Writing a Syllabus
There are many examples of how to write a syllabus and what to include, some of which are provided below. The basics (core components) of a well-written syllabus differ little across universities and disciplines, so you may have at least one example in your current teaching toolkit that you can use as a starting point.
In addition to policy-related syllabus statements (which may differ by college, university, or department), there is a generally-accepted set of syllabus components related to pedagogy and student learning. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Instructor information: office location, office hours, phone, and email
- Course description
- Course outcomes and learning objectives
- Course format: lecture, lab, seminar, online, blended, etc.
- Class schedule: topics , guest speakers, assignment due dates, exams, holidays
- Required, recommended, and supplemental reading
- Required assignments: when they are assigned, guidelines, resources, evaluation criteria, rubrics, due dates, templates, formats, citation requirements
- How learning will be assessed: in what format(s), grading criteria, when in the semester, options for making up work missed
- Course policies (those not covered by recommended University syllabus statements), such as restrictions related to electronic devices, late assignment policies, and guidelines for technology-enabled communication (discussion board guidelines for courteous interaction, for example)
- Emergency Procedures
College Accreditation Information
Refer to your Dean’s office, program officer or department chair for any specific and/or required accreditation information.
Online or Blended Courses
*If you teach an online or blended course, there are additional core components of a well-written syllabus.
The Global Campus has resources specifically designed to assist with creating syllabi for online courses.