Academic Policies and Procedures

Policy 02:04:00

Course Syllabi


To establish the standardized institutional requirements for course syllabi.

Revision Responsibility: Curriculum and Outcomes Committee

Responsible Executive Office: Dean of Nursing

Revised: November 1, 2009, Revised: January 17, 2011 to reflect revised organizational chart, October 22, 2012 to reflect My Platt College, June 6, 2013 to reflect updated syllabi revisions from NFO/GFO, June 16, 2016 to reflect curriculum revision in SEP, June 29, 2018 to reflect updated syllabi in content and process in the student learning management system, May 21, 2019 to reflect changes in Canvas Learning Management System.


The syllabus is a statement of intent and schedule of topics/activities that serves as an implicit agreement between the instructor and students. Both students and faculty members are bound by the​​​ terms of the course syllabus.

All faculty members must have a current syllabus for each course and must provide the course syllabus in canvas for students to view when the course opens for the term.

Course syllabi are to be reviewed by the student.  If students have questions regarding the syllabi, s/he should contact the instructor.

Platt College Syllabus Requirements:

Canvas Syllabus Tab

  • Course ID
  • Course type
  • Faculty contact information
  • Course Days, Times and Location
  • Required books
  • Course Objectives
  • College Policies Hyperlink (Standardized Assessment -ATI (In ATI specific courses only)
  • Exam Procedures and Late Assignments, Attendance
  • Academic Integrity, Student Disability Resources and Emergency Evacuation
  • Course Overview hyperlink

Canvas Course Overview Tab

  • Vision, Mission and Program Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes, Student Learning Outcomes and Assignments
  • Course Content Outline
  • Effort Hours
  • Grading Scale
  • Course Evaluation Methods
  • Learning Activities and Instructional Material
  • Student Expectations
  • Platt College Oral Presentation Grading Rubric
  • Platt College Written Communication Grading Rubric

Course Goals and Objectives. Revisions to the course content required to maintain currency of the course will be the responsibility of the full-time faculty through the Platt Faculty Organization (PFO) and the Curriculum and Outcomes Committee with oversight from the Dean of Nursing and Faculty Chair.

Faculty may not make changes to a course number, title, description, quarter credit hours, or Student Learning Outcomes (1) without approval of the Curriculum and Outcomes Committee and Dean, School of Nursing, and (2) without approval from appropriate and applicable state agencies and accrediting bodies.


Copies of the most recent course descriptions and content outlines for all courses will be reviewed and updated every two years in conjunction with curriculum revisions.

The appropriate administrator or lead faculty member will ensure that faculty members teaching a course are provided with the most recent version of the course content.  Faculty members teaching a course for the first time will be provided a syllabi template, available as a policy appendix. 

Platt College will maintain records of course syllabi or equivalent documents as deemed necessary to comply with any applicable accrediting bodies.

Although every effort will be made NOT to change schedules, unforeseen events may cause changes to the scheduling of campus classes/labs/clinical/activities, online classes/activities, lectures, quizzes, exams, etc.  Class topic and exam schedule may change with notice.  Faculty reserve the right to make any changes deemed necessary to best fulfill the course objectives.

If a syllabus is substantially (changes impacting grading components or assignment criteria) revised during the quarter, the revision will be made in Canvas and provided to the Registrar.

Students registered for this course will be made aware of any changes in a timely fashion using reasonable means such as Canvas and Platt College email. It is the responsibility of each student to know what changes if any, have been made to the provisions of the syllabus and to successfully complete the requirements of the course.