The syllabus included on a course proposal must follow the requirements of the Official Syllabus. 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.
The syllabus must include:
Note a number of items listed below can be copied and pasted from the course proposal form.
Special accrediting bodies may have additional or different syllabus requirements.
1. Institution Name if letterhead is not used: University of Wisconsin-Madison
2. Subject and course number
3. Course title
4. Number of credits
5. Course designations and attributes (if any)
6. Instructional mode (face-to-face, online, some online) for this sample syllabus, mode may change but the sample syllabus should provide information that is consistent with the mode selected here.
7. Specify how credit hours are met by the course (examples statements you may consider adapting)
8. Course description
10. Learning outcomes - include the learning outcomes listed on the course proposal form. Additional learning outcomes may be included as appropriate or desired.
- 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.
- Separate grading requirements for graduate students if appropriate
12. Required textbook, software and other course materials
- 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.
13. An indication of the time devoted to individual topics together with the hours of instructor-student instruction and/or discussion - it is recommended that a calendar/grid be created that shows the topics covered with the following related information:
14. Representative list of readings
15. Exams, Quizzes, Papers & Other Major Graded Work
16. Homework and other Assignments
- Provide rules and expectations concerning homework
17. Discussion Sessions (if selected in response to the course component type question on the course proposal form)
18. Laboratory Sessions (if selected in response to the course component type question on the course proposal form)