Syllabus Examples

Syllabi inform students about what is expected of them to meet course requirements and must be provided to students via Webcourses@UCF, regardless of course modality. Your syllabus may additionally be distributed as a hard copy. UCF policy 4-403.1 communicates syllabus requirements to provide a consistent approach and to ensure that UCF is in compliance with the standards set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and other accrediting bodies. On this page you’ll find a sample syllabus that can be modified to fit any course.

Required Syllabus Content

Regardless of course modality—e.g., traditional, mixed-mode, online—syllabi are required by the university to include:

1. Information from the official Schedule of Classes

Each syllabus must include information that links the course to the official UCF
Schedule of Classes in order to differentiate university course offerings and ensure that
students attend the classes in which they enrolled. This includes:

  • Course number, section, and name
  • Semester and year
  • Prerequisites, co-requisites, and any other enrollment requirements
  • Meeting dates, times, and place(s) and/or description of course modality

2. Instructor and/or GTA contact information

  • Name(s) of instructor(s) and Graduate Teaching Assistant(s) (GTA)
  • UCF email addresses or Webcourses@UCF messaging
  • Office, department location, and phone number
  • Times and locations for in-person and/or virtual office hours

3. Explicit, public description of the course

  • Information published in Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog
  • Overview of the scope and purpose of the course

4. Student learning outcomes

All course syllabi must articulate student learning outcomes that:

  • are consistent with the scope and purpose of the course.
  • tie as clearly as possible to course assignments and activities.
  • reference or link with specific program, department, college, and/or accreditation
  • standards.

5. Sequence of course activity

6. Assessment and grading procedures

  • Explanation of the grading scheme, weight of course assignments, projects, exams/quizzes, participation, and other components proportional to the overall
    grade for the class
  • Make-up exam and assignment policies and procedures, including those regarding participation in university activities and religious holidays (See UCF Policy 4.401.1
    and Regulation 5.020.)
  • To ensure students have prompt feedback, and knowledge of their progress, faculty members must record all grades in Webcourses@UCF, and follow student data
    classification and security standards as addressed in UCF Policies 4.007.1 and
    4.008.1 when distributing any grade-related information

7. Course Materials and Resources

  • Required and optional texts and other resources
  • Specific information about items such as classroom response systems, online tools, and other items that are required or recommended
  • Clear explanations of where and how students may access materials and resources provided by the university to all students

8. Core syllabus statements

  • Academic integrity statement including definition(s) of and consequences for academic misconduct
  • Statement directing students needing accommodations to work with faculty and with Student Accessibility Services to ensure equal access to educational activities
  • Statement regarding emergency procedures and campus safety, encouraging students to be aware of their surroundings and familiar with actions to take in various types of emergencies
  • Statement regarding accommodations for active duty military students

Sample Syllabus and Schedules

This sample syllabus is an example that can be modified for your course, as it includes all of the required components and suggestions for building a clear and transparent syllabus. The required components are highlighted using pink font. The sample is not an official template and is meant only to guide you in syllabus creation. You are free to design your syllabus in accordance with UCF policy 4-403.1 and departmental requirements.

Download the sample syllabus and Spring 2019 schedule template.

 

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