Syllabus Components

ACC Syllabus Guidelines

The ACC Syllabus website provides guidelines to ensure all syllabi meet ACC standards. For assistance in designing a course syllabus, contact an Instructional Designer.

In accordance with Texas House Bill 2504, each class must have an online syllabus accessible from the Course Schedule. Refer to the Lighthouse tutorial for instructions.

Syllabus Components

A well-designed syllabus cuts down on questions, saving time for both instructors and students. In addition to standard ACC syllabus components, a distance education course syllabus should include the following:

Let students know how to reach you:
  • Campus and virtual office hours
  • Contact methods (email/phone/Google Hangout/Skype/etc.)
  • Response time (ex: emails answered M-F within 24 hrs)
  • Weekend availability, if applicable
Define your communication policy:
  • What constitutes "attendance"
  • Faculty-student/student-student interaction expectations
  • How interactions will occur (discussion board, chat, other tools)
  • Participation standards (minimum number of discussion board posts per week, Netiquette guidelines)
Explain technology requirements:
Explain course procedures:
  • How the online classroom is organized
  • How students should proceed each week for class activities
  • How to submit assignments
  • File name conventions for documents/email
  • Course calendar/schedule
  • Turnaround time for grading assignments and tests
  • Faculty evaluation procedure
Describe testing requirements:
Help for Distance Education students:

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