Syllabus Checklist

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A syllabus is a contract between the instructor and students. The more complete and thoughtful your syllabus, the fewer problems and misunderstandings you will have with students. Make your syllabus your own, reflecting your voice and your priorities, at the same time ensure all the elements in the Syllabus Template are present. See Course Policies, Expectations and Agreements for Syllabi for examples of how to cover policies in your own style.

1. CRN, course number and title, term, location and time.

2. Instructor name, office location and office hours, phone(s), e-mail.

3. Catalog description.

4. Pre-requisite courses or skills.

5. What program(s) this course is a requirement or elective in, i.e. how does this course fit into a college degree or certificate program?

6. The learning outcomes: by the end of the term, what major knowledge, skills and attitude will students achieve (these 4-9 statements should be the same for all courses of the same number and title).

7. Primary instructional methods or approach. What are you and the students going to do in a typical class meeting? (e.g. some lecture, followed by discussion, small group work on projects, on-line chat time, etc.) And for what reasons (outcomes)? Specify norms for the class here.

8. Textbooks, required readings and /or outside materials needed. ISBN's required.

9. Topic outline or road map.

10. Assessment: Types of knowledge, abilities and skills to be assessed as per outcomes. Indicate forms of assessment; e.g. quizzes, tests, exams, papers, projects, performances/and products, in class exercises such as group work, discussions, and simulations or labs.

11. Criteria for assignments (this may be performance standards given out as assignments are developed).

12. Grading scale.

13. Policy for missed tests.

14. Policy for late work.

15. Policy for absences.

16. Policy for extra credit work, if appropriate.


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