What is a


A syllabus is a written set of expectations for a course. It usually includes course policies, rules and regulations, required and optional texts and an assessment breakdown. A syllabus helps students stay accountable for their own learning as this document, which contains learning goals, is generally distributed on the first day of class. This document also describes course objectives and the necessary materials required to take part.

A syllabus also acts as a contract between a faculty department and its students. It outlines the curriculum that will be covered through the duration of the term, informing students of what to expect and what’s required of them.