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Welcome to the Syllabus Information Page.

An effective syllabus provides an overview of the purpose of a course, outlines course requirements, and defines expectations for student performance. Faculty members are responsible for developing course content and selecting pedagogical approaches for their courses; however, to ensure consistency across the university, UCF policy dictates the required elements of the course syllabus.

Each syllabus must include the following components:

  1. Information from the official Schedule of Classes
  2. Instructor and GTA contact information
  3. Explicit, public description of the course
  4. Intended student learning outcomes
  5. Course calendar that includes the sequence of course activity
  6. Assessment and grading procedures
  7. Course materials and resources
  8. Required core policy statements

Details about each of the required sections can be found on the UCF policies page under the “Academic Affairs” heading, 4-403.1 Required Elements of the Course Syllabus. Additionally, see our examples page for a breakdown of each requirement.

UCF Syllabus Statements

According to UCF Policy 4-403.1, “Required Elements of the Course Syllabus,” the following four core statements must be included in every syllabus:

  1. Academic integrity statement including definition(s) of and consequences for academic misconduct
  2. Statement directing students needing accommodations to work with faculty and with Student Accessibility Services to ensure equal access to educational activities
  3. Statement regarding emergency procedures and campus safety, encouraging students to be aware of their surroundings and familiar with actions to take in various types of emergencies
  4. Statement regarding accommodations for active duty military students

Standardized language for these four statements as well as additional statements can be found here.

Syllabus Examples

The Examples page contains information about the required components of a syllabus, as well as a sample file you can use as guidance for your own syllabus. See more.

Course Preview

The course preview feature is an optional tool that enables faculty members to provide a tentative syllabus to potential students who are in the process of selecting and registering for classes. Accessing an advanced and abridged copy of the syllabus may help students to select a mix of courses that will enhance their academic success. See more.

 

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