SPIE is an Accredited Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its short courses. In order to conform to the standards set by IACET, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, SPIE requires a specific format for its course descriptions.
The instructions below explain the procedure for writing your course description, section by section.
The course title must be interesting to the potential student. The title should reflect the core course content.
A short (1-2 paragraph) abstract of the course contents, detailing items such as an overview of the course topic, the problems it can solve, and examples of applications for the technology or approach. Keep the description in the active voice, and remember that the audience is typically composed of professional engineers rather than researchers. A clear, engaging, and well-written description can make a real difference in the success of your course.
Each course should have 3 to 8 learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are written statements that describe what the student should be able to do at the conclusion of the presentation. Each objective should be measurable and specific. For example, the student will be able to "List and compare the basic benefits of fiber optic sensor technology." Each statement MUST contain an action verb - avoid using "understand" as the opening word in each bullet, as it is not a measurable outcome. Examples of action verbs are listed under each category as a guide for preparing the learning outcomes:
Keep in mind that the brief quiz you are asked to submit should measure student achievement of these outcomes.
The intended audience should be described in terms of job function or title as well as any education or work experience prerequisites. Please limit to 1-2 complete sentences.
Indicate if the material content is Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced. Please note that we are not able to accommodate 'split' level designations such as "Introductory/Intermediate" or "Intermediate/Advanced".
Please indicate whether you think a half-day (3.5 hours of instruction) or a full day (6.5 hours) will be needed to cover the course content.
Instructor's biography should be a short paragraph that indicates the instructor is qualified to present a course on the material and establishes credibility as a teacher. Include current or most recent positions and current degree held, not a full work history.
If applicable, please indicate any special materials such as a separate textbook or CD-ROM that are included with your course. It is not necessary to specify the standard course materials (printout of the presentation slides).
Complete Short Course Description Example
This course explains basic principles and applications of radiometry and photometry. A primary goal of the course is to reveal the logic, systematic order, and methodology behind what sometimes appears to be a confusing branch of optical science and engineering. Examples are taken from the ultraviolet through the long-wave infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Anyone who wants to answer questions such as, "how many watts or photons do I have?" or "how much light or radiation do I need?" will benefit from taking this course.
This course will enable you to:
- describe the fundamental units and quantities used to quantify electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths ranging from ultraviolet, through the visible, to infrared
- use and convert between radiometric and photometric quantities
- calculate areas and solid angles to determine the energy, energy density, or brightness in an optical measurement or system
- explain the role of rays, stops, and pupils in defining the field of view and light-gathering capability of an optical system
- determine the throughput of an optical system and use it in radiometric calculations
- quantify the radiant energy in optical images from point and extended sources
- transfer radiant energy into and throughout optical systems
- identify radiometric standards and calibration methods
- be familiar with radiometers and photometers
Scientists, engineers, technicians, or managers who wish to learn more about how to quantify radiant energy in optical systems and measurements. Undergraduate training in engineering or science is assumed.
Half-day (3.5 hours); .35 CEU
Joseph A. Shaw has been developing optical remote sensing systems and using them in environmental and military sensing for two decades, first at NOAA and currently as professor of electrical engineering and physics at Montana State University. Recognition for his work in this field includes NOAA research awards, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the World Meteorological Organization's Vaisala Prize. He earned a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shaw is a Fellow of both the OSA and SPIE.