Creating a Syllabus

A syllabus is an important communication tool created by a course instructor to provide an overview of the course. It should include an outline of the topics covered in the course and details such as: course objectives and goals, assignments and due dates, grading criteria, attendance policies, expectations/class rules, and professor contact information (office hours and location). At the first class meeting, you should give students a copy of the syllabus and then review it carefully with them. Remember, a well-written syllabus will answer many student questions and will set the standard for what you expect throughout the semester.

“The Purpose of a Syllabus”
Jay Parkes and Mary B. Harris, College Teaching, 50(2), 55-61 (2002)

Building Your Syllabus
Kristina Kauffman, Santa Barbara City College

Sample Syllabus Template

Building a Better Syllabus
"Nutshell Notes," Office of Teaching Effectiveness, University of Colorado at Denver

Learning-Centered Syllabi Workshop
Lee Haugen, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Iowa State University

Suggestions for Creating a Good Syllabus
Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Lake Land College Adjunct Faculty Handbook
Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

Syllabus Checklist (with template)
"Teaching Fundamentals," Faculty Resources, Central Oregon Community College

Syllabus Construction
Faculty Support Center, AB Tech Community College

Syllabus Creation
Office of Faculty Enhancement, University of North Florida