Community Service

General Course Information

Course Director Name: Wendy Crawford-Daniel   

Course Lecturer Name(s): Dionne Gittens

Course Director Contact Information: 

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:

Course Director Office Hours:  By appointment Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

Community service is intended to help with the orientation of the student in the community, and the application of some of the educational and life skills learnt by the student to a particular community setting. It also provides an opportunity for the student, whether as an individual or member of a group, to develop leadership skills, initiative and a sense of individual and collective responsibility. Of paramount importance is helping the student to appreciate his/her place in the community, and fostering a spirit of giving to the community in which the student is pursuing his or her formal education.

Course Objectives: 

  • To introduce students to the concept of volunteerism
  • To assist students in developing skills that will help them to become future community leader
  • To help the students in developing a sense of social responsibility

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • To acquire a Culture of Volunteerism
  • To acquire practical work experiences
  • To acquire leadership skills

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

To acquire service learning methods and skills

SAS Grading Scale Grades will be assigned as follows:


A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

The student is required to offer a minimum of 30 hours of service in GENL 302 or/and GENL 303

(GENL 303 is optional). Service must be done over one semester.

Text: n/a

Supplementary Readings/Resources: n/a

Course Requirements and Percent of Grade:

The student is expected to identify an organization or two with which she/he intends to work, and negotiate the terms of his/her attachment. In the event that the organization is agreeable, the student will furnish the course director with a document identifying the organization, the contact person, and a statement of the objectives the student intends to accomplish.

The student then proceeds, as long as formal permission is obtained (the course director communicated with the organization to confirm acceptance of the students) to work with the organization, preparing weekly reports for the course director. The student is expected to keep a log of arrival and departure time, activities and task accomplished. Mid-way through the service, the student will prepare a mid-way report for the Course Director.

The course director will also ask the contact person(s) for a mid-way report of the progress of the student. The Director may visit volunteer sites unannounced to witness the activities of the volunteer.

At the end of the service the student will be expected to write a report describing the value of the exercise. The student’s contact person at the organization will also be asked to complete a prepared assessment report/form.

Students who completed GENL 302 may elect to undertake GENL 303 by continuing the services undertaken in GENL 302 or he/she can find a new site/service.


Because there is a credit value attached to this course, and grades are awarded, the work of the students must be assessed. Assessment will take the following form:

A proposal is to be prepared by the student at the beginning of the semester. The proposal shall contain the following:

  1. Title page containing your name, course prefix, course title, and date of submission.
  2. Objectives of your Service i.e. what it is you intend to accomplish at the institution you have chosen.
  3. Institution at which the student is performing his/her Service with the name and contact details of the supervisor or person overseeing you during your Service  
  4. Justification for the choice of institution and type of Service
  5. What you would hope to gain from the experience of community service
  6. Your proposal should be well written with cover page.

Please note: A comprehensive report must be submitted at the end of the semester

In addition to the above requirements, students are expected to keep an updated journal/time log of activities completed whilst undertaking their respective service. At the end of the 30-hour community service requirement, this journal must be signed and verified by the person supervising the student and then turned in to the course director.

An example of a journal would be;






Prepared reading plan for preschool

2 hours

J. Doe

Grade Scheme

  • Proposal: 10%
  • Supervisor’s Evaluation of student’s performance: 40%

Students Reports (includes):   

  • Students’ written Mid-Term report : 10%
  • Students’ Final Report, with photos and other materials can also be submitted that will demonstrate your work): 20%
  • Accurate and completed time-log with hours and activities signed by supervisor must be handed in: 20%


The student is required to offer a minimum of 30 hours of service in GENL 302. Service MUST be done over one semester.

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.