1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Other Course Materials
  6. Course Objectives
  7. Assessments
  8. Grading Policy
  9. Grade Ranges
  10. Policy on Missed Assessments
  11. Notification of Changes
  12. Custom Sections
  13. Technical Support
  14. System Requirements
  15. Minimum Student Technical Skills
  16. TurnItIn
  17. The Capstone Creed
  18. Statement on Academic Misconduct
  19. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  20. Severe Weather Protocol
  21. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  22. Religious Observances
  23. UAct Statement

Needs Assessment Plan & Evaltn

CSM 572-920Fall 2019 | 3 Credit Hours


Juanita McMath

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

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Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Course outcomes include demonstrated understanding of program evaluation strategies based on a systems theory model for comprehensive planning, formative and summative evaluation. These evaluation activities focus on e-learning environments and applications in a wide-range of settings. Planning models are also introduced around which projects and action research can be structured.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)


The content in the course topics serves as the text for this course. Please attempt to read course content online instead of printing it. Printing obliterates links, which is a benefit of utilizing hypermedia.

As a distance education student, you have access to online resources, including those provided to students by The University of Alabama. You will find the quality, academic resources available to you at: http://www.lib.ua.edu/distanceed/

Other Course Materials

Students are expected to have their own computer with reliable internet access. Software such as Microsoft Word would also be required.

Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1.1 Discuss planning process from conceptualization to operationalized activities and tasks 1.2 Define program evaluation

2.1 Demonstrate ability to assess program needs

2.2 Illustrate ability to improve a program for accessibility

3.1 Define problems to be addressed

3.2 Set goals and objectives for program plan

3.3 Have awareness of costs and budgets

3.4 Demonstrate ability to schedule evaluation tasks

4.1 Write evaluation reports

4.2 Develop questions evaluators address

4.3 Assess program background information

4.4 Determine types of needs assessment

4.5 Determine kinds of data to be collected, and how it will be collected

5.1 Summarize and interpret data gathered from a program evaluation

5.2 Identify issues and limits of evaluation in decision making

6.1 Critique the findings of an evaluation

Assessments, Exams and Assignments

Activities in this course include:

Module 1: Updates to the Michigan State Training Program

Module 2: Wiki contribution on Needs Assessment

Module 3: Planning and Evaluation Quiz

Module 3: Complex Systems Blog Post

Module 3: Time Management Blog Post

Module 3: Costs and Budget Blog Post

Module 4: Training Program Evaluation Plan

Module 5: Knowledge and Skills for Evaluation Reports Blog

Module 6: Critique Criteria Assignment

This course will not have a midterm or final. All assignments are project-based and will be graded according to the grading rubrics provided for each assignment.

Grading Policy

Each assignment has a due date and all assignments are due before midnight Central Standard Time. If a student has a conflict (e.g., jury duty, military duty, conference, moving, family event, etc.), they should contact the professor to make arrangements before the assignment due date. In the event of an illness, the student needs to submit the Return to School excuse within five (5) days of the return date via fax or the excuse can be emailed to the professor. Note, the excuse needs to be on the care provider's letterhead, no diagnosis, just dates not able to attend class. Contact the professor as soon as possible for other issues that may arise. No late assignments are graded unless prior arrangements or an excuse is submitted to the professor. Grading is based on a (100%) percentage system:

Grade Ranges

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

59 and below = F

Policy on Missed Assessments

Do not wait until the last minute to submit your assessments as issue such as an Internet outage can occur. Work submitted after the published due dates listed in Blackboard will result in a grade of zero if prior arrangements or an excuse is not submitted. Excuses include notification documents for jury duty, military duty and excuses by a health provider on letterhead. Students must report other circumstances or issues as soon as possible after the event; the student may be required to produce documentation. The professor's contact information is provided above. Please contact the instructor if there are questions about missed due dates.

Notification of Changes

The professor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the professor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the professor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Technical Support

To obtain assistance with technical issues (removing pop-up blockers, opening pages or quizzes, etc.) or if you are unable to see the course content or have other questions regarding the course itself, please visit the College of Continuing Studies Online Course Technical Support Site to submit a request, or call 205-348-9157 (Toll Free: 1-866-205-1011) during their regular business hours.

System Requirements

This online course requires a modern Mac or PC computer and high-speed internet connection. Your computer must also have a compatible browser, PDF viewer, speakers or headphones, microphone, and productivity software such as Office.

Minimum Student Technical Skills

Taking an online course requires a general computer literacy. Students are expected to be able to use Crimson email, Blackboard, web browsers, and general word processing programs prior to enrolling in an online course. Student needing assistance using Blackboard are encouraged to visit the UA Blackboard support site.


The University of Alabama is committed to helping students uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials are subject to submission to TurnItIn.com for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. Assignments submitted to TurnItIn.com will be included as source documents in TurnItIn.com’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. TurnItIn.com will be used as a source document to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.

The Capstone Creed

The Capstone Creed was created by the Student Leaders Council. In the spring of 2000, a discussion of campus culture among student leaders led to an effort to identify the core values that sustain us as members of the University community. The Student Leaders Council recognized that the Capstone experience is not limited to our formal affiliation with the University during enrollment and that the University community does not end at the geographic boundaries of campus. As members of the Capstone community, there is a common thread that unites us all, and the Student Leaders Council has endeavored to make those core values manifest through the implementation of a campus-wide creed with which all Capstone stakeholders can identify.

The Capstone Creed reads: As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge; act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.