An effective syllabus should communicate the course of work and schedule of subject matter covered in the course and the expectation of the faculty member for a student to be successful in the class.
Preparing the class syllabus gives the faculty member the opportunity to select the material of the course, define the form and focus of the serial presentation of the course material and times when the students’ comprehension of the course material will be assessed.
What follows are some examples of recommended syllabus formats. At the beginning of each course, the faculty member teaching the course should provide a syllabus to the students enrolled.
- Exemplary Syllabi can be found on the New England Resource Center for Higher Education website.
- Exploded Syllabus can be found on the UMass Lowell Transformational Education Initiative website.