Course Content

Course content (topical outline) may have two components: Course Lecture Content and Course Lab Content.

  • Lecture Content is required unless you select that course is lab only on the Course Standards screen.
  • Lab Content is only required if you select that the course has a lab component on the Course Standards screen.

​Provide a complete list of all subjects covered in the lecture and/or lab, typically using an outline or list form. Four-year institutions use the content portion as part of determining CSU-Breadth, IGETC, and course-to-course articulation agreements. The content portion is also central to C-ID articulation.

According to the ASCCC's The Course Outline of Record: A Curriculum Reference Guide:

Summary of Key Points:
  • The content element contains a complete list of all topics to be taught in the course.
  • The list should be arranged by topic with sub-headings.
  • Content items should be subject based.
Overview and Principles of Effective Practices:

The format used for the course content section is commonly that of an outline. The topics are typically arranged with major and minor headings. The outline is detailed enough to fully convey the topics covered, but not so lengthy that a quick scan cannot be used to ascertain the scope of the course. A page or two is fairly typical.

Keep in mind that the content listed in the course outline is required to be covered by all faculty teaching the course unless marked as optional. Furthermore, the listed content does not limit instructors from going beyond the topics in the outline.

Content is subject based so need not be expressed in terms of student capabilities or behavior. However, as mentioned in the Standards for Approval contained in §55002, the content should be obviously relevant to the objectives. If, for example, a content item for an anthropology course were “Art forms and colors,” it might be appropriate to expand upon this such as “Stylistic art forms and color considerations—relative to the development of sapience” to help clarify the actual need for this.