Course syllabus

The best course syllabus will inform students what they are expected to know by the end of the course. It shows the material to be covered, how it will be practiced, and how it will be assessed. Dr. Marty Wall's tip sheet can be very helpful for writing a syllabus or revising an exisiting one.

A syllabus can be displayed graphically. It displays how concepts in the course interrelate and build on one another, and shows the “flow” of the course. An example of a graphic syllabus, created by Dr. Marty Wall for a first-year Psychology class, demonstrates this style of syllabus.

Your syllabus should include a statement regarding accessibility and another about academic integrity.

When you have completed your syllabus, you can use a checklist to ensure you have included all the essential parts.

Of course, we are always happy to provide feedback on your syllabus in a one-on-one consultation.

In addition, please note that there are minimal university requirements for your syllabus. Please see the section named “Course Outline Requirement” in the Calendar for more information.