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Syllabus Requirements and Template

Type: Definitions
Effective Date: 7/18/2018

Approved by the Faculty Senate 1/25/2016

The purpose of the Syllabi Requirements and Template policy is to ensure program faculty collectively agree upon a course’s purpose and learning outcomes, students receive consistent communication about the course’s purpose and learning outcomes (regardless of class section, instructor, instructional delivery mode, or when the course is taught), and academic units have access to syllabi for all classes taught each term as well as syllabipassed through the curriculum approval process.

Requirements Regarding the Syllabus

1. All NAU courses must have a syllabus that follows the syllabus template (located on the following page).

2. A complete syllabus will be reviewed during the curriculum approval process, and as part of the   Academic Program Review/ Specialized Accreditation process.

3. The approved course purpose statement, course student learning outcomes and Academic Catalog information must remain the same each time the course is taught (regardless of class section, instructor, instructional delivery mode, or when the course is taught).

4. If Program faculty members determine that additional aspects of the syllabus are to remain the same each time the course is taught (regardless of class section, instructor, instructional delivery mode, or when the course is taught), that information is clearly documented as such in the syllabus passed through the curriculum process. 

Exceptions to this policy:

A. For dissertation, thesis, or individualized study courses (e.g., 485, 497, 685, 697, 699, 799), program faculty members develop the purpose and learning outcomes of the experience to the degree program, which are made broadly available to students. Faculty supervising these courses will provide each student with a written record of anticipated individualized term-specific requirements or a syllabus. 

B. For topics courses, program faculty members develop a broad purpose of the course to the degree program.  Faculty teaching these courses will provide each student with a syllabus containing all of the information from the syllabus template.  The learning outcomes for topics courses may vary each time the course is taught (regardless of class section, instructor, instructional delivery mode, or when the course is taught).

Maintaining Course Syllabi

The academic unit leader or designee(s) will maintain electronic copies of the syllabus approved through the curriculum process, maintain up-to-date syllabi for all classes taught each term, and, where appropriate, written records of individualized term-specific requirements.

To guide the development of faculty members’ class syllabi, the academic unit leader or designee(s) will ensure course syllabi approved through the curriculum process are easily accessible to their faculty members (particularly faculty members who are teaching a course for the first time).

At least every four years and during the Specialized Accreditation or Academic Program Review, the academic unit leader or designee(s) will review faculty members’ class syllabi to ensure alignment with the syllabus approved through the curriculum process and determine whether the course’s purpose or learning outcomes have changed substantially to warrant re-submission through the curriculum approval process. It is recommended that topics course syllabi be reviewed each term to ensure alignment of the course’s design to the course’s purpose and learning outcomes.

Syllabus Template 

Syllabus Policy Statement (PDF Version)

Syllabus Policy Statement  (Word Version) This is a University approved policy. Please do not alter this document when utilizing or distributing. Department-specific or course-specific policies should appear under a separate heading to delineate them from University policies. 

 

 

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