Your course syllabus is
an essential part of your course as it is the legal contract between
you and your students. Each course syllabus articulates the
college’s and instructor’s policies on attendance, holidays, learning
objectives, testing procedures and other requirements. All faculty
members should include the elements on this page in their course syllabus.
English course syllabi
are archived online.
Minimum Elements of a Course Syllabus
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Course Syllabus Elements]
- Course prefix/number, title and section number: This
ensures that students are in the right class!
- Class meeting days and times: e.g. MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.
- Class location.
- Instructor’s name, office telephone number, and your
- Office hours and location.
- Course information:
View the Course descriptions, course
competencies, and course outlines for
(use most recently dated document)
- Course outline: schedule of class dates, reading
assignments, lecture/lab topics, homework assignments, field trips, etc.
- Required textbooks and manuals.
- Attendance policy: You should familiarize yourself
with the Official Absences policy of the college (see
Official Absence Excuse Card in the
Staff Handbook web site).
- Grading procedures or methods.
- Policies for late work and makeup examinations.
- Disability statement: State willingness to
accommodate disabled students and refer to
Disability Services and Resources (623) 845-3082.
- Disclaimer statement: Include the words "Tentative
Schedule" above or after the course outline, and the statement, "Course
content may vary from this syllabus to meet the needs of this particular
class. Students will be notified in class by the instructor when
adjustments to this syllabus are required."
- Your policy on recording (audio or video) lectures,
Taping Policy: It is
the opinion of your instructor that taping entire lectures is a poor
substitute for good note taking and class participation. However,
there are some justifiable reasons for taping a lecture. If you have a
reasonable need to tape lectures, please request permission in
- Include a policy on cheating and/or plagiarism (see
Plagiarism in English Classes).
- Include accurate holiday and final exam dates. Check
the printed Class Schedule for dates (inside front and back covers) or
access the Calendars
and Schedules area of the Enrollment Services web site, where
upcoming exam schedules are always linked.
Other Suggestions to Include:
- Acknowledgement statement: Several faculty have
incorporated an acknowledgement statement as part of each course
syllabus. By signing such a statement, students acknowledge that they
have read, understand and intend to comply with the policies and
schedules provided in the syllabus. Acknowledgement
statements place the responsibility with each student and may reduce the
amount of time necessary during the introductory portion of a class.
- Etiquette policy: e.g. cell phone or pager
instructions when in class, departing early or arriving late, food and
drinks in the classroom.
Suggested web links to add to your syllabus:
Your email address and homepage;
students to change password:
Electronic Writing Center for online writing
Student Learning Resources at GCC
Student Activities at GCC
Student Support at GCC
GCC Catalog/Student Handbook
Counseling and Career
Online Student Services (to check grades, transcripts,
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