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Syllabus: Home

Your syllabus guides students through your class by outlining expectations, timelines and rubrics. But does it get the student excited? This guide explores the basic tenets, current theories & best practices for college-level syllabi.

Your students' destination

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, illustrator Sir John Tenniel, image out of copyright.

The Purpose

"A syllabus has several functions:

  • To invite students to your course--to inform them of the objectives of the course and to provide a sense of what the course will be like.
  • To provide a kind of contract between instructors and students--to document expectations for assignments and grade allocations.
  • To provide a guiding reference--a resource to which students and instructional staff can refer for logistical information such as the schedule, as well as rationale for the pedagogy and course content"

 

The Plural

syl·la·bus/ˈsiləbəs/Noun

n. pl. syl·la·bus·es or syl·la·bi (-b)

An outline or a summary of the main points of a text, lecture, or course of study.

World English Dictionary