DES707 - Collaborative Frameworks: Working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-24 00:52:59.133
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:29:56.813

Subject Title
Collaborative Frameworks: Working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Subject Description
This course will explore the roles and scope of the instructional designer and subject matter expert in the framework of an instructional design project. Students will develop effective conflict resolution strategies as well as interpersonal communication skills. Communication skills to provide feedback and drive course revisions will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Differentiate between the roles of an intructional designer and subject matter expert. 
2. Explain the importance of collaboration in a course development project. 
3. Describe effective communication techniques in building collaborative relationships. 
4. Identify barriers to communication and propose appropriate solutions. 
5. Demonstrate principles of effective communication when providing comments and feedback. 

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prescribed Texts
Title: SMEs From the Ground Up - A No-Nonsense Approach to Trainer-Expert Collaboration
Authour: Chuck Hodell
Publisher: ASTD Press
ISBN#:  9781562868550

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Value % Assessment
10% Discussion Assignment #1
15% Case Study #1
10% Case Study #2
10% Discussion Assignment #2
15% Case Study #3
10% Discussion Assignment #3
30% Final Presentation
100% TOTAL

Approved by: Sandra Noble