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Syllabus Checklist

The following information is required on your syllabus.
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Sample Signature Course syllabi are available to download from our Signature Course Essentials sample documents page.

Course Details

  • Course name, number, unique number and semester (unique numbers are found in the course schedule)
  • When and where the class meets
  • Instructor’s name
  • Instructor’s office location and phone number (instructor & TA contact information & office hours are optional for the version to be posted online by the university)
  • Instructor’s office hours
  • Discussion section(s) time and place (if applicable)
  • Teaching assistant(s)/grader(s) name(s), office, phone number, and office hours (if applicable)

Course Overview and Objectives

  • Overall academic goals
  • Course overview
  • Specific topics for each class meeting
  • Readings and problems to be assigned

Course Requirements

  • Signature Course specific requirements including University Gems, University Lecture Series, Oral Presentation Requirement, Information Literacy component, and a written assignment in the first few weeks (so
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  • Textbooks and other materials required
  • Grading policy, including whether attendance is used in determining the course grade and whether or not plus/minus grading will be in effect. If you plan to turn a raw score into a final grade on the basis of a curve, please indicate how you will do this. First-year students should know how well they are doing as the course proceeds, so they should know what final grade their raw scores predict.
  • A detailed description of how course will be graded (how many quizzes, tests, papers; weighting of each; amount of homework, etc.)
  • Details on how homework will be handled (grading, posting, late policy, etc.)
  • Information on term papers or projects, if any

Course Policies

  • Policy statements on such things as attendance, makeup exams, observance of religious holidays, etc.
  • A list of all critical dates for administration of class including exam dates (including final exam date), major due dates for projects (this is required for projects that make up 20% or more of the overall course grade), and any other special dates (field trips, special speakers, etc.).
  • Policy on academic honesty and plagiarism.
  • Location of and bibliographic data on any reading on