- How do I get a
**syllabus**for a class? - There are two documents related to each section of a course, a Course Outline of Record (COR) and an instructor syllabus. They are very different. A COR contains the uniform standards applied to all sections upon which each student will be evaluated in the process of receiving a formal grade. A syllabus, on the other hand, is the tool an instructor uses to foster a clear instructor-student course communication pertaining to learning objectives, student outcomes, and instructor expectations. It usually includes an individual instructors grading policy, exam policy, homework policy, absence policy, make-up policy, and a tentative schedule that gives a framework for completion of the material to satisfy the COR requirements. These are not usually available until the first day of class.
- To obtain a copy of a syllabus for a course you were previously enrolled in, please contact that instructor using the campus directory available on www.smc.edu (If the instructor no longer works here, contact mazorow_moya@smc.edu)
- To obtain a copy of a syllabus for a future class, you can try contacting the instructor but it is highly probable it will not be available.
- My
**transfer school**wants a copy of what was covered in a course. - Usually they want a COR (not a syllabus) which is available at: Course Outlines of Record
- What
**textbook**is required by my teacher? - For courses in the math department teachers must all use the same book or they may have a choice between two texts. They also may require additional material such as an online homework access code. The Bookstore contains a list of all required text and supplements for each instructor.
- What sections/chapters must be covered by my teacher?
- Each teacher is required to cover the topics contained in the Course Outline of Record (see 2.)
- Where can I get sample exams?
- Some instructors provide them, some instructors post samples on their homepage, or check out on-line resources for math.