BEC940 - Program Planning

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Subject Title
Program Planning

Subject Description
This course will provide participants with the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to develop a systematic approach to curriculum development based on a training/education model. Curriculum development includes needs assessment, learning outcomes, course outlines, lesson plans with an introduction to choosing instructional techniques and developing a marking system to evaluate participant success. Each participant will be responsible for developing a course outline and a lesson plan for content with which she/he has taught, is teaching or would like to teach. Attention will be given to the integration of planning, learning styles, instructional techniques and course assessment/ evaluation methodologies.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Adult Education/Staff Training Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate application of basic adult education principles, practices and processes of program planning.

2. Demonstrate utilization of the program planning process by designing a course that includes a needs assessment, outcomes, methods, teaching techniques and devices, as well as a budget and marketing plan.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Change and the Transition Age and Global Change on Education in the 1990's
  • Curriculum Design
  • Lesson Design
  • Teaching, Learning and Thinking : Implications for Curriculum and Lesson 
  • Design and Plans
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Wrap Up  

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructors, and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Personal Benchmark 5%
Objective Statement Assignment 25%
Course Outline Assignment 25%
Lesson Plan Assignment 25%
Study Questions and Comments (5 @ 3% each) 15%
Reflective Paper 5%
Total 100%

Expected English Competencies:

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all business subjects. All written work must demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness: 
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
  • spelling and punctuation are correct
  • appropriate vocabulary is used
  • sentences are structured correctly
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays)
  • layout is attractively displayed

Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met.  

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified. Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and generally not be accepted beyond two sessions after the assignment due date.

The College's Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments are marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organization of material and presentation.  Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expectted to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.

All academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but it not limited to, policies related to grading supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accomodations.


Program Coordinator: Beverly Hartford

Approved by: Sandra Noble