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Developing A Course Syllabus

Source: Honolulu Community College, www.honolulu.hawaii.edu

There are three strong beliefs associated with a course syllabus:

  1. The syllabus is the key tangible evidence of planning from instructor to the world.
  2. The planning manifested through the syllabus can reduce, before a class even meets, about half the work for teaching a course.
  3. The syllabus serves as a communication device and contract to shift the responsibility for learning to the student.

A course syllabus can be justified from an administrative, accreditation, instructor, or student perspective. These are the main groups that can benefit from a complete, detailed, and precise organization of a course. These varied groups can all be satisfied with the same document, a course syllabus. Below are 17 possible functions of a syllabus:

  1. Describing course content scope
  2. Communicating course focus
  3. Suggesting prerequisites
  4. Detailing logistics
  5. Identifying course goals
  6. Sequencing/scheduling instruction
  7. Identifying performance objectives
  8. Constituting a contract
  9. Identifying reference material
  10. Providing modifications base
  11. Motivating students
  12. Permitting self monitoring
  13. Facilitating optional learning activities
  14. Establishing evaluation system
  15. Advertising/promoting/recruiting clientele
  16. Serving as an articulation tool
  17. Meeting accreditation requirements

 
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