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Syllabus development power point

  1. 1. Syllabus Development
  2. 2. Syllabus  A tangible guide or blueprint to the educational experience  Arranged from general to specific  Institution objectives  Program objectives  Course objectives  Unit objectives
  3. 3. Uses of Syllabi in Higher Education  Syllabi are public descriptions of courses  Often are used in grievance and judicial hearings  Used routinely to determine course equivalency in transfer situations  Forms a contract between the student and the university (Bers, Davis and Taylor, 1996)
  4. 4. Uses of Syllabi (Continued)  Review of syllabi can be a means to evaluate curriculum over time  Serves an organizational role in course development  Makes clear the responsibilities of the faculty and students  Provides security for students in knowing the expectations of a particular course (McKeachie, 2006)
  5. 5. Course Description  An expanded version of the course description than in the college catalogue.  Also includes: 1. Course title 2. Prefix and number 3. Credit hours 4. Course description 5. Prerequisites/Co-requisites 6. Course purposes
  6. 6. Necessary Contents of a Nursing Course Syllabus  Contact information for the faculty 1. Instructor’s name 2. Office hours 3. Office location 4. Work and/or home telephone numbers 5. E-mail 6. Classroom location
  7. 7. General Program Objectives  These objectives delineate the overall expected learning objectives of the program.
  8. 8. Program Objectives Identification  Program objectives met in a course can be depicted at the end of the course objectives by Roman Numerals. For example:  Objectives: 1. Apply knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to professional nursing practice in all levels of prevention. (I, VIII). In this example, I and VIII are Program Objectives.
  9. 9. Course Objectives  The list of course objectives may begin with: “Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to…”
  10. 10. Methods for Accomplishing the Course Objectives  Weekly readings  Specific projects with due dates  Papers with due dates
  11. 11. Teaching/Learning Strategies  Include strategies to facilitate learning  Online instruction  Discussion boards  E-mail  Lectures  Group projects  Small group discussion or collaboration  Sites on the World Wide Web  Simulation
  12. 12. Methods of Evaluation  This section may include deliverables for the class: projects, tests, and expected class participation.  Should correlate to the learning objectives
  13. 13. Grading  Includes the grading scale  Provides criteria for each learning assessment  Specifies overall criteria for assigning a course grade including percentages for course assignments and tests
  14. 14. Textbook or Software Required  Specifies the required textbooks and software packages student must purchase
  15. 15. Attendance Policy  If the course faculty require attendance this is stated in the syllabus. Consequences of absences must also be included.  e.g. Students are expected to attend all classes. A student’s grade will be decreased by one percentage point for every unexcused absence after one absence.
  16. 16. Disability Services  Provide list of services available  Include contact information
  17. 17. Academic Integrity  Definitions of plagiarism  Using another student’s work  Define cheating
  18. 18. Student Support Services  Library services  Learning resource center  Tutoring  Open laboratory hours  Computer lab hours  Online resources and services (
  19. 19. Course Outline Specifications  Topical outline of course content
  20. 20. Course Calendar  Dates the class meets  Due dates for assignments  Dates for tests  Topics or content areas (
  21. 21. Assignment Topics  The instructor’s wording of assignment topics can “convey excitement and stimulate curiosity”.  McKeachie, W. J. & Svinicki, M. (2006). Teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  22. 22. Presentation  Positive and professional tone  Easy to read  Thoughtful organization  Visually appealing (