Syllabus Guide: Basic Course Information, Course Description and Goals, and Required Textbooks and Materials
Course Description and Goals
This section might begin with the course description from the AU catalogue (or your individual version) and often includes general course goals: broad statements that outline the purpose of the course. These goals can be listed or written as a paragraph. Terms often used to describe goals include, for example, appreciate, value, explore, consider, take into account, understand, and become familiar with.
Selecting Textbooks and Readings for Your Course
The cost of textbooks continues to rise rapidly, and students frequently make their textbook decisions – including the decision to forgo an assigned textbook altogether – based on cost.When students remark that the cost of their course materials is ‘too high’, they either may be referring to an individual text or to the cumulative cost of books and materials for all of their courses combined.In selecting course readings, therefore, please be mindful of the cost/benefit implications in choosing materials while considering what will best meet your course goals. Here are some options to consider: