This is a summary of the policy on the Course Syllabus Requirement for course proposals. Click here to view the official policy in its entirety in the UW-Madison Policy Library.
The syllabus included on a course proposal form must follow the requirements for course syllabi at UW-Madison. Some information that is specific to a given offering (instructor name, location etc.) is not required (although it is recommended that it be included) all items listed below are required if they apply.
- Indicate how the course is graded (assignments, papers, exams, etc.) and relative weights of assessments.- Provide linkage between weights and letter scores (How the letter grades of A, AB, B, BC, C, D and F (or S/U, Cr/N) will be assigned to final grade calculations. If some of the valid letter grades will not be used by the instructor (e.g., AB or BC), this should be noted on the syllabus.)- Indicate whether the final grades are curved or not (include the standards upon which a curve is set if applicable).- Indicate whether attendance and/or participation is part of the grading. When a significant percentage (more than 10%) of the grade is tied to participation, attendance, and/or discussion, how this percentage is assessed must be clearly defined. Here is an example of guidelines for evaluating participation and here is another. The intention of the participation/attendance policy is to be student focused and provide them with clear information on how they are being evaluated in an area that is often highly subjective and not thoroughly explained.- Separate grading requirements for graduate students if appropriate.
- List any required materials such as text books, open educational resources and eTexts.- List any required course or eText fees.- List required software tools even if available as part of UW-Madison licensing.
- Provide rules and expectations concerning homework