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General Reason for the Request

(page 1 of course request)


Enter in the text box a rationale for the new course, changed course, or for dropping the course.

*A general reason for course changes and drops is required. A general reason for new courses is optional. A well-prepared rationale will assist reviewers in quickly assessing the type of review and extent of review required at that level, especially for course changes. A well-written rationale may expedite the review of the request; therefore, it is strongly suggested that units carefully write rationales with this in mind.

The general reason for course changes should explain what is being changed, and why the course is changing. The rationale should relate to all aspects of the course being changed, without going into extensive detail describing each individual item being modified. For example, if the course is being updated to take into account changes in technology, this explanation will probably cover any changes being made to the title, catalog description, objectives, topics, and/or textbooks. If the credit hours are being changed, this requires a different type of rationale, which will cover related changes made to topics and contact hours. Changes in prerequisites, corequisites, or course restrictions require a different type of justification, related to why the students need more or less preparation to succeed in the course. Requesting that the course be cross-listed or award special types of credit, such as General Education Credit should also be identified as an item being changed, and may be adequate justification for making additional changes to the course in order to obtain such credit (e.g., to prerequisites, topics, etc.).

Examples for Course Changes:

  1. Expansion of course from 2 to 3 lectures per week is proposed and an increase of credit hours from 2 to 3. Surveys of students who took the current version of Chem 305 indicate that most would enroll in and complete the 3 semester-hour version proposed here. The additional time will allow more thorough coverage of essentials of the topic. Additionally, the altered course would serve as the center of a new “Environmental Option” for the B.S. in LAS, Major in Chemistry that the Department is investigating.

  2. Course is being changed from 3 hours for all students to 3 hours for undergraduates and 4 hours for graduate students. This change brings the credit hours in line with that used in other 400-level courses, which use the differential credit hour allowed for graduate students enrolled.

  3. Correction of the no credit course: Chem 116 should be replaced by Chem 114. In addition, the textbook is being updated and a typographical error in the catalog description is being corrected.

  4. Ph.D. students repeat this course to fulfill their Ph.D. thesis requirement. The catalog statement should notify students that the course may be repeated for credit.

  5. Course will now be restricted in the student registration system to Art History majors. It is specifically designed for research into methodologies and theories of the discipline. This course is required of all majors in the Department of Art History.

  6. We are requesting to renumber BioS 420 to BioS 320. The Department is developing a 500 level graduate course in developmental biology. Bios 420 will become redundant for graduate students. Also, the course is difficult to teach because of the different levels of acquired knowledge between graduate and undergraduate students.

Examples for Dropping a Course:

  1. This course was proposed by a faculty member who is no longer in the Department. The Department recently reviewed all courses listed in the catalog, and found that this course no longer meets the departments teaching mission.

  2. Much of the content of this course is transferred to the new course PA 415, Organizational Theory and Public Management. The old course focuses on organizational theory and analysis in the context of political institutions and impact on policy that is more appropriate for a degree in political science. The new course emphasizes organizational theory as it applies to management, which is more appropriate to public administration.

  3. This course is being dropped as a result of the revision of the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program which extended clinical contact hours. In order to accommodate these additional hours in the curriculum it became necessary to begin the senior year immediately following the junior year. This change does not allocate time for an extension of junior clinics, however, students may register for DAdm 399 (Extended Senior Clinics) to complete remaining requirements.

Examples for a New Course:

  1. New course being proposed as a requirement for the B.S. in Health Information Management, which is currently under revision. This course will meet the needs of new accreditation requirements.

  2. New topics course at the 200-level will enable our Department to offer subjects not covered in permanently approved courses.

  3. New elective course being created by a new faculty member interested in the area of gender studies.

  4. The content in this course has, up until now, been offered informally to students seeking the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. The college would now like to formalize the content under a new course subject and number, thus allowing the course and grade to be displayed on the students' transcripts.