Ohio University Syllabus Recommendations

The purpose of a syllabus has evolved past its historical usage as a simple list of subjects and lectures to be covered in a course; it is now considered a learning guide and planning tool for both students and instructors alike. A syllabus not only provides unique opportunities to discuss the “what” of a subject, but also the “how” and “why,” serving as an outlet for the instructor to express their own passion and desire for students to learn and be successful.

The Center for Teaching & Learning has created this guide of requirements and recommendations for instructors to create an ideal syllabus for their course(s). This guide addresses curriculum, educational policies, and broader issues concerning students. The following Core Components section should serve as an outline of the major categories to use during syllabus development, and the Additional Resources section expands beyond that with further considerations to ensure a motivational and supportive tool.


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