Syllabus Analysis Memo




Subject: Syllabus Analysis

Syllabus design: The syllabus needs to be brief, readable, and well designed as per both the professor’s and students’ needs. The document addresses this by giving students room to` conduct further researches. Some aspects of the syllabus that are well brought out include the outline, objectives, course needs, assignments, and grading procedure.

Lack of objectivity: The syllabus outlined lacks this aspect which is important for students.

Teaching approach: Based on the document, the professor has a clear outline of how the syllabus will be covered. The roles of the students throughout the course are pointed out. The role of the professor is as well pointed out in the outline. The professor’s teaching approach, skills needed from the students are also clearly brought out.

The simplicity of the language used: The professor chose the simplest language as far as psychology is the topic of consideration. The words used are simply making them simple for students to understand.

Syllabus longevity: This is one of the longest syllabuses I have ever come across. The lack of brevity is a major contributing factor. This in turn destroys the clarity of the document. Students, therefore, have a hard time identifying major aspects of the syllabus.

Misplacement of information: The most crucial information about the professor is placed at the end which should be the case. The professor’s contact information should appear on the first page together with the course requirements (CITL, n.d.)

Syllabus objectives: A syllabus is like a contract between a student and professor. The syllabus, therefore, needs to outline everyone’s expectations, which is a course outline, students’ expectations at the end of the course, ways to gauge students, how the assignments will be marked as well as consequences for non-submission or late submission of assignments.

Page layout: Despite the syllabus’ shortcomings, the page layout of the document is perfect for students.


The Center For Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL). (n.d.). Creating a Syllabus.    Retrieved from           strategies/creating-a-syllabus