Syllabus Generator

This form can be used to generate a syllabus for newly proposed courses. Below each field is a short description of the information that is required. Once the form is submitted, it may take up to 2 days before you are emailed the formatted Syllabus in Word Document form. If you would rather work directly with the blank syllabus template you can download it here.

When you receive the formatted word document, feel free to make changes/updates as you see fit. In addition, you will need to manually fill out 2 tables in the word document:

  • Grading Breakdown Table (page 3 of this form)
  • Weekly Schedule Breakdown Table (page 4 of this form)

Once you have filled out these two tables, please send the finalized form to itpadvising@usc.edu


Step 1 of 4

  • Please input your name (individual completing the form)
  • Please enter the email address where you would like to receive the formatted syllabus document.
  • Prefix and number of course (e.g. ITP-999)
  • The title of the course (e.g. Programming in Python)
    There is a 60 character limit for course titles
  • Number of units the class will be taken for (1-4)
  • The first semester that this course is being offered. (e.g. Spring 2022, Fall 2023, Summer 2024)
  • Please Include a proposed day for the course here. (e.g. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • Include a hypothetical time for the course here. (e.g. 1:00pm-2:15pm)

    This helps the curriculum committees see the expected scheduling format for the class. (For example, a four-unit class could be for 1 hour and 50 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)

    IMPORTANT: The general formula for contact hours is as follows: Courses must meet for a minimum of one 50-minute session per unit per week over a 15-week semester. Standard fall and spring sessions (001) require a final summative experience during the University scheduled final exam day and time.

    Minimum Contact Hours:
    A 2-unit, 15-week course requires a minimum of 1500 minutes or 25 hours.
    A 3- unit, 15-week course requires a minimum of 2250 minutes or 37.5 hours
    A 4-unit, 15- week course requires 3000 minutes or 50 hours.

    For more information regarding minimum contact hours, please visit this page
  • Full name of the proposed instructor teaching the course. (First, Last; e.g. Tommy Trojan)
  • Location of office for student office hours (e.g. RRB 201)
  • Please provide an email address where students can contact the course instructor (e.g.ttrojan@usc.edu)
  • Please provide a phone number that students can call to speak with the course instructor.
  • You may include additional contact information or instructions about how to get into contact with the instructor (for example, Piazza instructions).
  • The Course Description is an expanded version of the description published in the University catalogue. Describe the student audience for whom the course is appropriate. Aspirational statements are not learning objectives but are valuable and belong in this section. Aspirational statements describe course goals that cannot necessarily be achieved during the course by most students, but ones the instructor hopes students continue to develop throughout their personal/professional lives. Aspirational statements commonly include phrases such as “students will develop an appreciation of…” or “value...” or “become aware of...”
  • 25-word summary of the Course Description. This will be shown on the University Catalogue.
  • Learning Objectives
    Learning Objectives identify the specific, measurable skills a student will demonstrate by the end of the course. Learning objectives should be both taught and assessed by the instructor. They are aligned with the assignments, assessments and learning materials. They complete the sentence “By the end of this course, students will be able to” and avoid verbs such as understand, learn, and know.

    The ECC strongly recommends to utilize Bloom’s taxonomy when describing learning objectives.

    Example of Learning Objectives:

    By the end of the course, students will:
        - Understand the fundamentals of X
        - Be able to articulate Y
        - Construct various types of Z

    There should be a minimum of 5 Learning objectives, more can be added when you receive the formatted syllabus word file.

Published on April 23rd, 2021

Last updated on July 30th, 2021