Rationale: if there is a relevant research guide determine if is there enough new and unique content to justify a course guide.
Profile: essential to have a profile box with the appropriate subject specialist on all course guides. It might also be relevant to add details of other subject specialists who might assist (especially for cross disciplinary topics).
Instructor Collaboration: important to work carefully with the course instructor. Make sure that you obtain a copy of the course syllabus first.
Guide Title: the title of the course guide should correspond closely to that of the course, and should include the course number.
Citation Style: if a major assignment for the course is a research paper, consider including a tab/box on the appropriate bibliographic citation style.
It will probably be useful to include a tab/box on RefWorks, Endnote, or Zotero.