The checklist below provides a suggested guide for what elements to include in your syllabus. These are easy to list, but what too often gets excluded is an understanding of the subject that will draw students into the content. This may be harder to measure, but here are a few questions that might spark some thought:
- Does the syllabus invite students into the course and subject matter by providing a context for the course within the discipline?
- Does the course appear challenging but not overwhelming?
- Does the syllabus provide the sense that the faculty member cares about her students? (Communication methods outlined; policies firm but not threatening, etc.).
- Is the syllabus easy to read? Printable?
Once the tone of the work is established, the check points can be assessed. Here are some standard features that make an understandable and complete syllabus.
General Course Information
- Course title, catalogue number, section
- Semester, year
- Graduate, undergraduate, credit, pass-fail, etc.
- Class meeting times; location
- Modality (Online, Blended/Hybrid, Face-2-Face)
- If online or hybrid: virtual meeting space address
- If hybrid, what will be online and what on-ground
- Additional locations (lab, studio, etc.)
- Name, preferred title
- Contact information: phone, email, Twitter; preferred method for communication
- Office location (online, Face-to-Face)
- Office Hours (online, Face-to-Face)
- Course description (provided by department)
- Course overview
- Course outcomes, stated in measurable terms
- Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
- Prerequisite requirements clearly stated
- Educational/technology proficiencies expected.
- Other requirements of the department/school/college
Instructional and Technological Information
- Teaching method: lecture, discussion, group work, etc.
- Required and recommended textbooks or ebooks. (Bookstore, Amazon, eBook)
- Instructional materials available in Moodle; online
- Technologies used; expected student proficiency
- Hardware, software or internet services required
Course Assignments and Assessments
- Assignment details: description of assignments and grading scale
- Grading policy
- Detail of how assignments align with course outcomes
- Explanation of how student work will be assessed and what feedback to expect
- Course evaluation information listed
- Writing and style requirements
- Student expectations
- What students can expect from the faculty member
- Attendance requirements (Face-2-Face v.s. Online)
- Course conduct: in class, online, privacy of course discussions, respect for others’ views
- Late work
- Copyright and intellectual property
- Use of technology in class (cell phones, lap tops, etc.)
- Communication protocol ( Zoom Policy)
- Academic integrity policy
- Change syllabus policy
- Statement of Intent (syllabus is a contract) Syllabus Quiz?
Student Support Resources
- Information re: students with disabilities (Services for Students with Disabilities)
- Library resources; library subject area specialist
- CWAC: Center for Writing Across the Curriculum
- Ethics Hotline (Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution)
- Student Success Coaching
- Student Disability Services (SDS)
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Tutorial and Academic Skills Center (TASC)
- STEM Center
- Weekly schedule of readings and assignments
- Weekly topics and goals
- Assignment and test due dates