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Course development consists of the creation of new courses and the revision or termination of existing courses. Revisions may include changes to the bulletin, delivery method, or other viable edits to be approved through faculty governance.

Course Development

Course development consists of creation and revision of curricula.

The faculty of the University has legislative authority over matters pertaining to the curriculum on the campus where they serve. Faculty governance committees on each campus review all requests to create, revise, or eliminate graduate and undergraduate courses to ensure that all offerings meet the academic expectation of the University.

See ACAF 2.03 Creation and Revision of Academic Courses [pdf]. 

New Course

Propose a new undergraduate course

New courses require approval by the Unit Head, College/School Representative, Curricula and Courses and Faculty Senate. If the course is a Distributed Learning (DL) course, approval from the Director of DL and the Instructional Development committee (INDEV) must be received.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed Learning (if DL course)
  3. College/School Representative
  4. Instructional Development (if DL course)
  5. Curricula and Courses (C & C)
  6. Faculty Senate

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The C & C committee and Faculty Senate may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.


Propose a new graduate course

New courses require approval by the Unit Head, College/School Representative, and Graduate Council. If the course is a Distributed Learning (DL) course, approval from the Director of DL and Instructional Development (INDEV) committee must be received.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed Learning (if DL course)
  3. College/School Representative
  4. Instructional Development (if DL course)
  5. Graduate Council

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Change a Course

Propose a change to features of a course

Changes to an existing course require approval by the Unit Head, Director of Distributed Learning (DL), College/School Representative, Instructional Development Committee, and Faculty Senate or Graduate Council. To make any changes to an existing course, be sure to select 'Change to Existing Course (CCP)' in APPS.  Changes may include hours, bulletin description, pre-requisites,etc. 

You may also designate an existing course as Carolina Core using the Change to Existing Course (CCP) action. Be sure to check the Carolina Core box.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed Learning
  3. College/School Representative
  4. Curricula and courses/ Faculty Senate or Graduate Council

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The C & C Committee, Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Terminate a Course

Propose a course termination

Course terminations require approval at Department, College Representative, Curricula and Courses/Faculty Senate or Graduate Council.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College/School Representative
  3. Curricula and Courses/Faculty Senate or Graduate Council

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The C & C Committee, Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Carolina Core Courses

Designating a foundational course as Carolina Core

Designating a course as Carolina Core requires approval by the Unit Head, College/School Representative, and Faculty Senate. See your Academic Program Liaison (APL) for guidance.

Designating New Courses
In APPS, select under Course Action Proposal as New Course Proposal (NCP) AND New/Change Carolina Core Course.

Designating Existing Courses
In APPS, select under Course Action Proposal as Change to Existing Course (CCP) AND New/Change Carolina Core Course

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed LearningCollege/School Representative
  3. Curricula and courses/ Faculty Senate

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The C & C Committee, Faculty Senate may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.


Integrative Course Proposals

An Integrative course is an upper division course that includes one or more learning outcomes from the Carolina Core. The purpose of this course is to ensure that learning outcomes from the Core are integrated into higher level classes in the major.  This process is based on the original intent of integrative courses from the 10-06-2010 Faculty Senate meeting which gave individual academic programs the leeway to design these courses as they see fit. The intent of these courses is to facilitate awareness and attention to some of the Core foundational skills or knowledge being threaded up through the curriculum.   As a result, regulatory oversight is ceded predominantly to the academic unit.

A department must identify one or more upper level major courses that incorporates one or more of the Carolina Core learning outcomes such that every student in that major will take at least one integrative course.  The following is the process to designate or delete an Integrative course.


Add an Integrative Course

To designate a course to be an Integrative Course and add the Integrative Course “Note” to the bulletin description, the unit proponent should follow the steps below.

  1. Log into APPS
  2. Click on Start New Proposal
  3. Click on Course Action Proposal
  4. Add Primary Proponent Contact Information and Additional Users if necessary
  5. In the Course Action Type section, select 'Change to Existing Course' and indicate the course level
  6. Continue to enter the proposal information and click 'Save & Continue' as you move forward through the proposal.
  7. In the Change Course tab, select Other Change (Specify).
  8. In the Other Change textbox key the following:
    “Note: Carolina Core Integrative Course, Major Name, Degree”. For example: ANTH 444, Anthropology, B.S.
  9. In the Justification section, enter which Carolina Core Learning outcomes are met by the course and how the course meets the Carolina Core Learning outcome(s).
  10. For Effective Term, select the next term as an Integrative Course does not impact other units and since it is in your major.
  11. Continue to click on Save & Continue until the Submit Proposal button appears.
  12. Click on Submit Proposal.


Delete an Integrative Course

For deletions of only the Integrative Course designation (not the whole course), the same process is used except the information you would provide in the Other Change (Specify) textbox is to remove the Carolina Core Integrative Course, Major, Degree information.


Integrative Course Approvals

Proposals must be approved by the:

  1. Unit Head
  2. College Representative
  3. Registrar
  4. Courses and Curricula Committee (approved as a consent agenda item)
  5. Faculty Senate

Upon Approval in Faculty Senate, the Integrative Course will be scribed into Degree Works. The APLs and the Associate Provost of Academic Programs will keep the information in their records. The Associate Provost of Academic Programs will also report the information to the Office of the Provost to ensure that the Carolina Core website is updated and the records in the Office of the Provost are updated.

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The C & C Committee, Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Distributed Learning Courses

Propose Distributed Learning course delivery

Adding Distributed Learning (DL) ( > 50% synchronous or asynchronous) to a course requires approval by the Academic Unit Head, Distributed Learning, College/School Representative, Instruction Development (INDEV) Committee, and Faculty Senate or Graduate Council.

If web delivery is > 50%, approval by Distributed Learning and the Instructional Development Committee is required and additional information must be provided in APPS pertaining to total learning minutes for the course.

If a new course will be offered via distributed learning, choose 'New Course Proposal' in APPS. If you are adding distributed learning to an existing course, choose 'Change to Existing Course'.

In the Distributed Learning Course Delivery tab, be sure to choose:

  • Yes for Do you wish to add or change the course delivery?
  • No for Is this course only offered face to face?

Proposed Delivery Methods
Please check the method(s) that will be used to deliver course instruction:

  • Traditional Face-to-Face Instruction. Must be combined with another method.
  • Web Delivery - Synchronous Instruction is delivered and received simultaneously.
  • Web Delivery - Asynchronous Instruction is delivered at one time and received at another.
  • Two Way Audio/Visual
  • Other Distance Delivery

Additional options as noted on this tab must be provided for clarification on the course.


Approval levels

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed Learning
  3. College/School Representative
  4. Instructional Development (INDEV)
  5. Curricula and Courses/Faculty Senate or Graduate Council

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system. The C & C Committee, Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.