Syllabus Requirements and Templates

Syllabi are required at Linn-Benton for each class.  We ask that you send your proposed syllabus to your department chair prior to the first day of class so that they can review it to make sure you have included everything that you need.  After review, your syllabus must be submitted to the Division Secretary (via email is fine) for our records (we hold on to them for a few years so that students transferring to other institution can use them to get credit for their LBCC courses). We respect and appreciate that our instructors employ diverse teaching methods, and believe that it’s good for our students to be exposed to this type of diversity.  At the same time, there are a few things that we require each instructor to have on their syllabus.  

  • Your name, office hours, office location and your Linn-Benton email address and phone number.  

  • The course name, description, and learning outcomes from the Course Outline (see below).  

  • The required text(s) and other materials.

  • Your grading criteria, the more detailed the better, since this is a valuable resource in resolving grade disputes.

  • A statement about how we accommodate disabilities.  Here is some suggested language to include in your syllabus:

You should meet with your instructor during the first week of class if you have a documented disability and need accommodations, your instructor needs to know medical information about you, or you need special arrangements in the event of an emergency. If you think you may need accommodation services, please contact CFAR, 917-4789.

  • We strongly recommend that you include a statement about academic honesty, and how you treat cases of academic dishonesty.  See the webpage regarding plagiarism for policies and procedures on academic dishonesty.

  • Refer to your department's Part-Time Faculty Handbook on your department’s norms and standards for additional requirements.

The Course Outline

When you are given a teaching assignment, you will be given a copy of the Course Outline for that class.  The course outline gives the name and description of the course, as approved by the state.  It will also list common assessments used in the course.  Work with your department chair to ensure that you are teaching according to the Course Outline, since otherwise we risk having the course denied for transfer credit.

Course Outcomes

Once you have agreed to teach a particular class, the course outcomes for that class will be provided to you by the department chair. These course outcomes are determined by the department and reflect the skills that students should be able to demonstrate competency in at the end of the term. Course outcomes vary between classes, so please contact your department head if you have any questions about the course outcomes or the ways in which you should assess student competency. It will be important to develop the class so that all students can work to achieve these outcomes.

At the end of the term, you will be asked to reflect and report on your students' success in regards to these outcomes. Please see the "Outcomes Assessment" link on the "Administering Your First Class" page.