Syllabus vs. Curriculum

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Main Difference

The main difference between Syllabus and Curriculum is that the Syllabus is a outline and summary of topics to be covered in an education or training course and Curriculum is a educational plan.

  • Syllabus

    A syllabus (; plural syllabuses or syllabi) is an academic document that communicates information about a specific course 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 qualities.

    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.

  • Curriculum

    In education, a curriculum (; plural: curricula or curriculums) is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process. The term often refers specifically to a planned sequence of instruction, or to a view of the student’s experiences in terms of the educator’s or school’s instructional goals. In a 2003 study Reys, Reys, Lapan, Holliday and Wasman refer to curriculum as a set of learning goals articulated across grades that outline the intended mathematics content and process goals at particular points in time throughout the K–12 school program. Curriculum may incorporate the planned interaction of pupils with instructional content, materials, resources, and processes for evaluating the attainment of educational objectives. Curriculum is split into several categories, the explicit, the implicit (including the hidden), the excluded and the extra-curricular.

    Curricula may be tightly standardized, or may include a high level of instructor or learner autonomy. Many countries have national curricula in primary and secondary education, such as the United Kingdom’s National Curriculum.

    UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education has the primary mission of studying curricula and their implementation worldwide.

  • Syllabus (noun)

    A summary of topics which will be covered during an academic course, or a text or lecture.

  • Syllabus (noun)

    The headnote of a reported case; the brief statement of the points of law determined prefixed to a reported case.

  • Curriculum (noun)

    The set of courses, coursework, and their content, offered at a school or university.

  • Curriculum (noun)

    A racecourse; a place for running.

  • Syllabus (noun)

    the subjects in a course of study or teaching

    “the history syllabus”

    “there isn’t time to cover the syllabus”

  • Syllabus (noun)

    (in the Roman Catholic Church) a summary of points decided by papal decree regarding heretical doctrines or practices.

Oxford Dictionary

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