Creating a Course Outline/Syllabus

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Your course outline/syllabus is an essential document for your course.

A. The Syllabus

1. A Contract.

The syllabus is your contract with your students outlining what they can expect from you, from the course, and also communicating what you expect from them.

  • See our syllabus template for suggestions on what to include in your syllabus and tips on making your syllabus accessible. 

2. Learning Outcomes

A good place to start in designing your course is with the learning outcomes (or objectives). Basically, ask yourself the following questions:

  • "What will students be able to do by the end of your course?"
  • "What resources/readings will students need to support the content in the lectures/modules?"
  • "What assessments will you have them complete that will show that they have met the learning outcomes?"

Then, consult the following resources:

B. Helpful Videos

1. For Instructors

a. "Course Outlines for Contract Lecturers, Part 1" (3.00 m)

b. "Course Outlines for Contract Lecturers, Part 2" (3.02 m)

c. "Course Outlines for Contract Lecturers, Part 3" (2.47 m)

2. For Students

a. "Don't Skip the Syllabus: 10 Reasons to Read the Course Outline, Part 1" (2.44 m)

2. "Don't Skip the Syllabus: 10 Reasons to Read the Course Outline, Part 2" (2.34 m)

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