Hostos Community College
Sample Course Syllabus Template
*Numbers Indicate Mandatory Sections
*Letters Indicate Optional Sections
1) Course Information
Course number, course title, term, any specific section title
2) Contact Information
Office phone number
Other Information about the professor/lecturer/instructor
3) Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions
Include required prior knowledge or skills
4) Course Description
As it appears in the college catalogue
A) Course Objectives
Only objectives that are assessed should be included in this section. Objectives should be clearly aligned with assessment/grading. This section is optional since course objectives may be included in the course description.
5) Student Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the course students should be able to . . .
See sample course syllabi online for examples of well written student learning outcomes. Faculty who submit syllabi for review to the General Education & Assessment Committee will receive a copy of Writing Instructional Objectives for Teaching and Assessment, Seventh Edition, by Norman E. Gronlund.
6) General Education Outcomes
This section may be combined with the Student Learning Outcomes section or remain as a separate section. Using the general education brochure, identify the core competencies students will be introduced to, practice or demonstrate mastery of in this course.
See online syllabi for examples of both types of sections: 1) Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) combined with General Education Outcomes (GEO), 2) Separate sections for SLO and GLO.
7) Assigned Texts, Required Course Materials Including Electronic Materials
8) CUNY, College, & Course Policies and Requirements; when relevant, related to Safety and Health
- Attendance/lateness policy
- Class participation policy
- Missed exams or assignments
- Policies for dress during a lab, etc.
- Academic Honesty Statement
The following is an example of language you can use in your syllabi to address academic honesty.
Plagiarism: as it is in the college catalogue
The following is the language that needs to be included in each syllabus as the ADA Statement.
As required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities.
If you have a disability that requires accommodations, contact:
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD)
Savoy (D) Building
120 Walton Ave, Room D101P
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 518-4454 (Voice/TTY)
If you are already registered with SSWD and have a letter from them verifying that you are a qualified student with a disability, please present the letter to the instructor as soon as possible. The instructor will work with you and SSWD to plan and implement appropriate accommodations.
Students who do not register with the Services for Students with Disabilities office and have their disability verified are not eligible to receive any special accommodations.
B) Department Policies
1. Student conduct in laboratories
9) Grading Policy
Grades should be clearly aligned with all SLO, GEO, and course objectives. Tell the students how grades will be calculated according to the assignments, activities exams, and special projects. Include the weight of each assignment as it corresponds to the overall grade.
- E-portfolio (30 points)
- In-class essay exam (2 of these): 20 points (10 points each)
- Seminar (2 of these): 10 points (5 points each)
- Group Research Presentation: 10 points
- Exams (four total): 20 points (5 points each)
- Attendance: 10 points
Total Point = 100
10) Course Assignments:
Guidelines will be provided for each assignment
- Four regular exams including the final exam
- Written lab reports
- Complete a group research presentation
- Participate in two seminar discussions
- Complete a total of 5 grammar tutorials at 80% or higher
- Complete an ePortfolio that includes a reflective essay, an analytical essay on a poem, a research paper and a collection of all homework from the semester
C) Tools for Study and Learning:
Inform students about the type of study habits and habits of mind that will foster student academic success in the course. What study patterns or practices do they need to employ to master the learning outcomes and core competencies.
11) Tentative Course Schedule (may be attached on separate sheet)
- Daily or weekly schedule of topics to be covered
- Due dates for daily assignments such as readings, projects, etc.
- Dates for exams, quizzes, papers, and other forms of assessment
- Dates of required or recommended special events