Syllabus Requirements

Senate Policies Related to the Course Syllabus

Instructors at Michigan Tech are required to provide students with a syllabus during the first week of instruction so that students have the information necessary to prepare and perform well in courses. Michigan Tech instructors are bound by the University Senate policy and amendment related to the course syllabus:

You are strongly encouraged to review both the policy and amendment carefully so that your syllabus is compliant. The policy and amendment identify several requirements for syllabi. Note especially the following requirements:

  • Course description, overview and learning outcomes/objectives
    To support student achievement of university and program student learning goals and assessment of student learning, these elements are required: course description, overview and learning outcomes/objectives.
  • Assessment statement
    Include the following statement in your syllabus: "Student work products (exams, essays, projects, etc.) may be used for purposes of university, program, or course assessment.  All work used for assessment purposes will not include any individual student identification."
  • Information on university policies
    The Senate Policy states that your syllabus is required to provide information on university policies, including those related to academic integrity, disability services and institutional equity. Since policies and web links to these policies could change over time, you are encouraged to include the following web link instead:  http://www.mtu.edu/ctl/instructional-resources/syllabus/policies.html.

Syllabus Template and other Resources

You are encouraged (but not required) to use the following template so that your syllabus has all the required elements. Your syllabus can use any format and contain any additional information that feel is appropriate or necessary as long as it contains the elements required.

  • Syllabus Template
    • This template is based on a syllabus design that was created by Dr. Dana Johnson (School of Business and Economics).

You are also encouraged to review these additional resources, created as part of a Superlative Syllabus workshop, to ensure that you include appropriate learning objectives, maintain a warm tone, and communicate policies clearly.