Re: a question about outcomes in a syllabus

Subject: Re: a question about outcomes in a syllabus
From: sphilip <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
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Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:56:05 +0700

You can use 'should' + an action verb as Julie suggests below. This is a common form. The other way to do it is

"Students who engage successfully with this course will be able to:

Describe
Identify
Analyse
etc
etc:



On 9 Apr 2013, at 21:14, Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> 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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>> alternatives. The will to be stupid is a very powerful force—"
>>
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a question about outcomes in a syllabus: From: Becca
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