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Course Syllabus

  1. 1. Your CourseSyllabus Is Your Friend
  2. 2. The info is all there One of the steps to becoming a successful college student is to know how to read the syllabus for important course information; information that other students might miss Unlike high school, the professor is letting you know ahead of time what topics will be covered each day and when exams are
  3. 3. Anatomy of a SyllabusThe first items on a syllabusshould give course information:  Course title/number  Instructor Information  Materials and Required Textbook  Days and hours of the class  Location of the class  General information (professor’s philosophy about the class)  Expectations regarding assignments  Grading  Course Schedule
  4. 4. Instructor Information Full name/title Office location Where to leave assignments Office hours Email address Office phone number Pay close attention to any restrictions  ex. “No calls between 10:30pm and 8:30am.”
  5. 5. Textbooks Your syllabus will list all required reading materials for your class. Information should include:  Title  Author  Date/Edition  Publisher
  6. 6. Materials Although many courses only require print material, there are also some courses that require additional materials, such as:  lab/safety equipment,  art supplies,  special calculators, etc. Be sure you are aware of what special materials you are required to have for the class, if any.
  7. 7. Course Descriptions & ObjectivesThis info will most likely be similar to the description in your course catalog : a paragraph describing the general content of the course.Info about instructional methods may also be included
  8. 8. Course Calendar/Schedule A daily or weekly schedule of topics to be covered.  Dates for exams, quizzes, and major assignments Required special events may also be included  ex. a lecture by a visiting speaker, a musical performance, field trip, etc. *This schedule can be tentative and subject to change depending on the progress of the class*
  9. 9. Attendance & Tardiness A statement regarding attendance should be included  Professors should state how many absences are allowed before penalization.  Usually if you miss any more classes than allowed, it will reduce your grade. Sometimes, too many tardies can equal an absence. If this is the case, it should be stated in the syllabus.
  10. 10. Class Participation If active participation is required – especially if it plays a part in your grade – then the syllabus will typically say so. The syllabus will also usually indicate how participation will be graded.
  11. 11. Missed Exams or Assignments The syllabus should give you the following information about missed exams and assignments:  Whether or not they can be made up  How many points are deducted each day for a late assignment  If the professor will take it later than the specified due date
  12. 12. Lab Safety & Health If necessary, the syllabus should include a short statement about the importance of these issuesIn some courses, these issues can literally be a matter of life and death.
  13. 13. Academic Dishonesty The syllabus should address questions related to academic dishonesty  Cheating  Plagiarism These matters are very serious, and the end result of either could be an Fx in the class.
  14. 14. GradingEach syllabus should indicate how the students will be evaluated. How grades are weighted Factors included in the grading process Information regarding extra credit opportunities, if they are available.
  15. 15. Available Support Services The library is probably the oldest resource, and perhaps still the richest. Campbell’s Student Support Services offers:  One-on-one tutoring  Tutoring Center  Writing center  Group reviews for specific courses  Disability services  Career guidance  Retention assistance
  16. 16. Be proactive from the beginning After the first day of classes, go through your syllabi and highlight all the important information – keep the syllabus for each class in your notebook for that class. An even better way to ensure you know when assignments are due and exams will be held is to transfer all due dates onto a calendar.
  17. 17. Last But Not Least Whether your professor says it in class or not, if it’s in the syllabus, you must adhere to it. Not knowing is not an excuse if it’s in the syllabus.