Course Outline of Record: Building a Strong Foundation
Billie Jo RiceJohn Carpenter
Course Outline of Record (COR)
Legal document outlined in Title 5 § 55002.Legal contract between faculty, student, and college.CORs are approved by the Curriculum Committee and the local governing board and then submitted to the CCCCO for approval.Entire process should be completed prior to offering course and takes 1 full academic year to complete.
Importance of the COR
Is a dynamic document.Establishes the content and rigor of a course and ensures consistency for students across all section offerings.Serves as the basis for articulation agreements and course identification (C-ID) approval.Should be used as a reference tool for all incoming faculty (adjunct).
Required Elements of the COR
Optional Items for COR
Basic Course Information
Course/CatalogDescriptionShould be an accurate, clear, and concise description written in 50 words or less in language understandable to the students.Rationale: “Six year revision to keep course content current.”Summary: Concise summary of changes to course, as well as, GE/Articulation/C-ID request(s).Proposed Start: Year: 2015 Semester: 50=Summer
1 unit of lecture:18 hours of lecture (16 – 18)36 hours of outside of class work/study1 unit of lab:54 hours of lab (48 – 54)Assumed that all work for lab courses are done in class.Examples3 unit course = 108 hours of outside work5 unit course = 180 hours of outside work
Grading MethodCredit StatusRepeatable Courses § 55040(b)(1), § 55041Courses for which repetition is necessary to meet the major requirements of CSU or UC for completion of a bachelor’s degreeIntercollegiate athleticsIntercollegiate academic or vocational competition
Basic Skills: Generally “No” with the exception of ACDV and ENSLCore Mission: Eight critical attributesStand Alone: Only courses not part of a programLocal Program:Check all that apply
General Education/Transfer Applicability
Indicate current BC GE/CSU Breadth/ IGETC status.Verify status at www.assist.org.Indicate CSU/UC transfer status by identifying three comparable courses.C-ID is filled in by Articulation Officer upon course approval.
Student Learning Outcomes(Course Objectives)
What’s the difference?Objectives are required by Title 5SLOs are required by ACCJCIndicate skills or knowledge student will acquire during the course.Must address critical thinkingBloom’s TaxonomyTypically there are 3 – 10 SLOs.
Conditions of Enrollment
Prerequisites/CorequisitesEstablished based upon skills that a studentmusthave to be successful in a course.Content Review formsarerequiredand are found on theCurriculum Committee webpage.AdvisoriesEstablished based upon skillsthat a student is advised, but notrequired to have to be successful in a course.Content Review formsarerequiredand are foundonthe CurriculumCommitteewebpage.
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Course Content: “meat and potatoes” of the courseThe more detailed the better.For new faculty and adjunctArticulation purposesInstructors have flexibility with regard to time spent on each topic but all topics must be covered.List approximate hours, weeks, or percentage of time spent on each topic.Topics covered should be listed in standard outline format (e.g. I. A. 1.).
Methods of Instruction
Title 5 does not mandate a comprehensive list of instructional methods.Academic freedom to choose methodsShould be appropriate to course SLOs.
Out of Class Assignments
Assignments should demonstrate critical thinking and be expected to take an average student 36 hours (per unit) to complete.Upload example assignment toAttached Files.Assignments should be detailed enough to demonstrate rigor, but not be so restrictive that it limits the flexibility of individual instructors.For articulation purposes, the more detailed the better or individual syllabi may be requested.
Methods of Evaluation
Title 5 does not mandate a comprehensive list of instructional methods.Academic freedom to choose methods.COR must specify types/examples.Must be appropriate to SLOs – critical thinking.
Texts, Readings, and Materials
Textbooks should be no more than 5 years old, if the book is older than 5 years a brief justification should be included in the COR.If all instructors teaching the course do not use the same book, all versions should be listed on the COR.Courses that are part of the CSU GE Breadth or IGETC must have a required textbook.
Delivery Methods & Distance Education
Be sure to fill out each section thoughtfully and with complete sentences.ACCJC has increased rigor with regard to Distance Education course offerings.Explanation of “regular and effective” contact.50% rule with regard to programs that offer distance education courses.
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Curriculum Member Responsibilities
You are the committee’s 1stline of defenseCommunicationChanges in Title 5, ACCJC standards, processTimeline for on-going complianceCurrent approval statusTrainingFor faculty creating, revising, and/or deletingRewardGreat reviews on Mode B: Faculty