Syllabus Design

Event description
A well-designed syllabus featuring strong and achievable learning objectives is the key to a successful course. A complete and engaging syllabus represents both a contract and an instructional road map outlining what students are expected to know and be able to do as a result of having participated in the course. A concise outline of a course of study, it is also the students’ introduction to you and to the course’s subject matter, assignments, readings, and activities.

This event is for all faculty. We will provide several copies of effective syllabi while discussing the questions that shape an effective course. These issues include the development of course objectives, how to organize course content, how to design appropriate learning activities, and the elements of successful assessment and evaluation.

Event last offered

Jan 30, 2013: Syllabus Design Workshop (12-1pm, DML 233)



Sample Syllabi (USC):


Internet Resources

  • Learning-Centered Syllabi, Iowa State
  • Haugen, Lee (1998). Syllabus Development. April 22 & April 29, 1998
    Includes: Thoughtful Preparation; Responsibility for Learning; Critical Thinking; Setting Objectives; Constructing the Learner-Centered Syllabus, References.
  • Designing a Learning-Centered Syllabus, Delaware
    Includes: Steps and a checklist for Syllabus Design; Components of a Learning-Centered Syllabus; and Integrating Students’ Learning Objectives into Syllabus Design.

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