Syllabus Resources

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This checklist includes suggested components of syllabi.

Information about the Instructor:
  • Name
  • Office number
  • Times when students may contact you
  • Office phone number or alternate
  • E-mail address
  • Short introduction and personal background information
  • Clear statement of virtual office hours
  • Expected time for responding to students queries via e-mail, phone, the Web, or by other means
Course Information:
  • Heading (college name)
  • Course ID - e.g., CISM2201 -01D
  • Course title - Business Systems
  • Times and locations (if and/or how often class may meet face-to-face, as applicable)
  • Required texts - titles, authors, editions
  • The University's Bookstore's Website URL: http://www.bookstore.westga.edu/
  • Course Description (Catalog Description, etc.)
  • Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
  • Attendance Policy (In an online environment, this may mean requiring X amount of posts per week.)
  • Where and how to receive help with CourseDen or other online issues (http://uwgonline.westga.edu/students.php)
  • Link to the Distance Learning Library Services (http://libguides.westga.edu/content.php?pid=194430)
  • Course Prerequisites (including software, plug-ins, and any hardware that is above standard)
  • A clear statement of hardware, software, and information technology skills expected of students participating in the course. It is important that the instructor is explicit about expectations for students in the course description and in the syllabus. This includes not only what type of equipment or what type of Internet connection that students will need, but also the instructor's expectations regarding student expertise in software applications. Along with other course requirements, students need to know if they will need to use the Internet or certain software applications as part of course assignments.
  • Link to UWG Online website (includes link to Orientation, basic software/hardware requirements, Online Student Guide, and all student services): http://uwgonline.westga.edu/
Schedule Information:
  • Disclaimer stating dates may change
  • Dates of "no-show" withdrawal
  • Dates of mid-point withdrawal deadline
  • Dates of major assignments, papers, field trips, projects, etc.
  • Dates of midterm and/or other essential tests, projects, etc.
  • Date and time of final exam
  • Course requirements: exams, quizzes, classroom participation, projects, and papers, including the percentage each counts toward the final grade and how each is to be submitted
  • Policies on missed exams and late work
  • Grading scale and standards (or rubrics)
  • Informs students of online calendar that holds this information
Grading Information
  • Informs students of grading structure and point scale
  • Statement defining plagiarism, an academic honesty statement as desired, notification if the class will use plagiarism software and consequences of plagiarism
Other Suggested Components (may be included in departmental handouts distributed with the syllabus):
  • Recommended supplemental course materials
  • Schedule of class meetings, including subject matter and topics to be covered, as well as pre-class readings and other assignments
  • Unique class procedure/structures, such as cooperative learning, peer review, panel presentations, portfolios, case studies, journals or learning logs, and others
  • Special components: science and computer labs, tutorials, computer classroom, Instructional Support Services Lab, and others
  • A link to UWG's Network Usage Policies at http://www.westga.edu/policy/index_3706.php
  • A link to the Student Handbook, detailing instructions to visit the Rights and Responsibilities section, including the Honor Code and all Appendices available at http://www.westga.edu/~handbook/index.php
  • Recommendations that students should make at least electronic copies of everything submitted
  • A clear explanation of what will be considered "nonattendance" and thus possible grounds for removal from class or reduction of grade
Americans With Disabilities Act Statement:
  • If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those services. See http://www.westga.edu/studentDev/index_8884.php
Academic Honesty Statement - Plagiarism Software
  • Each faculty member will use the Academic Honesty Statement and policies developed by his or her discipline unit.
  • A statement notifying students if the class will use plagiarism software and consequences of plagiarism
Equal Opportunity Statement
  • No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, or disability, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by UWG.
Affirmative Action Statement
  • University of West Georgia adheres to affirmative action policies to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.
Convert online course credit hours to minutes.
Course Credit Hours
Percent Online
Minutes of online instruction
Minutes of supporting activities

Information regarding Copyright

Regents Guide to the TEACH Act :
http://www.usg.edu/legal/teach_act/

USG Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research:
http://www.usg.edu/copyright/

University System of Georgia: The Fair Use Exception:
http://www.usg.edu/copyright/the_fair_use_exception/

Copyright Basics (from the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress):
http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf

Copyright Clearance Center provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials throughout the world:
http://www.copyright.com/