Here is what I include in my course design plans:
- Course description
- Target audience
- Participqant prerequisites
- Learning objectives (terminal and enabling)
- Evaluation plan (I subscribe to Kirkpatrick's 4 levels)
- Course map
I have been following this format since grad school and it has not failed me yet. After writing a CDP, I then proceed to creating storyboards or go directly to development phase, depending on the complexity of the course and if there are other developers involved in the project.
Here are a few helpful resources:
ISD From the Ground Up - This book is great resource for CDPs, lesson plans and applying Gagne's 9 events of learning. It has been on my bookshelf from my early days in e-learning.
Training Management Plans From Don Clark's Big Dog, Little dog site, which is chock full of ISD resources.
Do you use a course design plan or something similar?