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Two or More Weeks Prior to Semester: Create Your Syllabus

The syllabus is

  • based on the Course Content Guide (CCG) which defines the learning goals of the course
  • the plan for the course including: learning goals, activities, grading for the course, and a bibliography

You must make the syllabus available to students before or at the first class meeting (you can post it in Blackboard, for instance).

Help in creating a syllabus

  • Your department may have a syllabus template
  • The department or a colleague may give you a syllabus from a recently taught class
  • If you have to start from scratch, use the CCG to get the learning outcomes

Helpful hint: Don't lock yourself in. Include language in the syllabus that it is subject to change. Here is an example:

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to the schedule as needed. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up with any changes. Be sure to check in on Blackboard or with a fellow student if you miss a class.

Recommended parts of the syllabus (see sample syllabi links at the end of this list)

  1. Course number, name, section number, semester and year
  2. Faculty contact information
    1. Name, degree, email, phone, office location and university mailing address
    2. Include your preferred communication method, office hours and turn around time for a response.
  3. Course meeting times and place
  4. Course objectives
  5. Course description (from catalog or CCG)
  6. Prerequisites
  7. Expected skills
  8. Texts: required and optional
  9. Required software and hardware
  10. Other required items 
  11. Types of assignments
  12. Grading criteria
  13. Academic dispute resolution policy
  14. Schedule of activities
  15. Blackboard usage
  16. Changes to the syllabus
  17. Emergencies
    1. Weather closures
  18. UAA Policies
    1. Academic Integrity/Honesty
    2. Incomplete Grades
    3. Email
  19. Your Policies
    1. Attendance
    2. Classroom Conduct
    3. Email (how often to check)
    4. Late Homework
    5. Make-Up Exams
    6. Cell Phone Use
    7. Writing standards and etiquette (e.g. for papers, email or discussion board)
  20. Student support services
    1. Disability Support Services - sample text 
    2. Learning Resource Center
    3. Library
    4. Mental health support and suicide prevention - sample text
  21. Safety
    1. In On-Line Environments
    2. On campus
  22. Bibliography - use the one from the CCG
Presentation on creating a syllabus and more.
Sample Syllabi