"The great arrogance of the present is to forget the
intelligence of the past."
1. Heading. Include your name, course name and number,
section number (this is the 3 digit number) and synonym (this is the
five digit number).
2. How to reach you. Include your office hours and location,
phone, email etc... and how to reach you for appoints outside your
office hours. Reminder: ACC policy requires you to use your
ACC email address.
3. Course Description. Reference the History Department
4. Required Text and Materials. Include the name of the
textbook and any studyguides you require etc...
5. Instructional Methodology. Tell students how you run your
class (lecture, class discussion, some of everything etc...)
6. Course Rational. Reference the History Department URL, http://www/austincc.edu/history
7. Common Course Objectives. On your syllabus, you
must reference the history website at http://www.austincc.edu/history
You do not need to print out these Objectives since they are
irrelevant to your own course Learning Objectives.
8. Grading System. Describe how a student earn a grade
in your class. The department strongly advises against offering
extra credit which distorts grades and rewards students with the
time to do it. Be specific.
9. Class Policies. You need a written policy on all of
Attendance: Is it
required? What happens if students exceed the allowed number of
absences? Do you take attendance? The department strongly advises
against using attendance as part of the final grade. Attendance is
expected and should not be rewarded. Other policies...
Withdrawal: Do you
withdraw students? On what grounds? It is required that you provide
the last date for withdrawal without academic penalties in a given
semester. . Other policies...
requires that students complete a minimum of 50% of the course
before they can be awarded an Incomplete. Do you award Incompletes?
When must the grade be made up in
the following semester?
ACC requires the following language: "Each ACC campus offers support
services for students with documented physical or psychological
disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable
accommodations through the Student
Accessibility Services Office on the campus where they expect
to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do
this three weeks before the start of the semester."
Note the name of the office has changed.
Freedom of Expression:
It is required that you indicate that you will protect a student's
freedom of expression. Keep it brief.
You need to specify the penalty. Some instructors, for example, give
a student an F for the class, not just the individual test, if
caught cheating. This is departmental policy. ACC requires the
following language be used: "Acts prohibited by the College
for which discipline may be administered include scholastic
dishonesty: including but not limited to cheating on an exam or
quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in
preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be
the result of their thought, research, or self-expression. Academic
work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken
electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group;
classroom presentations, and homework."
Explain what you will be doing each day/week the class meets. Also,
indicate the lecture topics and chapters covered. Be specific.
Testing Center Policies:
The testing centers' policies as they regard students should be made
availabe to students by referencing the testing center's URL: http://www.austincc.edu/testctr
If you don't use the testing center don't include it.
Student Privacy: We are
governed by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA) even in high school ECS classes. Students must know
that we can only communicate witht eh, not their parents or spouses.
requires that student privacy be preserved. Grades can not be given
over the phone, through a fellow student, spouses, parents or by
Use of ACC email: ACC sends
all email communication solely to the student's ACCmail account and
expects students to read the messages in a timely manner. So that
means all important information and emergency details will go only
to your ACCmail . Students should expect to receive from, and send
email to, their instructors from their ACCmail account. To set up an
account, students can go to ACCmail for
Safety Statement: ACC
is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for study
and work. Students are expected to learn and to comply with ACC
environmental, health, and safety procedures and to follow ACC
safety policies. See the Environmental
Health and Safety link for more details. The College also asks
that each student become familiar with the Emergency Procedures and
Campus Safety Plan map in each classroom. See ACC Emergency Alerts
to sign up for electronic notices in the event of a serious
ACC regulations prohibit smoking, drinking, and eating in
classrooms. This prohibition includes e-cigarettes.
Tutoring Hours can be found at
Finally, make sure to upload your syllabus to the ACC schedule via Lighthouse.