Guidelines for Writing a Course of Study
The following are recommended guidelines for writing a Course of Study. These have been developed to assist faculty in developing and writing new Courses of Study, and in revising existing ones.
A proposed Course of Study (see Course of Study Template (.docx) must include the following information:
- Suggested course prefix (e.g. FD1XX. "1XX" indicates a first-year course; "2XX" indicates a second-year course, etc... Do not assign any other number)
- Proposed course title
- Name of course preparer (author)
- Date of preparation
- The number of lecture hours per week
- The number of studio or lab hours per week
- Total number of credits --Use the following formula to calculate credits: 1 lecture hour = 1 credit, OR 1 studio or lab hour= ½ credit. For each lecture hour, one credit is assigned. For each studio or lab hour, one-half a credit is assigned.
- Prerequisite(s): course(s) that are required to be completed before this course can be taken
- Co-requisite(s): include course(s) that are required to be completed at the same time this course is taken
- Suggested Gen Ed or Minor designation, if applicable
- Catalogue course description. The description should be a maximum of 50 words.
- General course description. Lengthier description outlining objectives of course, methodology, and types of materials used in the course.
- Student learning outcomes
- Should be expressed as measurable behavioral objectives which can be demonstrated (for example, "upon completion of the course, student will be able to...")
- Bloom's Taxonomy has examples of appropriate language for establishing student learning outcomes and can be found here: CET's Syllabus and Student Learning Outcomes
- Course Level Learning Outcomes from Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence
- Recommended required text and/or readings for the course.
- Grading/method of evaluation and suggested percentage allotment (e.g. midterm 20%, research paper 30%, portfolio 20%, projects 30% -- or other methods of evaluation such as sketchbook, final project, final exam, etc.)
For each unit or area of study, the proposed Course of Study should include the following:
- Unit title or concepts to be addressed
- Time allocation of lecture hours and studio/lab hours relative to each unit/area of study
- Description of material to be covered
At the end of the Course of Study, an up-to-date selected bibliography of texts to assist course instructors, including relevant websites and periodicals (recommended not to exceed 25 entries). (See the Gladys Marcus Library Citing Sources: MLS Guide for correct format for citations.)