Do course descriptions need to include a section on how learning was evaluated? Ie, how the grade for that course was determined?
The ones I wrote did not.
A few sample course descriptions ~
This one was taken at the local community college:
WR 121 - English Composition: Exposition and Introduction to Argument
This is the fundamental course for all writing students that introduces students to the conventions of academic writing. It emphasizes defining and developing a significant topic and using principles of clear thinking to support an assertive thesis. Students should understand their subject matter, audience, purpose, and point-of-view, and demonstrate that understanding through the organization and development of their essays. Students should analyze and evaluate other writers' work to sharpen their critical abilities as readers and writers.
4.000 Credit Hours (Class taken at ZCC in 11th grade.) Awarded 0.50 credits.
The next one was taken at our local homeschooling resource center (similar to a co-op):
Literature: A Little Middle English
In this class students read portions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, stories which have delighted English readers for 700 years. Students read and interpret the stories together using the original Middle English text. Several short reflective writing topics are assigned. (Class taken at Y Co-op in 10th grade.) Awarded 0.25 credits.
The next two were home designed courses:
World Literature from 1700 to 2000
A study of 18th through 20th century short stories and novels with the intent of familiarizing the student with selected literary works of enduring quality. This interdisciplinary course (see the associated History course below) allows the student to explore this time period by reading its literature while also studying its historical context. (Class taken at home in 9th grade.) Awarded 0.50 credits.
World History from 1700 to 2000
This reading-based course covers world-changing events of the 18th through 20th centuries which have shaped our culture today; it complements the associated Literature course (listed above) by giving the student a context for the literature studied. The course also includes musical recordings, documentaries, and videos of or about the time. Map work and short writing assignments are required. (Class taken at home in 9th grade.) Awarded 1.00 credits.
You'll note that I did not include textbook names or novel titles in my course descriptions. I included separate reading and textbook lists with that information.
For classes that my daughter took at the local community college (indicated as ZCC above), I copied course descriptions from the college catalog. Likewise, when my daughter took at class through PA Homeschoolers, I used their course description. (I shortened it somewhat.)
For classes like Algebra 2 and Geometry where my daughter used a standard text, I used a search engine (Google) and input the terms "Algebra 2 course description plus the author of the text" and used those course descriptions as the basis of my own.
The World Literature and World History courses I listed above were homemade courses. Once again, I used a search engine to look for the course descriptions of similar courses taught at the high school and college level. I adjusted those to best describe the courses my daughter did at home.
I'd be happy to share the course description documents that I prepared for my daughter. If interested, simply send me a personal message with your email address.