Syllabus

The syllabus communicates important information to students and sets the tone for the course. From this document students learn what they should expect from the instructor and what the instructor will require of them in order to successfully achieve the course learning goals. While there is no single model for a syllabus, syllabus design should align out-of-class assignments, in-class activities, discussion/lecture topics and learning goals. Common components of a syllabus include:

  • course description
  • learning goals
  • course policies (honor code, late work, attendance, ground rules, …)
  • grading policies and criteria
  • reading lists
  • textbooks
  • office hours
  • semester timeline or calendar
  • deadlines and due dates

Example Syllabi:

Additional Resources:

  • Course Design Tip Sheet — Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
  • McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, Chapter 2 — Available for checkout from the Kaneb Center Library