L&S Guidance on syllabus policies

This document outlines the purpose of the syllabus and L&S guidance about syllabus requirements.

The syllabus is a student-centered document that serves as a durable and portable record of the student learning experience in group instruction. It should minimally convey to students course topics and learning goals, how course-learning resources are available, how students are evaluated and graded, expectations of students enrolled in the course, information about course content and depth, information about learning resources and textbooks, the number of credits awarded and how they can be achieved, and information about the course instructor(s). In essence, it conveys course expectations, serves as a durable record of the learning experience and is a tool to support student learning.

Students may need to provide a syllabus in the future when seeking transfer credit, applying to graduate or professional school, or when applying for employment.  It can be helpful for faculty and staff to keep this in mind when they create a syllabus, to ensure it provides enough description of the outcomes and course content.  Departments are responsible for keeping syllabi for courses taught in their course array on file in a central location.


The Office of the Provost requires that every group instructor course taught at UW-Madison must have a syllabus.

Keywords:syllabus; syallbi; L&S Policies; student centered   Doc ID:80566
Owner:Kimbrin C.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2018-03-01 12:15 CSTUpdated:2018-03-01 12:32 CST
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