Overview

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Welcome to the Syllabus Information Website.

Whether this is your first or your fiftieth syllabus, this website offers helpful tips on improvement, covering Provost’s requirements, statements, and additional suggestions from the Faculty Center. In addition, a list of resources is also provided for further assistance and brainstorming ideas. If there are suggestions, please feel free to email us at fctl@ucf.edu.

An Effective Syllabus...

  • communicates course expectations and requirements,
  • attempts to reduce ambiguities about policies and procedures,
  • provides a central reference point for students,
  • presents a clear course plan,
  • sets a tone for the course

Statements

The Statements page is a list of additional sections that helps customize your syllabus to more accurately reflect your course. The statements cover a veriety of subjects such as Fieldwork, Service Learning, Accessibility, and many more. Each section has a sample or example text for assistance. Read more...

Relevant UCF Links

Faculty Center's Course Design
The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning offers worksheets and information on course design, writing goals and objectives, and connecting these objectives with individual lesson plans and activities.

The UCF Policy Manual (http://policies.ucf.edu/) lists policies for all employees and students at the univeristy. Faculty-specific policies include the Grading Policy, Course Syllabi, Final Exams, and Make-Up Assignments For Authorized University Events or Co-curricular Activities.

Student Accessibility Services
A website with policies and explanations for faculty.

Mission/Vision Information
Golden Rule
Provost list of Requirements (PDF)
Faculty Center Syllabus Checklist (PDF)

See also O'Brien, J. G., Millis, B. J., & Cohen, M. W. (2008). The course syllabus: A learning-centered approach. The Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Copies are in the UCF Main Library.

Course Preview

The course preview feature is an optional tool that enables faculty members to provide a tentative syllabus to potential students who are in the process of selecting and registering for classes. Accessing an advanced and abridged copy of the syllabus may help students to select a mix of courses that will enhance their academic success. Read more...

 

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