syllabus is important. If well-written,
it provides vital information for the students and protects and supports
faculty members. The following guidance
is intended to help you start your class with a syllabus that will serve both
you and your students.
should be divided into two sections, one that contains your policies as an
instructor and vital policy information for the students and a second that
walks the students through your class meeting by meeting.
Part I: Policy Section
Introduction. Your syllabus should contain the following
information in this section:
Mt. San Jacinto College (on the first page)
Basic course information that includes course description, course objectives,
section number, room number, meeting times, and course number.
Comments and suggestions: if you like,
course description information could be taken from the college catalogue and
outline of record.
Information about you: Name, e-mail, school phone number, office number,
if appropriate (on the first page), Office Hours (for full-time faculty)
Books and assigned materials (list complete information about all
recommended and required reading and about any other materials or resources you
would like students to have to be successful in the course.)
Comments and Suggestions: If this list is excessive then it may be appropriate to have a separate sheet for course materials.
Grading policy (Grade system: point, letter, etc.) What is your policy
about late work? Make-up work and exams?
Please note: while it is appropriate to base the grade on class participation,
it is not appropriate to use attendance as a grading criterion; however, you
may drop a student based upon missing a stated amount of class time.)
Classroom etiquette (how do you feel about inappropriate talking in
class? cell phones and pagers? tardiness or early departures? sleeping?)
Comments and Suggestions: This section should be your opportunity to
inform students about inappropriate behavior.
If you mention these behaviors in this section, it could very well
reinforce you and protect you if problems with students arise during the
A plagiarism and cheating policy (what will you do if a student
plagiarizes or cheats? Will you allow
the work to be made up? Do you in all
cases fail the student on an assignment that was plagiarized or was the result
of cheating? )
Comments and Suggestions: There is standard language on plagiarism and
cheating available to help you with this section. One source in located in the
8. Academic Support is available for all students through
the services provided in each campus Learning Resources Centers. Inquire at
each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which
tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are
available for courses through specific departments. Ask your instructor if
specialized tutors are available for your individual course.
Comments and suggestions: This item is
included so that we can better serve the students and obtain apportionment for
these activities in part by putting this into the syllabus.
9. Disability statement: "Mt. San Jacinto College
abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or
programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities.
Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major
life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which
you may require accommodations should meet with a counselor in Disabled Students
Programs and Services (DSP&S) as soon as possible.
10. The Federal
Government and the Accreditation Team requires Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
be accessible to students. CLOs must be in the Blackboard shell, course
syllabus, or as a link to the course outline of record.
Part II: The Schedule
List every meeting or week when your class will meet. Include descriptions of the following: what
you will cover in class, homework and assignments, anticipated assignments and
test due dates, the grade weight of the assignments if not already mentioned in
the policy section. A statement that the final is a requirement of
the course and is to be administrated at the scheduled time and day
Comments and Suggestions: The final should
be followed as close as possible and only modified for individual students
under only exceptional circumstances. To change the final requires
Adopted November 22, 2011
Academic Senate working in conjunction with the VP of
instruction (Dennis Anderson)