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Instructor/Course Information

  1. Course number and title
  2. Instructor’s name
  3. Office
  4. Office hours
  5. Phone
  6. Email


  1. Description
  2. Prerequisite
  3. Audience
  4. Credits
  5. Learning Objectives 
  6. Bibliography/Texts/Supplies/Required
  7. Course Requirements and Expectations
    1. PLO is listed for each program
    2. Activities, assignments, tests/exams, and/or events in the course are listed
  8. Grading
  9. Grading table
  10. University Attendance Policy – SU required statement
  11. Course Specific Policies on attendance, late work, make up work,  examinations if outside normal class time, etc.
    1. Key assignments are named (main assignment in some courses)
  12. Value statement – refer students to the iSchool website for updated value statements
  13. Syracuse University Policies
    1. Disability and Disability
    2. Religious Observances Notification and Policy
    3. Orange Success
    4. Disability-Related Accommodations
    5. Academic Integrity Policy
      1. What Students Need to Know – link to pdf file
  14. Course evaluations
  15. Use of Blackboard or Use of 2SU platform

Optional Statements

  1. Additional Course Description
  2. Co-requisite
  3. Course Fees and/or Costs
  4. Bibliography/ Texts / Supplies– Additional
  5. Course Specific Policy on the Use of Turnitin, Option A
  6. Course Specific Policy on the Use of Turnitin, Option B
  7. Discrimination or Harassment
  8. How to Succeed in This Course
  9. Educational Use of Student Work

Course Schedule

  1. Add Subject to Change under header

Design for accessibility


  1. Used 12-14 size font
  2. A visual representation (image, pie chart, icon, word clouds, etc.)
  3. Alt text added for every visually represented item
  4. Use of bulleted or numbered list (instead of a dense paragraph)
  5. Descriptive text to the websites/ online resources
  6. Key points or important information are highlighted (bolded)
  7. Headings are bolded
  8. Written for student comprehension
  9. Easy to navigate

Learning Objectives

Use of action verbs based on Bloom’s taxonomy (Krathwohl, 2002, p.215)

  1. LO #1
  2. LO #2
  3. LO #3
  4. LO #4
  5. LO #5
  6. LO #6
  7. LO #7
  8. Conditions of demonstration of action (given)
  9. Description of the criteria/standard
  10. Objectives are associated with activities, assignments, tests/exams, and/or events in the course 

Syllabus Language

  1. Positive versus Negative language

  2. Encourage self-directed learning
  3. Academic language
  4. “Communicates high expectations, projects confidence of success” (Palmer et al., 2014, p.15)


Elrod, R. E., Wallace, E. D., & Sirigos, C. B. (2012). Teaching information literacy: A review of 100 syllabi. The Southeastern Librarian60(3), 4.

Fink, L. D. (2007). The power of course design to increase student engagement and learning. Peer Review9(1), 13-17.

Fogarty, R., & Pete, B. (2010). Professional learning 101: A syllabus of seven protocols. Phi Delta Kappan91(4), 32-34.

Krathwohl, D. R. (2002). A revision of Bloom's taxonomy: An overview. Theory into practice, 41(4), 212-218

Palmer, M., Bach, D., & Streifer, A. (2014). Measuring the Promise: A Valid and Reliable Syllabus Rubric. Guide to Assessing the Focus of Syllabi. University of Virginia: Teaching Resource Center.

Syracuse University, iSchool Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. (August 2018). Course Syllabus Template. Retrieved from

Womack, A. M. (2017). Teaching Is Accommodation: Universally Designing Composition Classrooms and Syllabi. College Composition and Communication68(3), 494.