Course Outline Guidelines

Course Outline Checklist

* Faculty and Instructors are strongly encouraged to use the online Course Outline Manager Tool

  • University of Guelph – Name of Department/School/College/Campus
  • Semester of Offering (i.e. Fall 2019)
  • Course Code (and Section, if applicable), Title and Credit Weight
  • Prerequisites, Corequisites, Restrictions
  • Instructor Name, email, office location and office hours
  • GTA Name, email, office location and office hours, if applicable
  • Class Schedule and Location, including lecture, seminar, lab
    • *nb:  for Fall semester courses, include a note re: extra class days at end of semester to replace Thanksgiving Monday and the Fall Study Break Day
  • Final Examination Date and Time
  • Required Texts
  • Recommended Texts
  • Texts/Notes available on D2L CourseLink site and/or held at the Library Reserve Desk
  • Calendar Description and detailed Course Description
  • Evaluation – Methods, Breakdown (% of grade) and specific due dates
  • Detailed objectives and/or expected outcomes; statement of purpose, goals and/or objectives
  • Weekly schedule/syllabus, where applicable
  • Additional detailed information on assignments, midterms, final exam Instructor or Department Policy on Late or Missed Assignments -- see Academic Consideration
  • Courses associated with supplemental assistance (Supported Learning Group, lab or quiz rooms, help labs, language labs, etc.) should note this information, including relevant hours of operation, location, online links, etc. 
    Course Evaluation information (link to Course Evaluation website if conducted online, provide alternate information if conducted in-class)

Standard Statements

The following are standard statements for inclusion on all course outlines (adapted with permission from the College of Arts).  Some departments or colleges may also elect to post this information on a common website and link to such sites in the course outline.  However, it is strongly recommended that statements on academic misconduct and links to the academic misconduct section of the academic calendars are included on all course outlines. 

E-mail Communication
As per university regulations, all students are required to check their <> e-mail account regularly: e-mail is the official route of communication between the University and its students.

When You Cannot Meet a Course Requirement
When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons, please advise the course instructor (or designated person, such as a teaching assistant) in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. See the undergraduate calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration. 

Drop Date
Courses that are one semester long must be dropped by the end of the last day of classes; two-semester courses must be dropped by the last day of classes in the second semester. The regulations and procedures for Dropping Courses are available in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Copies of out-of-class assignments
Keep paper and/or other reliable back-up copies of all out-of-class assignments: you may be asked to resubmit work at any time.

The University promotes the full participation of students who experience disabilities in their academic programs.  To that end, the provision of academic accommodation is a shared responsibility between the University and the student.

When accommodations are needed, the student is required to first register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  Documentation to substantiate the existence of a disability is required, however, interim accommodations may be possible while that process is underway.

Accommodations are available for both permanent and temporary disabilities. It should be noted that common illnesses such as a cold or the flu do not constitute a disability.

Use of the SAS Exam Centre requires students to make a booking at least 7 days in advance, and no later than November 1 (fall), March 1 (winter) or July 1 (summer). Similarly, new or changed accommodations for online quizzes, tests and exams must be approved at least a week ahead of time.

More information:

Academic Misconduct
The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community – faculty, staff, and students – to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring.  University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct.  Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection.  

Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor.

The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Recording of Materials
Presentations which are made in relation to course work—including lectures—cannot be recorded or copied without the permission of the presenter, whether the instructor, a classmate or guest lecturer. Material recorded with permission is restricted to use for that course unless further permission is granted.

The Academic Calendars are the source of information about the University of Guelph’s procedures, policies and regulations which apply to undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs.