Creating Your First Syllabus

A course syllabus fulfills multiple roles. It is an invitation to pursue the subject matter, a repository for instructor and course information, and a delineation of the instructor’s expectations of enrolled students.

A syllabus should be created only after one has established learning goals for a course and planned an overview of the semester (that is, one can only create an effective syllabus after the elements to be included have already been thought through).

Elements of a syllabus

Other Resources

A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning, by I.K. Fink.

Design and Teach Your Course, resources from the Eberly Center, Carnegie Mellon.

Some materials adapted from “Teaching at Stanford,” Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University, 2007 and “Summer Teaching Institute for Associates,” Office of Instructional Consultation, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008.