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Syllabus Information

MEREDITH COLLEGE COURSE SYLLABUS REQUIREMENTS

A course syllabus must be prepared for each course and should be provided to each student in the course on the first day of class.  Not only is the syllabus an articulation of expectations for you and your students, it has importance for the College for purposes of accreditation, reference for new instructors, clarity of department guidelines, curriculum evaluation and reform, and transfer credit evaluation.  Copies of course syllabi must be kept on file in the office of the School Dean. 

Syllabus information is outlined in the faculty handbook in section 2.7 Syllabi Information (Amended 8/01; 8/13)

Complete syllabi are required for each class. Syllabi should contain the following basic elements:

  • Course Name and Number
  • Instructor’s name, office location, and contact information including office hours
  • Course Description from Catalogue (Undergraduate or Graduate)
  • Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes*
    • Do the objectives and learning outcomes begin with a verb?
    • Are the objectives and learning outcomes measurable?
  • Textbook and other Required Items (or Materials)
  • A statement about any required access to technology (hardware and/or software)
  • Course Outline**
  • Assignments (Evaluation components and formula for determining final grade)
  • Grading Scale
  • Attendance Policy
    • if attendance impacts grading, clearly state expectations and consequences
  • Honor Code Statement***
  • Inclement Weather Policy
  • Disability statement****

** As a part of, or in addition to, the syllabus, instructors should provide a course outline that includes specific information for each class session.  Although not all information may be set by the first day of the course, this should be as detailed as possible and updated as needed.  The course outline may include:

  • Class topics
  • Assignments, due dates, and grading rubrics, if applicable
  • Quizzes and exams, including final exam or culminating experience**

* Expected Learning Outcomes - Key to effective course (and lesson) preparation is for the instructor to articulate clearly the learning outcomes he/she would expect students to acquire through the learning methods employed.  Expected learning outcomes define in clear, concise terms what students are expected to know and do.  Our major goal is to facilitate student learning and to have students take responsibility for their own learning toward that end our objectives should clarify this.

  • Do the objectives and learning outcomes begin with a verb?
  • Are the objectives and learning outcomes measurable?

Final Exam or Culminating Experience - Faculty are strongly encouraged to include a cumulative examination or other culminating experience during the final examination period.  This experience should be chosen by the faculty member on the basis of appropriate pedagogical reasons.

1) Final examinations for semester long courses must be given during the College-wide examination period at the end of the semester.  (Exceptions to be approved by the Provost). Under no circumstances should they be given during the last week of classes. 

2) Final examinations for accelerated classes and for summer school classes must be given during the last scheduled class day. (Exceptions to be approved by the Provost).

3) If a unit test is appropriate during the last week of classes, the date of the unit test must be stated in the syllabus at the beginning of the semester. Unit tests may be given during the last week of classes provided a final examination or other culminating experience is to be given in the course. If a unit test is to be the last test for the course (no final examination), it must be given during the examination period or prior to the final week of classes.

For more information, refer to section 2.6 in the Faculty Handbook. 


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:

The college urges that all students sign up for MC Alerts- you may opt to receive texts, emails, and/or phone calls. You may sign up for MC Alert by going to the Meredith College Portal-for students. You will be alerted whenever the college closes. College closure does not however mean that your class will not have online readings or assignments. A faculty member choosing to hold class while the college is closed due to inclement weather must make any class assignments by the time the course is regularly scheduled to begin.

In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent to all students, faculty and staff. You can also check the Meredith College website, and Facebook page for the latest information on class cancellations and office closings.  WRAL-TV, WRAL.com will be contacted with information about closures and delays, other local television and radio stations will be contacted as time allows.


***MEREDITH'S HONOR CODE:

We, the Meredith community, are committed to developing and affirming in each student a sense of personal honor and responsibility. Uncompromising honesty and forthrightness are essential elements of this commitment. The Honor System is a method by which individual honors are protected and maintained. Any dishonorable action will be regarded as a violation of this commitment, and corrective action will be taken.

If I am in violation of the Honor Code, to prevent jeopardizing the Honor System or weakening our system of self-government, I have an obligation to report myself to the proper authorities. If I am aware of a violation of the Honor System by another student, I shall call this matter to the attention of that student as a violation of responsibility to the community. In choosing Meredith College, I am accepting the Honor System as a way of life. As a student at Meredith, I am responsible for insuring that the Honor System is at all times carried out.


****STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities.  Documentation for accommodation must be presented no later than one week prior to the requested accommodation. In order to receive accommodations, students must go through the Counseling Center/Disability Services office. Disability Services is located in 208 Carroll Hall and can be reached at 919-760-8427 or disabilityservices@meredith.edu.  For additional information go to www.meredith.edu/disability-services.