Course Syllabus

Reference: Academic Regulations (Section 5)

A written course syllabus and grading policy statement shall be prepared by faculty for each course offered, as a benefit for student participation and expectations. The syllabus and grading policy statement shall be submitted either in writing to enrolled students during the first class period or posted on the web before the first class period.

The written course syllabus and grading policy statement shall contain the following:

  1. Instructor's name, office number, and phone number
  2. Office hours
  3. Course discipline and title
  4. Prerequisites (if applicable)
  5. Texts and references
  6. List of objectives
  7. Major teaching methods (which might include, but would not be limited to: lectures, labs, demonstrations, discussion, reading, or written assignments)
  8. Special instructional materials (which might include, but would not be limited to: lab notebook, drafting equipment, knife, computer disks or programs, calculators, fees, etc.)
  9. Topics to be covered
  10. Grading and evaluation procedures
  11. Expanded statement of the University plagiarism policy if appropriate
  12. Statement of attendance policy
  13. Any additional information the instructor may wish to include

A written course syllabus and grading policy statement for each course shall be on file in the departmental office.

[Approved by the Academic Council April 10, 1991.]

Add a statement to all course syllabi stating, "Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Academic Adjustment form should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119."

[Approved by The University Assembly November 29, 2000.]

Freshman Progress Reporting

Academic Regulations (Section 7)

The University recognizes that early warnings are beneficial for students having difficulty in a course. We commend those faculty members who encourage individual or group help sessions and recommend tutorial laboratories. We recommend that faculty members structure and clearly define the grading system in order that students can determine by mid-term their level of performance. We further recommend that faculty members, whenever possible, contact students at mid-term who are performing poorly and offer assistance and suggestions for improvement.

[Approved by the Academic Council March 9, 1994.]

One component of the University's efforts to improve retention involves the implementation of a policy whereby all students having completed fewer than 30 hours of credit will receive a "Midterm Progress Report" for the courses in which they are currently enrolled, a copy of which will be sent to the student's advisor. A general outline of the proposed procedure is shown below.

  1. Each instructor is required to enter on the computer midterm progress reports fro students who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours of academic credit. Check the university calendar for midterm Reporting dates in the Schedule of Classes Bulletin or on the web.
  2. Instructors will indicate whether the student's progress at Midterm was satisfactory (S = A, B, or C) or unsatisfactory (U = D or F). It is assumed that each instructor will be readily able to assess whether or not a student's progress was satisfactory. It is also assumed that faculty advisors will make efforts to use this information to assist the student. The disclaimer, stating that "Midterm Progress Reports or lack thereof may not be used as an issue in a grade appeal," will be included on each student's report
  3. Students will be notified via campus email of the date they can access their Midterm Progress Reports. Students can then view their progress reports by going to http://www.tntech.edu and clicking on the Eagle Online-Apply Online-Grades link.
  4. Faculty Advisors can log into TTUMIS system to obtain an online report of their advisees' Midterm Progress Reports. Printouts will also be distributed to the Departmental Chairpersons and College Deans after Midterm Progress Reporting period is finalized. For more specific instructions or information concerning Midterm Progress Reporting, please contact the Office of Records & Registration located in Derryberry Hall, Room 102.

An evaluation of Freshman Progress Reporting has shown that progress reports are effective in improving freshman retention.

[Approved by the Faculty, April 26, 1995; Revised Fall 2002]

Tests and Examinations

Academic Regulations (Section 6)

In accordance with accepted norms of academic freedom and responsibility, Tennessee Technological University recognizes that primary responsibility for the preparation, scope, security, and administration of examinations rests with the faculty. The following guidelines are provided to address specific issues:

  1. Exams should not be prepared, reproduced, or graded by student workers without the express consent and direct supervision by appropriate faculty or staff.
  2. Faculty should exercise discretion with respect to repetition of specific test materials to avoid unfair advantage for students with access to previous exams.
  3. Faculty are encouraged to be present during the administration of an exam. If the faculty member must be absent, he/she should arrange, if possible, for a colleague with expertise in the content area to administer the exam. Consultation is encouraged between faculty and students who believe themselves to have been disadvantaged by the absence of the faculty.
  4. Faculty may, at their discretion, permit a student with an unusually demanding schedule to take an exam at an alternate time.
  5. Final examinations are to be held in all courses at the close of the semester in which the courses are taught and are to be administered according to the schedule printed in the Bulletin. Departments retain the authority to exempt classes from this requirement. For faculty members faced with unusual situations or the necessity of being away from campus on official University business, examination schedules can be revised upon the recommendation of the departmental chairperson and approved by the academic dean involved. Special efforts should be made to avoid undue difficulties for students affected by such changes.
  6. No examination or extensive assignments should be given during the week prior to final examinations except (1) quizzes covering no more than a week's worth of new material, (2) major tests unanimously requested by the class, (3) approved final examinations, and (4) evaluation in laboratories, independent study, or self-paced courses. During regular semesters, at least one day will intervene between the last class meeting day and the first scheduled final examination for that class.

Students should have feedback on their work in courses so that they can make progress and informed academic decisions, including decisions about continued enrollment in the class. Chairpersons should urge faculty in their departments to provide this feedback as an aid to their students. Specifically,

  1. Faculty should return exams, projects, quizzes, and assignments in a timely fashion.
  2. In courses in which it is consistent with the goals of the course, faculty should structure their courses so that graded material sufficient to gauge progress be given and returned in advance of the date by which a student can drop a course with a "W", and in the case of students for which freshman progress reports are issued, in advance of the deadline for determining those grades.
  3. Faculty should always be willing to discuss grading policies and academic progress with their student

[Approved by General Faculty on May 1, 1991; revisions approved by the Academic Council October 8, 1997, and January 21, 1998; revisions approved by the University Assembly April 15, 1998.]