Sample Course Outline/Syllabus

School of Nursing
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia 23668

COURSE: NUR 000 Developing the Course Syllabus
CREDIT: One Contact Hour (1), Yours for Participating
PRE-REQUISITES: Faculty Member at Hampton University
CO-REQUISITES: (If applicable)
TIME ALLOTMENT: One (1) Lecture Hour
PLACEMENT: Faculty Orientation, Fall Semester
INSTRUCTORS: Selected Faculty (Name, office hours, location of office, phone, email address)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focus is on ways to structure the quasi-legal instructor-student documents, which outlines the main points in a course of study known as the course syllabus.
COURSE OVERVIEW: The one-hour presentation is structured with anecdotal and physical examples of course outlines. Participants are provided with sample formats on which they can write to develop a syllabus of their own choice.

By the end of this hour, using the illustrations provided and materials distributed, each participant at 100% level, will be able to:

  1. Construct a clear course syllabus about some topic area with which to instruct other persons.
  2. State the legal validity of the syllabus has been upheld in case law when students sued teachers for unfair grading as breach of contract.
  3. Evaluate own course syllabus for completeness, accuracy, and need for revision in order to meet requirements of a contract with students for what is being taught.

Pretest Measurement; Observation; Lecture; Discussion; Class Participation, Using Distributed Formats, Illustration of completed Class syllabi, Posttest Measurements and Information Technologies. UNITS:

I. Origins of Syllabus/Definition
II. Examples of Alternate Approaches NUR 000 (cont)
III. School of Nursing Format
IV. Undergraduate and Graduate Examples
V. In-Class Completion of Syllabus

EVALUATION: Posttest by course participants, of the usefulness of materials as presented/implemented. Submission of syllabus used as requested.
  1. Formulation of individual position on issues related to construction of a course syllabus
  2. Construct a course syllabus reflective of student learning outcomes.
  3. Maintain current resources through information technologies.
  4. Participation in class discussion.

    a) Participation in class discussion 10%
    b) Construction of course syllabus 50%
    c) Placement of course on Blackboard 15%
    d) Selection of appropriate websites as      linkages for course 10%
    e) Pretest and Post test 15%


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