The Office of Faculty Development

Model Course Design

The Model Course Design page offers the opportunity to search for and see interesting and diverse examples of course design. The search bar allows you to narrow down the search to courses that are in specific areas/departments (example: CHEM, ENGL, MADT, etc.), or include specific components (for examples: writing, lab), or are the result of university training (for example: QLT, Go Virtual, Digital Pedagogy FLC, CAL$, etc.). If you click on the blue icon associated to each course, you can access individual course portfolios that offer evidence, sample assignment, class activities, rubrics, and ideas that have been utilized in a variety of Chico State courses. We hope that this resource will help faculty see concrete examples of successful course design that can help inspire future (re)design efforts. If you would like to add your course to this database, please contact the Office of Faculty Development.

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Sample Course Designs

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ANTH 111

Introduction to Biological Anthropology: This course examines the qualities of being human through the investigation of evolutionary principles, non-human primates, human fossil record, and living peoples. The course also explores the biological origin, evolution, and variation of humankind.Online Synchronous, Lab (Go Virtual, CAL$)

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ARTH 481

Modern History of Interiors, Furnishings, and Architecture: Survey of the language of form and space and stylistic vocabularies related to interiors, furnishings, and architecture for 19th and 20th century European and American art from the Colonial period. Styles such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Memphis, and Postmodern addressed, and architects and designers such as William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, and LeCorbusier.Online Synchronous (Go Virtual)

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Introduction to Ceramics: This is a lower-division undergraduate course that promotes the development of ideas through an introduction to hand-building techniques, using pinch, coils, slab, and mold methods of construction. Students get to experiment with a variety of low fire glazes, and other low fire surface treatments. In-person, Lab, Flipped Course (Go Virtual, IAEL)

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BIOL 340

BIOL 340: Living with Fire in California: This class is designed for anyone who wants to know more about the historic, current, and future status of fires in California. This course will mainly focus on fire ecology in California but also touches on history and policy.


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Interactive Storytelling in Video Games (Writing): This course examines video games as a storytelling medium, investigating how interactive storytelling that incite an immersive experience, requires approaches to writing that may be linear or nonlinear. Students will delve into the evolution of narrative in video games along with the iterative process of writing for video games and examine the critical component of a unified experience between writer and level designer.Online Asynchronous

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CHEM 320

Quantitative Analysis: Precision and accuracy in measurements, interpretation of data by statistical analysis, and development of good quantitative techniques for chemistry. Analysis by gravimetry, titrimetry, potentiometry, chromatography, and spectrometry.Blended, Lab (Digital Pedagogy FLC)

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Organic Chemistry Laboratory: This course offers an in-depth laboratory experience in organic chemistry for chemistry and biochemistry majors. Students are introduced to and become competent in modern laboratory techniques, including handling air-sensitive reagents and column chromatography. Students also get hands-on experience with advanced instrumentation.Blended, Lab (Go Virtual)

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CHLD 354

Teaching School-Aged Children: This class examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of growth during the school-aged years (ages 5 through 12), as well as contextual influences (e.g., family, school, peer group) on children's development. Particular attention is paid to the implications of developmental patterns for those who work with school-aged children.Online Synchronous (QLT, Go Virtual)

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EDTE 580

Educational Psychology: This course is designed to help teacher candidates understand how students' cognitive, personal-social, and physical development, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds are related to effective teaching and learning and interpersonal relations in secondary schools. Major segments of instruction include the study of how students learn, remember, and make use of the knowledge they have acquired and how students' educational growth is assessed in schools.Online Asynchronous (QLT)
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Food and Film (Writing): This course explores themes about food in international cinema, with special attention to the social, cultural and historical context for food as depicted in film, the cultural issues regarding national, ethnic and gender identity, and how the art and history of cinema have presented the many roles that food plays in our lives.Online Asynchronous (Digital Pedagogy FLC, Go Virtual)
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MADT 216
Introduction to Digital Audio in Media: This course provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of digital audio productions techniques for radio, video, and multimedia. Particular emphasis is placed on audio for video and production strategies for effective communication in audio.Blended, Lab (Go Virtual)

MADT 307

Technology and Communication: Students acquire a qualitative understanding of how various information and communication technologies work, the social needs that drive technology developments, and the future impact of new information technologies on work and society.Online synch/asynch, (Go Virtual, HSI FLC, IAEL)
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MADT 351
Global Media & Convergence: The course explores distribution strategies adopted by international media industries in the era of globalization. Such strategies include: genre adaptation, content reformatting, audiovisual translation, and programming.Online Synchronous, Flipped (AeL, QLT)

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MADT 352

Media Arts and Identity: The course examines the creation and propagation of representations of identity, such as sexuality, ethnicity, race, nationality and class within film, video and electronic arts.Flipped, (in-person + asynchronous), (Digital Pedagogy FLC, Go Virtual, IAEL)
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MKTG 673
Seminar in Strategic Marketing: A study of marketing concepts and strategies, such as demand analysis, product/market positioning, distribution, promotion, and pricing strategies. Emphasis on integrating such concepts and strategies into strategic marketing programs.Online Synchronous (QLT)
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OSCM 607
Operations Planning and Execution: This course provides overview of the operations management process. These central functions of an organization are responsible for the creation and delivery of goods and services. This course will assist the student in developing both quantitative and qualitative skills to utilize current methodologies, systems, and technology to plan, execute, implement, and analyze performance of the organization and its resources.Online Synchronous (QLT)
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PSYC 381
Abnormal Psychology: Introduction to the study of psychopathology (or psychology disorders) with an emphasis on diagnostic criteria, assessment and testing, and treatment models.Online Synchronous (Go Virtual)
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SOCI 363
Sociology of Stress: This course examines the ways that social life contributes to human stress, and how stress impacts health and well-being. Students explore the ways that families, relationships, school, jobs, and social inequalities influence the effects of stress on our lives. Various coping and adaptation strategies are discussed.Online Asynchronous 
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SPED 664
Instructional and Assistive Technology: This course addresses the use of instructional and assistive technology for the organization and management of interventions to meet the needs of the full range of learners. In this course, enrollees will demonstrate competence in administering, interpreting and utilizing instructional and assistive technology to provide access to learning and to use those tools to promote formal and informal assessments of the literacy and communication skills of students with disabilities. 
Online Synchronous
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SPED 680
Advanced Methods & Curriculum for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The purpose of this course is to provide education specialist candidates or interns and related service providers with in-depth knowledge of educational services for students who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students will evaluate and apply evidence-based practices, behavioral programs and strategies designed specifically for K-12 students with ASD.
Online Asynchronous (QLT)