Video: Into The Syllabus

Video Transcript:

[MUSIC]

STUDENT 1: Ummm...what is a syllabus?

STUDENT 2: What is a syllabus?

STUDENT 3: What is a syllabus?

STUDENT 4: What is a syllabus?

STUDENTS: What is a syllabus?

MENTOR: All right. A syllabus is a course outline written by your instructor. This is THE map to navigating your course successfully, and it contains information about your class- like your instructor's name and other important stuff.

STUDENT 4: Like how to reach them.

MENTOR: Exactly. You've also got your course info, so you know where to go and what time to be there. Then you'll want to read the course description to find out what this class is all about in the first place.

STUDENT 1: Cool, but how do I figure out what I'm supposed to know when the class is over?

MENTOR: Page flip! You'll find that under "Student Learning Outcomes" on page 2 of your syllabus.

STUDENT 3: Does the syllabus have anything about what I need to bring to class?

MENTOR: Page flip! Right here under "Required Course Materials" you'll find everything you want to know.

STUDENT 1: And I hope I get a good grade.

MENTOR: Why hope when you can prepare? While it does take a little math, your syllabus should lay out how to plan for and calculate your grade.

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STUDENT 1: What happens if I have to miss class? 

MENTOR: There's a place in the syllabus for that too. So you don't have any surprises when it comes to your final grade. And while you're at it, you might as well check into the late work and other course policies. And hey, check out institutional policies if you need accommodation for course assignments and exams.

STUDENT 2: Okay, last question. When is all this stuff due?

MENTOR: Whoa, whoa, whoa...now you're talking! Buried deep in the back of the syllabus, on the final pages is a complete list of every chapter, assignment, quiz, and exam. You should enter all these dates into a calendar.

STUDENT 4: Why didn't I think of that? 

MENTOR: Don't mention it. Now...grab a bagel, a coffee and go read your syllabus.