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SYLLABUS FORMAT

ATTACHED DOCUMENTATION

Course Justification Form with Dean's signatures
Syllabus Cover Sheet with required signatures
Catalog Course Change Form with required signatures

1.0 COURSE DESCRIPTION

1.1 Overview of content and purpose of the course

1.2 For whom course is intended

1.3 Prerequisites of the course

1.4 Unusual circumstances of the course

2.0 OBJECTIVES

2.1 List of performance objectives stated in terms of the student.

3.0 CONTENT AND ORGANIZATION

3.1 List of topics to be covered in chronological sequence.

4.0 TEACHING METHODOLOGY

4.1 Methods to be used

4.2 Student role in the course

4.3 Contact hours

5.0 EVALUATION

5.1 Types of student projects that will be the basis for evaluating student performance, specifying distinction between undergraduate and graduate, if applicable.

5.2 Basis for determining the final grade (e.g. weighting of various student projects), specifying distinction between undergraduate and graduate level courses, if applicable.

5.3 Grading scale

6.0 RESOURCE MATERIAL - Must use any standard bibliographic format (e.g., APA, MLA)

6.1 Textbook(s) or other required readings used in course

6.2 Other student suggested reading materials, if any

6.3 Current bibliography and other resources.

NOTE: It is necessary that the original plus ten copies be submitted to the Graduate Office. The original is kept in the Graduate Office and the ten copies are sent to the ten members of Committee B for review.

Submit syllabus at least two weeks prior to the Committee B meeting.

Revised 11/11/2003

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE USE OF

THE SYLLABUS FORMAT

I. ATTACHED DOCUMENTATION

Please note that many of these items (in addition to the course title and number) are referred to on various forms that accompany a syllabus for approval (Catalog Course Change form, Course Justification form, Syllabus Cover Sheet). Consistency should be maintained throughout on all forms. For further details, "Directions for Submitting a Syllabus" is available through the Graduate Office.

If the syllabus is in a subject area that potentially overlaps with courses offered by other Departments, then the syllabus should be submitted to those Departments for their review and comment. Written evidence for their review must be attached to the syllabus.

II. INTRODUCTION

The Syllabus Format describes the seven principle criteria used by the Graduate Council in reviewing and approving syllabi for graduate courses. In order to assist you, the instructor, in preparing a course syllabus, Committee B has prepared the following paragraphs giving interpretations of the seven criteria.

The course syllabus should represent a mutual understanding between the instructor of the course and the student concerning what the course will contain. It is a document of considerable importance to both the instructor and the students.

III. COURSE DESCRIPTION (1.0)

The course description should give a general overview of the content and the purpose of the course (should be consistent with the Catalog descriptions), and a description of the kind of student who is expected to take the course. In addition, prerequisites for taking the course should be stated. Unusual circumstances of a course (1.4) might be an exceptionally small class size limitation or other restrictions or requirements for enrollment in the course.

IV. OBJECTIVES (2.0), CONTENT (3.0), TEACHING METHODOLOGY (4.0), AND TEXTBOOK(S) OR OTHER READING MATERIALS (6.0)

The objectives (2.0), content (3.0), teaching methodology (4.0), and textbook(s) or other reading material (6.0) to be used in the course should be determined by the person most knowledgeable in the subject matter, i.e., you, the instructor. However, it is necessary to describe all of these in sufficient detail so that both the instructor (you may not always be the instructor) and the student can be sure of what the educational experience will be in the course. The attached sample syllabus may be a guide in this respect. (To eliminate the need for constant updating of 6.1, textbook(s), "or more recent text" can be added in parentheses after the current textbook used in the course).

Where the contact hours (4.3) are according to University standards (for example 3 hours contact time per week for a 3-credit-hour course), the contact hours need not be specified. They should be specified for practica, workshops, student teaching, counseling, or other courses involving teaching methods other than conventional classroom.

V. STUDENT PROJECTS (5.1)

Student projects (5.1), if any, should be described in sufficient detail so that the student knows whether the result of his\her work effort will be a written presentation, and/or performance of some specific kind. For dual level courses, i.e., 8--5 or 8--6, it is essential that the type of projects required of graduate students be clearly identified. The syllabus should describe those parts of the assignment upon which the student's grade will be based (5.2), for example: term papers, exams, oral presentations, class participation, etc. A percentage scale may be used, if desired, indicating the weight placed on each of these items in determining the final grade. For dual level courses, the evaluation must include some distinct and measurable item(s) of performance required of the graduate student that is not required of the undergraduate student. A grading scale should also be provided.

Revised 11/11/2003