Course Proposal Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in teaching with Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) at RRU! The information below is designed to assist you in preparing a detailed, informed course proposal. The proposal serves three purposes:

  1. To allow you, as the instructor, to clearly articulate what your course is about, what students can expect to learn
  2. To allow you, as the instructor, to think critically about the course design, delivery methods and appropriateness of its content.
  3. To allow Professional and Continuing Studies the opportunity to make an informed decision during the selection process.

Before proceeding with the online submission form at the bottom of this page, please read through the following information carefully. 

Before you Begin

Please spend some time looking through our existing calendar to better familiarize yourself with our main learning themes, the length and scope of our programs, and, primarily to ensure that you avoid any duplication or overlap with existing content areas. Please keep in mind we look for original, unique courses that serve the needs of our local communities and inspire positive professional, and personal, growth.


Proposals for our next calendar year 2018-19 will be accepted between now and February 1, 2020. We will contact those with successful submissions by March 1, 2020.

Course Proposal Considerations

In order to assist PCS in the selection process, please consider the following information we require for the proposal. Keep in mind this information is for us to make an informed decision about your proposal. Some sections have limited character counts requiring your information to be as clear, concise and succinct as possible. This is, in part, so that we can clearly articulate your course in any marketing initiatives, and allow any prospective students the ability to clearly identify the course content in a short amount of time. 

Tell us about yourself:

  1. Personal information
  2. Credentials – provide any academic levels of achievement such as an MA, PhD, CMA, etc.
  3. Certifications – provide any instruments, assessments, or non-academic validations of expertise in a particular subject
  4. Business Web Address – provide your company, consultancy, or e-portfolio website or domain name  (if applicable)
  5. Resume/CV – provide an updated or most recent resume/cv in pdf or MS word format. Please include any personal and professional references.

Course Proposal:

  1. Course Title
    1. No more than 75 characters.
    2. Ensure it clearly captures what the course is about
    3. Ask yourself, “will this title grab my attention?”
  2. Brief description – clearly articulating what will be taught.
    1. No more than 350 characters
    2. What are the key themes
    3. What will students learn by taking this course?
  3. Who should take this course?
    1. Identify your intended audience.
    2. What is the level of the learner (e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
  4. Why is this course relevant to potential students?
    1. No more than 350 characters
    2. What need does this course serve?
    3. Why is it important?
  5. List learning outcomes (bullet points please)
    1. What will students be able to do after taking this course
    2. More information on the selection and creation of learning outcomes can be found here:
  6. How is this course delivered?
    1. Please consider the appropriate learning environment for this content – face-to-face? Online? Blended (a combination of both)?
  7. How long is this course?
    1. Consider the duration of the course in relation to the content
    2. Can what you’re going to teach be successfully learned in the time allocated?
  8. Preferred teaching times
    1. Depending on the content, it might be appropriate for courses to be delivered over the weekend, on a week day or in the evening. Please consider your audience when selecting teaching times.
  9. Minimum and maximum class size for best pedagogical practice. (These will be confirmed at the time of negotiation).*
  10. Readings and resources
    1. Are textbooks required?
    2. Are there any resources that may require copyright approval?
  11. Additional resources
    1. Are there any instruments or materials that students can be expected to use/purchase?
    2. Please provide links to any of these resources
  12. Does this course cover similar content as any course that is currently offered (by RRU or any other institution/organization)?
    1. If so, what sets your course apart?
    2. Why might someone choose to take your course over any other course with similar content?
  13. Any other information you feel would help the selection committee make an informed decision about your proposal
    1. Include any emerging trends, rationale for the course itself, etc.
    2. Provide any marketing ideas/opportunities that would assist us in ensuring the course is successful.

Please make sure you complete the entire course outline. Once you have gathered all your information, you can submit a Course ProposalThank you.

* While every reasonable attempt is made to ensure enrolment minimums are met, please be aware that first time offerings may not necessarily garner high enrolments and that it may be necessary to entertain (negotiate) teaching with slightly less than optimal numbers of students from time to time in order to build momentum. This will be discussed further during initial negotiations.