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Syllabus Template

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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

Professor‘s name:
Office phone number
Office location
Office hours
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

  • ADA Statement

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.
Please Note:
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
  • Attendance

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



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