A Well Prepared Syllabus

A Well Prepared Syllabus 

American students regard a syllabus as a binding contract that explains the terms and conditions of the course.

          Typically a syllabus would include:

  • Purpose of the course
  • Chapters to be covered (relate your syllabus to the textbook)
  • Additional readings (if any)
  • Test, quizzes, papers

i    List the tests, quizzes, papers you will require

ii   List the tentative dates they will be given

iii   List the percentage of the final grad each test, quiz, paper will represent

iv   Which tests will be given by you and which by the department

v   Test retaking policy

  • Grading policy
  • Homework policy
  • List of homework problems for the first few days if possible
  • Office location, office (home?) phone numbers, email address
  • Reserve the right to make adjustments to the syllabus:  “I reserve for myself the right to make adjustments to the syllabus during the semester”
  • Be specific in stating your expectations and requirements!
  • Ask your department head to show you examples of well-done course syllabi.
  • Check out our sample syllabi:


S&T Guidelines say the following:

All faculty are encouraged to provide students with a course syllabus to emphasize the expectations that students must meet in order to be successful in the courses they are taking. In addition to the important information that is typically included in a course syllabus, all faculty are encouraged to include information about the following: (you may want to make this the last page of your syllabus).


 Academic Alert System: http://academicalert.mst.edu
All faculty are encouraged to utilize the online Academic Alert System. The purpose of the Academic Alert System is to improve the overall academic success of students by improving communication among students, instructors and advisors; reducing the time required for students to be informed of their academic status; and informing students of actions necessary by them in order to meet the academic requirements in their courses.

Disability Support Services: http://dss.mst.edu
Any student inquiring about academic accommodations because of a disability should be referred to Disability Support Services so that appropriate and reasonable accommodative services can be determined and recommended. Disability Support Services is located in 204 Norwood Hall. Their phone number is 341-4211 and their email is dss@mst.edu. Instructors may consider including the following statement on their course syllabus as a means of informing students about the services offered:
"If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, you are strongly encouraged to meet with me early in the semester. You will need to request that the Disability Services staff send a letter to me verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need before I can arrange your accommodation."

 Academic Dishonesty: Missouri S&T’s "Student Academic Regulations" handbook is available online at http://registrar.mst.edu/academicregs/index.html.

Page 30 of the Student Academic Regulations handbook describes the student standard of conduct relative to the System's Collected Rules and Regulations section 200.010, and offers descriptions of academic dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism or sabotage. Additional guidance for faculty, including a description of the process for dealing with issues related to academic dishonesty, is available on-line at http://ugs.mst.edu . If you have any questions about the information listed above, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 573-341-7276.