Subject Outline Guide
A subject outline provides students with the information they need to satisfactorily complete the subject. It is the official communication of Subject Coordinators with the students enrolled in the subject and should use language that informs, invites and inspires students to be engaged and do well.
The Associate Deans of Teaching and Learning have prepared a downloadable guide that will assist you to compile a subject outline that reflects the new Teaching and Learning Assessment policy. Some general tips for preparing subject outlines are listed below:
Personalise your subject outline through the use of photos, cartoons or diagrams that offer a taste of the subject. The sequence of information can be varied but remember that students report that they appreciate having a consistent layout.
Keep your information to the minimum, bearing in mind that First Year students may require more detailed information than those in subsequent years.
It is unlikely that you will want to include supplementary information in the subject outline such as teaching guides or notes – the sorts of material you might share with others who teach the subject.
The subject outline, along with other basic information must be made available to students on the subject LearnJCU site at least 7 days prior to the commencement of a prescribed study period (see section 8.1 of the LTA policy).
In the Subject Outline Guide, the notes in green are for you, not for students. They are mainly policy checkpoints, but they also include hints, tips and occasional examples. You should omit all those green bits before you settle on your subject outline for students.
This is the first draft of the Subject Outline Guide so please send Teaching and Learning Development your recommendations and suggestions as well as any subject outlines that you would like to share as resources that may assist others. A Subject Outline Template that does not contain the notes in green is also available.