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Prerequisites

(page 4 of course request)

Instructions

Prerequisites: Background

Prerequisites should reflect a need for (usually) prior academic preparation.
Prererequisites, corequisites, and restrictions 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 prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions, so that students can progress smoothly through their academic programs. Such sensible prerequisites, corerequisites, and restrictions 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. Prerequisites, corerequisites, and restrictions 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 prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions in relation to students who enter UIC's undergraduate and graduate programs from other universities.

Usually a prerequisite is a course (e.g., BIOS 101) that may be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. However, a prerequisite may also consist of other subject matter preparation, such as preparation in mathematics as reflected in a designated score on the mathematics placement test.

Sometimes a unit will require that a course must be taken at the same time as another course, and the student does not have the option to take the course as a prerequisite. These types of relationships are handled in the section called “Corequisites.”

Some prerequisites refer to background that is more general, and may include evidence of superior performance or a combination of previous coursework and experience. Such prerequisites are usually placed in the text box.

Please note that most prerequisites are not monitored in the current Banner student registration system. For most courses, Banner will not check for completion of prerequisites when students attempt to web register, regardless of the prerequisites placed in the Schedule. Therefore, prerequisites must be checked by the departments and colleges if they are to be enforced. (Note: The campus is beginning to use enforced prerequisite checking functionality in Banner for a limited number of courses. The campus enforces prerequisites for a total of 6 undergraduate courses, with that number expected to grow in the coming semesters. If your unit is interested in enforcing prerequisites for select courses, contact the Office of Programs and Academic Assessment (OPAA).

To control enrollment, units can use the “Special Approval Code” for courses that require general approval to register. Courses which have been assigned the “Special Approval Code” will allow no students to register via Banner; rather, students must be issued a permit override to register, once eligibility to enroll has been verified.)

Note: It is possible to restrict a course to students enrolled in a specific college, major, level, degree, or program code, and Banner will enforce this restriction when students attempt to register. If you would like to restrict the course to students enrolled in a specific degree program, DO NOT enter this information here as a course prerequisite! This information should be entered in major/college restrictions section on page 4.

Inserting Course Prerequisites:

Enter by course subject and course number all courses that should be taken in advance of, or concurrently with, this course. Select a connecting word, “and” or “or” for each group of prerequisites by clicking on the desired word. If a minimum grade is required in a prerequisite group, click on the arrow in the grade requirement box and select the minimum grade required. The minimum grade selected will apply to all courses in that group. Indicate a course that may be taken concurrently with this course by clicking on the small box that follows the course subject and number. See examples for further direction to determine when to use a single group or more than one group when combining prerequisites.

NOTE: Only course subjects and course numbers can be entered in these fields.

NOTE: If this course is part of a sequence of courses (e.g., the third course in a sequence, where the first course is prerequisite for the second course, and the second course is to be a prerequisite for this course), only the second course should be entered as a prerequisite for this course. For example: This course is the third course in a sequence of three GER courses. GER 101 is a prerequisite for GER 102, and GER 102 is to be a prerequisite for this course. GER 102, but not GER 101, should be entered as prerequisite for this course.

Course-Related/Placement Test Prerequisites:

If an additional course-related or placement test prerequisite will follow the course prerequisites, click on the arrow in the box in this section to bring up the menu of possible choices. If one of these phrases applies, select the desired phrase and click again. You may only select one phrase from the pull-down menu. Note that if more than one phrase applies, you must add any additional phrases into the text box.

Minimum Class Standing Level:

If a specific class standing level is required, click on the arrow in the box in this section to bring up the menu of possible choices. Select the phrase that applies and click again. You may only select one phrase from the pull-down menu.

If no selection is chosen, there is no minimum class standing required, except that required by the level of the course according to University policy (see Course Numbering System). In general:

  • 100-499 level courses are open to undergraduate, graduate and some professional students. Most professional and all graduate students may not receive degree credit for courses numbered below 400. Professional programs not requiring a degree for admission award graduation credit for 300-level courses.


  • Courses at the 500-level do not need to indicate “Graduate standing” since by definition, these are all restricted to students with graduate standing. [Note that the course numbering system allows both undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in 400-level courses; thus any 400-level course being restricted to graduate students only does require the standing level “Graduate standing.”]

    NOTE: For a 500-level course, a more specific restriction such as the one that follows may be considered:

    Open only to Ph.D. students.


  • Courses at the 600-level do not need to indicate “Professional standing.”
    If you are restricting a course to students enrolled in a specific degree program or college, any class standing level prerequisite you place on the course may be redundant information, so care should be taken to only include a class standing level that is not assumed in restriction information. Consider the following example:

    Phar 373, Hospital Practice Clerkship, is to be restricted to students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy. The course catalog will contain the line:

    Restricted to Pharmacy

    And the Banner student registration system will enforce this. Because this monitored restriction is in place, the class standing level “Professional standing” becomes redundant and is unnecessary.

    Note that if the College of Pharmacy wishes to specify that students need to be in the fourth year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, however, this needs to be added. Thus, the class standing phrase “Completion of the third year of the program.” would need to be added in the Class Standing Level section above.


Approval Prerequisite Statements:

If an approval prerequisite statement is required, click on the arrow in the box in this section to bring up the menu of possible choices. If one of these phrases applies, select the desired phrase and click again. You may only select one phrase from the pull-down menu. Note that if more than one phrase applies, you must add any additional phrases into the text box.

Additional Text Box:

If a course is to include a prerequisite(s) that cannot be defined by subject and course number, class standing level, or one of the specific phrases in the Additional Common Prerequisites above, enter the text into the Additional Text Box.

After you insert a prerequisite, you are encouraged to click on the "view" button to preview how the prerequisite will read. In some cases, the desired results may not be achieved upon first entry. If you have questions or problems designing prerequisite statements, contact OPAA, 3-3463.

Examples

  1. A student needs credit in GEOG 100 to enroll in GEOG 200.
    A unit completed only row a) of GEOG 200 as follows:
    (a) (GEOG 100 [ ] and/or _______ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] )
    Upon approval of the course, the following prerequisite will appear in the course catalog:
    GEOG 100.


  2. A student needs credit in PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 320 or consent of the instructor to enroll in PSCH 321.
    A unit completed the following on PSCH 321:
    (a) Course prerequisites (row a): PSCH 343 [ ] and PSCH 320 [X ] and _______ [ ] and _______ [ ] )
    (b) On the pulldown menu for Approval Prerequisite Statements, the department selects “or consent of the instructor.”
    Upon approval of the course, the following prerequisite will appear in the course catalog:
    PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 321; or consent of the instructor.


  3. A student needs credit in MATH 070 and credit or concurrent registration in MATH 090 or appropriate score on the department placement test to enroll in MATH 144.
    A unit completes the following on MATH 144:
    (a) Course prerequisites (row a): MATH 070 [ ] and MATH 090 [X] and _______ [ ] and _______ [ ] )
    (b) On the pulldown menu for Course-Related/Placement Test Prerequisites, the department selects “or appropriate score on the department placement test.”
    Upon approval of the course, the following prerequisite will appear in the course catalog:
    MATH 070 and credit or concurrent registration in MATH 090; or appropriate score on the department placement test.


  4. A student needs credit in FR 301, junior standing, approval of the department, and any two courses from among FR 202, FR 231, and FR 232 to enroll in FR 375.
    A unit completes the following:
    (a) Course Prerequisites (row a): (FR 301 [ ] and/or________ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] )
    (b) On the pulldown menu for Class standing level, the unit selects “and junior standing or above”
    (c) On the pulldown menu for Approval Prerequisite Statements, the department selects “and approval of the department.”
    (d) In the text box, the unit types “and any two courses from among FR 202, FR 231, and FR 232.”
    Upon approval of the course, the following prerequisite will appear in the course catalog:
    FR 301; and junior standing or above; and approval of the department;
    and any two courses from among FR 202, FR 231, and FR 232.


  5. A student needs credit with a grade of C or better in both MCS 261 and MCS 275, or in only EECS 370, to enroll in EECS 476. In all cases, students must be seniors or above.
    A unit completes the following:
    a) On prerequisite courses, row a) (MCS 261 [ ] and MCS 275 [ ] and/or ________[ ] ) On pull-down menu for the grade requirement, unit chooses “C”
    or [connector between groups a) and b)]
    b) On prerequisites courses, row b) (EECS 370 [ ] and/or _______ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] ) On pull-down menu for the grade requirement, unit chooses “C”
    c) On the pulldown menu for Class standing level, the unit selects “and senior standing or above”
    Upon approval of the course, the following prerequisite will appear in the course catalog:
    Grade or C or better in MCS 261 and Grade of C or better in MCS 275; or Grade of C or better in EECS 370; and senior standing or above.


  6. To enroll in Ed 432, students in the undergraduate teacher certification program must take Ed 200 and Ed 210; students in the graduate teacher certification program must take one from Ed 402, Ed 403, or PS 401 and one from Ed 421, Ed 422, or Ed 445.
    A unit completed item 10 as follows:
    a) On prerequisite courses, row a) (ED 402 [ ] or ED 403 [ ] or PS 401 [ ] and/or _______ [ ] )
    and [connector between groups a) and b)]
    b) On prerequisite courses, row b) (ED 321 [ ] or ED 422 [ ] or ED 445_ [ ] and/or _______ [ ] )
    c) In the Text Box, the unit types “for students enrolled in the graduate teacher certification program; or ED 200 and ED 210 for students enrolled in the undergraduate teacher certification program.”
    Upon approval of the course, the following prerequisite will appear in the course catalog:
    ED 402 or ED 403 or PS 401; and ED 421 or ED 422 or ED 445 for students enrolled in the graduate teacher certification program; or ED 200 and ED 210 for students enrolled in the undergraduate teacher certification program.


Here are some examples of prerequisites that would need to be typed into the text box:

  • Completion of the core courses in the degree program in which the student is enrolled and approval of the internship program by the graduate adviser and the graduate curriculum committee.

  • Two history course at the 300 or 400 level.

  • Knowledge of research design.

  • 6 hours of English from among Engl 241, 242, 243, or 300; or consent of the instructor.

  • Good academic standing in a teacher education program, completion of 100 clock hours of pre-student teacher field experiences, and approval of the college or department of concentration.