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General Syllabus Guidelines

PPCC has developed a college-wide syllabus template to provide students with a clear path for success. Based on student feedback, college support and state directives, a syllabus task force developed an accessible syllabus template that is composed of three components:

1. Course Syllabus - class information students need to be successful in the immediate course such as contact information, assignments, and grading policies.

2. Master Course Syllabus - state determined learning outcomes for each course, and can be found on the PPCC’s Master Course Syllabus page

3. The Institutional Syllabus - PPCC policies and information that apply to all PPCC courses


Course Syllabus Guidelines

All instructional syllabi at PPCC must meet institutional standards for accuracy and content. Standard information includes such items as:

  • Course Identifying Information
  • Course Description
  • Instructor Information
  • Course Policies

Course Syllabus Template

Course Syllabus Checklist

Syllabus Design FAQ

Accessibility Tips

Master Course Syllabus

PPCC courses are required to include the Master Course Syllabi (MCS) which contain the state determined course learning outcomes. Departments will provide new instructors with already created MCS for most courses.

MCS Template for Guaranteed Transfer Courses

Step by Step Guide - How to Complete GT Course MCS

MCS Template for Non-Guaranteed Transfer Courses

Step by Step Guide - How to Complete Non-GT Course MCS

Content Criteria and Competencies for Guaranteed Transfer Courses

Lingo List - A Guide to Common Terms and Acronyms

Linking to your MCS

The information in MCS - which includes student learning outcomes and topical outlines - allows instructors to cut down on the information that they include in their course syllabus while also making that information available to those that wish to view course details.

The linking convention for MCS is as follows: [3 Letter Department Code] / [3 digit Course Number]

examples include:

*If you experience issues linking your course MCS, contact your department chair or academic division administrators. 


Institutional Syllabus

The Institutional Syllabus lists academic guidelines applicable to all PPCC courses. 

Topics outlined in the Institutional syllabus include:

  • Academic Honesty, Plagiarism and Student Conduct
  • Accreditation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements
  • Assessment
  • Classroom Attendance Policy
  • Course Evaluation
  • Grading
  • Mandatory Reporting

Linking to the Institutional Syllabus

Instructors are encouraged to link to the Institutional Syllabus, creating direct links in digital syllabi and or using the following URL:

Online Institutional Syllabus

Faculty Resource Guide

PPCC's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) works to maintain up-to-date and relevant resources and guides for instructors.

CETL Lib Guide