Do's and Don'ts for Writing Course Proposals

CIC Subcommittee on Format Guidelines
January 2005

Do's

  1. Format guidelines
    Follow these guidelines exactly since they have high priority.

  2. Course objectives
    Write clear objectives that can be understood by faculty/staff not in your field. Please write behavioral objectives according to Bloom's taxonomy.

  3. Graduate objectives
    If course is open to graduate students, list graduate objectives (under heading 'Graduate Objectives') following the undergraduate objectives.

  4. Course outline
    In outline form, illustrate units or modules that make up the course. On the course outline, after each unit name, write the objective(s) number(s) that it supports. Each unit or module will list major concepts, ideas, and/or skills that are covered and/or developed. The course outline will be consistent with its catalog description and present the content in a concise, yet complete enough manner so that reviewers of the proposal, students and teachers have a clear sense of it.

  5. Course evaluation
    Give only general categories/methods of course evaluation, not specifics since these might change from semester to semester and from instructor to instructor.

  6. Course revisions
    For all course revisions, please include both the "old" and the "revised" course descriptions, course objectives, course outlines, etc.

  7. Appendix
    Materials viewed as relevant to the course materials but not required as part of the new course proposal/course revision should be placed in an appendix.

NOTE
If these "Do's" are not followed, the course proposal/course revision will be sent back to the originator before going before the full CIC. Committee members are available to serve as resource people to members of their respective college/school who are writing course proposals.  

 


Don'ts

  1. Do not attach actual course syllabi to course proposals.

  2. Do not take actual tables of contents out of textbooks to use as your course outline. The course outline needs to stand the test of time and to be used by anyone teaching the course.

Outstanding Proposals

  • LIT-275 [PDF]                      
  • HT-316 [PDF]