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Q & A: SJC Standard Course Syllabus

Have you ever wondered why San Jacinto College creates a standard syllabus for each of its courses to be used by the faculty? We asked Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning, to help answer that question.

“Legislation requires all colleges to post the course syllabus online for students.  San Jacinto developed a single, district-wide syllabus template and a process whereby changes made in a single location can be pushed out in multiple formats.  That means that the course syllabus in SOS, as well as on the college website, reflects the most recent curriculum revisions.  The beauty of the system is that it also allows us to make a single revision to the honesty statement, emergency notification, the disability statement and other pertinent information, and it will be reflected in the next version of the course syllabus.   Each time a course section is created for fall, spring or summer, a new syllabus is simultaneously developed.  To this end, it is important for faculty to check their courses in SOS prior to each semester.”

Detailed instructions on the process is available via this link: Accessing Your Course Syllabus in SOS.

These instructions are also available within the basic template provided for each course in Blackboard. For additional assistance, contact your campus Instructional Designer.