Syllabus

An effective syllabus...

  • communicates course expectations and requirements,
  • attempts to reduce ambiguities about policies and procedures,
  • provides a central reference point for students,
  • presents a clear course plan,
  • syllabus sets a tone for the course.

Syllabi inform students about what is expected of them to meet course requirements and must be disseminated to students in all courses in an appropriate written form; e.g., hard copy, Web version. Syllabi may be among the materials used to evaluate a faculty member's teaching effectiveness. In addition, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Criteria for Accreditation require that a syllabus be placed on file in the department for each course taught and that "(s)tudents must be provided written information about the goals and requirements of each course, the nature of the course content, and the methods of evaluation to be employed." Colleges and departments may have more specific requirements.

Whether you are creating a brand new syllabus or adapting an existing one, you will find our website on UCF syllabi helpful:

  • Course Plan - the syllabus can be an effective tool for planning and designing your course, and the syllabus should explicitly reflect the goals, objectives, and student learning outcomes inherent in your course design.
  • Standard Policy Statements - freely copy these sample policy statements to customize your syllabus.
  • Samples of Entire Syllabi - We provide a number of syllabi to suit your class needs, syllabi requirements, and support topics. Our syllabi range from the minimal to a full syllabus, and we provide Word Templates for each one. The Syllabus Online Tutorial also helps in transfering those syllabi to an online format.
  • Other Resources - Providing links from both within and outside UCF, the Resources Information page highlights a broad range of information that will help further improve your syllabus.

Provost's Checklist

Regardless of course type; e.g., traditional, media-enhanced, or Web, syllabi at UCF are required to include:

  • Course title and number
  • Credit hours
  • Name(s) of instructor(s)
  • Office location
  • Office or Web hours
  • Course goals
  • Course description
  • Course requirements
  • Methods of evaluation; grading system, including plus and minus grade policy, how grades will be posted
  • Makeup exam policy
  • Required and optional texts
  • Final exam date and time
  • Other required course material
 

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