What You Might Include in Your Syllabi
¨ Course title and number, section number, crn, number of units
¨ Term (e.g., Fall 2001)
¨ Meeting time and location
¨ Your name, office address, telephone number, fax number, email address
¨ URLs for course and faculty member
¨ Your office hours
¨ Teaching assistant and hours
¨ Prerequisite courses, knowledge, skills, etc.
¨ Suggestions for refreshing knowledge, skills, etc.
¨ Overview of course purpose
¨ Explanation of what course is about and why students would want to learn the material
¨ List of studnet learning goals or objectives
¨ Ties to program learning goals or objectives
¨ Conceptual structure used to organize the course
¨ Format of activities for the course
¨ Readings and Web assignments
¨ Projects, papers, exams, etc.
¨ Nature and format of assignments, expected lengths, deadlines
¨ Nature of tests
¨ Relationship of assignments to learning objectives
¨ Expectations for written work (e.g., style, length, word processing requirements, etc.)
¨ Role of technology in the course
¨ Texts/Workbooks/ and supplies (required/optional/suggested)
Where they can be purchased
¨ Grading components and weights
¨ Grading criteria
¨ Extra credit policy
¨ Exam dates and coverage
¨ Late work
¨ Missing homework
¨ Test make-ups
¨ Requesting extensions
¨ Reporting illnesses
¨ Academic honesty: cheating and plagiarism [see college catalog or schedule of classes]
¨ Student and faculty responsibilities in the learning process
¨ Accommodations for physical or learning disabilities
¨ Classroom civility guidelines
¨ Assignment deadlines
¨ Important drop dates
¨ Estimated student workload
¨ Study hints or guides
¨ References, recommended readings or URLs, library materials on reserve
¨ Campus resources (e.g., tutors)
¨ Handouts, lecture outlines, etc.
Campus Expectations for Syllabi
The University Handbook (Section 303.1) states that:
Faculty members shall provide a course syllabus to students in each of their
classes which, in addition to standard information (e.g., instructor name, course
name, date, etc.) contains at least the following information:
a) course objectives
b) assignment and exam due dates
c) grading policy
d) campus policy on academic dishonesty
e) other - in accordance with departmental guidelines.
CSUB Catalog and Class Schedule Information
Academic Freedom. Page 53 of the 1999-2001 Catalog or page 47 of the Fall schedule.
Academic Honesty. Page 53 of the 1999-2001 Catalog or page 47 of the Fall schedule.
Classroom Conduct. Page 53 of the 1999-2001 Catalog or page 47 of the Fall schedule.
Nondiscrimination Policy. Pages 76-77 of the 1999-2001 Catalogy or page 47 of the Fall schedule.
Academic Calendar. Page 5 of the Fall Schedule (Note last day to withdraw without a “W”; last day to withdraw for serious and compelling reason; holidays; SOCI week; last day of classes; and final exam day.
Final Exam Schedule. Page 97 of the Fall schedule. Use this to determine your official final exam day and time.