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Course Actions

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 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 all offerings meet the academic expectation of the University. 

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

Propose a new undergraduate course

New courses require approval by the Unit Head, College/School Representative, Curricula and Courses and Faculty Senate. 

Approval levels:

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

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed Learning (if DL course)
  3. College/School Representative
  4. 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.

Propose a change to features of a course

Changes to an existing course require approval by the Unit Head, Director of Distributed Learning (if adding DL delivery), College/School Representative, Carolina Core Committee (if change is to or adding a Carolina Core course) and Faculty Senate or Graduate Council.  Changes may include hours, bulletin description, pre-requisites, etc. 

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. Distributed Learning (if DL course)
  3. College/School Representative
  4. Carolina Core (if applicable)
  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.

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.

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. College/School Representative
  3. Carolina Core Committee
  4. 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 submit a new or change course proposal in APPS.

  1. On the Carolina Core tab, select Integrative Requirement from drop-down menu.
  2. In the Comments textbox provide the following information:
    “Note: Carolina Core Integrative Course, Major Name, Degree”. For example: ANTH 444, Anthropology, B.S.
  3. 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). No syllabus is required.


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 Office 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.

Propose Distributed Learning course delivery

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

If web delivery is > 50%, additional information must be provided in APPS and a syllabus provided that includes elements identified in the INDEV Checklist.

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?

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.

Propose Special Topics Courses (STC)

Adding a Special Topic for an existing special topics course does not require an APPS proposal. Undergraduate and Graduate courses need to complete Special Topics Form then email the form to Registrar's Office at regsch@mailbox.sc.edu.

 


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