Syllabus Checklist

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The following information should be included in your syllabus. Information with text already provided, such as the Official Course Name or General Education statements, needs to have that text included verbatim. Please return a copy of this document with the required information checked off, as well as the page numbers for where that information is located either to or a printed copy to the Composition Program Office, HM 321.


Pg #

Item that must be included:



Name of Instructor



Official Course Name:

English 101:  Introduction to College Writing

English 102: Intermediate College Writing

English 105:  Advanced Composition for Freshmen

English 306:  Business Writing

English 309:  Inquiries in Writing



Course number and section



Year and term



Office room number (and carrel # if applicable)



Office hours

*Two hours per week for one section and four hours for two ore more sections.  Summer teaching requires three hours per week.  It is a good practice to explicitly indicate that students may make appointments for other times.

NOTE: See further information in the OFFICE HOURS section of handbook.  Also see information on STUDENT CONFERENCES.



Phone and e-mail address



Course goals/ course description

*Provide an overview of the design of your course.  Explain the relationships of writing and reading assignments and other activities to the overall purpose and goals of the course.

NOTE: Further info on Assignment Sheets in the GRADING CRITERIA handbook section.

*Must include student learning outcomes found here:



General overview of required work

*Provide a brief description of formal writing assignments, informal writing, participation, and any other work.  Indicate the percentage each contributes to the final grade.



Course prerequisites/ placement criteria

English 101:  Open to all incoming students

English 102:  Eng. 101, approved transfer credit for Eng. 101, or Portfolio Placement.

English 105: Open only to qualified students who have been notified of eligibility.

English 303: Eng. 102 or 105

English 306: Eng. 102 or 105

English 309: Eng. 102 or 105

NOTE: See further information on placement and ESL in the FAQ section of handbook.



Texts and materials



Grading policy

*In addition to your policy, inform students that English courses are graded on a plus/minus scale. If you use a numerical system to calculate grades, please use the following scale.

A+     100-97        A    96-93         A-    92-90

B+       89-87        B     86-83         B-    82-80

C+       79-77        C     76-73         C-    72-70

D+       69-67        D     66-63         D-    62-60

F          59 and below



General schedule of all major due dates

*The hard copy of the syllabus must contain due dates for major writing assignments (drafts and final manuscripts or portfolios). Individual daily reading and short writing assignments may be posted on Blackboard as long as that is stated on the hard copy of the syllabus.



Attendance Statement

*Provide students with information of how attendance will affect their grades.  Instructors are not required to factor attendance in calculating a student’s grade, but if they do, it must be in accordance with the Composition Program’s attendance police.

NOTE:  See further information in the section of handbook on EXCUSED ABSENCES FOR UNIVERSITY-SANCTIONED EVENTS and CLASS ATTENDANCE.



Late work policy

*Provide students with your policy for turning in and grading late work.



General education statement(for English 101, English 102, and English 105)

This course fulfills a General Education Written Communication Requirement.



Written communication statement(for English 303, English 306, and English 309)

Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).



Title IX/Clery Act Notification

Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies.  Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (852-2663), Counseling Center (852-6585), and Campus Health Services (852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (852-6111). 

Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX.  Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University’s Title IX officer.

For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide




Right to make changes statement

The instructor has the right to make changes to the course schedule/syllabus if necessary.



Direct Students to Blackboard for:

Plagiarism Statement

The University defines plagiarism as “representing the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise.” Thus, all writing you do for this course must be your own and must be exclusively for this course, unless the instructor stipulates differently. Please pay special attention to the quotes, paraphrases, and documentation practices you use in your papers. If you have any questions about plagiarism, please ask your instructor. If you plagiarize, your instructor reserves the right to grant you a failure for the course and your case may be reported to the College of Arts and Sciences.

NOTE: Please see further information in the PLAGIARISM section in the composition handbook.

Statement on behalf of students with disabilities

Students who have a disability or condition which may impair their ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria are encouraged to meet with the instructor to identify, discuss and document any feasible instructional modifications or accommodations. Please inform instructor about circumstances no later than the second week of the semester or as soon as possible after a disability or condition is diagnosed, whichever occurs earliest. For information and auxiliary assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center.

Grievance procedure statement

Students who have questions or concerns about their grades, the class, or an assignment are encouraged to see their instructor as soon as possible. If not satisfied with that discussion, students may see an assistant director of composition, Hum 319F, 852-5919.