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All course syllabi must be made available at the departmental level.

College Wide Learning Outcomes

SUNY ESF’s college wide Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) are concerned with six areas:  (1) Scientific Reasoning; (2) Quantitative Reasoning; (3) Basic Communication Skills; (4) Technological and Information Literacy; (5) Values, Ethics and Diverse Perspectives; and (6) Critical Thinking.

  • Scientific Reasoning
    Students will be able to:  demonstrate understanding of modern science and the implications of scientific discoveries, apply the scientific method, and use science to address contemporary problems.
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    Students will be able to effectively describe, interpret, apply, and evaluate quantitative information.
  • Communication
    Students will be able to: formulate and present ideas that reflect critical thinking skills and show awareness of audience, context, and purpose, and present a well-developed argument
  • Technological and Information Literacy
    Students will be able to: use critical thinking skills to determine the information needed to solve a problem, access information using appropriate technologies, and effectively and appropriately use information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Values, Ethics and Diverse Perspectives
    Students will be able to: demonstrate awareness of diverse cultures and values, recognize ethical issues in contemporary society, and apply ethical concepts in addressing diverse personal, professional, and societal settings.
  • Critical Thinking
    Students will be able to: identify, analyze, evaluate, and develop well-reasoned arguments.  (Note: this area inherently overlaps outcomes in the prior areas.)

Syllabus Template 


Name of Course

Semester and Year
Class meeting times
Instructor(s) of Record
Office Location
Office hours

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE:  Should match the detailed course description in the course catalog.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Should be the same as those listed in the detailed course description on file with the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:  List or explain how this course fits into the learning outcomes for the major.  If it is a foundational course, list the other departments that have this course as a requirement for their majors.

COLLEGE LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Choose the following College Learning Outcomes that this course addresses.  For detailed information about the college learning outcomes please click here.  

  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Basic Communication Skills
  • Technological and Information Literacy
  • Values, Ethics and Diverse Perspectives
  • Critical Thinking

Examples of student work from this course may be used for assessment purposes:  Student names and all identifiers will be removed.

TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES:  Textbooks should be the same as that identified in March/October for compliance with the 2010 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).

GRADING:  Grades are assigned in all credit bearing courses to reflect how well students have met the student learning outcomes of the course.  This section should include details about the grading components such as course assignments, number of exams, homework, participation, or attendance, and how they contribute to the student’s overall grade. 

COURSE SCHEDULE:  Test dates and other important dates should be included with the syllabus.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  A statement is required.  If you do not require attendance, you cannot use attendance as a grading criteria.  If you require attendance, you must maintain your attendance records for six years, per SUNY Records Retention Policy.


SUNY ESF works with the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) at Syracuse University, who is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations. If you would like to discuss disability-accommodations or register with CDR, please visit Center for Disability Resources. Please call (315) 443-4498 or email  for more detailed information. Students may also contact the ESF Office of Student Affairs, 110 Bray Hall, 315-470-6660 for assistance with the process. The CDR is responsible for coordinating disability-related academic accommodations and will work with the student to develop an access plan. Since academic accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact CDR as soon as possible to begin this process.


Academic dishonesty is a breach of trust between a student, one’s fellow students, or the instructor(s).  Examples of academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to plagiarism and cheating, and other forms of academic misconduct. By registering for courses at ESF you acknowledge your awareness of the ESF Code of Student Conduct. More information regarding Academic Integrity, including the process for resolving alleged violations, can be found in the Student Handbook.

The following statement is optional:


As an institution, we embrace inclusive excellence and the strengths of a diverse and inclusive community. During classroom discussions, we may be challenged by ideas different from our lived experiences and cultures. Understanding individual differences and broader social differences will deepen our understanding of each other and the world around us. In this course, all people  (including but not limited to, people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, students undergoing transition, religions, ages, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, veteran status, regions and nationalities, intellectual perspectives and political persuasion) are strongly encouraged to respectfully share their unique perspectives and experiences.  This statement is intended to help cultivate a respectful environment, and it should not be used in a way that limits expression or restricts academic freedom at ESF.