The official Course Outline of Record (COR) defines the content, objectives, methods of instruction and evaluation, sample textbooks and instructional materials for the course, and more. It establishes the number of units for the course plus the number of hours of instruction and will list any prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s) required for the course.


Course outlines must be updated every five years.

When modifying or creating course outlines:

  1. Do not assume that an existing outline still meets guidelines and regulations.
  2. Avoid using jargon that only members in your discipline will understand.
  3. Do not use generalizations when specifics are called for.
  4. Make sure there is a relationship between all areas of the course outline. The description, content, objectives, methods of evaluation, etc. should work together.
  5. Use appropriate high level verbs for course objectives (refer to Bloom's Taxonomy located in the "General Guidelines" below).
  6. Make sure to include general examples of "Outside Class Assignments" to show rigor of the course.
  7. Understand that ALL of the course standards outlined in Title 5 must be met prior to review by the curriculum committee. (See handbook section titled "Standards and Criteria for course development")
  8. Allow adequate time for curriculum development and preparation of course outline.

Institutional uses of Course Outlines of Record include

  • Accreditation
  • State audits
  • Articulation with other institutions
  • Evaluation by other institutions

Departmental uses of Course Outlines of Record include

  • Course planning, development of syllabus, classroom implementation
  • Student advisement
  • Articulation with colleagues at other institutions
  • Reference for advisory committees and/or the community

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