Departments are required to collect course syllabi every semester and archive them for at least four (4) years. To help with this process, the Online Syllabus Management (OSM) web application was developed to allow instructors to upload course syllabi each semester. The system was tested in Summer and Fall 2015 and implemented for all departments in the College in Spring 2016.

Instructions and Access

Faculty/Instructors

All faculty members (including graduate student instructors) have access to upload a syllabus for courses for which they are the primary instructor, as listed in ConnectCarolina. Instructions for faculty and primary instructors are available here.

To access the OSM, click here.

Staff

All department managers are given the OSM Manager Role; this role allows managers to upload and download syllabi for courses owned by their unit. A department manager, or anyone with the CAT Manager role for the unit, which is typically held by the unit manager, will be able to log into the common authorization tool (CAT) and grant the OSM Manager role to someone else using the employee’s PID and/or Onyen. No Remedy ticket should be necessary.

Questions

If you have questions about any class section, or would like to request help using the application, please send an email to help-appsdev@unc.edu.

Courses

The OSM includes all undergraduate courses (below 700) in the College of Arts and Sciences. The following courses and sections are excluded from the OSM:

  • All course sections with ISP and YAP subject codes.
  • Internships and practica with catalog numbers ending with *93
  • Research courses with catalog numbers ending with *95
  • Independent study/readings undergraduate courses with catalog numbers ending with *96
  • Senior honors thesis courses (691H, 692H, 693H, 694H)
  • Lecture sections: Summer Bridge, SPCL (sections 300 – 399)
  • Recitation sections (sections 600 – 850)
  • Self-paced courses through the Friday Center (sections 851 – 860)
  • Inter-institutional courses (sections 900 – 950)
  • Clerkships, fieldwork (sections 975 – 989)
  • Class sections 991, 992, 993, 995

New: As of Fall 2016, graduate courses (700+) are included, with the following exclusions:

  • Special topics courses with catalog numbers ending with *90 and catalog numbers 890-899
  • Masters theses, Masters thesis substitute projects, and doctoral dissertations with catalog numbers 992,993, and 994
  • University Registrar reserved courses with catalog numbers 995-999

Frequently Asked Questions

OSM Managers need to access OSM from within the UNC Network, or else over VPN. Faculty can access OSM from any location.
Faculty members will be able to upload syllabi for courses for which they are the primary instructor. When faculty members sign in to the application, they will see a list of courses for which they are the primary instructor. Each listed course will have an ‘update’ link if a syllabus has not been uploaded, and a ‘download’ link if the syllabus has been previously uploaded.
In its current implementation, both student services managers and faculty will be able to download syllabi stored in the system. Student services managers will be able to download syllabi of courses owned by the unit. Faculty will be able to download syllabi for courses they instructed.
In this case, either PI will be able to upload a syllabus for the course. After a PI has completed the upload, the course will be listed in ‘completed’ status, and the date of the upload and onyen of the uploader will be displayed.
Independent study learning contracts and honors thesis learning contracts do not need to be submitted through the OSM. However, departments are still required to collect contracts and keep them on file for at least four (4) years. A new system to submit, approve, and archive independent study learning contracts is being developed.
Yes. All College faculty-led study abroad courses are included in the OSM. Syllabi for these courses should be uploaded.
No, the OSM will store the original name of the uploaded file. But when the syllabus is downloaded, it will convert the file name using the following convention: Course Number + Section Number + Term + Instructor.
The size limit for uploads is 10 MB. The file types accepted are .doc, .txt, .docx, .pdf, and .rtf. Let us know if you need to upload a different file type or a larger file.