Syllabus Template

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) provides advice, consultation, and resources that may aid in course organization and design, including templates for syllabi.

Recommendations for Syllabus Content

  1. List learning goals or objectives for the course.
  2. List course requirements, including
    • Required books, articles, readers and where these may be found (on reserve, online, purchase).
    • A schedule of topics, readings, and assignments for the course, including missed days and scheduled x-hours (students quickly assume that unless otherwise indicated x-hours will not be used, and they plan accordingly). Any anticipated missed class days should be made up during x-hours or at a specified time outside normal class hours (see Other Course Activities).
      • New or experimental courses, as well as advanced seminars, often work differently from regular courses. In such cases, instead of an explicit daily or weekly schedule, the syllabus should provide a description of how topics, readings, and assignments for the course will be determined during the term. This structure permits flexibility while still providing enough of a framework so that students are able to plan and organize their academic time effectively.
    • Statement on grading, due dates of assignments, exam dates, etc.
    • Course activities outside normal class hours, such as field trips, films, exams (see Other Course Activities).
    • Statement on attendance/absences (see Absences).
  3. List course procedures, including
    • Office hours, contact information.
    • Homework policy, policy on revisions.
    • Policy for late work, make-up exams.
    • Disability policy about how students should seek accommodation in the course (see ORC, Access and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities).
    • Honor Principle statement and course policy on limits (if any) to collaborative work in fulfilling course requirements (see ORC, Academic Honor).

While many of the suggested aspects of the syllabus are dependent on the nature of the course and instruction, there are several aspects which are required by the ORC. In discussing the required texts for the course, faculty shall conform to the Higher Education Opportunity Act by providing textbook information at the time a student registers for a course, in particular the ISBN number and the retail price.

Syllabus Template

We hope that this template will give you some ideas and make developing a syllabus for your course a bit easier. Please modify it as needed to make your own personal syllabus! 

Download the template (Adapted from the Cornell University Center for Learning and Teaching Syllabus Template).