Course planning

History of Western Civilization: a Survey Course

Client: Collège Bois de Boulogne (Montreal, Quebec)

Date: Fall 2016


  • Prepare a course outline and lesson content for a 45-hour course, 330-910-RE, History of Western Civilization, for college students.
  • Follow the content rules and evaluation norms and practices established in the course framework plans of the Department of History-Geography of the Collège Bois-de-Boulogne.

Concepts and Methods:

  • Content planning: Adaptation of the educational objectives and evaluation rules contained in the course framework plan of the Department of History-Geography for the 330-910-RE course (or 330-310-BB, following the college’s nomenclature). Consultation of the school textbook recommended by the department and of existing course outlines to determine the structure of the course and the organization of the contents per lesson. Creation of an annotated bibliography for the course. Analysis of teaching sessions as a witness observer.
  • Writing the lesson plan: Using pre-existing templates for the course outline format. Drafting of a curriculum framework with 15 lessons in total, including exams, for a 45-hour course. Drafting and revision of course content outlines for 15 lessons of lessons, including classroom activities. Following the outline plan, elaboration of criteria and grading scales for sessional work and evaluations. Finalization of the course outline with sections on institutional regulations and resources for students.


Course outline for course 330-910-RE, History of Western Civilization, for students enrolled in pre-university humanities programs, adapted to the educational and institutional standards of Collège Bois-de-Boulogne.

The complete course outline includes the following sections:

  • Collège Bois-de-Boulogne header
  • Technical details: Session, course number, course title, program / discipline, prerequisite (if applicable), credits (number of units), # of course hours, course role in the program etc.
  • Teacher information: name, office phone number, email address, office hours and availability.
  • Descriptor / course content.
  • Teaching materials: manual, collection, etc.
  • Course objectives / Statement and elements of the competency (according to MELS standards)
  • Performance criteria (according to MELS standards)
  • Assessment methods (detailed and weighted)
  • Course calendar (with dates, course titles, details of the subject, deadlines, etc.)
  • Additional information: course rules and behavior in class, policy on the quality of French and the delay of work, policy on plagiarism and explanation of forms of plagiarism, useful links (eg PIEA), etc.
  • Bibliography

N.B. Full course outline available only in French.

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