Re: Short course ideas that made it unique
AmericasBeekeeper, in one class? I think you will scare them all off.
I would cover the bare essentials in equipment and forget all the options. Pick what you know works and say do this (no options). They will discover options on their own if they stick with it or they are so inclined. Cover the absolute simplest biology of the honeybee and skip all the diseases with exception of mites, SHB, and wax moths if they are in your area. The whole point is don't give them any options. Let them learn the options on their own at their pace. What ever you do and are comfortable with that is what you teach. Forget the phrase "this is what I do" and replace it with "this is what you should do."
Either by video or with an actual live hive teach them the mechanics of opening the hive and how to remove and handle frames. Point out anything you can identify, honey, nectar, pollen, bees, queen, and drones.
And don't forget, give them a link to Beesource.com
I should add, keep in mind that most new beekeeper will have brand new equipment so it is important to teach them what you would do with new equipment and problems they will have drawing out frames.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping