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Processes: Creating/Changing a Course Checklist
This guide can be used for assistance when completing the Master Syllabus. It is arranged by section according to the layout of the form. This checklist can be used in conjunction with the Course Creation/Change Process document to determine which sections need to be completed. Use the new Master Syllabus Form, which is available in the Forms sections. A print version of the Creating/Changing a Course Checklist is also available.

Course Discipline Code, Title, Effective Term
All three sections should be completed. The discipline code is the proposed or existing code and number. The effective term is the semester the change(s) will be implemented. Please review the curriculum deadline dates to determine the correct effective term.
Division Code, Department Code, and Organization (Org) Number
All three sections should be completed. Check with the Dean's office for appropriate codes.
Don't Publish in Catalog, Time Schedule or on the Web
If the course should not appear in publication or on the web, mark the appropriate box. Otherwise, leave blank.
Reason for Submission Section
Mark all the boxes that apply. If making changes to the course that require submitting the entire Master Syllabus, check the 3-year syllabus review box.
Change Information Section
Mark all the boxes that apply for the major and minor changes. Major Changes will be reviewed by Curriculum Committee. Consultation with all departments affected by this course is required before the form is signed by the Dean. If credit hours are changing, the Total Contact Hours will probably change also. Indicate this by marking the Total Contact Hours box.
  Total Contact Hours – the total number of hours is increasing or decreasing.
Distribution of contact hours – the hours remains the same, but the allocation of how they are used is changing.
Rationale for course or course change
Provide an explanation for the new course or change to an existing course. Attach additional documentation if necessary.
Approval Signatures
A Course/Syllabus form must have signatures from the Faculty/Preparer, Department Chair, and the Dean before it can be sent to the Office of Curriculum and Assessment for approval. Dean's must give permission for conditional approval by marking the box "Request for conditional approval" in this section.
Credit Hours
List the credit hours. Variable credit is used for co-op or study problems.
Instructor contact hours per semester
Show the distribution of hours and write the total. The C & A office can provide a list of classification types available for "other" hours if needed.
Grading options
Select an option.
  • Select a box to indicate the type of reading & writing scores needed.
    College Level Entrance Scores. All 100 and 200 level courses (except when specified otherwise) require the minimum College Level Entrance Scores in reading and writing, or completion of the equivalent developmental courses with a grade of "C", "P" (pass), or "S" (satisfactory).
    No Basic Skills Prerequisites. These courses do not have level I or level II prerequisites and do not require a minimum college level score to register for them. These are generally courses which are taken for personal interest.
  • Indicate if level I or II for all prerequisites.
    Level I Prerequisites. These are preparatory courses or placement tests that must be successfully completed before students are allowed to enroll in a course. They are enforced by the registration system.
    Level II Prerequisites. These courses, placement tests, or conditions are required before enrolling in a course, and are not enforced by the registration system, but will be checked by the instructor on the first day of class.
    Concurrent Prerequisite. When "concurrently" or "may enroll concurrently" appears next to a prerequisite, students will be allowed to register for the course if they have successfully completed the prerequisite course in a prior semester or are enrolling in the prerequisite course in the same semester.
List the course(s) which must be taken concurrently with this course. Co-requisite courses must be taken during the same semester as the listed course. A registration will not be processed if there is a co-requisite course for which the student is not registered. If the student must repeat the listed course or its co-requisite, the registration system requires the student to register for both courses.
Enrollment Restrictions
Note any that apply.
Consent required. If this phrase appears in a course entry, the student must get approval from the instructor and/or department to register for the course, in addition to any prerequisites that are listed. If instructor consent is required, the registration system does not check the prerequisites on the student's record. It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure all the requirements have been met. If instructor consent is optional, prerequisites are enforced by the registration system. Instructor consent is a requirement for all co-op, field experience, internship, and practicum courses.
Syllabus for transfer evaluation
List the schools to which the C & A office should send a syllabus for a transfer equivalency evaluation. Indicate the course number and title for which an equivalency is being sought. Only courses that have Full Approval may request the transfer.
General Education
Select an area and write explanations for each of the criteria listed.
Honors Section
Indicate the criteria which apply.
Course description
Brief statement of the purpose and content of the course. (Please limit to 500 characters.)
Course Outcomes
Read the explanation for each section and respond accordingly.
Content Outline
Indicate the major instructional objectives organized by topic, module, or unit.
List new resources needed – including library resources, equipment, supplies – to support the course.
Student Materials
Write the materials students will need and the approximate cost.
Check the levels and facilities that will be used.

Curriculum Development Schedule 2014-2015
Schedule of deadlines Winter 2015, Spring/Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 course development and Fall 2015 program development.

A list of course and program forms available for download, to be completed, and returned to the Curriculum and Assessment Office.

Descriptions of the program and course approval process along with helpful checklists for completing related materials.

Description of the Program Proposal Process
Provides an overview of all the steps in the program proposal process and can be used a guide during this process. Please read the Description of the Program Proposal Process before completing the Program Proposal form.

Creating a Program Checklist
The Creating a Program Checklist can be used after a Program Proposal is completed, to ensure that all pertinent information has been included.

Description of the Course Creation/Change Process
Provides an overview of all the steps in the course creation/change process and can be used as a guide during this process. Please read the Course Creation/Change Process before completing the Course/Syllabus form.

Creating/Changing a Course Checklist
The Creating/Changing a Course Checklist can be used after a Master Syllabus form is completed, to ensure that all pertinent information has been included.

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