This page was last updated on August 19, 2016.
The syllabus, commonly referred to as the course outline, is an important document that must be made available to Department Heads and enrolled students prior to the start of your course.
Your syllabus is a contract with your students that cannot be changed without notice. The new Course Policy (updated in 2015) requires that at the beginning of each course, you must indicate:
- type and schedule of class activities;
- if the class is offered online, through distance learning, or off-campus, any additional or different expectations around any class activities and requirements;
- expected learning outcomes or objectives for the class;
- the type and schedule of term assignments;
- the type and schedule of mid-term or like examinations;
- notice if any mid-term examinations or other required class activities are scheduled outside of usual class times, with College permission;
- the length of the final examination in hours as well as its mode of delivery;
- relative marking weight of all assignments and examinations;
- consequences related to missed or late assignments or examinations;
- whether any or all of the work assigned in a class including any assignment and examination, or final examination, is mandatory for passing the class, or whether there are any other College-level regulations that specify requirements for passing the class
- attendance expectations if applicable, the means by which attendance will be monitored, the consequences of not meeting attendance expectations, and their contribution to the assessment process;
- participation expectations if applicable, the means by which participation will be monitored and evaluated, the consequences of not meeting participation expectations, and their contribution to the assessment process;
- experiential learning expectations if applicable, the means by which experiential learning will be monitored and evaluated, the consequences of not meeting experiential learning expectations, and their contribution to the assessment process;
- contact information and consultation availability;
- course or class website URL, if used;
- notice of whether the instructor intends to record lectures and whether students are permitted to record lectures
- explanation of Copyright where it relates to class materials prepared and distributed by the instructor
- location of the Academic Courses policy as well as the regulations and guidelines for both academic and non-academic misconduct and appeal procedure;
- information regarding support services that are available to students through the Student and Enrolment Services Division, Student Learning Services at the University Library, and the Colleges.
- Syllabi should be posted on the Blackboard Open CourseWare site or a publically accessible departmental website.
For more information on the syllabus in terms of the Academic Courses Policy, please see the Syllabus section of the Faculty & Staff Handbook. This handbook also includes information related to exams, grades, class preparation, dealing with concerns related to individual students and a variety of other topics that you may deal with as an instructor.
Recommended Additional Items to Include in The Syllabus
The following items should be considered for inclusion in the syllabus. Each of these is included in the Template and Template Guide:
- course description including prerequisites (must match the catalog)
- U of S Grading System
- course overview and schedule
- instructor profile (first person)
- required resources (books, software, etc.)
- if using an open textbook or other free resources in place of a commercial text
- Treaty 6 acknowledgment (language included in the Template and Template Guide)
- A Practical Handbook for Educators by Liesel Knaack (2011) – in GMCTE library
- Carnegie Mellon Enhancing Education – Write the Syllabus
- Carnegie Mellon Enhancing Education – Articulate your Learning Objectives
- University of Guelph – Course Planning and Design
It is important to include information about University policy and services in your course outline. Some useful sources of information for students include:
- University of Saskatchewan Student Conduct and Affairs This page contains information about university policies on student conduct, appeals and re-assessment, as well as information about academic integrity and forms and handouts on university policy for faculty and staff.
- University of Saskatchewan Academic Courses Policy This page contains information about university policies on couse delivery, examinations and assessment.
- U of S Grading System (Undergraduate)
- Grading System for Graduate Courses To view the graduate courses grading system, click the 'Academic Information and Policie's tab, then scroll down. 'Grading System' is the last entry and will expand when you click the text.
- University of Saskatchewan Copyright Policy
- Campus Resources for Students