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Restrictions and Credit Restrictions

(page 4 of course request, Credit Retrictions begin on page 5)

Restrictions - Instructions

A restriction denotes a limitation on student access to a course. When restrictions are placed on course records, only students enrolled in the particular college(s) or major(s) coded on the course may register in them. Other students need special college or department approval in order to register. This procedure helps colleges control the enrollment in courses that are in high demand by students within or outside a college or major.

Consider carefully which student groups should, or should not, have access to the course, taking into account that many departments, schools, and colleges offer more than one program of study at a given level. In this field, indicate by college or major only those students that may enroll in the course.

The first set of boxes provides a mechanism for identifying students by the colleges or schools in which they are enrolled. If this course is to be available only to certain groups of students as defined by enrollment in these colleges/schools, click on the arrow at the end of the box to bring up the menu. Within the list, select the desired college or school and click again. The system will insert the word or phrase into the field. You may select up to three colleges. Students enrolled in any of the colleges chosen will be allowed to enroll in the course when they try to register.

The second set of boxes provides a mechanism for identifying students by the majors in which they are enrolled. If this course is to be available only to certain groups of students as defined by enrollment in these majors, click on the arrow at the end of the box to bring up the menu. Within the list, select the desired major and click again. The system will insert the word or phrase into the field. You may select up to four majors. Students enrolled in any of the majors chosen will be allowed to enroll in the course when they attempt to register.

Keep in mind that college and major restrictions work together to obtain the desired result. For example, it is incorrect to indicate that a course is restricted to students in the College of Engineering AND in the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program, since the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program IS in the College of Engineering and thus covered by the college restriction. However, it is possible and effective to restrict a course to students in the College of Engineering AND the Major in Mathematics and Computer Science, B.S. in LAS, and the student registration system will allow ANY student in the College of Engineering OR the Major in Mathematics and Computer Science, B.S. in LAS, into the course.

If the course should be restricted to students enrolled in the Honors College, check the box for Honors College enrollment. In addition to requiring that students be enrolled a college or major above, Banner will not allow students to register unless they are also members of the Honors College.

Students who are not enrolled in the above colleges or majors who wish to enroll must obtain a permit override by the department to enroll in the course.

In the text box provided, indicate any other restrictions that are not covered above, such as enrollment in specific minors, concentrations, or groups, such as the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program. Note any restrictions entered into this box will not be monitored by Banner, but will be advisory and noted in the Schedule and catalogs unless they are noted otherwise in the text box.

Restrictions, prerequisites, and corequisites should be considered together. They should be thought of collectively and cumulatively, in reference to academic programs, and not simply in terms of a specific course or courses. Each course should have the minimum restrictions, prerequisites, and corequisites, so that students can progress smoothly through their academic programs. Such sensible restrictions, prerequisites, and corerequisites will insure access to all courses for which students have the appropriate academic preparation. At the same time, instructors can assume the requisite substantive knowledge and skills among all students enrolled in the course. Restrictions, prerequisites, and corerequisites should be stated in ways that provide maximum course access and insure a quality learning environment for all enrolled in the course. Units should consider restrictions, prerequisites, and corequisites in relation to students who enter UIC's undergraduate and graduate programs from other universities.

Courses that attract general enrollment, grant General Education credit, or are service courses outside the college or department should generally not be restricted.

A restriction should be reduced to the "lowest common denominator" possible and be worded as simply as possible. It should encompass the broadest student group(s) possible, yet be specific enough to be useful. For example: If all of the undergraduate students in a given college should have automatic access to a course, the restriction should be based on college (rather than majors).

Restrictions – Examples

Sample College and Major Restrictions monitored in BANNER:

  1. Open only to undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration
               NOTE: Unit would click on the college restriction pull-down menu, and click again on College of Business Administration. Banner would give only those students who are undergraduates in the College of Business Administration automatic access to the course. (Banner would deny all other students automatic access to the course.)


  2. Open only to students in the B.S. Health Information Management program
               NOTE: Unit would click on the major restriction pull-down menu, and click again on Health Information Management: B.S. Banner would give only those students who are in the B.S. in Health Information Management program automatic access to the course. (Banner would deny all other students automatic access to the course.)

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  4. Open only to undergraduate Engineering students who are also in the Honors College.
               NOTE: Unit would click on the college restriction pulldown menu, and click again on Engineering (22); then check the box for "Honors College." Banner would give only those students who are in the College of Engineering AND in the Honors College automatic access to the course. (Banner would deny all other students automatic access to the course.)

           
Restriction that cannot be monitored in Banner and the unit would need to monitor:

  1. Restricted to students enrolled in the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program.
               NOTE: The unit would give only those students who are enrolled in LARES access to the course. (The unit would deny all other students access to the course.) This information would be typed into the text box provided in the restrictions area of page 4.



Credit Restrictions – Instructions

Credit is not given for this course if the student has credit in any of the following:

Enter the course subject and number of any course whose content is so closely related to this course that a student who completed such a course should not be able to obtain credit for this course. If the course subject and/or number of a course will be changed, use the proposed subject and number.

NOTE: If this course is a cross-listed course, do not enter the "non-controlling" versions of the course in this response.

In the text box provided, insert any additional text or statements of a general nature regarding duplication of course content.

Graduation Credit Limitations for Students:

In the text box provided, indicate the colleges, schools, majors, or other programs that will not award graduation credit for the course.

In this response, indicate those programs that do not/will not awarded graduation credit for this course.

DO NOT include groups of students that will not get graduation credit as a consequence of the campus number system. For example, graduate students will not receive graduation credit for courses numbered 100 through 399. Normally, undergraduate students do not receive graduation credit for courses numbered 500 through 699.

The above information will appear in the course catalog as:

No graduation credit given for students enrolled in:

If the course awards no graduation credit to any students, check the box preceding “No graduation credit is given for any students.” By definition, all 0-level courses will not award graduation credit to any students and this box should always be checked.

If the course awards no graduation credit to any students, the following statement will appear in the course catalog:

No graduation credit.

A course cannot disallow graduation to both certain students and all students, so either select majors or colleges, or explain groups of students in the text box, OR check the box provided indicating that no students will obtain graduation credit.

Courses may not award graduation credit to students in specific colleges, majors, concentrations, or other special programs.

Credit Restrictions – Examples

  1. ECON 120 ECON 121
    [A new course, ECON 130, is being proposed. ECON 120 and ECON 121 are being retained. The content of ECON 130 significantly duplicates the content of ECON 120 and ECON 121. ECON 120 and ECON 121 need to be entered so that a student who has credit in either ECON 120 or ECON 121 will not attempt to also get credit in ECON 130.]
    NOTE: Will appear in course catalog listing for ECON 130 as: Credit is not given for ECON 130 if the student has credit in ECON 120 or ECON 121.


  2. MCS 370
    [Much overlap has been found between EECS 365 and MCS 370. Thus, EECS is changing their course to add MCS 370 as a no credit course. A student who has credit in MCS 370 will be warned that credit will not also be given in EECS 365.]
    NOTE: Will appear in course catalog listing for EECS 365 as: Credit is not given for EECS 365 if the student has credit in MCS 370.



Sample “No graduation credit” statements:

  • No graduation credit given for students enrolled in: Architecture and the Arts, Business Administration, or Engineering.


  • No graduation credit for students enrolled in the Concentration in Earth Sciences, Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.A. in LAS.


  • No graduation credit given for students enrolled in: the Major in Communication: B.A. in LAS.


  • No graduation credit given for students enrolled in: the BA, BS, MA or PhD degrees given by the Department of Economics. However, credit earned in Economics 441 may be applied toward the degree as a free elective in any of these areas.