Syllabus Guidelines

A Tufts student studies for final exams in the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex, December 2017 (Anna Miller/Tufts University)
A Tufts student studies for final exams in the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex, December 2017 (Anna Miller/Tufts University)


 
A well designed syllabus functions both as a course guide and a useful learning tool for students.

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Ensure it is easy to read
  • Have a consistent and simple layout, with concise language
  • A graphic can illustrate relationships among concepts
Provide basic information on first page
  • Course title and number, number of credits, course overview
  • Any prerequisites
  • Days, times and locations of class meetings
  • Procedures for announcing class cancellations (e.g. notifications on Trunk/TUSK)
  • Professor name, office location, email address or phone number with preferred way to contact you
  • Office hours Indicate the syllabus version date at the bottom of the page and indicate if it is final or tentative
Clarify course goals, objectives, and expectations
  • Include course goals, learning objectives and expectations
  • Required textbooks and readings, supplementary readings
  • Lab safety / health
  • Week-by-week course schedule with assignments, tests, due dates, how to submit materials for grading, readings, etc.
  • Description of major assignments on separate pages with grading rubrics
  • Factors that influence course grades other than formal assignments: participation, attendance, tests, etc.
  • Policies for absence, lateness, classroom conduct, missed work, and academic dishonesty
  • Highlight important dates such as drop dates, holiday schedule changes, etc.
  • If you plan to use turnitin to identify plagiarism, you are required to note this in the syllabus.
Provide information about academic support services (varies by campus)
  • Summarize academic support information (Academic Resource Center at ASE, designated tutors, TA’s assigned to the course, etc.)
  • Suggest that students with disabilities or special circumstances meet with you to discuss accommodations, and list pertinent campus resources (such as Disability Services (link is external) on the Medford campus)
  • List relevant campus library services and hours of operation
  • Include a statement on accommodations. See the “Syllabus Statement” on this Faculty Resources page from Student Accessibility Services