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Syllabus Policy

This Syllabus policy describes the components required for all Dominican syllabi. A syllabus sets the expectations and standards for a course and includes important information for your students.

The syllabus, along with the University Catalog, is Dominican’s contract with the student.  The syllabus is also a record of the course as presented and is archived by the University.  In cases of dispute between a faculty member and a student, the syllabus is an important piece of information in the discussion.

Because the University seeks to have our syllabi be as consistent and comprehensive as possible, all Dominican faculty members use this template in developing their syllabi. This template provides the kinds of administrative information to be included in the syllabus but does not dictate course content in any way.

The inclusion of learning outcomes that address the impact of race, gender, ethnicity, and other forms of difference on the content under study is strongly encouraged. Please see the document developed by the Center for Diversity Initiatives and entitled General Guidelines for Diversity in Curricula and Syllabi 

 For help in the preparation of curricula and syllabi that reflect and uphold the University’s Diversity Declaration and meet diversity requirements for academic program review.

 The syllabus should be made available to students the first class period each semester.  Electronic copies of each syllabus should be sent at the beginning of every semester to the appropriate Dean’s Office, Department Chair and/or Program Chair, and Library Acquisitions/Archives.  It is the responsibility of the instructor to submit these syllabi.

 If you have questions, please contact the Chair of your Department, the Dean of your School, or the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

CEPC approval: 11/30/12
Faculty Forum approval: 12/07/12
Academic Executive Council approval: 
Implementation date:  

 

Syllabus Template

 

  • Department Name: 

  • Course Number: 

  • Course Title: 

  • Units: 

  • Semester Offered: 

  • Course Meeting Days: 

  • Course Meeting Time: 

  • Course Meeting Place: 

  • Prerequisites: 


Instructor Information:

  • Name: 
  • Office Phone: 
  • e-Mail Address: 
  • Office Location: 
  • Office Hours: 
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DESCRIPTION OF SYLLABUS CONTENTS

 

1. Course Description: General Content of the Course


a      Provide the Catalog description of the general content of the course

b      Provide additional descriptive information about the course (optional)

 

2. General Education or Major Requirements Satisfied by the Course:


a      Provide GE status, if applicable.

b      Provide grade required, if applicable, in order to obtain GE credit for this course (see Catalog).

c      Provide grade required, if applicable, in order to proceed to next course in the GE curriculum for which the current course is a prerequisite (see Catalog).  This information is especially important for mathematics and writing courses. Identify any major requirements the course fulfills if applicable

 

3. Course Student Learning Outcomes (See Catalog and consult Department Chair) 

Statements of what students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate as a result of taking this course:

a      State course SLO’s, including one or more of the aligning Program SLO’s.

b      State GE SLO’s, if the course receives GE credit.

c      The inclusion of learning outcomes that address the impact of race, gender, ethnicity, and other forms of difference on the content under study is strongly encouraged.

 

4. Texts and Resources

List texts and other resources to be used in the class.

 

5. Library Support

Refer students to the appropriate library liaison

 

6. Online Components of the Course (if applicable)

Indicate expectations for the online component of the course.

 

7. Academic Honesty Honor Code

Students are expected to adhere to the Academic Honesty Honor Code.

8. Diversity


Indicate how diversity will be included as a part of the course curriculum and/or pedagogy. Please see the document developed by the Center for Diversity Initiatives and entitled General Guidelines for Diversity in Curricula and Syllabi 

For help in the preparation of curricula and syllabi that reflect and uphold the University’s Diversity Declaration and meet diversity requirements for academic program review, click on the Diversity Guide. 

 

9. Assessment

Provide specific descriptions, including due dates, of all assignments and activities that determine the course grade. 

 

10. Grading


a      Define letter grades, quantitatively and/or qualitatively.

b      List all the assessment components and their weight for the course grade, including consequences related to expectations expressed in 10 a, b below.

 

11. Expectations for Students


a      Describe expectations for student conduct, class participation, team participation, etc.

b      Describe your expectations regarding attendance, lateness, late assignments, missed quizzes and exams, make-up work, extra credit, etc.

c      Dominican University of California is committed to equal access for students with disabilities in accordance with the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services (415-257-0187) to discuss specific needs.

 

12. Course Schedule

Include dates of class meetings, topic, assignments, and assignment due dates.

 

13. Disclaimer

Include: This syllabus is subject to modification.  The instructor will inform students of any changes.


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