Course Contracting for Faculty

Honors College contract courses ideally require something qualitatively different, rather than something quantitatively more. These courses are always academic classes (no P.E. or participation) and should be supervised by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Below you will find more information on the course contracting process. As always if you have any questions please, contact the Honors College.

Timeline:

Contracts are due by the 15th day of classes.

Once students decide which class they would like to contract, they should contact you within the first full week of class to ensure they have plenty of time to discuss and submit the contract online.

Answer These Two Questions:

Work with your student to answer to the below questions. These questions will compose the contract you will submit online.

Describe the Honors component of the course, discussing the nature of the project, how this project constitutes “Honors,” and the nature of a “consolidating experience.”  

Be as specific as possible in describing what you will do, and how this will create a stronger, more effective, and coherent experience. Include references to specific readings and/or methodologies where appropriate, lengths of required papers or reports, number and nature of presentations, etc. Research papers are typically 8-10 double spaced pages but certain other projects may include a shorter report.

How does the Honors component differ from normal course expectation?”

A copy of the course syllabus may be submitted, if needed to illustrate. Address if the Honors component will be factored into the final grade in the course and, if so, what the grading expectations will be.

Suggested Components: 

  • Where the course calls for a research paper, an Honors paper might use primary sources, incorporate a substantial literature review that connects the topic to the broader issues in the field, include primary data derived from student research (oral histories or other interviews, statistical analysis, laboratory experimentation), etc. Honors research papers are typically 8-10 double-spaced pages. If yours is shorter, explain why.
  • Where additional readings or reports are indicated, it is best that these readings or reports be synthesized as part of a larger Honors component. For example, an essay involving a comparison/contrast of regularly assigned readings with the specially selected seminal readings would be appropriate.
  • The Honors component might include a substantial programming project or extended fieldwork or laboratory experience, concluding with a final report of at least 8-10 double- spaced pages, including a narrative part of at least 5-7 pages, outlining the experience and the conclusions reached or experience gained.
  • Where teaching one or more classes is indicated, it is best for the professor to provide guidance in organization and content to insure that the material enhances and supports the intention of the class. In this case, the written component would typically consist of a report of 5-7 pages on the topics covered in the lectures.
  • Where the course is a cross-listed undergraduate/graduate-level course (where the undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by a single instructor at a common time), the student may complete the graduate-level syllabus in order to meet the qualitative, culminating Honors experience that is expected when contracting a course.

WorkFlow Steps

  1. Once you have discussed how the Honors course contract will satisfy the Honors requirements with the student, they will then work with their Honors College advisor to submit a WorkFlow document. The WorkFlow will come to you as an email from “Auburn University WorkFlow.”
  2. Locate the contract in WorkFlow in AU Access under the “Faculty/Advisor” tab, scroll down to the far bottom right to “WorkFlow Queue.”
  3. Once in the WorkFlow Queue select the student’s name who is completing an Honors course contract.
  4. Answer in detail the two questions listed under the contract. Students are encouraged to work with their professor on the details and present the faculty with a typed version of the contract. This allows the you to “copy and paste” into the WorkFlow contract.
  5. When ready to submit the contract, select “complete.”
  6. From here the contract will be sent to the student for confirmation. Once the student confirms  the contract, the files will be sent to the department chair for the final approval. Once all approvals have been made you will then receive a confirmation email and a PDF of the contract.
  7. At the end of the semester you will receive another email from WorkFlow prompting you to login and verify that the student did or did not complete the contract. At this point the verified contract is automatically sent to the registrar’s office and the contract is posted to the student’s transcript.
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