Writing a Course Description
Very often when one evaluates a syllabus there is a paragraph, often ignored by students, that is labelled “Course Goals or Course Objectives”. Upon reading the text, however, it is not actually either goals or objectives, but a description of what is contained in the course. Very often it is a clue to the enthusiasm of the faculty member teaching the course. It is not uncommon for the faculty to “wax poetic” about a favorite course or topic. It is time to showcase these paragraphs for what they really are – meaningful Course Descriptions. Not the standard boring description one sees in a catalog, but what the course actually means to the faculty and its connections to the real world. The following materials may help your faculty write these innovative course descriptions.