Basic Syllabus Headings

Below are suggested basic headings and sub-heading for a complete syllabus.1  You will want to consider how to customize these for your course (e.g., order of information presented, amount of detail included).

 Course Information

  • Course Title & Number
  • Credit Hours
  • Meeting Times
  • Classroom Location
  • Website URL

Instructor Information

  • Full name with title
  • Office Location
  • Office Hours
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

Course Description

  • General Content of Course
  • Instructional Methods
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Goals and Objectives

Course Materials

  • Textbook
  • Electronic Resources
  • Supplementary Readings
  • Materials


  • Forms of assessment
    • Their link to course goals and objectives
    • Grading
    • Relative weighting
    • How overall percentages translate into actual grades

Expectations of Students

  • Attendance and lateness
  • Class participation
  • Missed exams or assignments
  • Lab safety/health
  • Academic Honesty

Academic Support

  • Disability support
  • Writing Center
  • Other

Course Calendar/Outline

  • Daily/weekly schedule
  • Due dates for major assignments
  • Dates for quizzes, tests and exams
  • Dates for required special events 

 These headings have been adapted from Howard B. Altman and William E. Cashin, “Writing a Syllabus”, IDEA Paper No. 27, downloaded 3/26/2012