The purpose of a syllabus is to provide each student on the first day of class what is expected in your class. Most syllabi provide information in three content areas:
1) The syllabus should explain how the course fits within the overall curriculum.
2) Provide details that pertain specifically to the class such as required texts and assignments.
3) Clarification on mechanical and behavioral expectations. The clearer your syllabus is in terms of expectations concerning plagiarism, attendance, missed assignments, and exams, the easier for you and the student to make it through the semester successfully (Walker, 2005).