Elements of an Effective Course Outline

An effective course outline usually includes the following:

Course Identification
Include the course number and full course title. Many instructors find it useful to also include the date and term.

Instructor Information
The course outline needs to state where and when students may seek assistance from the instructor, including the name of the course instructor, office location, office phone number, email address, and office hours (and email availability where this differs from office hours). It is often useful to also include the name, office location, phone number or email, and office hours of teaching assistances, lab instructors, secretarial support, or other persons with whom students in the course are likely to interact. For example, if there is a drop box for assignments, this should be noted in the course outline. Some instructors also find it useful to list their website(s).