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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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