Re: a question about outcomes in a syllabus

Subject: Re: a question about outcomes in a syllabus
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:14:42 -0400

In the past I've seen introductions like the following:

This unit introduces...
This chapter is to familiarize you with...
This section will discuss...

And section or unit goals like the following:

After completing this unit you should be able to
Describe [concept]
Identify [things]
Name [number of things]
Navigate [interface]
Perform or complete [task]

Etc.

Hope that helps you get unstuck!


On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> The coursework I am developing with my SME has a syllabus in which my SME
> (who is designing the course; I'm only writing and editing the text)
> consistently says, in his section outcome statements "The student will
> understand..."
>
> This seems dangerous to me, in that a student who does *not* understand
> can say "you promised I would understand! I want my money back!" if the
> student fails the course.
>
> This is being developed under a very tight deadline, and I'm perhaps
> over-tired (well, no perhaps about it), but I can't think of a better way
> to say it, except to say "the student will be exposed to..." - but since
> this is a very intense seminar, designed for experts in their field and
> geared to prepare them for a certifying exam, "exposed to" seems overly
> wishy-washy and not strong enough.
>
> What is a better way of saying this? "We will teach..."?
>
>
> Regards,
> Becca
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