How to Edit a Syllabus Template

This article explains how to edit the syllabus template in the course map application.

For a video overview click here.

Step 1

Understanding the floating menu bar

    1. Click on the name of a syllabus section to jump directly to that section
    2. : Save your work
    3. : Reset any changes you’ve made
    4. : Return to the main Course Map page
    5. : Export syllabus to PDF
    6. : Jump to the bottom of the page
    7. : Jump to the top of the page

Step 2

Check for correctness of:

  1. the semester and year
  2. the academic program, level, and specialty (if applicable)

TIP:If the information listed is incorrect, scroll up to the Course Versions section and click the edit icon:

Step 2

  1. Check the pre/co-requisites and course description for correctness.  If changes are needed, please contact the appropriate curriculum committee.
  2. Add a separate statement regarding how course builds on pre-requisite knowledge (copy and paste from another file or type directly in the form)


Step 3

Check the AACN Essentials.  If the essentials are not listed, or are listed incorrectly, please download and complete the appropriate Objectives Alignment form below, and send to the Instructional Design team.

Pre-Specialty Objectives Form

MSN Objectives Form

Nurse Midwifery Objectives Form

DNP Objectives Form

Step 4

  1. MSN courses should see the NONPF Statement, and Nurse Midwifery courses should see the the ACNM Statement.  If the ACNM statement is missing but required, please edit the course version to include Nurse Midwifery as the specialty.  (See tip in Step 1 for directions.)
  2. If applicable, check that the NONPF Competencies addressed in the course are listed correctly.  If the competencies listed are incorrect, please make the necessary edits within the HTML box.
  3. Check that any other statements needed for the course are listed and correct.  Any changes can be edited directly in the HTML box.

Step 5

Enter or edit the credit hour breakdown.  Please note that the total credits must equal the number of credits listed in the catalog.

Step 6

  1. Enter any information you want students to know regarding the course delivery, class dates/times, room numbers, etc.
  2. Enter dates for First and Last Day of class, and/or Final Exam/Course Work.  You may type the dates or use the calendar feature.

TIP: In order to save or print the syllabus, dates for the First and Last day of class dates must be entered.

Step 7

Check that the course faculty listed are correct.

  1. To edit faculty name or role click the icon OR click the icon to delete
  2. To add additional faculty click +Add Instructor/Coordinator


Step 8

Check that the course objectives listed are correct. If changes are needed, please contact the appropriate curriculum committee.

Step 9

Add or edit content for Learning Experiences, Required Learning Resources, Rules and Regulations, Attendance Policy, Policy on Late work and Incompletes, and any other Honor Code, Conduct Code, or Social Media Policy statements applicable to this course.

  NOTE: The information stated in numbers 4, 5, and 6 of the Rules and Regulations section cannot be edited.

Step 10

  1. Add or edit information for Methods of Student Evaluation
  2. Check that assignments listed in table are correct.
  3. To edit an assignment click the  icon OR click the icon to delete
  4. To add an additional assessment click +Add Course Assessment

Step 11

Most courses will use the standard VUSN grading scale; however, if your course uses a custom grading scale, click on the toggle to cut and paste the appropriate grading scale.



Step 12 – Optional

Add or edit a Topical Outline by either copying and pasting from an existing document or typing directly into the HTML box.

You can also add the Topical Outline and other appendices in the binding process step 14

Step 13

When your syllabus is complete:

  1. Click Save to save all changes
  2. Click Reset to discard any changes
  3. Click Cancel to return to the main Course Map page
  4. Click Print Preview to print a copy of the syllabus (optional)
  5. Click Export to PDF to create a PDF version of the syllabus.  After clicking this button, the file will be listed under Syllabus Appendices and will be automatically be added to your Course Portfolio
  6. Click the icon to open and download a copy of the syllabus to your computer.  Post this downloaded copy to your Brightspace course.
  7. To delete a syllabus file, click   OR select multiple files to delete and click Delete Selected Files

Step 14

After you download your syllabus you can combine multiple documents including your appendices and topical outline by using Adobe Acrobat.

Click here for instructions on how to combine multiple files.

Video Overview


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