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“The mission of Ranger College is to transform lives and give students the skills to be a positive influence in their communities.”

Best practices for day-to-day academic success

Using a syllabus – Using a rubric – Organizing your workload – Using a spelling and grammar checker – Plagiarism

The Syllabus

A syllabus is a standardized document that provides information you will need to complete the course.  It will be the first item available when you log in to Canvas.


It will open with contact information for your instructor and information about the course, such as the room and time, if it is a live class.  It will contain a general overview of the course, prerequisites, and the book list.

There are sections that contain State required statements as well as sections that are specific for your class and professor.  For example, an early section contains a description of the State requirements for the course purpose.  Your professor will often relate specific assignments to the objectives and outcomes.  Each course is different, but this is a typical example:

Syllabus Content

The syllabus contains a lot of other information.  Some of the more general information will relate to State policies for dropping courses or Title IX.  You will also find information about how to get assistance for a variety of issues, such as technology, studying, or disability accommodation.  It will also contain policies related to the individual course, such as attendance or late assignments. 

The most important section will contain information related to your coursework.  It will provide course information in several different ways.  The list of specific assignments due, with general information about standards is a huge part of the syllabus, but so is a more general list of the types of assignments and point value.  This will help you understand how various assignments are weighted.

A typical course calendar is built around the week.  It will show what week you are in and the dates that equates to as well as the assignments for that week, such as readings or quizzes.  For items that need to be submitted, the dues dates will be included.  This is a typical example:


Finally, there is usually a plagiarism statement.  Plagiarism is taken very seriously and you will find warnings in almost everything you will read in a course.  Check the plagiarism tab for more information about plagiarism, how to identify it, and how to avoid it.

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