A successful course depends on the planning that precedes it. The articles and links in this section serve as planning guides for both faculty and GSIs. They provide instructions for creating a syllabus.
Preparing to Teach
This section of CRLT's website includes a variety of resources to help with syllabus construction. The first is a brief discussion of the purposes of a syllabus and important items and policies to include. The other three include examples drawn from the various settings in which GSIs teach.
Creating Your Syllabus (pdf): This document provides information about how to compose a course syllabus, including what kinds of general and institutional information should be included. This checklist is particularly useful to new instructors designing syllabi for the first time.
Sample Section Syllabi (pdf): This document provides two sample syllabi for courses with multiple sections. The first sample is from a sociology course, and the second sample is from a psychology course. This document, in tandem with the "Creating Your Syllabus" resource, is useful for new instructors designing syllabi for the first time.
Sample Course Syllabus (pdf): This document provides a sample of a full syllabus and course schedule for a section of English 125. This document is useful to new instructors because it demonstrates many of the suggestions outlined in the "Creating Your Syllabus" resource.
Sample Lab Syllabus (pdf): This document provides a sample lab syllabus for multiple sections of GS 223 (Introductory Oceanography Lab). This document is useful for instructors who are teaching labs.
Writing a Syllabus (Cornell University)
This site includes advice for creating useful, learner-centered syllabi. Resources include a course planning decision guide, a syllabus template, and a rubric to help evaluate a syllabus.
IDEA Paper #27: Writing a Syllabus (IDEA Center, Altman & Cashman, 1992)
The authors explore the literature on college syllabi and suggest what information might be included on your syllabus. This resource features an in-depth discussion of the major content areas to consider for a course syllabus.
Constructing a Syllabus: A Handbook for Faculty, Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows (Woolcock, 2005)
Thorough handbook on the topic of course construction, with a special emphasis on preparing a syllabus. Includes practical exercises to help develop your course outline and goals, as well as samples of completed syllabi.