2020-2021 Faculty Handbook

Appendix B - Syllabus Template

Course Information


Semester and Year

Course Title:
                          Telephone No.:
Course No. and Section Email:
Instructor Name:
Credit Hours: Meeting Day & Time:
Course Location:
 Office Location :    Meeting Dates:  
 Office Hours:      

Extended Emergency Closure

For emergency campus closings (natural disasters, etc.) call 352-291-4499 or 800-831-9244 or check our website at CF.edu.

Course Description

Brief statement of teaching philosophy and/or expectations:

Brief statement of course goal and/or course description:

Pre/Corequisites (optional):

Textbook and Required/Optional Materials


Required Text – Title:


Author of Text:

Required Materials:


Optional Materials:


Student Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives

At http://inside.cf.edu/departments/curriculum/LOSMain.htm see Rubrics and Assessment Tools.

(List each learning outcome measured in your course and indicate type of assignment used to measure the outcome, e.g., quiz, exam, project, classroom activity)

The following list offers students a consistent way to see how CF’s global learning outcomes are assessed in each class. This is for information purposes only and does not change the grading system used in this class. Only those learning outcomes relevant to this course are included below.


Learning Outcome




Classroom Activity

Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning: The student will understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.

1. Perform accurate computations using order of operations with and without technology.




2. Identify and organize relevant information and complete the solution of an applied problem.




3. Interpret and communicate understanding of visual representations of data.




4. Demonstrate mathematical number sense and unit sense.





Statement about grading (class attendance, homework, tests, etc.):

For example:   Attendance: Each student is required to attend all class meetings. Attendance is required for all tests and there will be NO make-up tests. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from this course. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the withdrawal forms by the appropriate date. (Attendance accounts for 5% of Final Grade.)


Grading scale (see current catalog):

Make-up policy (Recommended): For example: No make-up work will be given unless there is an emergency or prior approval has been given by the instructor. In such an event, you must notify your professor before the exam or item is due unless the emergency prohibits it and you will be asked to bring proof of the emergency. A make-up exam must be taken within one week of the original exam date unless the emergency prohibits it. While you do not need to disclose personal details, let your professor know as soon as possible if something is preventing you from participating online or completing work.


Proctoring (include in your syllabus if proctoring is required):

In order to verify student identity on assessments, this course requires proctored assessment(s). Assessments are proctored online through Honor lock or at a CF Testing Center. If you plan to take a proctored exam online, you will be required to have a computer with Google Chrome, webcam and microphone.

Course Schedule/Outline (Insert Your Schedule)

Tentative class schedule – weekly, daily, thematically, etc. (class assignments, reading, quizzes, etc.). Include schedule of approved field trips and guest speakers, if appropriate (tables must have headers on all columns and rows to be ADA accessible. Please keep in mind that tables are difficult to edit in Canvas and are best edited in Word and copied and pasted into the Canvas Syllabus tool).

Sample Schedule


Preparation, Activities and Evaluation

                                    Date Due


Week 1


Week 2


Week 3


Week 4


Week 5


Week 6


Week 7

 Week 8      
 Week 9      
 Week 10      
 Week 11      
 Week 12      
Week 13       
 Week 14      
 Week 15      
 Week 16      
 Finals Include date, time and location of final exam.     


STATEMENT: Due to unforeseen happenings, it may be necessary for the course assignment schedule to be altered. The instructor will always strive to be fair about any changes.

College Policies (dates change each semester)

Attendance Policy

Regular, punctual class attendance is the responsibility of every student who enrolls at the College of Central Florida; therefore, the institution is committed to enforcing the attendance policy in an effort to assist students in achieving their educational objectives. The documentation of student absences will begin the first day of class, regardless of when the student registers. When a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, the instructor has the option of permitting the student to make up work missed and may require an explanation for the absence. The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of nonattendance. See Student Handbook, Policy Manual and Administrative Procedures.

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty (such as plagiarism or cheating) will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. Cases of academic dishonesty will be referred to a mandatory, two-hour Academic Integrity Seminar, which includes a fee (see the Student Handbook). Failure to attend the Academic Integrity Seminar will result in the assignment of a final course grade of “FF” on the student’s transcript, denoting course failure due to a violation of the college’s Academic Integrity policy. For a better understanding of academic integrity and ethical writing practices, please see The Office of Research Integrity’s Guide to Ethical Writing or the CF Library’s Academic Integrity guide.

Classroom Decorum

Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive students will be asked to leave the classroom. Continuous disruptive behavior will result in withdrawal from the course and disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct (see Student Handbook).

Equal Access/Equal Opportunity

The College of Central Florida does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information or disability status in its programs, activities and employment. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the Equity Officer, 3001 S.W. College Road, Building 40, Room 306A,352-854-2322, ext. 1437, or smithc@cf.edu.

Disability Services for Students with Disabilities

To ensure students have equal access to educational opportunities here at the College of Central Florida, students with a medical, sensory, physical, psychological, and/or cognitive disability are encouraged to register with the Office of Disability Services and request an application. If eligible, Disability Services will help facilitate approved accommodations for you. Please do this as soon as possible, to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion for your academic success. The Office of Disability Services is located in Building 5, the Bryant Student Union, Room 204, on the Ocala Campus. For more information visit the Disability Services webpage at http://www.cf.edu/access,  or call 352-873-5843 for further information.

Professional counseling services are available for all college students who are experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress; basically all psychological issues that could affect their school, job, relationships, or their home lives. Services are provided by Florida licensed mental health clinicians. This confidential resource is for all college students who want to achieve their endeavors. The Counseling Department is located in Bryant Student Union Building 5, office 205B or office 205F. For more information about Counseling, you may call 352-854-2322 Ext. 1760 or Ext. 1286 or Ext. 1580.

CF Student Assistance Program

The CF Student Assistance Program  is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work, or home lives. The Student Assistance Program provides early intervention and professional assessment and counseling to best meet the needs of the student. Services are free to all active CF students. The Student Assistance Program is managed by BAY CARE LIFE MANAGEMENT, a health management organization. A student may call a toll - free helpline during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For crisis situations after hours, on weekends, or holidays a student may call the same number and the therapist on duty will be paged and will promptly respond to the call. For services a student may call the following toll - free number: 1‑800‑878‑5470. CF also has a counseling office where students may receive free confidential professional counseling by State licensed clinicians. For more information you may call 352-854-2322 ext. 1760 or visit the counseling office at the Bryant Student Union, Building 5, Room 204B or email ballardm@cf.edu.


If you want to withdraw from this class, you must fill out the necessary forms and have them signed by the appropriate parties. If you just stop coming to class after the posted drop date, you may receive the grade of F.


See Academic Calendar and Registration Calendar for dates.


The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of non-attendance.

Students should be alerted to the following:

  1. Withdrawals do not count in the CF GPA, but may not be viewed favorably at the university level or for financial aid.

  2. A withdrawal counts as an attempt under the forgiveness/withdrawal policy and the course repeat policy.

  3. There are increased costs to take the course on the third attempt (full cost of tuition is  the same as out-of-state rate).

  4. There may be a reason a withdrawal request may be denied.

Please see the college’s withdrawal procedures.

Attendance Verification for Financial Aid

Attendance Verification is submitted each semester, generally in the third week of the term. Federal Student Aid requires that attendance is based on academic attendance or attendance at an academically-related activity. For this class, your attendance is verified based on _______________ (list assignment(s)).

Additional Statements You May Need for Your Course

First three bullets are required; others should be included when appropriate for your course.
  • Early Support Program : The College of Central Florida is committed to helping you succeed and achieve your academic, personal and career goals. One of the ways we can accomplish this goal with you is through an Early Support Program. Our philosophy, based on extensive research and practice, is that when students are connected early to resources and support systems on campus they are more likely to stay in classes, perform better in those classes, and complete their path more quickly. Therefore, you may be contacted by your First Year Success Specialist, program Advisor and/or other resources on our campus if there is a time during the semester I feel it would be beneficial to your continued success. I am always your first point of contact for any concerns that affect your success or with course content, so I encourage you to come to me to discuss those issues. Also, be assured that I will first communicate any concerns I have with you and will then connect you with the other areas on our campus to help develop a network of support for you.
  • This course uses Canvas to post course materials. Go to myCF (mycf.cf.edu/ICS/), login, click on the Academics tab, and follow the link to Go to Canvas. If you are not familiar with Canvas, you may access a self-tutorial by hovering over the Courses tab in Canvas and clicking on the Getting Started in Canvas course. Additional Canvas tutorials can be found under the help menu in the upper-right corner of your Canvas page. If you have any questions or encounter any problems logging on to Canvas or within the system, contact the Distance Learning Help Desk Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (fall and spring hours), or Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (summer hours), at dlhelp@cf.edu or at 352-854-2322, ext. 1317. You may also use the 24/7 Canvas help desk by clicking the Help link in the upper right corner of Canvas.
  • Library Resources: The CF Libraries are here to help with your research and information needs. Search the library catalog (library.cf.edu), or contact the Ocala campus library (library@cf.edu, 352-854-2322 ext. 1345) or the Citrus campus library (citruslb@cf.edu, 352-249-1205) with questions. Learn more about research help, online and database searching, and citing your sources by visiting the CF Virtual Library (cf.libguides.com) or by visiting the Ocala library (Building 3) or Citrus library (Building C2, Room 202) for one-on-one help. Course reserves: Course textbooks and/or supplemental course material may be on reserve at the Library. Please call to inquire. If the item you are looking for is not on reserve, ask your instructor if they are able to place a copy on reserve.
  • Testing Accommodations:  Make-up Tests and/or Tests for Distance Learners. Testing Center hours are located at www.cf.edu/testing. Your instructor is required to make advanced preparations before you schedule your exam, so contact your instructor at least two weeks in advance regarding testing assistance.
  • Register for all testing that you plan to schedule in one of the CF testing centers by creating a CF username and password for the testing center. This can be done at home or at the testing center; the link is www.cf.edu/mytests . This is required to take any tests and only needs to be created once. The username and password created will be used for all tests taken at any of the CF campus testing centers.
  • The Ocala Testing Center is located on the second floor of the Bryant Student Union Building 5 ,in Room 205.  Appointments are required. 
  • For the Citrus Campus Testing Center, call 352-249-1213 for an appointment. The Citrus Campus Testing Center is located in C4-109.
  • For the Levy Campus Testing Center, call 352-493-9533, ext. 2100 or 2111, for an appointment. Stop at the front desk for further directions.
  • (If you require proctored assessments in your online or hybrid course, you must include this statement according to SACSCOC Verification of Identity standard): In order to verify student identity on assessments this course requires ___ [insert number of required proctored assessments] proctored assessment(s). If you are unable to travel to a CF campus during testing center hours, you may be required to pay a fee to complete the assessment(s). Fees generally range between $30 and $45 per assessment, depending on the proctor used and length of the exam. If you choose to complete the assessment using an online proctoring service, you will also be required to have a webcam and microphone. For assistance with scheduling a proctored exam at a CF testing center or to help you locate another testing center, please call 352-291-4419. For assistance with online proctoring after you have contacted your instructor, please contact E-Learning at 352-854-2322 ext. 1317 at least two weeks prior to your requested test date.
  • For  online courses, please allow up to 24 hours for a response Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and Monday through Thursday during summer terms, and up to 48 for a response on the weekend. Scheduled holidays and or emergency situations such as hurricanes or other local emergencies might extend the response time.

When Should I Register for the Next Semester?

  1. Registration is conducted by a process called Priority Registration. Those students who have earned hours may register ahead of those who have no earned hours or who have less earned hours.  

  2. This process provides opportunities for those students who are closer to graduation to enroll in classes before students with fewer number of earned credit hours. This ensures that students have an opportunity to register for the courses they need to be able to graduate on time before the courses are filled.

  3. The enrollment process for the next semester begins EARLY in the current semester. It is important that you know your priority registration date and have your course choices planned out prior to that date.

  4.  Priority registration is also available to those students made eligible through the Disability Services office.

If you are unsure of what courses to enroll in or how to use the online registration system, it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with your academic advisor early in the current semester.

It is important that you register for the upcoming semester courses as soon as your Priority Registration date opens in order to get the correct courses and scheduled times that you will need for your degree and major.