Discuss the purpose for taking this course and provide each student with a copy of your syllabus. Explain the syllabus and answer any questions students may have. The more your students understand the syllabus, the better they will understand the course. Introduce the required assignments and expectations for the semester. Introduce the course calendar, highlighting due dates. Make sure that students understand how to read the course calendar if you have one. Highlight the components of each chapter in the book. This will help students become familiar with the text and make it a user-friendly book.