Creating a Syllabus

Guidelines to a Complete and Accessible Syllabus


The term syllabus refers to a written course description that provides the course objectives, assignments, and schedule. The syllabus serves as a contract between the faculty member and the student, outlining expectations and requirements for successful completion of the course. Included in a syllabus is a disability statement.

Essential Elements of an Accessible Syllabus

  • Basic Information: Course title, course number, number of credits, current year and term, meeting time and location, your name, location of your office and office phone number, email address, office hours, appointment times, information on teaching assistants, and a syllabus disability statement.
  • Prerequisites: Classes, skills, and information required prior to enrolling in course.
  • Course Objective: Information to be covered, general themes, and course activities.
  • Learning Objectives: A precise statement(s) linking subject matter and student performance. The objective includes competencies, skills, and knowledge students should acquire by the end of the course.
  • Textbooks/Readings: Titles, authors, editions, and local book retailers. You should always attempt to order textbooks for which electronic format is available. For information on available alternate format of a book, contact the publisher.
  • Course Schedule: Supply a schedule of events; include discussion topics, exam dates, assignments, and readings to be completed for each day.
  • Additional Required Materials: Any additional course material such as calculator or art supplies that the student has to buy to successfully complete the course. Information on such materials needs to be as detailed and specific as possible.
  • Grades: Describe how you are going to calculate the grades and give an explanation of what is required to receive a particular grade.
  • Course Policies: Specify how you deal with tardiness, absences, late assignments, test/assignment make-ups, and academic misconduct.

This document is cited from The Ohio State University Partnership Grant, Improving the Quality of Education for Students with Disabilities