ERIC Number: ED195301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Developing a Performance Syllabus. Implementing Competency Based Education in Community Colleges, 3.
Lear, George M., Jr.; And Others
Part of a series on competency-based education, this monograph examines the development of course syllabi that effectively articulate performance objectives and serve as student performance contracts. After an introductory discussion of the inadequacy of most course syllabi in communicating criteria for student success, the monograph discusses 17 functions of the course syllabus: (1) describes course content; (2) places the course in the context of the program; (3) delineates entry-level skills; (4) explains course logistics; (5) cites reference materials; (6) details the sequence of course activities; (7) outlines course goals; (8) enhances student motivation; (9) suggests alternative learning modes; (10) provides students with a mechanism for self-monitoring; (11) identifies terminal performance objectives; (12) serves as an articulation tool; (13) publicizes and promotes the course; (14) provides a reference point for course modifications; (15) explains the grading system; (16) fulfills accreditation requirements; and (17) serves as an instructor/student contract. Finally, a model for the generation of a performance-based syllabus is presented, which includes directions and suggested layouts for a syllabus cover sheet and for the construction of a student lab contract detailing grading, the minimum competencies expected of course completers, and suggested exercises. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Higher Education Management Services.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.
Note: For related documents, see JC 800 623-632.