Blackboard Planning Guide. Use this pamphlet as an outline for the course which you are developing.

General Notes:


Daily announcement, Information about events on campus, Chapters to be covered on the next step, etc.

Course Information

Course goals, Course materials, Course projects, Test information, Grading policies, Attendance policies, or Other.

Course Outlines: All faculty at the College are to present a course outline to their students during the first or second week of classes. Such outlines are important to your students so they will know where they are going in the course and what is expected of them. The outline will also provide help to faculty covering your class in the event you are absent. The outline should include

1 . Your name

2. Office number and office hours

3. Home phone number (optional)

4. Objectives of the course

5. The title and author of the text to be used for the course

6. Major topics and reading assignments - by days or weeks

7. Test schedule and your policy on makeup tests

8. How grades are computed

9. Statement about student withdrawals

10. ADA statement

11. Attendance policy. For more information see "Syllabus."


Course syllabi are designed to inform students of course objectives, evaluation rationale, course completion requirements, and instructor information. The syllabus is a contract between the instructor and the student; therefore, both are expected to abide by its contents. If a student problem or grievance occurs, the course syllabus is often used to resolve differences. In rare circumstances, a substitute instructor will need to be assigned to a course for a short- or long-term period, and the course syllabus will be critical to facilitate the flow of the course.

The following are suggested components of the course syllabus.

A. Center the college name, division, course name, prefix and number, and current semester date at the top of the page.

B. Instructor Information. Include your name, division or office telephone number, office location, and office hours.C. Course Information:

1. Credit. Include the full credit hours for this course and the following breakdown of credits, by category, when appropriate.

a. Lecture Hours

b. Lab Hours

2. Prerequisites. List by course number and title.

3. Textbooks. Include both required and supplementary textbooks.

4. Supplies. Indicate any special supplies required of or recommended to the student for this course. If none, so state.

5. Caveats. Include any special restrictions and/or requirements that the student should be aware of before starting the course (i.e., those which are not typically associated with academic course work, e.g, strenuous exercise, need for a car, job requirements, etc.).

6. Course Description. Use the course description given on the standard course outline.

7. Course Objective. Use the course objectives given on the standard course outline. Additional objectives may be included.

D. Course Requirements. Include projects, tests, and assignments that need to be completed in the course. Coordinate this with the information given in the Evaluation section of the standard course outline. Additional items such as field-study, scheduled labs, scheduled study sessions, etc., may be included.

E. Evaluation and Grading Scale. The course syllabus should be consistent with the standard course outline in requiring at least the minimum evaluation requirements stated on the course outline. Include minimum competencies, expected outcomes, course requirements, and all components that will be included in the final determination of the grade. When applicable, individual point value and percentage weighing of projects, tests, and course assignments may be included. A grading scale should also be included on the course syllabus. Additional items specific to courses and programs such as makeup examinations, attendance policies, and exit competencies may be included.

    1. Tentative Course Schedule. This includes test dates, topics, assignments, and any other important scheduling information.

Staff Information

Title, First name, Last name, Email address, Work phone, Office location, Office hours, Other information, Optional picture, Personal link, Availability.

Course Documents

Handouts, Lecture Supplement, Lecture Notes, Course Packet, Practice Test, Other.


Homework Assignment, Group Assignment, Reading Assignment, Writing Assignment, Help and Tips, or Other.

Communication Center

Course tasks, Calendar.

External Links

Links on the Internet, etc.

Student Tools

Email, Student Pages, Chat, Manual, Student drop box


Pool manager, Online gradebook, Course statistics, Assessment manager