L&S Guidance on syllabus policies
PURPOSE OF THE SYLLABUS
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.
- Visit the Office of the Provost website to find the minimum required components for a UW-Madison syllabus.
- If submitting a course change or new course proposal, review the syllabus components required by the University Curriculum Committee (they may need more than the minimum required by campus to evaluate a proposed new course or course change).