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)

“Creating a Course Syllabus”
Pedagoggles: Exploring Teaching Practice, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Georgian College

“Twenty-First Century College Syllabi. Options for Online Communication and Interactivity”
Jack A. Cummings, Curtis J. Bonk, and F. Robert Jacobs, Internet and Higher Education (5), 1–19, (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

Writing a Syllabus
Howard B. Altman, University of Louisville and William E. Cashin, Kansas State University

Writing a Syllabus
"Teaching Toolbox," Center for Teaching Excellence, University of California, Santa Cruz

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 Handbook
Opportunity Center for Teaching and Learning, Chemeketa Community College

Syllabus Creation
Office of Faculty Enhancement, University of North Florida