SyllabusThe course syllabus is often treated as a contract by both faculty and students. As such, syllabi should not be altered after the semester has begun to ensure fairness for the students. One suggestion to allow flexibility for instructors is to decouple the schedule on the syllabus, perhaps even keeping the two documents entirely separate.
All syllabi at USF should include the following items:
- Instructor name
- Office hours and location
- Contact information
- Course name and number
- Credit hours
- Course description
- Course objectives (what instructors will cover)
- Student learning outcomes (what students can perform; action verbs)
- Required texts and materials
- Grading scale
- Grade breakdown by course deliverables
- Classroom policies, including attendance policy
- Calendar of major events, including final exam date and time
- Information about or links to university information about academic deadlines, religious holidays, attendance, academic honesty and disability services
In addition, you may wish to use the following USF-specific syllabus template, which contains lots of instructions and examples to help you craft your own syllabus. Note that our syllabus template may not contain every field required for some specialized purposes, such as approval for General Education. You may freely copy the boilerplate policies for your own syllabi.
Syllabi should be provided to students in Canvas (and not just handed out on paper).
Please visit http://ugs.usf.edu/ugc/syllabus_new.htm#policies for more information.