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX. F
Assignment #6 Draft Portfolio - Due: Friday, May 3, 2019.
The draft portfolio is the compilation of your work for this course. This draft includes assignments 2-5, incorporating the revisions made as a result of the instructor’s feedback. Unlike the previous assignments, the draft portfolio cannot be transmitted electronically. It should be submitted (as described below) to the instructor for overall feedback before you begin work on the final portfolio submission for faculty assessment.
Use dividers and a three-ring binder to present the information. Please label your final portfolio with a cover and present your portfolio sections in the following order:
1. Cover page with name, address, day/evening phone numbers, e-mail address, concentration area, and total number of credits sought
2. Table of Contents
3. Autobiographical Resume
4. Competency Statement
5. Narrative Section
6. Education Plan/Goals Statement
7. Documentation (This section will remain empty in your final draft for this course, but you will compile the documents and present them in your final portfolio.)
Remember that your final product should be neat, error-free and correct in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Examples of final portfolios are available for viewing upon request.
ASSIGNMENT NOTE: All assignments should be typed and double-spaced using standard margins and a common, 12 pt. font. Assignments will be graded for organization, grammar, and content.
Click the following links for examples of each assignment.
No text is required for the course. Suggested texts are:
Strunk, Jr., William & E.B. White (2005). The Elements of Style. New York: Penguin Press.
University Deadlines
  • For the current semester, the deadline for dropping a course is January 25, 2019.
  • The last day to withdraw from the course is March 29, 2019.
  • The final examination week is May 4-10, 2019.

Student Grading
CSU uses the following letter grades with plusses and minuses. In the Levin College the letter grades follow this numeric scale:

A = 94-100%
A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79 (there is no C+ grade for graduate students;
C = 70-79 for grad students)
C = 70-76 for undergraduates, 70-79 for grad students
D = 60-69 (there is no D for graduate students)
F = 59 and below for undergraduates, 69 and below for graduate students
Grades of “I” and “X”
* X – Effective Fall 2016, for undergraduate courses the grade of "X" can only be administratively assigned by the Office of the University Registrar to indicate a grade has not
been assigned by an instructor. For undergraduate students who have stopped attending/participating without notification and have not completed all assignments for reasons
that cannot be determined, instructors should assign the earned grade. Any grade of “X” will become a grade of “F” at 11:59 PM the day following the grading deadline.
Instructors of graduate courses continue to have the ability to assign the grade of "X" when appropriate and graduate level “X” grades follow the Incomplete Deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.
* I - Incomplete. The "I" grade is given when the work in a course has been generally passing, but when some specifically required task has not been completed through no fault of the student.
An "I" grade can be assigned by the instructor when all three of the following conditions are met:
1. Student is regularly attending/participating in the class and has the potential to pass the course;
2. Student has not completed all assignments and has stopped attending/participating for reasons deemed justified by the instructor; and
3. Student has notified the instructor prior to the end of the grading period.
Students with Special Needs
Educational access is the provision of classroom accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students regardless of their disability. Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services at (216)687-2015. The Office is located in MC 147. Accommodations need to be requested in advance and will not be granted retroactively. Students should notify the instructor as soon as possible if they have been granted an accommodation through the Office of Disability Services.
Writing Assistance
Students with difficulty writing may contact the Writing Center located in Rhodes Tower 124 for assistance. Students should use the American Psychological Association (APA) format for citations and reference pages.
Plagiarism is stealing and/or using the ideas or writings of another in a paper or report and claiming them as one’s own. This includes but is not limited to the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.

The penalties for plagiarism are found in full in the Student Handbook (Office of Student Life) under Academic Regulations (Policy on Academic Misconduct) at the following link:
Federal law, including Title IX, and University policy require that CSU address discrimination, harassment and sexual violence and enable students affected by these issues to have the same opportunity to succeed as other students. To do this, the CSU Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) provides information, identifies resources (counseling, medical, advocacy, safety planning), issues academic accommodations (excused absences, extended deadlines, late withdrawals, alternative assignments) and other accommodations (No Contact Directives, changing living arrangements). Any student affected by discrimination, harassment and/or sexual violence and seeking assistance, should contact the Office for Institutional Equity by calling 216- 687-2223, sending an email to or, or visiting AC 236.
Students should refer to the CSU website for additional information regarding grading, add/drop and withdrawals: Grading or Enrollment Services.