Course syllabi, or “Course Outlines” describe how students will be evaluated in each course. They must include:
- access information for the instructor (office hours, location & phone number)
- topics to be addressed in the course
- required texts, recommended texts & any additional materials
- number, nature and forms of assessment (for example, if you have a midterm, final exam, and/or paper)
- weighting of each assessment
- any course pre-requisites
- the University’s academic integrity policy
- the right to submit written work in English or French
- penalties for assignments submitted late
Most professors include additional information such as a schedule of lectures and readings. Some may also include a link to the University Student Assessment Policy or information on student wellbeing and support resources on campus. McGill Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) provides a Course Outline Guide for new instructors.
If you suspect that a course outline contains incorrect or lacking information, find out who to contact.