Submit your proposal using the form below. Course proposals may be submitted at any
time. However we typically plan courses several months prior to the beginning of the
semester. A course proposal is comprised of:
- A title
- A course description
- A course outline
- An instructor biography
The purpose of a title is to attract the readers’ interest to what you are offering.
Here are a few techniques for selecting a good course title:
- Keep the title simple, descriptive and catchy. Long or complex titles tend to confuse
and dull titles will not capture the student’s interest.
- Identify your target audience. “Investing for Young Singles” is better than “Investment
- Ask the reader a question.
- Keep it positive.
The Course Description:
A good course description should be enticing and interesting. The description should
be factually complete and accurate and should provide solid information about the
course so people can decide whether it will serve their needs. Keep these points in
mind when writing your description:
- Descriptions should run approximately 30-65 words in length.
- Do not use abbreviations unless everyone knows what they mean.
- Write in complete sentences.
The first five words of a course description will determine if the student will go
on or pass to another course description. The opener should focus on either the course
content or the learner—not the course or the instructor. Tried and true opening techniques
include the definition, the question, and the outstanding or impressive fact.
The Course Outline:
A course outline or syllabus briefly describes what information will be covered at
each class meeting session. Please be as specific as possible. Please include any
special equipment or meeting space needs in this section.
The Instructor Biography:
Your biography should be 15 to 30 words in paragraph form. The biography should establish
the qualifications of the instructor in the course content area. Qualifications should
be stated in terms of experience. You may also include your interest or motivation
in teaching the course.