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Syllabus Outline Purpose of a Syllabus A syllabus represents a formal academic agreement between an instructor and students. Rather than a schedule of events, a syllabus serves as an academic contract defining how students can successfully meet the objectives of the course. Regardless of status, all faculty members are required to provide their students a detailed syllabus at the start of each quarter in every class. Changes to a syllabus after the course has begun are not recommended and may only be made in the case of unusual and extenuating circumstances. Prior to making a change on a course syllabus, faculty on a temporary contract must, review the proposed changes with the department chair. The syllabus provides a basis upon which to resolve academic misunderstandings: it is the official document of record regarding all classroom activities and policies. The distribution of a detailed syllabus at the start of the course ensures that each student has received a written statement of policy. Without such a record, misunderstandings between students and faculty can occur. Students should be encouraged to consult the syllabus throughout the course and to ask questions about the course or the syllabus. All faculty must submit a final draft of the syllabus to the Department Chair or Program Coordinator for the department’s permanent files in order to assure compliance with accreditation standards. Elements of a Syllabus A syllabus should include the elements listed below. An explanation of each section follows for your reference. 1. Course Title and Identification 2. Instructor Contact Information 3. Course Description 4. Course Goals or Outcomes 5. Required Texts and Materials 6. Recommended Texts and Readings 7. Class Format or Outline 8. Assignments and Expectations 9. Attendance Policy 10. Grading Policy 11. Academic Honesty Statement 12. Academic Support/ADA Statement 13. Other Policies as Needed 14. Course Plan 15. Disclaimer syllabus outline/site contents/kms/12/9/2009
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Annotated Syllabus 1. Course Title and Identification Course Name (as it appears in the catalog) Prefix & Course Number (Art 210; Eng 480, etc) CRN (Four digit number unique to each class section) Term (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and Year Schedule (days and times class meets) Location (building, room number, field trip locations, etc.) 2. Instructor Information Instructor’s Name Office location Phone number E-mail address Office hours (a minimum of one hour weekly per 3-credit class) 3. Course Description At minimum the course description is the same as catalog copy. Professors may expand the description as they see fit. 4. Course Goals or Outcomes Course goals are the “big ideas” teachers intend students to investigate throughout the course. Goals are large complex ideas that require “uncoverage” (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) and therefore serve as the primary organizers of the course. Professors must carefully sequence lessons to assist students in “building” a deeper understanding of the
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