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Course Proposals

Levels of Approval

Required Course Proposal Information

Levels of Approval

Pre-Proposal Process

Most course proposals do not have to  go through the pre-proposal process. If course proposals are part of a new program, they should be packaged along with the program proposal.

Academic Unit Level

Course proposals must be reviewed and voted on at the academic unit level of all areas involved in their offering. If a course is cross-listed, it must be approved at the academic unit level by all areas involved. For example, the course ACTG/MGT 333 must be approved by the School of Accounting and the Management Program. If a course is dual-level, it must be reviewed by the graduate and undergraduate programs

The Academic Unit C&I Chair and the Academic Unit Head must approve a course proposal before it can move to the college level review.

Some courses require the approval of additional departments at the academic unit level. If a course offering involves the following areas, they must be notified and vote on the proposal before it can proceed:

  • General Education
  • Honors
  • IDLS
  • Teacher Education

College Level

Course proposals must be reviewed and voted on by the College Curriculum Committee of all involved areas. If a course is cross-listed, it must be approved at the college level by all colleges with academic units involved in its offering.

The College C&I Chair and the College Dean must approve a program proposal before it can move to university review.

University Level

After being approved at the academic unit and college levels, course proposals are available for a university-wide review. Any faculty member can review the proposal during this time.

Final Review

Graduate course proposals are reviewed by the Graduate Council, then the dean of The Graduate School.  

All course proposals are reviewed by the Vice Provost. This is the final step before courses are entered into e-campus and the undergraduate catalog.

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Required Course Proposal Information

Course proposals are reviewed through the Online Curriculum System.

The following information is required for a course proposal:

Subject Identifier: There may be multiple subject identifiers if the course is cross-listed.

Course Number: Undergraduate courses are numbered 100-499; master's level graduate courses are numbered 500-699; doctoral level graduate courses are numbered 700-900

Credit Hours: Specify the number of credit hours earned in the course. Most courses are three credit hours, but courses can have variable credit hours, such as 1-3 credits.

Dual Level: A dual-level course is offered concurrently at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses must have different course descriptions and syllabi.

Course Title and Short Course Title: The Course Title appears in e-campus and university catalogs. The Short Course Title (30 characters maximum) appears on student transcripts.

Course Description: This is the narrative description of a course (500 characters maximum). It should avoid jargon, include complete sentences, and be written so that an undergraduate will understand the subject matter of a course.

Course Corequisites: These are courses or other qualifications that must be taken at the same time as the offered course. If a course is both a corequisite and a prerequisite, enter the course in both fields.

Course Prerequisites: These are courses or other qualifications that must be taken prior to the offered course. If a course is both a corequisite and a prerequisite, enter the course in both fields.

Grading Option: How will the course be graded? You must choose an option from the provided list.

Course Component: How will the course be conducted? Options include Lecture, Internship or Thesis. These fields are determined by Peoplesoft and cannot be varied.

Degree Requirement: Some courses are designated as meeting a university BA/BS degree requirement. These include:

  • BA Language
  • BA Philosophy
  • BS Quantitative
  • BS Qualitative
  • BS Quantitative & Qualitative

If you indicate that a course will meet a degree requirement, the course will be added to the list of available courses maintained by the Registrar's Office.

This field does not refer to courses that are used to meet a major requirement within a program.

Anticipated Schedule of Offering: How often will this class meet? Examples include fall, spring, fall only, every three semesters, etc.

Anticipated Course Start Semester: When will this course be available? Examples include Fall 2008, Spring 2009, etc.

Class size: What is the estimated class size?

Other Affected Areas: You must indicate if the course will affect one of the following areas.

  • General Education
  • Honors
  • IDLS
  • Teacher Education

If you indicate that an area will be affected, you must provide an explanation of how. Representatives from these areas will be notified and must vote on the proposal before it can proceed.

Justification: You must provide the purpose and/or justification for the proposal being submitted. This should include information on why or how the idea was initiated (i.e., requests from students, requests from other academic areas, results of assessment activities or APR, new faculty specialty area, etc.)

Learning Objectives: Indicate the skills students will demonstrate upon successful completion of the course.

Course Outline: Provide an outline of the intellectual content of the course. Do not include a syllabus, list of required readings, testing procedures or learning objectives. You can copy and paste this information from another document into the online curriculum proposal form.

Faculty Resources: Indicate whether the course uses existing faculty or requires additional faculty. If you choose "Course uses existing faculty," you must also provide an explanation of how current course loads will be adjusted to accommodate the change. If you choose "Course requires additional faculty," describe how they will be funded.

Additional Resources: If the course requires additional resources in any of these areas, you must enter a justification for those requested resources:

  • New classroom/laboratory space
  • New equipment
  • Special funding
  • Library/Information Technology

You do not have to complete the entire course proposal at once.


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