The course syllabus functions to communicate expectations to students. It serves to
inform, guide and remind the student about the course expectations. The syllabus documents
instructor intentions about course goals and organization and sets the tone for the
In addition, the requirement for students, the mission and standards of the department,
University and accrediting agencies should be reflected in the syllabus. Departments
are required to store a copy of each ADA compliant course syllabus every semester
for national accreditation and program course reviews. Make sure to check with your
mentor or Chair to ensure that college or program specific information.
Accessible Electronic Syllabus
Faculty should ensure that electronic or digital syllabi adhere to accessible document
guidelines. Distance Education and the Office of Disability Services provide training
related to developing accessible course syllabi.
Contents of Course Syllabus
Numbers, Title, Credit Hours, Semester and Year, Instructor’s Name, Office Hours,
Office Number, Phone, and Email address.
Course Description and Prerequisites (as indicated in the Bulletin)
Test(s), Reading Lists, Visual Aids, Computer Laboratories, Field Trips, etc.
Basis and Methods for Grading
Setting attendance requirements is the prerogative of the individual faculty However,
you must state your attendance policy and related consequences of violating the attendance
policy (e.g. its effect on the student’s grade) in the syllabus. See APSU Policy 2:041 University Excused Absences for Students.
Disability Services provides three example statements for faculty to include on course syllabi. Choose one of these statements to include
on your syllabi.
Policy on Minors (please include the following statement):
Minors accompanying staff, faculty, students, or visitors on campus are not permitted
in classrooms. However, affiliated minors may utilize classrooms designated for use
by a program approved by the university in which they are a participant. Service
Animals in the Classroom
Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Academic and
classroom misconduct will not be tolerated. Students must read the “Code of Student
Conduct” in the newStudent Handbookfor an understanding of what will be expected of them within the academic setting.
APSU Policy 3:005 Student Academic and Classroom Misconduct will be followed in reporting any suspected cases of academic misconduct.
Syllabi for all courses numbered lower than 3000 must contain the following statement:
A midterm grade shall be awarded for all students in this course. The grade awarded
may not necessarily be based on 50% of the course requirements and may or may not
differ from the final grade. Your midterm grade will be posted on AP Self Service.
A statement clarifying that the syllabus is not a contract and that circumstances
may require that the stated requirements could change
Minimum Technology Requirements
Syllabus documents for courses should provide minimum technology requirements related
to required hardware, software, online proctoring or instructional technology. In
addition, the syllabus should provide clear instructions for students on how they
may obtain, install or use instructional technology.
Methods of Instruction
Instructor's Biographical Data
Estimated or specific costs of learning materials, field trips,
Guidelines for class etiquette (eating/drinking, smoking, guests, etc.)