|Modifying Existing Courses
Academic units have primary responsibility for determining the University's
undergraduate course inventory and the modification of courses in the inventory.
Upon review, the University Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee normally
approves recommendations for proposing the modification of existing courses
in the inventory. However, proposals to modify existing courses may potentially
affect other academic units or more generally raise academic concerns, including
possible concerns regarding degree requirements and the program of course
requirements as would typically be listed in the undergraduate catalog. The
following process is intended to facilitate appropriate levels of communication
between academic units and the university wide review of undergraduate courses,
programs, and degree requirements. In addition, proposals for modifying existing
courses must meet general university guidelines, such as appropriate level
of course offering and academic rigor, course prerequisites, and, when applicable,
general education requirements and writing across the curriculum requirements.
A formal proposal for modifying an existing course must be reviewed
and approved by the appropriate department and college or school curriculum
committee, the college or school faculty if required by that unit, the University
Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, and the Faculty Senate.
Proposals for modifying existing courses carrying both undergraduate
credit and graduate credit must be submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum
and Academic Policy Committee following the procedures contained herein and
to the Graduate Council following the procedures established by that Council.
Course Numbering System
0-99 Precollege-level courses.
Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing Proposals
for Modifying Existing Courses
100-499 Lower division courses intended for undergraduate
credit only. The first digit indicates the general level of the course: 1
for a first-year course, 2 for a second-year course, 3 for a third-year course,
4 for a fourth-year course. Courses in this category that are acceptable for
graduate credit carry alternate numbers in which the first digit only is
changed to a 5 or 6 according to the definitions below.
500-599 Courses that carry graduate credit only in major
field different from that of the department offering of the course. Most such
courses will be alternate designations of courses normally numbered 300-499.
600-699 Courses that carry graduate credit in any major
field and have alternate designations in which the first digit is a 4 when
taken for undergraduate credit.
700-799 Courses intended for graduate credit only.
The following establishes the procedures and guidelines for proposals
to modify existing courses in the University's inventory of undergraduate
Procedures for Submitting Course Modification Requests
Submit a Course Modification
As specified on the Course Modification Form, include a reason
for request when modifying "Grading" or "General Education credit (courses)."
In cases where the course modification is significant (e.g.,
an increase in credit hours, substantial changes in course content, etc.),
it is recommended that for purposes of review and comparison the existing
Course Syllabus and a new Course Syllabus be submitted. The new Course Syllabus
to be submitted should be based on the following guidelines*:
I. Course Information
II. Course Materials (specify required and recommended)
Course Meeting Times
III. Course Objectives
Articles, Readings, etc.
Computing and/or Internet Resources
IV. Course Prerequisites
V. Method of Instruction
VI. Evaluation and Policy
Tests (numerical points or percentage)
VII. Grading Policy
Quizzes (numerical points or percentage)
In-Class Writing (numerical points or percentage)
Out-of-Class Writing , Papers, or Research (numerical points or percentage)
Individual Projects or Group Projects (numerical points or percentage)
Attendance Policy (numerical points or percentage)
Final course letter grade earned in relation to evaluation
VIII. Assignments and Course Outline
When applicable, final Writing Intensive grade earned in relation to writing
requirements (for Writing Across the Curriculum courses in General Education
and in the Major)
Textbook, Journal Articles, Internet Resources, etc.
IX. Other Information
Organized by topic and date or week of meeting times.
Office of Disability Services (guidelines to accommodate
* Some courses may differ significantly from traditional offerings or may
be more loosely structured and, therefore, not be appropriate to this guideline.
In such cases, a course syllabus format suitable to that course should be
developed and submitted.
For General Education Program Courses: General Education Goals in general
and specifically how the course is part of the program.
For Writing Across the Curriculum Courses: WAC Goals in general and specifically
how the course is part of the program.
An original and eighteen copies of the Course Modification Request
Form and, in applicable cases, a course syllabus attached to each Form should
be submitted through the dean's office of the department's college or school
to the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. At the same
time, the dean's office should provide copies to all other deans of colleges
and schools to be made available for additional review by curriculum committees,
departments, and faculty and to the Office of the Provost, and other university
offices as deemed necessary by the Office of the Provost and the Council of
A flowchart of the curriculum and academic policy review process
for modifying existing courses is contained in the following (requires Adobe
Flowchart for Curriculum and Academic
Policy Review and Approval Process
Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee,
November 27, 2001
Faculty Senate, February 4, 2002
General Faculty, February 19, 2002