Syllabus Guidelines for TAs as Primary Instructors. David Royse, Ph.D. College of Social Work . University Senate Syllabi Guidelines (These are mandatory). When preparing your syllabi, always refer to the checklist found at
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Syllabus Guidelines for TAs as Primary Instructors
David Royse, Ph.D.
College of Social Work
When preparing your syllabi, always refer to the checklist found at
The guidelines are also found in your handbook
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Cell: 313-0212 Email: email@example.com
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*Longer descriptions/overviews can be inserted but should not replace or be at odds with the official one
The syllabus also needs:
*Remember: grad students cannot be awarded “D” grades in 400G, 500, 600, and 700 level courses.
(What is the difference between a goal and an objective?)
grade will it be? When do I need to submit it by? Is it electronic or paper?
Does this new information help any at all?
Are these learning outcomes?
What about this last piece of info?
Of the components that we’ve mentioned thus far,
what else is missing?
Answer: the numerical grading scale and its relation to the letter grades
If you have looked at the Syllabi Guidelines, can you think of anything else that ought to be posted?
Undergraduates at UK must be provided with a Midterm Grade based on their performance in the first half of the semester.
Unexcused absences will result in a loss of 5 participation points per absence. Please refer to “Student Rights & Responsibilities” (Uky.edu/StudentAffairs/Code/) for definition of excused absences.Students missing any graded work due to an excused absence bear the responsibility of informing the Instructor about the excused absence within one week following the absence, and for making up missed work.
What does this policy require in the syllabus?
(see also slide # 30 for excused absences)
It requires attendance to be included in the grading components. For example,
Attendance/participation= 50 points
Final Exam= 200 points
Midterm Exam=100 points
Presentation= 25 points
You might want to elaborate your “making up missed work” policy. For instance, is a missed exam arranged at your convenience (e.g., 2 weeks out) at the student’s convenience, within a week, or during Final Exam Week? Must all missed assignments be due within one week, etc ?
“If attendance is required by the class policies elaborated in the syllabus or serves as a criterion for a grade in a course, and if a student has excused absences in excess of one-fifth of the class contact hours for that course, a student shall have the right to petition for a "W", and the Instructor of Record may require the student to petition for a "W" or take an "I" in the course.”
Students are responsible for notifying the Instructor of Record in writing of anticipated absences due to their observance of such holidays no later than the last day for adding a class.
Assignments must be submitted by the date and time listed on the assignment. There will be a 10% deduction for homework that is up to 24 hours late, and a 20% deduction for homework that is 24-48 hours late. I will not accept any homework that is more than 48 hours late.
Plan your time carefully; don’t wait until the last minute to begin an assignment. Starting early will give you ample time to ask questions and obtain assistance if needed.
Late work will be penalized 10% per day (with the “late clock” beginning at class time rather than the end of the workday), until the graded assignment has been handed back to the class; at that point, late work will not be accepted. Excuses such as “I overslept” or “The printer wasn’t working” will not exempt you from late penalties.
It is expected that students will refrain from plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct. Each student is advised to understand the University’s policies, how violations of academic integrity policy are defined, the penalties, as well as the disposition of these offenses as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities at:
Avoiding a charge of plagiarism is critical in a course that requires you to summarize and document the written work of others.
All academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by students to their instructors or other academic supervisors, is expected to be the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression (University Senate 6.3.1). Offenses are considered academic felonies. Please understand the penalties for cheating and plagiarism by reviewing UK’s policies at
If you plagiarize, your instructor will check with the Registrar to see if you have a previous academic offense.
If you have a previous academic offense, you will receive, at a minimum, a grade of E for the course. The maximum penalty could include an XE and suspension from the University, based upon the discretion of your instructor, the Dean of the College of Social Work and the Provost and the number and nature of offenses. Penalties will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
If this is your first offense, the instructor will – at a minimum:
a) impose a score of zero for the assignment, and b) write a “letter of warning” to the student, submitted to the Registrar’s office. This letter stays in the student’s file and is destroyed upon graduation if there are no subsequent offenses. You have the right to appeal and should contact the Academic Ombud to initiate this process.
If you are unsure of the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing, you ought to consult with your instructor or go to the examples at
“I have a strong commitment to diversity and the valuing of differences among members of our academic community. Academic discovery includes discussion and debate, and the right to respectfully disagree from time-to-time. Students have a right to voice reasoned opinions contrary to those offered by the instructor and/or other students (S.R. 6.1.2) but should do so respectfully and civilly. Disagreements and opinion statements that include attacks of a personal nature or statements degrading another on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, national/regional origin or other irrelevant factors may affect one’s grade because they are unacceptable and do not contribute to a safe, productive learning environment.”
K. Badger SW 470 Syllabus
I expect that you will
If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible during office hours or by appointment. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (Room 2, Alumni Gym, 257-2754. I will contact the DRC if needed to coordinate special testing accommodations, etc. You ought to claim any disability at the beginning of the semester. It is not retroactive and cannot change test grades, etc. after the fact.
The syllabus is a contract; therefore
1. Once posted/distributed don’t mess with it
2. Be specific: list the readings that will be assigned; don’t hide readings (“to be provided later”) and don’t spring big assignments on students (“25 page paper with 17 interviews due September 15”). Be transparent in your requirements & expectations.
3. List due dates and late penalties
4. Provide all the information needed/that you would want if you were a student in the course
5. Compare your rough draft to the example given to you. Have you changed anything of substance (e.g., the course description, student learning outcomes the textbook)?
6. Show your polished draft to a senior faculty member, TA coordinator, your advisor, chair, or someone in a position to give you good feedback about the course.
7. Revise again if necessary.
Normally, students do not complain about having a reduction in the number of quizzes, assignments, required readings, etc. However, a student who is trying to improve his/her grade might complain if he/she sees that there is a reduction in opportunities to improve his/her grade. Check it out with students before making changes; make sure everyone is okay with the planned change.
Yes. For example, you need to address a growing problem of students texting in class, incivility, improper use of laptops, etc. You might phrase this as “new guidelines for …” and post it in Blackboard. It doesn’t have to be a part of your syllabus.
I would not, however, add new readings, assignments, etc. But you could add a new reading if you also dropped one of the previous ones….and it is readily available with no new/unexpected costs, etc.
If you feel the need to make changes to a syllabus well into the semester, you might want to consult with your senior faculty/advisor, etc.
Or, you might want to check with the Academic Ombud 257-3737 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Questions that you might have?