Once you have written your syllabus, check it against the following questions, which were derived from Gamson and Chickering’s Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (pdf). How effectively is your syllabus likely to:
1. Encourage contact between students and faculty that is focused on the academic agenda?
2. Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students?
3. Encourage active learning?
4. Give prompt feedback?
5. Emphasize time on task?
6. Communicate high, but achievable expectations?
7. Respect diverse talents and ways of learning?
Make changes as necessary so that your syllabus maximizes the above as much as possible.