The Syllabus as Student Survival Guide UPDATED!

The syllabus is a necessary communication tool for every course and it is also a great opportunity to support student learning in online environments (and since 2009, it has been required by Texas law). As usual, the syllabus outlines the course expectations, sets the tone for class interaction, creates a guide for expected learning, and provides organization to the course. When creating a syllabus for HyFlex delivery as some of your may in the future or for a typical online environment, don’t forget that students have more flexibility for attendance. In the syllabus, set the expectation, policies, and instructions that apply to the course.  The Provost has provided the necessary language for your syllabus during this emergency period:

Syllabus Language Fall 2021

In addition, we recommend the syllabus include the following information:

  • Instructor information: Name and contact information (office location, phone number, email address, in person or online office hours, desired communication method, etc.)
  • Course identification: Course number, section, title
  • Course description and prerequisites
  • Course goals, objectives, and learning outcomes
  • List of required course materials & technology
  • Class Delivery method, such as Hyflex, synchronous online, asynchronous online, etc.
  • Methods for communicating (such as Blackboard, CourseWare, Teams, Zoom, Email, Phone, etc.) and etiquette
  • Topics outline/ course calendar
  • Grading criteria
  • Classroom Policies regarding late work and make-up exams
  • Participation Policy (ground rules for class interaction)
  • Description of course requirements, e.g., exams, quizzes, projects, papers
  • Statement on Academic Dishonesty
  • Accommodation of Students with Disabilities (Americans with Disabilities Statement)
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Include the link to the UH Face Covering Guidelines:
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


With some coordination, an Instructional Designer can review the syllabus for you.  We hope you will take advantage of this service.

“It’s in the Syllabus” by JadrianW is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0



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