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Suggested Guidelines for Developing a Syllabus—Angelo State University CITR While you don’t necessarily want a syllabus that is more than 5-6 pages, student learning increases when the course structure is explicit and clear. Note that any syllabus focused on student learning will, by necessity, be longer than many of us are accustomed.

(**Denotes information in the draft ASU Operating Procedure. All other categories and suggestions are based on identified best practices to aid student learning.)

**General Information:

  • 1.

    Course Name and time/location of meeting

  • 2.

    Faculty Name

  • 3.

    Contact information: phone/email/etc.

    • a.

      Include any special circumstances regarding contacting you

    • b.

      If you have a preference for contact/communication, notify the students.

  • 4.

    Times available for student interaction

    • a.

      Include any specific technological requirements/options (SKYPE, chat, etc.)

    • b.

      Include specific information regarding interaction with students (face to face/virtual/phone/IM and include specific information regarding times available)

  • 5.

    If there is a web site or other location for the class and materials, include that here.

**Materials:

  • 1.

    Texts

  • 2.

    Supplemental Materials (be specific about the location of these materials)

  • 3.

    Subscriptions

  • 4.

    Equipment/supplies/etc.

  • 5.

    Technology requirements: Be specific.

Course Description: 1. You can reproduce the course description from the ASU Bulletin; however, you should feel free to add items that make your course unique. This is an ideal spot to show your passion for the course and material.

Prerequisites and skills required:

  • 1.

    Despite published prerequisites, students still manage to enroll in certain courses. Allowing them to remain in the course without the prerequisite or required skills damages their chances for success.

  • 2.

    You might find it useful here to list student services opportunities (Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Learning Labs, etc) for students concerned about the specific skills required.

Course Objectives: 1. Reproduce the 2-3 Objectives listed on your IDEA FIF. See the IDEA Workshop in the CITR Blackboard page for more information regarding choosing course objectives. IDEA recommends that you choose no more than 3 Important or Essential items. These

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