Articles and Presentations
Parkes, J., and Harris, M. B. (2002) The purposes of a syllabus. College Teaching, 50(2), 55-61. (PDF)
Slattery, J. M., and Carlson, J. F. (2005). Preparing an effective syllabus: Current best practices. College Teaching, 53(4), 159-164. (PDF)
Productive Beginnings for University Teaching (PDF)
Presentation by Don Cartwright
Writing Learning Objectives (PDF)
This resource, developed by Raoul Arreola at the University of Tennessee, defines learning objectives, describes a simple method for crafting them and provides a list relevant verbs associated with Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Constructing a Syllabus (PDF)
This handbook from Brown University covers the fundamentals of course instruction and includes an online syllabus workshop. There are sample syllabi from 4 areas (humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences) with commentary and feedback from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Also offers a "Master Syllabus Form" to adapt to one's own pedagogical needs.
Tutorial on Designing Effective and Innovative Courses from Carleton University
An online version of a successful workshop originally designed for faculty in the Geosciences, but applicable to designing courses in other disciplines. The tutorial is divided into three parts: 1) setting goals, 2) designing the course, and 3) following through.
Davis , B.G.(1993). Tools for Teaching. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.
- Available as an e-book from the library catalogue, or at http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/teaching.html . There are also print copies in the library and at the Teaching Support Centre (LB2331 .D37 1993 ).
- Contains useful tips and has excellent chapters on preparing or revising a course and creating a syllabus.
McKeachie, Wilbert. (1999) Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Available in the Weldon Library: LB1738 .M35
- Chapter 2 (Countdown for course preparation) and Chapter 3 (Meeting a class for the first time) contain particularly useful information for designing course outlines.
Toohey, S. (1999) Designing Courses for Higher Education. The Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press.
- Available in the Weldon Library: LB2361 .T56