The syllabus informs each student of the instructional aims, the course content, course requirements, instructional activities, and methods of evaluation. It is a guide to the expectations and rules to promote the teaching-learning process. It is reviewed during the first day of class.
The format for the course syllabus is distributed to all full-time faculty by the division directors. The approved syllabus will be used by all instructors to guide their preparation and presentation in the assigned class(es).
The course information distributed to the students includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Course number, title, description, prerequisites, credit hours, intended audience, instructor’s name, office location, and office hours.
2. Course objectives and assessment criteria.
a. Core competencies—reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking; exemplary objectives as outlined by THECB; other specific objectives common to all sections; enabling objectives that may vary among sections.
b. Specific assessments for each of the core competencies and all objectives.
3. Description of instructional procedures—various strategies.
4. Requirements and policies—text(s), supplemental materials, equipment, assignments, due dates, schedules, attendance punctuality, classroom behavior, test make-up, late work.
5. Content—required topics/units.
6. Evaluation and grading of student performance—grade calculations.
7. Statement on syllabus revisions.
Students or guests should not be allowed in class on a continuing basis unless they are on the class roll as a registered student except in the following situations:
1. The student presents a class-add form;
2. Permission to audit is received from the Records office; or
3. Special permission is received from the Vice President and Dean of Instruction.
When space is available, permission to audit a course may be obtained from the admissions office. Auditing students are not required to meet course prerequisites listed in the bulletin. Students auditing a course may not under any circumstances claim credit for the course. A student who is registered for a course may not change from audit to credit, or credit to audit after the scheduled add-drop period. Charges for auditing a course are the same as regular tuition and fees.
All classes must meet as scheduled. If unable to meet a class, the faculty member must notify the division director; in the event the director is not available, notify the office of the Vice President and Dean of Instruction. No “walks” are allowed.
When absent from campus during scheduled class, campus, or office hours, the division director should be informed.
All instructors should offer their final exam according to the published schedule each semester. All proposed changes to the published schedule each semester must receive approval from the Vice President and Dean of Instruction.
As a rule, individual faculty members should use discretion, diplomacy, and common sense regarding the invitation of speakers to their classes. The division director and Vice President and Dean of Instruction should be informed of guests in advance and grant approval for their appearance.
GUESTS AND CHILDREN IN CLASSROOM, ON CAMPUS
Instructors are responsible for providing a quality instructional environment that facilitates optimal education for students. [See instructor job description, DNA] Faculty members should generally not allow a student’s guests or children to visit classes. Young children should not be left unattended or unsupervised on campus. When children are present for scheduled learning activities, the parent or guardian remains responsible for the well-being of the child.
STUDENT COURSE SCHEDULES AND LOAD
The normal load during a long session (fall and spring semesters) is five courses. Physical education activity courses, and other one hour courses may be added to the normal course load. However, no student will be permitted to enroll for more than 18 semester credit hours without the permission of the Vice President and Dean of Instruction. The normal load during each summer session is seven semester hours. The maximum load for each summer session is eight semester hours.