What are Course Objectives?
HLC requires that all courses list their course objectives in an accessible area for their students.
When writing learning outcomes, focus on student behavior and use simple, specific action verbs to describe what students are expected to demonstrate. In addition to indicating what learners will know and be able to do upon the successful completion of a course, well-crafted learning outcomes are also the touchstones guiding the rest of the course development process. The choice of course materials, assignments or activities, and assessments should all reflect the learning objectives. Measurable learning outcomes are required in all types of courses, i.e., traditional classroom, online, labs, directed study, independent study, special topics, thesis, dissertation, etc.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to determine clinical diagnoses.
- Articulate cultural and socioeconomic differences among different populations.
- Use technology effectively in the delivery of instruction, assessment, and professional development.
- Critically evaluate research articles.
Typically, undergraduate learning outcomes are of the “knowledge,” “comprehension,” and “application” type and graduate learning outcomes are of the “analysis,” “synthesis,” and “evaluation,” type. If a course is at the 500 or 600 level, there must be two sets of learning outcomes, one at the undergraduate and the other at the graduate level.