Course Syllabi

Section: II. INST - 112
Approved By: Dr. Pamela J. Transue, 08/02/11
Last Review: Unknown
Last Revision: 07/26/11
Prior Revisions: Unknown
Initial Adoption: Unknown


The college requires the distribution of the course outlines (syllabi) to the students (by the second day of class) and to the appropriate division assistant no later than the end of the first week of the quarter.

The syllabi must (at a minimum) meet Tacoma Community College course syllabi guidelines available on Instructor Briefcase and the Deans’ Offices.


The syllabus is a course information document, which creates a common contract that aids the efforts and activities of both the instructor and the students towards achieving desired outcomes.  It serves as a platform upon which to stage, manage and enhance the course.  A learning centered syllabus is an important learning tool that will explain the basic information and also the intentions, roles, attitudes and strategies that the instructor will use to promote active, purposeful and effective learning. 

These outlines are an essential part of the education process here at Tacoma Community College.  They have a reading audience much wider than just the classroom students.  Colleagues and administrative staff have access to these documents, often in critical academic situations. Transfer evaluations, reviews of course content, and decisions regarding student grievances are all made through reference to the syllabi.  Therefore, your style should be somewhat formal, and your information accurate and complete.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply

This policy applies to all College Faculty.






All faculty should develop appropriate syllabus and submit them to the appropriate division assistant no later than the end of the first week of instruction during an academic term.