Syllabus

The course syllabus serves as a contract between the faculty and the students.

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What is a syllabus?

A syllabus is a document that is given to students the first week of classes and sets the tone the course. Syllabi usually include:

  • Course description.
  • Student learning outcomes.
  • Course requirements.
  • Academic content.
  • Grading policy.
  • Office hours.
  • Academic integrity.
  • Course fees.
  • Accessibility resources.

Why should I use a syllabus?

A course syllabus is an essential document that guides the faculty and students through the course. Additionally, it clearly and concisely explains expectations and policies of the course.  You can reference this document at any time to remind students of their responsibilities. Furthermore, many institutions require syllabi be distributed during the first week of classes.

At UB, a course syllabus must be finalized and distributed to students during the first week of classes.

Syllabi requirements at UB

Institutions set protocols for syllabus development and often provide templates or require that specific templates be used. The following links provide detailed information on syllabus requirements for UB’s undergraduate, graduate and UB Curriculum courses. Faculty should also check with their department for additional requirements or available templates.

Additional resources

Literature

  • O’Brien, J. G, Millis, B. J., Cohen, M. W., & Diamond, R. M. (2008). The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bas.