Each section of each course must have a syllabus containing information that describes the content of the course, the way the course will be conducted, and how grades will be determined. Difficulties have arisen when there is no syllabus to describe class policies and procedures or when the syllabus contains inadequate information to explain how a grade is determined. The Undergraduate Bulletin and Graduate Bulletin describe academic policies and procedures that pertain to these issues. The Center for Teaching and Learning has resources for writing a syllabus.
A syllabus is required for every course section. This includes graded, pass/fail, independent study, and practica classes. As you prepare your course syllabi, please include the following items in any format that is appropriate for your course. This checklist is also available in a downloadable format.
All syllabi should include:
- Course name, number, section, semester, year, and time offered
- Any prerequisites for the course
- Instructor’s name, office number, office phone number, and office hours. Include a minimum of six office hours per week for full-time faculty.
- Course description, including mode of delivery
- Required texts and other materials necessary for the course. All citations should be complete, and the syllabus should indicate whether readings are on reserve in the library, are general library items, or are available electronically.
- Description of major assignments and due dates
- Grading information including the weighting of all components of the final grade. Please note that students need to have sufficient information of their performance BEFORE the withdrawal dateline, therefore more than 50% of the grade should be determined (and students notified) before that date. It is also recommended that students have early feedback in a course so that they can address problems before they become insurmountable. Also include your grading scale (A, A-, etc.).
- Schedule of topics covered and relevant assignments due by day or by week
Student learning goals and assessment information
- Learning goals for the course and an explanation of how those goals connect to major/minor goals and to the university’s learning goals.
Formats for showing alignment between different levels of learning goals are also available
- Information on how you plan to assess learning goals for the course
- Absences (UG or Grad Bulletin)
- Academic honesty (UG or Grad Bulletin)
- Accommodations for students with disabilities (UG, Grad Bulletin or the Director of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities). We request all faculty to include the Services for Students with Disabilities’ Syllabus Disability Statement to ensure campus-wide consistency.
- Classroom conduct (cell phone or computer usage, late work, professionalism, etc.)
- Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias (Office for Diversity and Inclusion): http://sites.jcu.edu/diversity/pages/syllabus-statement/
- Final exam policy (UG or Grad Bulletin) – the day and time assigned for the final can be found on the schedule of classes in BannerWeb.
Archiving: An electronic copy of each syllabus must be sent to your department administrative assistant to be shared with the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office for archiving. Please save and submit syllabi as .pdf documents, and be sure the file name includes the course abbreviation, course number, section number and instructor last name.