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Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-7466
Fax: (732) 932-1845

Syllabus Construction

A SYLLABUS is a guide to the important information of a course. It is a brief description of the course content, assignments, grading and attendance policies.

“What’s In A Syllabus?” by Michael Shafer, Professor, Political Science

“Preparing a Syllabus” for Teaching Assistants, TA Project

Many functions are met within the syllabus. It provides details for contact information for the instructor, office hours, teaching assistant contact information, course resources in the Library, or online. It may include the instructor’s biographical data, research interests and other activities.

An important feature of a good syllabus is the description of learning goals or educational purposes of the course (link to Rutgers University Learning Goals). Along with the learning goals, there are descriptions of the assignments and assessments of student learning, with guidelines for performance expectations (from the University of Washington) i.e. quality of work that constitutes an “C” grade, “B” grade, and “A” grade.

Useful Rutgers University Links:

Academic Calendar
Exam Periods
Grade Policy
Academic Integrity Policy
Detecting Plagiarism and Cheating CTAAR links
Academic Leaders

Degree Audit Program:
-Newark (Academic Audit)
-New Brunswick (Degree Navigator)
-Camden (Degree Navigator)

Academic Personnel Policies, Forms, Instructions

TA Project - Excerpts from Learning Effective Strategies for Teaching Undergraduates

Cornell University - Course Design and Planning Syllabus Template (.doc), Syllabus Evaluation Rubric (.xls)
"Tomorrow's Professor" Stanford University
Brown University "Constructing a Syllabus" by Michael J.V. Woolcock
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Writing a Syllabus by Howard B. Altman and William E. Cashin

Rutgers University Course Management Systems:
-Blackboard (Newark)
-Sakai (New Brunswick, Camden)
-eCollege (All campuses, and all online courses)

"Draft Handbook" for Departments wishing to develop a handbook for Part Time Lectures


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