Syllabus Checklist

Syllabus Checklist

The purpose of a syllabus is to clearly communicate the instructional road map for the entire course, including all assignments and requirements, how each student can be successful, and guidance on specific expectations and policies.

Checklist Examples
Course Title Full name and number of your course
Credits How many credit hours students will earn
Instructor Your name and title
Office Location Office number, University of Idaho Moscow Campus, Moscow ID 83844-xxxx
Office Hours Hours you are available for student meetings
Phone Your office phone and/or cell phone numbers
Email your-email@uidaho.edu
— I will try to respond to your emails within 24 hours.
Course Format/Time

Examples

  • This is a fully online course. Log into http://bblearn.uidaho.edu to
    access course materials.
  • This class meets on Mon-Wed-Fri from 10:30am-11:30am PT in TLC 123.
Prerequisites List course prerequisites. Indicate exemption process, if applicable.
Course Description Clearly and completely establish the purpose, goals, and instructional focus of the course. Explain how this course fits into an overall program, and give a brief content overview.
Required Textbooks and Materials Include computer software requirements, as well as recommended equipment,
aids, and materials.
Supplemental Reading Material List Journal Articles, Bulletins, and other sources
Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes need to define the measurable knowledge and skills that students will gain in the course. To follow best practices for developing learning outcomes, use the Course Objectives Builder tool to develop and fine-tune your course learning objectives.
Learning Activities / Assignments Provide a range of student learning activities and evaluative methods appropriate for the goals of your course, such as quizzes, essays, take-home exams, writing, individual/group projects, discussions, etc.—each of which will measure aspects of the learning outcomes.
Expectations Clearly outline the expectations you have of your students.

Example

You should spend, on average, at least 2-3 hours of study time textbook reading, reviewing class notes, etc. for each class credit hour.

Policies Explain your policies for students, such as attendance, participation, late assignments, and make-up policies.
Grading Explain grading criteria for all assignments and tests, including point values, extra credit, and letter grade equivalency.

Example

Course Work Points Percent of Final Grade
Homework (10 homework, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Quizzes (10 quizzes, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Labs (10 labs, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Mid-Term Paper (100 pts) 100 10%
Final Research Paper (300 pts) 300 30%
Exams (3 exams, 100 pts each) 300 30%
Extra Credit 20
TOTAL 1000 100%

Grades

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-900 80-90%
C 700-800 70-80%
D 600-700 60-70%
F >Below 600 < 60%
Discussions Indicate you expect online discussions posts to be of high quality.

  • Reply with a substantive, compelling contribution. Back up your examples and opinions with convincing evidence or links to factual sources.
  • Make your posts thoughtful and well-written.
  • Respond to initial questions and also to other’s replies.
Academic Integrity Explain that you expect students to adhere to the highest academic standards of honesty and integrity. At UI, we assume students will do their own work. Plagiarism—passing off someone else’s work as your own, without citing the source—should not be tolerated. This includes direct copying, rephrasing, and summarizing, as well as taking someone else’s idea and putting it in different words. Ask students to fully cite their sources—this is the best avenue for avoiding plagiarism issues.
Learning Civility In any learning environment, it is essential that all members feel as free and safe as possible in their participation. Explain that it is expected that everyone in this course will treat each other with mutual respect and courtesy, with an understanding that all of us (students, instructors, professors, guests, and teaching assistants) will be respectful and civil to one another in discussion, in action, in teaching, and in learning. Should you feel class interactions do not reflect an environment of civility and respect, you are encouraged to contact your instructor to discuss your concern. Additional resources for expression of concern or requesting support include the Dean of Students office and staff (208-885-6757), the UI Counseling & Testing Center’s confidential services (208-885-6716), or the UI Office of Human Rights, Access, & Inclusion (208-885-4285).
University Disability Support Services (DSS) Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have documented
temporary or permanent disabilities. All accommodations must be approved through Disability Support Services located in the Idaho Commons Building, Room 306. Ask students to meet with the DSS staff at the beginning of each semester to set up accommodations so that they may notify Instructor(s) as soon as possible regarding accommodation needs. Ask students to feel comfortable discussing any disability related concerns with you as soon as they are aware their educational experience in the course may be affected. Every effort to develop appropriate accommodations will be made.

Firearms The University of Idaho bans firearms from its property with only limited exceptions. One exception applies to persons who hold a valid Idaho enhanced concealed carry license, provided those firearms remain concealed at all times. If an enhanced concealed carry license holder’s firearm is displayed, other than in necessary self-defense, it is a violation of University policy. Please contact local law enforcement (call 911) to report firearms on University property.

University of Idaho leadership remains committed to maintaining a safe work, living and learning environment on campus. We will not tolerate any threatening use of firearms or any other weapons. While authorized license holders may have familiarity and be at ease carrying a loaded firearm, we ask that they be aware that many people are not familiar with handguns and are uncomfortable in their presence.

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