Policy & Procedure Manual


DATE: 11/13
SUBJECT: Course Syllabus Outline

UMM Course Syllabus Outline

Since the syllabus describes the essential aspects of the teaching and learning process, it should include all the following components. Specific content and form may vary by course and instructor.

  • Course Number; Title; Credits; Instructor; Term
  • Prerequisites
  • Course content summary (catalog description)
  • List of expected student learning outcomes (preferably stated in measurable terms)
  • Teaching methodology (e.g. discussion, lecture, lab, field work, studio, seminar)
  • Learning activities and assignments (e.g. readings, research paper, journal, class participation, oral presentations, quizzes, exams)
  • Statement on the amount of time the student should expect to spend on the course beyond the instruction time (consistent with the university definition of credit-hour).
  • Attendance policy (indicate any penalties or rewards)
  • Examination policy and schedule (including make-up procedure)
  • Method of evaluation of student performance (indicate clearly how a student’s grade will be determined)
  • Cheating & plagiarism policy (indicate penalty for violation of policy and reference the academic integrity policy)
  • Required materials and text(s)
  • Instructor information (Office location, Office hours, Phone numbers, e-mail). Instructors have at least one scheduled office hour for every three hours of teaching.
  • As detailed a schedule of topics and assignments by date as is reasonably possible
  • A statement on support for students with disabilities, such as:

    “The University of Maine at Machias is committed to providing services to people with disabilities. If you have a disability and need accommodations please contact Jo-Ellen Scribner, Special Services Coordinator at or 207-255-1228. The office is located on the second floor of Powers Hall in the Advising Center.”


During their first class, or before, students must receive a copy of the syllabus.  A copy should be posted on any course web site (e.g., Blackboard)

At or before the start of the semester a copy of the syllabus must be submitted to Academic Affairs office or to a Faculty Secretary in order for the syllabus to remain on file.

A copy of a faculty schedule card that includes the time and location of classes and office hours and any other pertinent information also needs to be filed with a faculty secretary at the beginning of each semester.