Purpose of a Syllabus
A Syllabus is a road map for
A syllabus is a descriptive
of topics that will be discussed in an educational or training
curriculum is a collection of courses required to earn a degree at a
university, college, or junior college/community college.
One of the
most important resources a teacher or coach can provide students is a carefully planned, clearly written,
comprehensive syllabus. Such a device performs many functions:
should be designed to prevent misunderstandings as to course:
- It outlines course expectations,
- Organizes information,
- Sets the tone for class interactions,
- Establishes a guide for expected
- Goals and objectives,
- Assessment and evaluation standards,
- Evaluation policies,
- Student responsibilities
- Course Assignments
- Faculty office hours
- Student conduct/deportment
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
There are many amateur sports
organizations that are not associated with an educational organization
and accrediated PE teacher/coaches. However, the same standards should
really apply to these amateur groups, especially to it coaches and
Unfortunately in some organizations, to
keep the cost of participation low, they utilize untrained parent
volunteer coaches to manage their teams. A major problem usually is
centered around the selection process for organizing the player
rosters, and the amount of playing time each athlete receives. Most
groups do use trained officials for league matches, meets, and
Group ice skating classes and
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.
There are 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
- Central Reference for Students - A
syllabus provides a single document that contains detailed assignments,
and schedules for the entire course .
- Effective Planning Document - A detailed
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
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.
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?".
- Announce Changes by E-Mail - If for some
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.
Course Syllabus Outline:
- Full Name
- On-line web site
- Office Phone, Email, Office Fax
- Home Phone (optional)
- Course Goals and Objectives
- Grading Policy
- Grading Scale - Define Minimum, Good, Very Good,
- 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
- Days, Times
- Safety and Health Issues
- Required and supplemental -
Texts, Readings, Materials, Online Sites
- Skating and Off-Ice Related Equipment
The purpose of this course is to provide
learning experiences that will lead to the development of basic skills
in team sports.
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?
This course examines sports using the sociological perspective. The
course will focus upon important, enduring issues within the sociology
Sports Officiating Syllabus
Officiating is a three hour credit Health & Human Performance
course meeting once a week. This course will provide the student with
the knowledge and ...
Aid Sample Syllabus
A consideration of first
aid practices to the injured; designed to lead to Red Cross
certification in first aid.
Training Sample Syllabus
Skating I Sample Syllabus
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.
Skating II Sample Syllabus
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.
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
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.
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
Introductory skills and techniques of ice
hockey.Prereq: 162.02 or equiv. Open only to beginners.
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