Course Description-Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Course Description

In writing a course description, be sure to include the following information:

  • What will students learn in the course (i.e., knowledge, skills, attitudes, as opposed to topics)?
  • Why will learning this matter to students?
  • How will the course help students develop as scholars, learners, future professionals?
  • What will students experience in the course (e.g., assignments, activities, etc.)?
  • What are the instructional methods, and how will they support student learning?
  • How does this course fit into your department’s curriculum? Are there any prerequisite courses?

go to checklist

Sample 1: Course description from History

Sample 2: Course description from Psychology