"Why write a syllabus? A well-written syllabus is the launch of a successful learning experience for all students and instructors. An effectively designed and well-written syllabus will prepare students to meet the learning objectives, clarify what they will be able to do when they have completed the course, and understand the grading plan. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (online edition), syllabus (syl•la•bus), noun, is a list of the topics or books that will be studied in a course; it is a summary outline of a discourse, treatise, or course of study or of examination requirements. Most educators will agree that a syllabus should contain an outline, a list of topics, and many more items of information specific to the course. The primary purpose of a syllabus is to communicate specific curriculum information to the students."
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