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Building a Syllabus

Your Academic Department will provide you with a custom syllabus template that includes specific information they would like you to incorporate

Here are some helpful how-to resources for building a syllabus.

  • tutorial on how to write a syllabus.

Developing Learning Objectives

Step 1: Pick your type of knowledge

Types of knowledge are categorized on the knowledge dimension from concrete to abstract.  The major categories are factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive.  See the pdf for more details.

Step 2: Pick your verb

Verbs correspond with different levels of cognitive processing and are categorized from lower order thinking skills to higher order thinking skills.  The major categories are to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create.

Step 3: Use the chart to track learning objectives

No more than four learning objectives should be used at a time.  Objectives should include both lower level and higher level cognitive processing as well as concrete and abstract knowledge types.  

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