Writing Your Syllabus

The final step of the course design process is to create a syllabus, which outlines the course for your students.

What Is a Syllabus?

Your syllabus is essentially a contract between you and your students, where students can rely on the information you provided without concern for major changes. This is important for your students given their busy lives. They will refer to your syllabus to learn the course structure, assignments, expectations, and how to contact you. Below are exemplary Saint Mary’s syllabi for you to peruse.

Example Syllabus 1

Example Syllabus 2

Best Practices for Creating Your Syllabus

Work with your Program Director when creating your syllabus.

Before you design a syllabus, check with your program director to see if a course syllabus has already been developed. If not, ask your program director when they would like to review your syllabus. All syllabi, either new or significantly modified, need to be reviewed and approved by the Curriculum Committee, which figures into the submission timing.

Use our guidelines to create your syllabus.

Designing a syllabus for your course is not complicated. You can simply follow the directions in the Universal Design for Learning syllabus template. When your syllabus is finished, you can quickly evaluate your syllabus using the checklist on the last page of the syllabus guidelines, which is the same checklist that the Curriculum Committee will use to review your syllabus.

Post your syllabus online.

After the Curriculum Committee approves your syllabus, be sure to post your syllabus in your Blackboard course and to make it available 2 weeks before your course starts.