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.

Building Your Syllabus
Kristina Kauffman, Santa Barbara City College

Creating a Class Syllabus
Central Piedmont Community College

How to Create an Effective Syllabus
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University

Suggestions for Creating a Good Syllabus
Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Writing a Syllabus
Austin Community College District

Course Syllabus Guidelines and Template
An example from Sandhills Community College

Sample Syllabus
Wake Technical Community College

Creating a Syllabus That College Students Will Read and Use
Article by Sherri Singer, Alamance Community College

Measuring the Promise: A Valid and Reliable Syllabus Rubric
Article by Palmer, Bach and Streifer highlighting the focal points of syllabus design