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Course Syllabus Template

After a proposed course has gone through the proposal process, been approved by the TN eCampus Curriculum Committee, and the course developer has completed the required training, the course developer will be given access to the Master Copy of the approved course which has been populated with the TN eCampus Course Template.  

The TN eCampus Course Template is a pre-built set of course components, files and folder structure which will provide the course developer with a "quick-start' to course development. 


Advantages of using the TN eCampus Course Template:

  • The developer will save hours of structure, file and folder building.
  • The template assists the developer in meeting TN eCampus Course Development Standards since the structure in the template already follows approved design format.
  • Allows the developer to paste content directly into files that already have consistent formatting and naming schema.

Course Syllabus

Course Rubric
Course Name
# of Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Enter the complete course description as found in the TN eCampus course proposal.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Course Outcome #1
  • Course Outcome #2
  • continue listing Course Outcomes...

Prerequisites and Corequisites:

Any course prerequisites or co-requisites should be listed here...

Course Topics:

  • Course Topic #1
  • Course Topic #2
  • continue listing Course Topics...

Specific Course Requirements:

Detail any specific course requirements...

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course: http://www.bkstr.com/tnecampusstore/home.  Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Detail any supplementary materials needed for the course. Approximate costs and how to locate these materials should be included.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at: https://tnecampus.info/getting-started-d2l

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information.

A student can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours of a student's email to the instructor unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments & Grading

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale:

Assigned Grade

Point Range Assigned Grade
## - ## Points A
## - ## Points B
## - ## Points C
## - ## Points D
under ## Points F

Graded Items

Description Points
# of Discussions, @ # points each Subtotal Points
# of Assignments, @ # points each Subtotal Points
# of Papers, @ # points each Subtotal Points
# of Exams, @ # points each Subtotal Points
Total Points Total Course Points

Assignments and Projects:

Detail any specific descriptions that need to be provided to the students regarding their graded assignment or projects....

Class Participation:

Please describe the class participation requirements for this course.

Late Policy:

Please describe the punctuality requirements or late policy for this course.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1 & 2) were derived from the TBR system-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012: 


Read the document in its entirety. 

1.  Standards of Conduct: 

Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2.  Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam,
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management Brightspace e-mail address rather than a personal e-mail address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in discussions.
  • Respond to discussion topics or questions in a thoughtful, helpful timely and thorough manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.