Syllabus and Course Design

The starting point for effective teaching is a clear understanding of course objectives and student learning outcomes, as well as having a roadmap for how those objectives and learning outcomes will be met. Syllabi should not only include information on course content, readings, assignments and activities, exams, and the grade weighting of course components but also should state what students are expected to learn or be able to do as a result of taking the course.  Tying your course outcomes to specific assignments helps students understand how each element of the course fits with what they should be learning. Expectations should be clear, especially in terms of assignments and due dates.

In 2023 FAU moved to Simple Syllabus. This syllabus template makes it easier for you as the instructor to stay on top of changes in university policies that need to be included in every course. When incorporating Simple Syllabus with your own course, be sure to clearly state your policy regarding class attendance and missed assignments and exams.

 Keep in mind that syllabi serve as a contract between instructor and student. Minor deviations may be made but students must be given fair warning. In extraordinary circumstances, the Office of the Provost will issue instructions on how to handle missed classes.

FAU has established minimal guidelines for syllabi preparation. Many of these requirements have now been incorporated with Simple Syllabus.