Syllabus Elements Suggested by the Faculty of Arts and Science

The following are general syllabus elements recommended by the Faculty of Arts and Science; most of the prose is copied or adapted from their suggestions.


See the University's statement on accommodation.

Accommodations for disabilities and special circumstances require documentation, particularly your letter on accommodations from Student Accessibility Services. If I do not receive this letter at least a week before the first midterm (that is, by September 27), I will not be able to schedule a separate location for you and may not be able to handle others accommodations, either.

Academic Integrity

The following is taken from the recommended syllabus from Arts and Science.
Academic Integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities). Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website, and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.
-- wording suggested by Arts and Science

Unless otherwise indicated, all work is an individual responsibility. You may discuss basic ideas and approaches with other students, but must not show each other prose, diagrams, or code from your own solutions.

Some work is explcitly indicated as group work. You will form your own groups, and are expected to collaborate on a single solution. Work must be shared approximately equally among group members; failure to contribute significantly to a groupwork item is a violation of academic integrity.

Location and Timing of Final Examinations

The following is taken from the recommended syllabus from Arts and Science.
As noted in Academic Regulation 8.2.1, "the final examination in any class offered in a term or session (including Summer Term) must be written on the campus on which it was taken, at the end of the appropriate term or session at the time scheduled by the Examinations Office."

The exam period is listed in the key dates prior to the start of the academic year in the Faculty of Arts and Science Academic Calendar and on the Office of the University Registrar's webpage.  A detailed exam schedule for the Fall Term is posted before the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term it is posted the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term the window of dates is noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabus prior to the start of the course.  Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted.  Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.
-- wording suggested by Arts and Science

According to the Arts and Science sessional dates the Fall 2017 exam period is December 7-22. Bear in mind that the University often reserves the last day of the exam period for makeup exams, and if we can't schedule a makeup before then, your choice of times in the winter term will be extremely limited because I will be on sabbatical.


All course materials are copyrighted by somebody, usually the original author but sometimes an institution. This means it is illegal to copy them without permission, which often requires a fee, and how we can use them is limited to educational purposes and individual study in the course. You can't distribute the material to anyone else in any way. For example, It is legal for you to resell your reader when you are finished with it, as long as you don't copy it.

Much of the cost of the reader is for permission to copy. We were able to put some other materials on the onQ site because they were paid for by the Queen's Library's copyright agreements.

Questions? Contact the instructor.
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