Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation


In describing your course assessments for readers of your syllabus, consider the following questions:

  • How many assessments (and other high-stakes assignments) will there be, when will they occur during the semester, and what is their format (e.g., length and nature of exams?)
  • What other information could you share about assessments to help students prepare and plan ahead for them?
  • How will these assessments factor into the final grade (see Grading Scale)?
  • Will you provide a detailed description of major assignments in the syllabus or just a sketch in the syllabus (and more detailed description closer to the due date)?

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