Course Syllabus

The course syllabus must be posted to the Syllabus area of the course Canvas shell by the first day of class. Ideally, you should post the syllabus to Canvas and publish the course approximately a week before classes begin so students can review it and purchase books. In addition, you should distribute a syllabus to your students on the first day of class. See the Adding Your Syllabus page in our Faculty Guide to Canvas for instructions on how to post your syllabus in Canvas.

The syllabus document provides students with an outline of the course content and other expectations you have of them, including grading scheme, policy on absences, policy on academic integrity, classroom etiquette, and assessment, such as the number of tests, quizzes, and papers. In addition, the syllabus should indicate any office hours you will have on campus and how you may be reached. In preparing your syllabus, use the syllabus checklist and refer to the course syllabus templates for face to face courses and for online courses, both of which are available on the Portal document library. Faculty teaching online/blended courses should also refer to the Instructional Equivalencies table to ensure course hours adhere to the Department of Education’s “seat hours.”

Your department chairperson/program director should be able to provide you with syllabi of others who have taught the course. Normally your course learning outcomes should be in agreement with the learning outcomes that the department/program has for the course. If you have questions about these issues, discuss them with your department chair/program director. A copy of your syllabus must be given to your department chair/program director for filing.