Syllabus Examples:

These examples come from syllabi found on the World Lecture Hall web site maintained by the University of Texas: http://www.utexas.edu/world/lecture. While the following examples may come from course descriptions or other sections of the syllabi, they demonstrate wording about the benefits students will receive from taking the course.

Example #1, from a biology class:

The course includes cell biology, physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology, and surveys the diversity and basic biology of microbes, plants, and animals. The laboratory is designed to give the student experience with live and preserved biological materials and to help the student to learn the skills and attitudes necessary for biological research. The course provides a solid basis for more advanced studies in all areas of biology, providing knowledge of vocabulary, concepts, skills, and responsible attitudes toward the biosphere. Students with and without high school biology are present in the course.

Example #2, from a computer fundamentals class:

This first semester module introduces students who may never have used a computer before to the fundamentals of computing. The module seeks to demystify the way a computer system works and also demonstrates how the computer can be used as a useful tool. The module gives insight into the ways computers and networks may promote efficient business purposes e.g. through improved communication. Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are making computers easier to use: it is appropriate to introduce students to computers via GUIs.

Example #3, from a history class:

The primary aim of the course is to introduce graduate students to the chief issues in the current debates over the emergence of the world economy so that they will be prepared to teach world history at the college level. To this end, emphasis is placed on mastery of the chief issues through reading, discussion and writing four short (6 page) papers on the readings.