How to Construct an SWS Course Syllabus

Before creating an SWS course syllabus, carefully review the Requirements for SWS Courses.

Each course syllabus for an SWS course must

  1. Include an objective related to writing skills in the course’s student learning objectives.
  2. Include the required SWS paragraph.
  3. Include a paragraph (or two) that describes
    • how writing instruction will be taught during at least 4 class hours,
    • which types of texts will be taught in the course (e.g., lab report, literary analysis, literature review, case study),
    • what opportunities will be provided for revision, and
    • what type and frequency of feedback students will receive from the instructor and in peer review workshops.
    • NOTE: This brief paragraph (or two) could be included immediately following the standard SWS paragraph as a course specific elaboration.
  4. List and describe each of the major writing assignments.
  5. Provide the word count for each of the major writing assignments.
  6. Provide the course grade percentages for each of the major writing assignments.
  7. Include a section in the syllabus regarding the GVSU Writing Center. See this syllabus blurb prepared by the writing center.

Sample approved SWS syllabus from WGS 360



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