Course Syllabus

A syllabus is a vital document for a course which provides a student with the overall objectives of the course, the “rules,” a calendar,  reading list and other important information. Most institutions require this document to be readily available.

OSN has complied a list of ethnobiology course syllabus examples.

General advice on creating a syllabus is found on the following links:


Assignment Rubrics

A rubric is a set of standards which are applied in the evaluation of a specific assignment, activity or project.  A course instructor uses the rubric to help achieve uniform and comprehensive standards in grading.

Most instructors share the rubric with the students so that the evaluation criteria are known before the assignment is begun.


Here are some resources to help in the assessment process.

USC: 7 Things about Learning Outcomes

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling involves the production of still and video photographs. The images are not the goal, they are just part of the process of creating the story. Images are important because this technology can enliven the story. In the end, it is a combination of the story and how it is told that determines the success of the project.