The Montclair Syllabus

The Montclair Syllabus is embedded in all Canvas courses, with minor updates for Spring 2022. To preview, go to SYLLABUS in your Canvas course.

To work on your syllabus in the template form, use this Google doc version.

If you do not have a course assigned yet, the details of what is requested can be found below.

Course Title

This course runs from [Date 1] to [Date 2]

Course Modality:

Class Meeting Specifics:

Professor Information

  • Professor Name:
  • Department:
  • Office Location:
  • Availability/Office Hours:
  • Email:
  • Phone #:

Course Description

[To align with students’ expectations, incorporate the catalog or department course description in your text.]

Course Goals & Learning Objectives

[Course Goals: Broad, general statements of what students are expected to learn: knowledge and understanding gained; abilities, skills, or appreciation developed. They are not always assessable. Align this statement with department course goals.]

[Learning Objectives: Clear, assessable statements that enable students to demonstrate learning in line with course goals. Department learning objectives for this course should be incorporated. See Bloom’s Taxonomy for help in writing assessable objectives.]

Course Materials

Required Materials: [List all required texts and resources. Provide estimated costs and suggested methods for sourcing, including whether resources are available at the library. Try linking to library resources (books, ebooks, databases, etc.), placing texts on reserve at the library, and using free materials and open educational resources.]

Recommended/Optional Materials: [List any additional readings and course materials, and include access information.]

Course Schedule

[Faculty may create and link to a new page with all the schedule details, or embed the schedule within this syllabus page.]

Important University Dates (Academic Calendar)


  • [Specify any email preferences you have; for example:
    • Be sure to include the full “COURSE ID” (ECON101_05FA21) in the subject of all emails.
    • Typically I respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. If you do not hear back within 24 hours, resend your email.]
  • [Specify any other communication methods you accept.]
  • Navigate: Watch out for Navigate messages! They are important, and typically action from you is expected.

Assessment and Grading

Grading Breakdown (Component/Percentage of Overall Grade)

  • Component 1, % [for example, Group Projects, 30%]
  • Component 2, %
  • Component 3, %
  • Component 4, %
  • Component 5, %

Evaluation of Student Work: Each assignment is accompanied by a rubric or explanation of the criteria used for evaluation.

Quizzes/tests: [If you use a proctoring tool (such as Lockdown Browser & Monitor) inform students of your expectations. It is recommended to create a practice quiz the first time using a proctoring tool.]

Late Work Policy: [specify your policy]

Attendance Policy: [specify your policy]

Other Policies: [specify any other policies or expectations you may have, e.g., participation, classroom climate, extra credit opportunities, test or exam conditions, etc.]

Course Grading Scheme: For determining final letter grades, the following common formula is used:

A: 94-100%; A-: 90-93%;

B+: 87-89%; B: 84-86%; B-: 80-83%;

C+77-79%; C: 74-76%; C-: 70-73%;

D+: 67-69%; D: 64-66%; D-: 60-63%;

F: 59%

Canvas Support

University Policies

Campus Resources

Technical Support



Updated 05.17.22 SR