C-1: DEVELOPING THE COURSE OFFERING
Principles Related to Developing the Course Offering
Developing the course offering is a shared responsibility of the academic units and the Office of the University Registrar. The academic units are responsible for determining which courses they will offer, section size and the number of offered sections, and the assignment of teaching faculty. The Registrar's Office is responsible for assigning general-purpose classrooms, recording college/department-controlled learning space, and publishing the Schedule of Courses. A joint responsibility is to distribute the assigned times such that courses and sections are appropriately distributed across the days of the week and periods of the day. This is required to maximize scheduling opportunities for students and to maximize the scheduling of learning space.
It is recognized that the size of the campus will lead to procedural differences among the various locations of the University. However, the principles presented within apply equally to all locations of the University.
The course offering process is an on going analysis of past, current, and future course demand, whereby the academic unit determines what courses should be offered in future semesters. This analysis should focus on the several different types of courses the academic unit may offer:
--courses required for majors, electives;
--special interest courses.
The Office of the University Registrar is available to assist in the planning process by providing course offering, program summary, and student enrollment data to the academic unit.
3. Establishing the Course Offering
Academic units should give consideration to the following guidelines in establishing their course offering:
--Schedule courses required in the major.
--Schedule general education courses.
--Schedule other regular elective courses.
--Schedule special interest courses on a faculty- and space-available basis.
--As soon as possible, ideally at the time of the initial offering, assign faculty to all offered courses and sections.
--Identify courses that should not be scheduled in time conflict with other courses.
--Identify specific classroom characteristics needed to support instruction, such as the need for technology.
--Specify course characteristics that will be helpful to students during registration.
--Where possible, set higher section limits for typically over-demanded courses.
--Avoid offering courses with histories of being under-enrolled.
Academic units are strongly encouraged to complete their course offering as fully as possible starting with the initial publication. This action insures that the complete course offering is available to the largest number of students, advisers, and faculty.
4. Publication of the Schedule of Courses
The course offering for a given semester is published approximately five months prior to the semester for which that offering is intended (dates may vary at campuses). The official and preferred University publication is on the World Wide Web. Included in the Web publication are all resident instruction delivered courses offered at all locations of the University and those continuing education delivered courses that are designated as "public." These "public continuing education courses" may be offered on or off campus.
5. Coordinated and Concurrent Courses
Some courses are to be scheduled concurrently with other courses or
as a set of coordinated courses. Academic units offering coordinated or concurrent
courses should clearly identify these courses by placing the appropriate designation in the course characteristic
field of the course offering.
6. Distribution by Meeting Periods and Days
In an effort to provide maximum scheduling opportunities for students and to maximize utilization of the classroom and other learning facilities, each location is encouraged to develop a course-scheduling matrix. The course-scheduling matrix appropriately distributes the course offering among the class meeting periods per day and days of the week.
Both the initial course offering and subsequent adjustments to the initial course offering must maintain the integrity of this distribution.
The academic unit recommends course-scheduling patterns. The campus Registrar has the final authority for determining the meeting times for all courses and for the assignment of general-purpose classrooms.
Academic units are permitted to schedule courses during the evening hours and on weekends.
7. "By Appointment" Courses
Those courses that do not meet on a regular schedule, such as independent study courses, research, or thesis preparation courses, may be scheduled as "by appointment." Room numbers listed for courses scheduled by appointment refer to the office number and building of the instructor or the head of the academic unit offering the course.
Class meeting times later arranged must be agreeable to all concerned and may not conflict with other scheduled courses.
8. Credit Courses of Less Than Full Semester Duration
Credit courses are normally scheduled for a full semester. Courses that are shorter than a full semester can be scheduled with the approval of the appropriate academic unit. The distribution of time between in-class activities and outside preparation varies from course to course. To earn 1 credit, the normal expectation is for the student to spend at least forty hours of work per semester. This work is planned and arranged by the faculty.
Several issues should be considered when an academic unit considers the offering of a credit course or combination of courses on a less-than-full semester basis such as:
--The student population expected to schedule the course;
--Whether the partial-semester course would prevent students from scheduling a normal load of full- semester courses;
--The academic and resource implications generated by the partial-semester course;
--The learning outcomes differences that may occur in the selection of full-or partial-semester courses.
Upon approval of the college dean, the campus chief academic officer, or their designee, the course request is forwarded
to the campus Registrar.
Revised: ACUE (3-4-99)
Revised: Editorial (1-20-10)