Faculty Resources: 3. Syllabus


3. Syllabus



3.1. Syllabus Guidelines

The purpose of this section is to assist Instructors in developing Syllabi consistent with college policies.


Your syllabus should include the following information

I.  Basic Information

  1. Heading:  El Camino College or El Camino College Compton Center
  2. Course Title, Course Number, Section Number, Units of Credit, Semester, Year, and any Prerequisites or recommended preparation.
  3. Exact meeting days, times, and location
  4. Instructor Name, Contact Information, and Office Hours

II.  Course Scope

  1. Catalog Description - use exact description from the Course Outline of Record
  2. Course Objectives - from the Course Outline of Record
  3. Student Learning Outcome (SLO) statement - Divisions have SLOs posted to their webpage
  4. Required materials with approximate costs and textbooks (title, author, edition, ISBN)
  5. Grade Policy must include the following:
    • Grading Rubric: specify the weight of each grade component.
    • A minimum of four grades to support the semester grade for each student as required by the Academic Senate. (Academic Senate Faculty Handbook 1987, page 14)

III.  Class Policies

  1. Attendance Policy - Students are expected to attend classes regularly.  Students whose absences exceed 10% of the scheduled class meeting time may be dropped by the Instructor.
  2. Academic Honesty Policy - Include a statement regarding Academic Honesty consistent with ECC policy and procedures (BP 5500 Section I and AP 5520 Section A). See section on Academic Honesty.
  3. Mobile Device Policy
  4. Special Accommodations (Disability Statement) - See  Syllabus section on Disability Statement for Syllabus
  5. Optional Statement:  Instructor reserves the right to make modifications to this syllabus.



3.2. What Makes a Good Syllabus?

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These articles include some great ideas for the course syllabus.

What Makes a Good Syllabus?

Writing a Syllabus (from Cornell University, Center for Teaching Excellence)

What Does Your Syllabus Say About You and Your Course? | Faculty Focus (by Maryellen Weimer, PhD, 2011 August 24)

Join in with your fellow colleagues in the "Hot Topics" discussion area.



3.3. How to Make your Syllabus Accessible?

This website describes how you can make your syllabus accessible.

Accessible Syllabus Checklist | Technology & Learning Program - California State University, Chico



3.4. Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar includes important dates to be included in your syllabus.


Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar includes important dates for both El Camino College and Compton Center, such as deadlines, holidays and semester start/end dates.  These important dates should be used when composing the Syllabus.



3.5. Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is expected of every student. A student may be dropped from class when absences from class exceed the number of units assigned to the course.

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Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend classes regularly.  Students who miss the first class meeting or who are not in regular attendance during the add period for the class may be dropped by the instructor.  However, students are responsible for dropping a class within the deadlines published in the class schedule.  

Students whose absences from the class exceed 10% of the scheduled class meeting time may be dropped by the instructor.

All students enrolled in class after the twelfth week of instruction (full semester courses) must receive a letter grade (A through F) when grades are submitted.  In extenuating circumstances, a student may petition for assignment of a “W.”  Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.  These student petitions must be filed in the Office of Admissions.

Instructors must use the online No-Show Report or online Active Enrollment Report to drop students from class.  Instructors should complete these reports carefully, as each is an official document used by the college to support federal and state funding.  These documents are subject to federal, state, and college audits.

El Camino College Student Attendance Policy



3.6. Grade Policy

College work at El Camino College is measured in terms of semester units. A unit is the value placed on three hours of the student's time per week in pursuit of educational goals.

El Camino College - Admissions - Grading Policies



3.7. Academic Honesty Policy

Include a statement in the Syllabus regarding Academic Honesty consistent with ECC policy and procedures (BP 5500 Section 1 and AP 5520 Section A).

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Academic Honesty Policy to be Included in the Syllabus

El Camino College places a high value on the integrity of its student scholars.  When an instructor determines that there is evidence of dishonesty in any academic work (including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or theft of exam materials), disciplinary actions appropriate to the misconduct as defined in BP 5500 may be taken.  A failing grade on an assignment in which academic dishonesty has occurred and suspension from class are among the disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty (AP 5520).  Students with any questions about the Academic Honesty or discipline policies are encourage to speak with their instructor in advance.



3.8. Mobile Device Policy

Technology use in the classroom is intended to enhance the learning environment for all students. It is the responsibility of the course instructor to decide when, if, and what type of technology is to be used during class.

mobile devices

What is a Mobile Device?

A mobile device is basically any handheld computer. It is designed to be extremely portable, often fitting in the palm of your hand or in your pocket. Some mobile devices are more powerful, and they allow you to do many of the same things you can do with a desktop or laptop computer. These include tablet computers, e-readers, and smartphones.
Obtained from:  http://www.gcflearnfree.org

Instructors should anticipate that issues with wireless communications and mobile devices may arise and publish any policies and restrictions in their course syllabus. If the instructor plans to use sanctions for disruptions, s/he should publish details about the sanctions in the course syllabus.

Every syllabus should include a Mobile Device Policy.  This may include any form of use of mobile devices in your classroom.

Articles for your consideration before drafting your policy

Cell Phones in the Classroom: What’s Your Policy? | Faculty Focus

A Classroom Cell Phone Policy that Builds Community | Faculty Focus

Mobile Culture in College Lectures: Instructors’ and Students’ Perspectives | IJELLO



3.9. Disability Statement for Syllabus

This section contains information for the Syllabus from the Special Resource Center.

Since it is a well documented fact that one out of every eleven students in our classes is a student with a disability, we have a responsibility as educators to insure that they are well integrated into the classroom environment.

It is helpful to include a statement on the class syllabus inviting students who have disabilities to discuss academic accommodations in private with the instructor.

For more information, view the document below:

Syllabus Disability Statement (.doc)



3.10. Academic & Student Support / Tutoring

The information on the Academic & Student Support webpage provides students with the availability of support services such as tutoring, Math Study Center, Writing Center, etc. This information can be included in your syllabus.

 Academic & Student Support | El Camino College


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