Use a Syllabus Template

A clear and complete syllabus for your online course is the most important document you can provide for your students. This syllabus template provides example language and required university policies that help ensure that your syllabus is clear for students and meets the requirements of the university.

How to get started

Follow these steps to make an editable copy of the template for your own use.

  1. Make sure you log into Google with your NC State account.
  2. Access the Syllabus Template Google Doc.
  3. Click File from the top menu.
  4. Select Make a Copy.
  5. Name your file.
  6. Select a Folder in “My Drive” to save the copy to.
  7. Click the Make a Copy button.

You may now edit your copy of the template to reflect your own course.

Best practices

  • Use welcoming language and a conversational tone to help make this document personal and inviting for students.
  • Delete the brackets [ ] and any associated text and replace with information relevant to your course.
  • Words in italics and yellow highlight represent instructions. Remember to delete all italics and highlighted text. 
  • Examples are provided. You can edit/copy or customize the language for your course.
  • Do not change headings or subheadings. These meet accessibility requirements for formatting.

Set Viewing Permission

  1. Select the Share button at the top right corner of the Google Doc screen.
  2. In the popup under “General access,” click on the first dropdown and select North Carolina State University.
  3. Click on the second dropdown and select Viewer.
  4. Click Done.
Set access permission so that anyone at NC State can view the document


Using the Course Syllabus Template (DELTA Knowledge Base)

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