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Title: Writing/Revising the Course Outline: Something for Everyone


1
Writing/Revising the Course Outline Something
for Everyone
  • Curriculum Institute 2003
  • Yula Flournoy, Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Theresa Frongia, Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Academic Senate Curriculum Committee 2002-2003
  • Kate Clark Glenn Y. Yoshida Yula Flournoy
    Virginia McKee-Leone Rita Ramirez Dean-Land
    Michelle Pilati Barbara Hollowell Rita Dean
    Land Dan Crump

2
Introduction
  • Writing and revising course outlines that will
    work for you, your students, your college, and
    the world.
  • Or
  • Whats the big deal, anyway?

3
All quotes are from Components of a Model
Course Outline of Record November, 1995 and
will appear in orange
  • Available on the Academic Senate Website at
  • http//www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us/Publications/Pa
    pers/Model_outline.htm

4
What is a course outline?
  • This is a contractual agreement between the
    instructor, the institution and the student.
  • It is a matter of public record.
  • All instructors should have a copy of the course
    outlines for the courses they teach.
  • The outlines also are used by many people outside
    of the institution.
  • The syllabus is for personality, the course
    outline is for real.

5
Components of a Course Outline
  • The Basics title, number, amount of units
  • Catalog Description Need/Justification
    Prerequisite(s), Corequisites, Advisory Short
    Description for the class schedule
  • Learning Objectives
  • Course Content
  • Textbooks
  • Methods of Instruction
  • Methods of Evaluation
  • Examples of Assignments

6
The Basics
  • Title
  • Number
  • Amount of units

7
Sample outline of Accounting 125 The Basics
title, number, amount of units
  • Course Title Managerial Accounting-Principles of
    Accounting II   
  • Course Number ACCT 125
  • Total Semester Units 3.0
  • Total units lecture 3.0
  • Total units lab 0.0
  • Total semester hours (range) 48-54

8
The Set Up
  • Catalog Description
  • Identify target audience. (Revised 08/13/04 ams)
  • State overview of the course. (Revised 08/13/04
    ams)
  • Need/Justification
  • State fulfillment of degree, certificate,
    transfer or other need.
  • Distinguish purpose as related to similar
    courses.
  • Clearly state goals to allow evaluation of
    objectives.
  • Prerequisite(s), Corequisites, Advisory
  • Short Description for the class schedule

9
Sample outline of Accounting 125 The Set Up
  • Catalog Description (75 words or less)
  • This elective course, intended for students with
    basic electronic spreadsheet skills, is an
    introduction to the structure of managerial
    accounting. Topics covered include cost
    analysis, cost behavior, budgeting, overhead,
    international accounting, cash flow analysis,
    differential analysis, and the use of electronic
    spreadsheets and other computer tools in solving
    accounting problems.
  • Need/Justification (brief summary of the need
    for the course as it relates to the mission of
    the college)
  • Accounting is often referred to as the language
    of business. This course is needed to help
    prepare our students for further studies in
    accounting and/or a career in business.

10
Sample outline of Accounting 125 The Set Up
continues
  • Prerequisite(s), Corerequisites, Advisory (list
    course(s) and competencies needed upon entering
    or in tandem with course to be taken)
  • Information in this section will only be entered
    into database only upon the board approval of the
    prerequisite/corequisite/advisory
  • Prerequisite ACCT 124 - Financial
    Accounting-Principles of Accounting I
  • Advisory CAPP 122A - Using Microsoft Excel
    2000-Level 1
  • Short Description for the class schedule (25
    words) (Revised 08/13/04 ams)
  •  An introduction to the use of accounting data in
    making operating, investing, and financing
    decisions for a service, merchandising, or
    manufacturing business.

11
Learning Objectives
  • State in measurable terms what students will be
    able to do "upon completion of the course the
    student should be able to...."
  • Be concise but complete ten is too many one is
    not enough.
  • Use verbs showing analysis rather than
    "understand," "identify" or "describe" say
    "explain" or "compare and contrast."
  • Adequately cover theory, principles, and
    concepts. Use skills and applications to
    reinforce and develop concepts. Don't add
    concepts to supplement skills.
  • Be broad and introductory in scope, not too
    advanced, narrow, or specific.

12
  Sample outline of Accounting 125 Learning
Objectives
  • A. Apply major accounting concepts and principles
    within the corporate managerial structure.
  • B. Assemble and process managerial accounting
    data into information that is useful in making
    internal business decisions.
  • C. Narrow the scope of available managerial
    accounting data to that which is relevant to a
    particular internal business decision.
  • D. Compile and evaluate common managerial
    accounting reports used in service,
    merchandising, and manufacturing businesses.
  • E. Solve common managerial accounting problems
    with the use of electronic spreadsheet software
    such as Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3.

13
Course Content
  • Compile a complete list of all topics taught in
    the course.
  • Arrange the list by topic with sub-headings half
    a page is not enough.

14
Sample outline of Accounting 125 Course Content
  • A. The statement of cash flows
  • B. Cash flow analysis
  • C. Cost concepts and terminology
  • D. Job order costing
  • E. Process costing
  • F. Cost behavior
  • G. Cost-volume-profit analysis
  • H. Production budgeting
  • I. Cash budgeting
  • J. Standard costing
  • K. Overhead cost management
  • L. Activity-based costing
  • M.Performance evaluation for decentralized
    operations
  • N. Differential analysis
  • O. Capital investment analysis
  • P. Discounted cash flow analysis

15
Textbook(s)
  • The text needs to be at the same level as the
    course.
  • Include text (with date of publication and ISBN)
    (Revised 08/13/04 ams) and other instructional
    material.

16
Sample outline of Accounting 125 Textbook(s)
  • Required Warren/Reeve/Fess (Author)
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting (Title)
  • Southwestern (Publisher) 7th or most current
    (Edition and Year) 1990 (ISBN) 0324188013
    (Revised 08/13/04 ams)
  • Supplemental (Author) (Title) (Publisher)
    (Edition and Year)
  • Other Reference Materials/Supplies
  •   WebTutor Advantage for Blackboard
  • 3 ½ in floppy diskettes or other removable
    magnetic or optical storage
  • Four-function calculator (financial calculator
    recommended)

17
Methods of Instruction
  • Use methods appropriate to the objectives. If an
    objective is self-criticism of original work,
    lecture as a method is not enough.
  • Types or examples of methods of instruction as
    well as assignments and how they are evaluated
    see below are required. If all instructors
    agree, the course outline may show just one
    teaching pattern. However, instructors have the
    academic freedom to choose how they will achieve
    course objectives. If other methods are used,
    options should be described fully. Detail may be
    reduced by attaching syllabi with enough
    information to evaluate instructional
    methodology.

18
Sample outline of Accounting 125 Methods of
Instruction
  • Methods of instruction may include, but are not
    limited to the following
  • Lecture and evaluation of accounting concepts and
    principles within the corporate managerial
    structure.
  • Individual and group assembly and processing of
    managerial accounting data into information that
    is useful and relevant in making internal
    business decisions.
  • Individual and group compilation and evaluation
    of common managerial accounting reports using the
    whiteboard, overhead projector, or instructional
    computer.
  • Reinforcement of managerial accounting concepts
    and terminology using Blackboard 5 or similar
    Internet courseware.

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Methods of Evaluation
  • This section should be substantively related to
    the stated objectives of the course.
  • The evaluation must clearly show that critical
    thinking skills are required.
  • Types or examples should be extensive enough to
    show that all course objectives are evaluated.
  • Statements in this section should clearly show
    the basis for grading. For example, "term paper
    shows topic coverage, basis of comparison, and
    critical analysis."

20
Sample outline of Accounting 125 Methods of
Evaluation
  • A student's grade shall be determined by the
    instructor using multiple measures of performance
    related to the course objectives. Methods of
    evaluation may include but are not limited to the
    following
  • Completion of assignments that demonstrate
    mastery of major accounting concepts and
    principles within the corporate managerial
    structure.
  • Participation in class and group discussions to
    determine whether the student has mastered the
    major managerial accounting concepts.
  • Performance on quizzes and chapter examinations
    to determine whether the student has mastered the
    major managerial accounting concepts.

21
Examples of Assignments
  • Assignments should be directly related to the
    objectives of the course.
  • They should be specific enough to provide real
    guidance to faculty and clear expectations for
    students.
  • A description of the type or examples of
    assignments are required. For example, rather
    than "term paper" state "term paper comparing and
    contrasting the social aspects of the hunting
    tactics of two mammal species."

22
Examples of Assignments, cont.
  • This section must establish that the work is
    demanding enough in rigor and independence to
    fulfill the credit level specified. The nature of
    the assignments must clearly demand critical
    thinking.
  • Assignments should be adequate to assure that
    students who successfully complete them can meet
    the objectives of the course. Appropriate
    out-of-class work is required for credit courses.

23
Sample outline of Accounting 125 Examples of
Assignments
  • Analyze marginal revenues and costs and prepare a
    differential analysis report to help management
    decide whether to sell rough-cut lumber as is, or
    process it further. Based on your analysis,
    provide your recommendation to management in a
    separate paragraph. 
  • Using variable cost analysis, determine whether
    to keep or drop a product line that shows a net
    loss on an absorption-cost income statement.
    Based on your analysis, provide your
    recommendation to management in a separate
    paragraph. 
  • Using discounted cash flow analysis and the
    present value tables in the appendix to the text,
    determine whether a company should invest in a
    particular asset given expected future cash flows
    and a predetermined minimum rate of return. In a
    separate paragraph, explain
  • your assumptions about future rates of return
  • any qualitative factors that should be
    considered in making a final decision.

24
What is an integrated course outline?
  • Learning Objectives
  • Course Content
  • Methods of Instruction
  • Methods of Evaluation
  • Examples of Assignments
  • These must all interrelate.

25
Integrating Methods of Evaluation with Course
Content and Learning Objectives
  • Method of Evaluation
  • Performance on quizzes and chapter examinations
    to determine whether the student has mastered the
    major managerial accounting concepts.
  • Course Content
  • Cost concepts and terminology
  • Learning Objective
  • Apply major accounting concepts and principles
    within the corporate managerial structure.

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Integrating Assignment with Learning Objective
  • Assignment
  • Analyze marginal revenues and costs and prepare a
    differential analysis report to help management
    decide whether to sell rough-cut lumber as is, or
    process it further. Based on your analysis,
    provide your recommendation to management in a
    separate paragraph.
  • Learning Objective
  • B. Assemble and process managerial accounting
    data into information that is useful in making
    internal business decisions.
  •  

27
Final Note
  • There will be additional models of course
    outlines on the Academic Website soon.

28
Helpful Websites
  • The second edition of the Program and Course
    Approval Handbook
  • http//www.cccco.edu/divisions/esed/aa_ir/aa_ir.ht
    m
  • Academic Senate Curriculum Website
  • http//www.curriculum.cc.ca.us/Curriculum/DevelopC
    urOutline/ModelOultine.htm
  • For stylistic considerations http//www.curriculu
    m.cc.ca.us/Curriculum/DevelopCurOutline/Stylistic_
    considerations.htm
  • Elements of a model outline. http//www.curriculu
    m.cc.ca.us/Curriculum/DevelopCurOutline/ModelOulti
    ne.htm
  • Blooms Taxonomy
  • www.coun.uvic.ca/learn/program/hndouts/bloom.html

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More Helpful Websites
  • Course Outlines available on-line
  • www.msjc.edu/currcomm/
  • www.foothill.fhda.edu/staff/century/
  • www.miramarcollege.net/projects/league
  • www.palomar.edu/alp
  • www.pasadena.edu
  • www.lbcc.edu
  • webcms.sierracollege.edu
  • www.santarosa.edu/curriculum
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