Master Course Outline

All courses must provide a Master Course Outline (MCO)

  • An approved Master Course Outline for a given course becomes a shared template used college-wide by all instructors who will teach that course, regardless of the delivery mode. 
  • Although using an approved MCO means that the course title, goals, and learning outcomes will be identical for all offerings of a given course, the assignments, textbooks, and presentation of content may vary according to the instructor’s preference. 
  • These variations are documented in instructor’s syllabi, which reflect the academic freedom accorded to individual instructors’ offerings of a course. 
  • Approved MCOs are documented in Bates’ Curriculum Guide.
  • Changes (besides a change in delivery mode) to previously approved MCO content should be submitted through Bates’ Course Planner app

For details, see: RCW28B.50.090(7)(a), WAC131-16-080, and NWCCU 2.C.1 and 2.C.2.