In an effort to better serve our students and to reach a broader audience, the Department of Retailing desires to make more of their graduate courses deliverable through distance learning method. Providing this course in an online format is important as all too often, retailers are unable to take courses on a campus. Quality asynchronous courses can benefit adult learners in the retailing field regardless of his/her physical location. The Department of Retailing has a proven track record of offering quality ADA approved distributed learning courses. Delivering RETL 551 Advanced Retail Business Planning via an asynchronous, 100% online format will also support the University’s efforts to make first-rate courses available to a wider scope of students, including those who may experience distance or time constraints (in particular retailers).
Friday, February 24, 2017
Ref: RETL 551
To: Katherine Annette Burnsed:
Katherine, congratulations RETL 551 was conditionally approved at our InDEV Committee meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017. However, a few edits must be made before full approval can be provided.
Below are the comments on RETL 551
from the INDEV Committee. If you have any questions, just let me know.
The course has been returned to you in Academic Programs Proposal System (APPS). Since this is an existing course and you are just adding distributed learning (DL), it only needs to go to Faculty Senate for approval after INDEV. Therefore, the syllabus must be edited and placed back in APPS and electronically approved by your (1) Department chair, (2) Steve Adams, and (3) your college representative. It is a good idea to email your department chair, Steve Adams and your college representative when you submit your edited proposal so that they are aware that the proposal is coming to them once again for approval. Once your college representative approves it electronically, it will be back in the INDEV queue so I can approve and forward it to Faculty Senate.
It would be best if you could get this all done prior to Spring Break so that it may move forward through the process. Again, if you have questions, just ask.
Don Jordan, Chair InDEV 2016 – 2017
Attachments: RETL 551 Comments by InDEV Committee
Summary of Comment for RETL 551
The Pass/Fail option for the course needs to be described, or the course needs to be registered as Standard Letter Grade Only.
The “Points” rubrics for the individual assignments need to be more clearly distinguished from the percentage of each assignment to the final grade. Currently, the language is confusing and at time leads one to believe that there is a total points system for the class as a whole.
Graduate students need additional learning outcome from undergraduates, and the assignment distinctions for graduate students ought to reflect those differences in learning outcomes.
More specific clarification for ADA compliance is needed.
The course prerequisite is a bit ambiguous. It seems as though in the “Full Course Description” at the beginning of the syllabus should have the sentence that reads “The course is open to…” add the clarification … and satisfy the course prerequisites.
Please feel free to ask for further clarification if needed.
Compiled by Michael C. Weisenburg
RETL 551 – INDEV Committee Comments
February 23, 2017
(Actual on-line comments by Committee Members) For your review
10. I find the catalog definition of RETL 551 to be not very informative. “Preparation of a prospectus for a projected new retail business.”
11. Is RETL 551 a course in Getting New Customers, establishing or searching for highly targeted database of prospects to enhance a business?
12. The prerequisite is Retail 351 or permission from the Dept. Chair. But later we find that the course is open to all persons who qualify for enrolling in a 500 level course at the University of South Carolina. How does 351 play here?
13. The course appears to meet the requirements for acceptance.
14. The course title needs to be included at the top somewhere.
15. Do graduate students need an additional learning outcome and/or assignment, etc?
16. the syllabus and the course proposal are very well written and comply with our requirements
17. the "Full Course description" at the beginning of the syllabus should change the following sentence as "The course is open to ...... and satisfy the course prerequisites". (add the bold text)
18. there should be extra learning outcome(s) for the graduate students,
End of RETL 551
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
Will be added to the 2018-19 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins in February 2018.