Course Outline/Syllabus

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

13-Point Basic Syllabus Evaluation Rubric

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"Syllabus Evaluation Rubric" (pdf) defines 13 characteristics of effective syllabi, such as tone and diversity of teaching approaches (from Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence).

  • Each characteristic is assessed by specific criteria that determine whether a considered syllabus reflects "Beginning," "Emerging," or "Exemplary" pedagogical skill.

Assessed Syllabus Characteristics

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