Syllabus Design Resources

Suffolk University has developed a university syllabus template, and it encourages all faculty to use it for their courses.

The syllabus template [DOC] includes all the necessary components and utilizes a format that improves students’ ability to find necessary information about the course, expectations, assignments, and schedule. Note that the template has been updated for Fall 2020. Please use the new template.

Tips for writing course goals and learning objectives [PDF]: This resource guide will help you (re)write course goals and learning objectives. It explains how they differ, provides examples, and demonstrates how to align them with course assignments. A checklist is included to help you revise existing goals or learning objectives.

To learn the policies for handling academic grievances and academic misconduct, click here.

Sample Verbs for Learning Objectives [PDF]: This set of verbs is a starting point for clarifying what you want your students to be able to do by the end of your course.


We welcome your feedback on your experience using the template and the supplementary materials. To share your thoughts, please contact us.