In Shaping the Curriculum; Academic Plans in Context, authors Lattuca and Stark identify the following as essential elements for developing the academic plan:
- Purpose: Knowledge, skills, and abilities to be learned
- Content: Subject matter selected to convey specific knowledge, skills and attitudes
- Sequence: an arrangement of subject matter and experience intended to lead to specific outcomes for learners.
- Learners: How the plan will address a specific group of learners
- Instructional processes: the instructional activities by which learning will be achieved.
- Instructional resources: the materials an settings to used in the learning process
- Evaluation: the strategies used to determine whether the decisions about the elements of the academic plan are adopted
- Adjustment: enhancement based upon the experience and evaluation
I reviewed several plans from different colleges and universities and synthesized some of the most significant points from their plans as follows: