SAMPLE FORMAT FOR COURSE OUTLINES

Catalog Number: Course Title:
Year: Semester:
Instructor: Office Location:
Office Hours:


1. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:

List your objectives - 1, 2, 3, etc.

In courses where Departmental or College-wide objectives exist, these must be reflected.

Avoid generalities such as "to fulfill degree requirements," "to achieve the goals of a liberal education," etc.

State your objectives in such a way that student achievement of them can be measured; in other words, when you write an objective, keep in mind what it is that a student will be doing when he or she is demonstrating that stated objective has been achieved.

2. PROCEDURES FOR ACCOMPLISHING THESE OBJECTIVES:

List the instructional procedures or teaching methods through which you plan to achieve the objectives of the course.

Examples: lectures, class discussions, analytical question, projects, research papers, use of visual aids, oral reports, field trips, visiting lecturers, etc.

3. STUDENT REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE COURSE:

List the specific work which students are expected to complete in order to receive credit for the course.

Avoid generalizations such as "read the textbook," "pass the final exam." Think out what you want the students to do in order to demonstrate accomplishment of the objectives of the course and spell it out for them.

Examples:

  • Read all of the assigned chapters in the textbook.
  • Submit a research paper of at least (x number of) words or pages, typewritten, using appropriate bibliography and footnotes, to be handed in no late than (give the due date), on a topic approved by the instructor.
  • Give an oral report on a topic and date to be assigned by the instructor.
  • Submit two book reports of (x number of) words or pages, typewritten, chosen from List of supplementary readings listed in this outline.
  • Complete laboratory reports contained in assigned laboratory manual (state the number of reports, when they are due, etc.).
  • Complete periodic quizzes.
  • Complete the mid-term Examination.
  • Complete the final examination.
4. GRADING PRACTICES:

State clearly how the student's performance of the above requirements will be graded, including the weighing or relative importance of each item.

Example:  
Four scheduled quizzes 40%
Two book reports 20%
Term paper 20%
Final Examination 20%
  ____
  100%


5. RULES CONCERNING STUDENT ABSENCE AND LATENESS:

State your expectations regarding student attendance and punctuality. They should conform with College policy as set forth in the College Catalog and Faculty Handbook.

If you intend to enforce specific rules, they should be explicitly stated; for example:

  • Students will be dropped from the class roster after __ (number) of absences.
  • Students may not enter the room after the class has been called to order.
  • Other.
6. TEXTBOOK:

List the author, title, edition, publisher and date of publication of any required textbook, laboratory manual, etc.

7. WEEKLY OUTLINE TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

This list should enable another individual (such as a substitute teacher) to ascertain which topics have already been covered, and which topics are scheduled to be treated in a particular week. For example, a student who is absent for several class periods because of an accident, should be able to read the textbook and keep u with class assignments while recuperating.

It is suggested that the outline be on a weekly, rather than daily basis, to keep it brief, permit some flexibility, and avoid scheduling complications arising from holidays, or the fact that an instructor teaches one section of the course on MWF and another section on TU TH.

The outline should include dates of tests and scheduled quizzes, due dates for research papers and reports, chapter numbers relating to each topic, and any similar data which will assist students to plan their studies and to understand the requirements for completing the course.

8. AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS TO BE USED:

List any audio-visual materials which will be used during the course, including those utilized by the instructor as part of the lecture presentation (e.g., overhead transparencies), and those which students will use on their own (e.g., listening to music tapes in the library).

9. LIST OF SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:

List those books or periodical articles which students should read in addition to the textbook. Clearly indicate whether they are required or simply recommended reading, whether a report of some kind be submitted on them, and whether questions concerning them will be included on tests or examinations.

When preparing your list, consult with the Library staff about the availability of items you wish to include; also, they may be able to suggest additional items which are in the collection.

Consider whether certain Library materials should be placed on reserve; if so, this should be done before the beginning of the semester to ensure that they are available.

Because of the low cost of paperbacks, you might, for example, mark with an asterisk title, which are available in paperback and suggest that the College Bookstore stock them.

10. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:

Here you may wish to include any additional information about your presentation of the course which will help those reading this outline to understand what you hope to achieve in the course and how you plan to achieve it.