ERIC Number: ED296768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Defining Course Outcomes and Assessment Procedures: A Model for Individual Courses.
Ward, James K., Jr.; Marabeti, Hilary B.
A description is provided of Tennessee's Volunteer State Community College's (VSCC's) approach to defining the goals, expected outcomes, and assessment procedures of individual courses, utilizing teacher-developed course instruction manuals and standardized course syllabi. Introductory material explains why and how the approach was developed, citing recent accreditation criteria requiring that institutions demonstrate student and faculty understanding of course, program, and institutional goals and expectations. Next, information is provided on the course instruction manual, which: (1) establishes course goals and outcomes and the links between the course, the program, and the goals of the college; (2) describes placement procedures, exit criteria, and all techniques used to assess student performance; (3) outlines the primary instructional methods used in teaching the course; and (4) provides an outline of the major topics addressed in the course. Next, a description is provided of the format developed for course syllabi. Appendixes present instructions concerning the format of the course instruction manuals for developmental and remedial, career/vocational, university-parallel, and general education courses; a sample course instructional manual and syllabus for Biology 1610; and instructions concerning the format required of syllabi for all courses. (MDB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Volunteer State Community Coll., Gallatin, TN.