frequently asked questions for students
What should I do if I don't see an icon in the "Syllabus" column?
If you don't see the "Preview" icon for a course, the instructor has not uploaded the syllabus yet. You can check back later or you may want to review a course syllabus from a previous semester.
How can I download Adobe 8, so I can see a syllabus online?
Information about downloading Adobe 8 can be found on the Help Center's website at www.bc.edu/help.
How can I open up the eSyllabus system with Firefox on a Mac?
For Firefox 3.0 and higher on a Mac a plug-in is recommended: http://code.google.com/p/firefox-mac-pdf. This is a quick download which allows pdfs to open in the browser window with no prompts. However, this plug-in is not compatible with Firefox versions lower than 3.0. If you use a lower version of Firefox, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat. When you click on the icon to view a syllabus, a pop up window will ask you how it should be viewed. The default for Macs is "Preview." Change to "Adobe Acrobat" and the syllabus will open.
How can I access a syllabus online?
Students will be able to view and print syllabi from the "Course Offering Schedule" link on their Agora portal account. From the "Course Offering Schedule" page, they can select the "Course Schedule" tab or the "Course Syllabus" tab, which will enable them to search eSyllabus using keywords. They will be able to see all the master schedule information for a course, including index number, credits, level, title, schedule, location, instructor comments, and syllabus.
Can I view a syllabus if I am not registered for the course?
Yes. If the "Preview" icon is listed in the "Syllabus" column for a course, anyone who authenticates through portal.bc.edu can view the syllabus.
Why can't I see my syllabus on the Course Offering Schedule on the BC website?
The Course Offering Schedule from BC's A-Z is available to the public and is not secure. Access to online syllabi is secured by requiring faculty, staff, and students to authenticate by logging in to portal.bc.edu before they can view a course syllabus.