General Course Information
Course title and number, semester and year, number of credits, meeting times and location, prerequisites and corequisites.
Name, office location, office hours, contact information.
Course Description or Purpose
Includes the catalog description and the course goals. Course goals are broad, general statements that should provide a practical purpose for the course.
Outline what the students can expect to learn and should be specific and measurable. Follow the ABCD method when writing objectives: Audience, Behavior, Condition and Degree. Example: Students (audience) should be to demonstrate their knowledge of public health (behavior) in a PowerPoint presentation to the class (condition) by following the rubric provided to them (degree).
Course Format and Organization
Describes the format(s) in which the content will be covered. Examples would include lectures, guest lectures, group presentations, class activities, etc.
States the textbook and any other materials that may be required for the course.
Course Requirements and Time Schedule
Lays out the requirements for the course and tells the students what they will be expected to do including activities such as exams, assignments, projects, papers, presentations and other activities. The nature and format of these assignments should be detailed here. This section should also include information regarding attendance and participation policies.
Assessment and Evaluation
Provides students with specific details regarding how they will be assessed and evaluated. Students should be given a clear breakdown of the grading components and explanation of grading policies including topics such as extra credit options, dropping a lowest grade, curves, weighted grades, the grading scale, and how often grades will be posted (when should they expect to receive feedback).
Technical, Classroom or College Policy Information
This final section should include all policies that students are expected to adhere to for the course. These may include policies relating to academic integrity, student conduct, special needs, syllabus amendments, use of calculator/translators and other technological devices and so forth.