Gujarat Panchayat Bharti Various Exam Rules and Syllabus
A syllabus or specification is a document that communicates information about a specific academic course or class and defines expectations and responsibilities. It is generally an overview or summary of the curriculum.
A syllabus may be set out by an examination board or prepared by the tutor or instructor who teaches or controls the course. The word is also used more generally for an abstract or program of knowledge and is best known in this sense as referring to two catalogs of doctrinal positions condemned by the Catholic Church in 1864 and 1907.
In a 2002 study, Parks and Harris suggest “a syllabus can serve students as a model of professional thinking and writing”. They also believe effective learning requires a complex interaction of skills, such as time management, prioritization of tasks, technology use, etc., and that a syllabus can promote the development of these skills.
can promote the development of these skills.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word syllabus derives from modern Latin syllabus ‘list’, in turn from a misreading of the Greek σίττυβος sittybos (the leather parchment label that gave the title and contents of a document), which first occurred in a 15th-century print of Cicero’s letters to Atticus.
Earlier Latin dictionaries such as Lewis and Short contain the word syllabus, relating it to the non-existent Greek word σύλλαβος, which appears to be a mistaken reading of syllaba ‘syllable’; the newer Oxford Latin Dictionary does not contain this word. The apparent change from sitty- to sylla- is explained as a hypercorrection by analogy to συλλαμβάνω (syllambano ‘bring together, gather’).
In 2005, Slattery & Carlson describe the syllabus as a “contract between faculty members and their students, designed to answer student’s questions about a course, as well as inform them about what will happen should they fail to meet course expectations”. They promote using action verbs (identify, analyze, evaluate) as opposed to passive verbs (learn, recognize, understand) when creating course goals Habanek stresses the importance of the syllabus as a “vehicle for expressing accountability and commitment.”