Course Syllabus Policies

Syllabi for professional writing courses should incorporate the following information and adhere to the following guidelines (See the Course Materials section of the Web site for samples of syllabi and policies):

  1. The goals and objectives should include those listed as official student learning outcomes and General Education Requirement Objectives; the instructor may add supplemental objectives. Syllabi for online classes could link to the student version of this page or incorporate the list into the class website. Syllabi for classroom sections should use the wording found in the student version.
  2. Major writing projects and due dates should be listed.
  3. The schedule should indicate major topics of instruction under which readings and other assignments are organized.
  4. The instructor should indicate that major assignments are to be word-processed on a computer.
  5. The instructor should indicate that several drafts of some assignments may be required and that multiple copies of some of this work may be needed for peer review by other students.
  6. The instructor should indicate that some collaborative writing will be required.
  7. The instructor should indicate whether or not a penalty will be assessed for late work. A penalty can include no credit or partial credit for work submitted late without justification.
  8. The instructor should recommend that students keep complete files of their work until final grades are posted.

According to the Provost’s Office, a course outline or syllabus should also include the following information: (The following list is adapted from the Academic Regulations–Course Syllabus section of the University’s Policies, Rules, and Regulation site.)

  1. Instructor’s name, office address, telephone, and hours available for out-of-class consultation. (See the University’s policy on office hours.)
  2. A schedule of any homework due dates, quizzes, and tests.
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  3. All required textbook(s), title(s), date(s), and price(s).
  4. Course organization and scope. List of topics and approximate time allocated to each major topic. If the course is to be required or to be used as free or qualified elective outside the originating department, the syllabus should be as comprehensive as possible, indicating the organization, scope and approximate time (e.g. number of lectures or number of weeks) allocated to each major topic.
  5. Projected schedule of reading assignments.
  6. Explanation of how course grades are determined and the relative value of the various evaluation components of the course, i.e., the portion of the grade that derives from quizzes, tests, final exam, projects, attendance, etc. Instructor’s conversion system from numerical to letter grading, if applicable. (See the University’s policy on grading.)
  7. The course prerequisites or restrictive statements.
  8. Instructor’s policies on incomplete grades and penalties for late assignments.
  9. Instructor’s policies on excused absences and scheduling makeup work. As part of this statement, instructors should include the web address to the University attendance regulation so that students may be able to access the University’s definitions of excused and unexcused absences. Web address for regulation: http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/pols_regs/REG205.00.4.php
  10. Instructor’s Academic Integrity statement, which consists of
    a) the existence of the University policy on academic integrity found in the Code of Student Conduct. Web address: http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/student_services/student_discipline/POL11.35.1.php b) the utilization implication of the Honor Pledge, “I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test or assignment.” This statement should indicate
    — students are expected to abide by the Honor Pledge,
    — what constitutes making the Honor Pledge: submitting assignments, signing exams, writing out the pledge, etc.,
    — what penalties will be imposed for violating the pledge.
    c) expectations of faculty concerning honesty in the completion of tests and assignments.
    (For examples of academic integrity statements, see The Office of Student Conduct’s Academic Integrity Statements for Syllabi.) OPTIONAL: The syllabus may include a link to or the web address of the Common Questions page for students: http://www.ncsu.edu/stud_affairs/osc/answers.html#q8. This series of questions and answers explains the procedure when a student is accused of academic misconduct and other violations.
  11. Statement for students with disabilities: “Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653, web address: http://www.ncsu.edu/provost/offices/affirm_action/dss/
    For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students who have disabilities see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation.
  12. Statement on extra expenses: explanations of charges beyond that of textbook costs.