A course syllabus is an outline and summary of the topics to be covered in a course. The course syllabus serves as a contract between the student and instructor regarding course expectations and policies. The course syllabus should clearly communicate what the instructor expects of students and what students can expect from the instructor. A syllabus establishes the expectations for the course by giving students important information about the course, instructor (contact information, office hours), textbook and reading materials, and course calendar (which may include dates of exams, quizzes, or assignments). A syllabus should also include course policies for grading, attendance, participation, missed exams or assignments and academic dishonesty. This document is a very important resource, as it helps students to effectively plan their work and study time for each course in the semester.
Last updated: April 23, 2013 10:17 am EST