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 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 (If the instructor no longer works here, contact the assistant department chair)
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.
Send them a copy of your syllabus, if you have access to it.
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.
Each teacher is required to cover the topics contained in the Course Outline of Record.
Some instructors provide them, some instructors post samples on their homepage, or
check out online resources for math.