Writing effective course outcomes requires a bit of thought and is best done in collaboration with colleagues.  Effective course outcomes should: 
  • Incorporate an action word that describes what the student will DO differently as a result of the course
  • Describe meaningful learning
  • Be measurable and verifiable for purposes of assessing whether or not students meet the target 
  • Represent the higher levels of thinking for the discipline
  • Be written in language students and the public can understand
  • Provide a sense of what is major concepts and concerns are for the course

With practice you should be able to get your ideas down to a few clearly written statements that define the purpose of the course for you and your students.

Here are some good examples:

  • Students will identify the fundamentals of music, including: all major and minor scales and key signatures, all triads and seventh chords and their inversions, and rhythms in simple and compound meters.
  • Students will create appropriate architectural lettering, for a retail business blueprint, using pencil and ink.
  • Students will be able to complete a basic police investigative written report with no errors.
  • Students will diagnose failures in the vacuum, mechanical components, and controls of HVAC systems and determine necessary action for repairs.
  • Students will identify unknown bacteria using gram stain, biochemical, and other microbiological methods for identification.

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Last Updated: 5/12/2015 10:01 AM