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POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Course Development Guidelines, 2003

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Date Published
January 2003
34 pages
These course-development guidelines for the training of California law enforcement officers are intended to provide consistency and quality in the instructor and student course materials.
The first part of the manual states the goals and underlying assumptions of the course-development guidelines, as well as how the manual is structured. The manual's second part presents background information on the guidelines, including quality of instruction, the need for guidelines, the end users, and a description of how and when to use the guidelines. The third part of the manual presents the guidelines themselves. The guidelines are organized into categories that correspond with the process called instructional systems design (ISD). The ISD process and the resulting guideline categories are analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. These main categories of guidelines for course development are subdivided into various tasks and task activities. Progress in the process of course development is tracked by marking the checkbox as each activity is completed. Since instructional development is not a linear process, some activities may require repeating during course development; two checkboxes are provided by each activity to allow for this. The fourth part of the manual is composed of three attachments. One attachment indicates what should be included in a course facilitator's guide. The second attachment describes what should be included in the student's guide, and the third attachment is an eight-item annotated bibliography of selected readings.