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What is a Syllabus?

      A syllabus is a descriptive outline/summary of topics to be covered in an educational or training course.  A curriculum is a collection of courses required to earn a degree at a university, college, or junior college/community college.

      Universities and colleges require a syllabus for all courses. When the institution prepares for an accreditation review, course syllabuses are reviewed and revised. The following is a discussion of why a detailed syllabus is beneficial to students and instructors.

      Group ice skating classes and team activities such as Synchronized Skating, Showcase ensembles, and Theater on Ice Teams should have a prepared syllabus and Goals and Objectives that are given to skater at the beginning of the skating season or group classes. Coaches should develop Lesson Plans for all of the activities their are involved in to allow another qualified individual to fill in for them in case of an illness, personal emergency or personal time off.

Benefits of Writing a Syllabus:

  • A Syllabus is a Contract with students - It allows the instructor to spell out course expectations and assignments for the entire semester. A syllabus presents fewer opportunities for ambiguities than a spoken presentation at the first class.
  • Central Reference for Students - A syllabus provides a single document that contains detailed assignments, readings, and schedules for the entire course  .
  • Effective Planning Document - A detailed syllabus states course goals and methods that  instructors use to plan the course content - class by class. A poorly written syllabus can affect student attitude, performance, and attendance.
  • Repository for Other Courses - A strong syllabus can be used to plan similar courses.

General Tips in Writing a Syllabus:

  • Be specific - Specify specific details about upcoming assignments, readings, grading policies, attendance, course goals and other information and expectations. The instructor may provide additional detail later, but the syllabus allows the student to prepare to make up material when it is impossible to attend a class.
  • Maintain a Friendly Tone - A syllabus should clearly lay out policy in a friendly tone will make students more comfortable from the beginning.
  • Present the syllabus to students in advance of the first day of class - Provide an e-mail address if a student/parents should wish to discuss the syllabus. Even though your policies are carefully stated, they will often need clarification, and students appreciate your openness in discussing the rationale behind them. In some cases their questions may lead to a beneficial exchange about course goals and philosophies.
  • Announce Changes by E-Mail - If for some reason, a date or other item in the syllabus must be changed, you should send a general e-mail message to your students so that they have a "written" record, as well as announcing it in class. Some instructor develop a web page exclusively for the course that they use as an official site and update frequently. The materials covered in each class are posted for the semester.  Prepared notes can be posted after each class session.
     A syllabus should answer questions about the course such as "Information about teacher, What is the course about, What does the student need to know, and What does the teacher expect the student to bring to class?".

Typical Course Syllabus Outline:
  • Course Title
  • Prerequisite:
    • Courses
    • Skills
    • Knowledge
  • Instructor
    • Full Name
    • Credentials
    • On-line web site
    • Office Phone, Email, Office Fax
    • Home Phone (optional)

  • Course Goals and Objectives
  • Course Philosophy
  • Grading Policy
    • Grading Scale - Define Minimum, Good, Very Good, Excellent
    • Method of Determining an Overall Course Performance
    • How are Assignments Graded?
    • Grading Criteria For Each Assignment
    • Late/Missed/Incomplete Assignments Policy
    • Exam Policy
    • Extra Credit?
    • Attendance Policy
    • Participation Policy

  • On and Off-Ice Classes 
    • Days, Times 
    • Location
      • Days, Times
      • Safety and Health Issues

  • Required and supplemental - Texts, Readings, Materials, Online Sites
    • Titles
    • Authors
    • Edition
    • URLs

  • Skating and Off-Ice Related Equipment
Recommended Reading:

Instructional Design:

Training Principles:

Principles of Sports Training:

Developing Course Materials:

Developing Training Plans


Team Sports Syllabus  The purpose of this course is to provide learning experiences that will lead to the development of basic skills in team sports.

Soc of Sport Syllabus _Longest - UNC  The organization of the sports we play and the sports we love is a reflection of the ... What role does sport play in the creation of adolescent culture?

Syllabus   This course examines sports using the sociological perspective. The course will focus upon important, enduring issues within the sociology of sport.

Sports Officiating Syllabus   Sports Officiating is a three hour credit Health & Human Performance course meeting once a week. This course will provide the student with the knowledge and ...

First Aid Sample Syllabus   A consideration of first aid practices to the injured; designed to lead to Red Cross certification in first aid.

Weight Training Sample Syllabus

Ice Skating I Sample Syllabus   Fundamentals of balance, movement, and safety on the ice; forward, backward, and stopping. Guidance in choice, use and care of equipment. 2 lab hrs arr. Open only to beginners. This course is graded.

Ice Skating II Sample Syllabus   Elementary skating with emphasis on correct technique for basic skills. 2 lab hrs arr. Prereq: 162.01 or ability to skate forward, backward, and stop with no balance problems.

Ice Skating III Sample Syllabus  Power skating: designed for persons having had more than 30 hrs on ice and who can execute the basic strokes (including back crossovers) with correct techniques. 4 lab hrs. Prereq: 162.02 or 162.04 or equiv skill level.

Sample Syllabus 163.01    Lectures: survey of figure skating includes history, types of competition, judging, recreational, and show skating. Lab: introduction to free skating, compulsory figures, and dance skating.  1 cl, 3 lab hrs. Prereq: 162.03 or permission of instructor.

Sample Syllabus 163.02  Intermediate and advanced freestyle; intermediate: all single jumps, basic spins, and advanced footwork; advanced: jump combinations, spin combinations, and double jumps.
3 lab hrs arr. Prereq: 163.01 or permission of instructor.

164.01 Ice Hockey I Sample Syllabus  Introductory skills and techniques of ice hockey.Prereq: 162.02 or equiv. Open only to beginners.

164.03 Ice Hockey II Sample Syllabus  Intermediate-advanced play. Prereq: 164.01 or previous playing experience.

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Course and Lesson Plans:

PDF  Trainability of Children
PDF  Trainability of Young Athletes
PDF  Writing Objectives

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