Syllabus Guidelines

Required Components of a Syllabus:

Note: The syllabus must be uploaded to the Canvas shell in the form of a .doc or .pdf. A link to an outside document is no longer permitted.

Basic Information

  • Course Number, Course Title, Number of Credit hours, Academic Year and Semester.  Enhanced Options:  Class Location, Meeting Days and Times
  • Instructor's Full Name, Office Location, Office Phone Number and Email Address.  Enhanced Options:  A brief bio and/or statement of teaching philosophy.  Any other phone numbers faculty wish to make available and/or class or instructor website if applicable.
  • Office Hours.  (Faculty members are required to post office hours on their doors as well)
  • Required and Suggested Materials and Textbook Titles, with Author and Editor.  Indicate specific edition if required.  

Course Overview

  • Course Description: Faculty members should use the official course description located online. For course description, go to Optional:  A brief rationale, general teacher or course objective, course prerequisites or any other information that faculty wish to include regarding the significance of their course.
  • Student Centered Learning Outcomes: The course learning outcomes should be provided by your Program Director or Dean, or you can find them in the approved curriculum files at   The learning outcomes for a course are student-centered. They identify what students who successfully complete this course should be able to do.  Optional:  Indicate how the course addresses the Program's and the College's Core Competencies.
  • Course Calendar & Outline: Faculty members should include topics for lecture and discussion, assignments, readings, paper and project due dates and exam and quiz dates. This can be quite detailed or more concise depending on personal style and course content.  Note:  If you use Canvas to post your due dates, then you do not need to provide a duplication of this information in your PDF or Word document as they will be automatically included in course summary section of the syllabus page.  Optional:  Create a detailed weekly schedule indicating all topics, readings and assignments and their due dates.  Provide guidelines for what students can do to meet criteria if changes occur or assignments are late.  Include instructions regarding how to submit work in the case of inclement weather or instructor absence.  Include a disclaimer that listed dates are subject to change.  

Policies and Grading

  • Method of Evaluation: Faculty members must be certain to indicate the percentage or number of points that each required element carries in relation to the overall course grade. If participation is one of the required elements, faculty should indicate the percentage or number of points that participation carries in the class AND how they assess and grade participation.  Optional:  Describe the format of assessment and/or the type of knowledge and abilities tested during the exams, assignments, labs, projects, etc.
  • Attendance: Student attendance is required.  Faculty are required to take attendance.  Be specific about the consequences of missing class.
  • Optional: Other policies.  Add official policies relevant to the course and clearly define the parameters. Add measures of consequence or grace and support for missed or late work and/or extra credit options.  

Mandatory Verbatim Text

Note:  Your Canvas Course Syllabus will already include the mandatory elements.  You should not modify this section of the syllabus page in Canvas.  This section includes:

Additional Items included in Canvas course syllabi

  • The official grading scale for the college
  • Academic support resources available to students   You do not need to duplicate any of the policy text in the content that you post in Canvas since it is provided here.  You may want to include this information if you pass out a syllabus in class.