The Montclair Syllabus is embedded in Canvas courses as of fall 2021. To preview, go to SYLLABUS in your Canvas course. If you do not have a course assigned yet, see below.
What is expected in an MSU syllabus?
This course runs from [Date 1] to [Date 2]
Class Meeting Specifics:
- Professor Name:
- Office Location:
- Availability/Office Hours:
- Phone #:
[Suggestion: To align with students’ expectations, use the catalog or standard department course description to at least start your course description.]
Course Goals & Learning Objectives
[Course Goals: Course goals are broad, general statements of what students are expected to learn as a result of course completion. They are not necessarily easily assessed. They are what students should know, understand, or appreciate. If your department has developed course goals for this course, incorporate these into your own course goals.]
[Learning Objectives: Learning objectives are clear, measurable (able to be assessed) statements that contribute to the achievement of course goals. Strong learning objectives use action words, and many instructors find Bloom’s taxonomy helpful in creating learning objectives. If your department has developed learning objectives for this course, incorporate these into your own course objectives.]
Required Materials: [List all required texts and resources. Provide estimated costs and suggested methods for sourcing, including whether resources are available at the library. Faculty are encouraged to directly link to library resources (books, ebooks, databases, etc.) and place texts on reserve at the library, and consider using open educational resources.]
Recommended/Optional Materials: [List any additional readings and course materials, and include access information.]
[Faculty may create and link to a new page with all the schedule details, or embed the schedule within this syllabus page.]
- [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, please resend your email.]
- [Specify any other communication methods you accept.]
Assessment and Grading
All activities must be completed within the dates specified. Your final course grade will be comprised of several components as outlined below:
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 other explanation of the criteria used for evaluation.
Quizzes/tests: [If you use a proctoring tool (such as Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor) for online quizzes/tests, inform students of related information here and specify your policy]
Late Work Policy: [specify your policy]
Attendance Policy: [specify your policy]
Other Policies: [specify any other policies or expectations you may have, including those related to health and safety, participation, classroom climate, extra credit opportunities, test or exam conditions, etc.]
Course Grading Scheme: At the end of the semester, the numerical grades earned for each assignment will be translated into letter grades using the following common formula.
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%; (undergraduates only);
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- Academic Honesty and Integrity are University values, and dishonesty will result in repercussions. Be sure to seek out clarification from me, your instructor, the Center for Academic Success and Tutoring, and the Center for Writing Excellence.
- Student Rights and Responsibilities: Find out more about your rights as well as your related responsibilities.
- Inclusion of Students with Disabilities: The Disability Resource Center assists students with disabilities in receiving accommodations to equalize access. To register for services provided by the DRC, students must complete an application and provide documentation using the AIM web portal.
- Campus Climate for Civility and Human Dignity: Familiarize yourself with the University’s policy on fostering an atmosphere of respect, understanding, and goodwill.
- Sexual Violence Policies and Support Available: The University is committed to a safe environment. If you share sexual misconduct information with instructors, your instructor is required to report this to the Title IX officer.
- Preferred Name: Students may select their preferred name for use at the University. If you need to adjust your preferred name,(apply online).
- Red Hawk Central: The first stop for administrative questions, Red Hawk Central is home to Student Accounts, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. Live chat available.
- Center for Academic Success and Tutoring (CAST) offers tutoring, supplemental instruction and academic coaching for time management and school-work-life balance. For writing, see the Center for Writing Excellence.
- Sprague Library has many resources so take a tour. Research help is available by appointment, chat, email, and discipline-specific guides. Also, check out streaming media and individual and group study and collaborative media spaces.
- Academic and Career Advising are provided by the colleges and schools. If you do not know how to reach your college/school adviser, go to Red Hawk Central or the Graduate School.
- The Office of the Dean of Students connects students with services to resolve concerns that impact academic and/or personal well-being. For housing, food, or other life concerns, connect with the Case Manager; for professional clothing, see Rocky’s Closet; for food security, see Red Hawk Pantry.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): You may experience issues that can impact learning or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities, including strained relationships, anxiety, stress, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, health concerns, or unwanted sexual experiences. CAPS provides free short-term counseling, group therapy, and referrals that are confidential. Call CAPS at 973-655-5211. In a crisis after hours, select option “2” or University Police at 973-655-5222. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline offers 24/7 support at 800-273-8255.
- The MSU Care website provides resources and connections to help students who are feeling alone, stressed, or afraid. Community members may report concerns about a student via a CARE Report Form.
- Call the IT Service Desk directly at 973-655-7971 or firstname.lastname@example.org for support with log-in, network access, email, and university software and hardware.
- Maximize Wi-Fi functionality: Whenever possible, connect to MSU Secure Wi-Fi using your NetID; See instructions.
- Software: Students have free access to Microsoft Office 365 Education and Google Apps for Education ; in addition, specialized software is available at the MSU Software repository. Public computer labs and on-campus loaner laptops are available, and there are some specialized computer labs based on College or School.
Document design suggestions for your syllabus
- Become familiar with the guidelines and resources available through the University’s Digital Accessibility Initiative; note especially the FAQs that provide step-by-step guidance on how to enact accessibility goals.
- Keep visual impact and navigability in mind.
- Use serif fonts for main text, sans serif for headings and captions.
- Chunk content and signpost (with headers, links) effectively.
- Use icons, sidebars, horizontal rules, etc., in addition to bold, italics, and regular text.
- Be consistent in your formatting (proofread).
- More detailed and advanced syllabus design guidance can be found here.
- Make key components of your syllabus available to students before the course begins — ideally two weeks in advance.
- Attach the syllabus to your welcome email.
- Open CANVAS early, making syllabus available for students who may add the course after you’ve sent an introductory email.
- In web page-based syllabi, include brief explanations of policies, major assignments, etc., and provide links to fuller ones.
- Outline tech support policies, netiquette, and how the online course differs from a face-to-face one.
- Duplicate information: Post the whole syllabus on the course site, but also copy and paste relevant sections into your assignments, forums, announcements, etc.
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