When designing courses, keep in mind the specific goals that you would like the course to achieve. Overall, statements should be short and should begin with a verb. Goals are typically referred to as knowledge, skills or attitudes.
The main question behind a course’s aim is “Why is the course being taught?” This question gives shape and direction for the course. For example, a course’s aim could be to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian health care system.
The main question behind a course’s goal is “What will the student be able to do as a result of taking the course?” This question provides the scope for the course. An example of a course’s goal could be, “At the end of this course, students will be able to critically assess the contribution of various elements of the health care system to the health of a population”.
Course objectives are aimed at answering the following question, “what will the student be able to do as a result of the particular lesson or experience. This provides direction for specific teaching and learning activities. For instance, a course objective might state, “At the end of the course students will be able to differentiate between a “sick care” versus a “health care” orientation.