Course Design Process | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Course Design Process


    Effective course design is a continuous improvement process that includes five interconnected components. The design process generally starts with analyzing and identifying desired, measureable learning outcomes that support program objectives. The deliberate design of learning experiences along with assessment will help to shape the optimal learning environment. As faculty regularly measure learning outcomes, the instructional design can be revised in the interest of achieving the optimal experiences for students. The course design components are presented below in Figure 2 which illustrates the interconnectivity of these components.

    • The Identification of learning outcomes: Learning outcomes should indicate the knowledge and skills learners will demonstrate after completing a course and answer the question, “what outcome will the learner achieve after successfully completing the course?”
    • The designing of effective learning experiences: Learning experiences should be comprised of the following:
      • Instructional Materials: These can include a variety of printed and online resources that meet with varying learning styles.
      • Interaction: These can include faculty-learner interaction, learner-instructional materials interaction, learner-learner interaction, interface-learner interaction, and learner support.
      • Learning Activities: These can include learner-centered activities that are engaging and meaningful.
    • The development of feedback and measurement strategies that help learners to achieve stated learning objectives.

    Course Design

    The following is an example that outlines the effective course design components in a Management Information Systems (MIS) course.

    Learning Objective Explain how enterprise systems, such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, and enterprise resource planning systems, contribute to successful business communications.
    Instructional Materials
    • Textbook
    • Company website
    • Business reports/Journals
    Learning Activity Case Study: Learners will be assigned to a specific industry for a case study assignment and are expected to perform the following tasks:
    • Research a company that fits the industry profile
    • Contact the company IT department
    • Discuss questions for site visits
    • Conduct site visit to learn about the company’s management information system, how the system informs the business about supply chain management, customer relationship management, and enterprise resource planning that should contribute to successful business communications.
    • Present findings to the class
    • Faculty discuss the assignment with learners
    • Learners work in teams for the assignment
    • Learners study the text, as well as the conduct of research
    • Learners research information on company web site
    • Learners post findings on iLearn
    • Grades are determined by all tasks listed in the Learning Activity box
    • Learners provide feedback to other teams
    • Learners conduct self-assessment as a team
    • Faculty provide feedback regarding all tasks listed in the Learning Activity box