1. An outline or a summary of the main points of a text, lecture, or course of study.

    from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  2. Law A short statement preceding a report on an adjudged case and containing a summary of the court's rulings on each point involved.

    from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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A syllabus (/ˈsɪləbəs/; plural syllabuses[1] or syllabi[2]) is an academic document that communicates course information and defines expectations and responsibilities. It is descriptive (unlike the prescriptive or specific curriculum). A syllabus may be set out by an exam board or prepared by the professor who supervises or controls course quality.

There are seven essential components to an academic syllabus: Instructor information, General course information, Course objectives, Course policies, Grading and evaluation, Learning resources, and the

Course Calendar.[citation needed]

  1. ^ "syllabus". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary <>

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