BIOL 206 is a non-majors genetics course that focuses on basic genetic principles with an emphasis on human heredity. Currently, the course is taught in the Fall and Spring semesters with a class size of roughly 50 students each semester. This class is a Carolina Core course, and counts as a SCI requirement for numerous majors across the university. However, as of Fall '17, the School of Nursing has instituted changes to their curriculum that would now require their Nursing majors to enroll in BIOL 206 as part of their program requirements. Beacause of this, the demand for additional seats in this course will be rising. It is believed that a minimum of 250 seats will be needed every Spring semester to accomodate the Nursing students that would be enrolling in this course during the second semester of their sophomore year. Because this is something the Biology Department cannot manage in the traditional face-2-face offering due to lack of instructors/faculty members available to teach this course, the Biology Department is proposing to change the course delivery for this class to an online format so that we can accommodate the demand for available "seats".
The online format would relief the pressure on finding teachers and meeting the increased demand for BIOL 206 from the School of Nursing.
Justification indicates that the course will be offered online. However, the course delivery notes it is only delivered face-to-face. Please answer the question "Is this course only offered face-to-face?" to NO if this is going to be offered online. Then, choose the appropriate percentage of delivery - such as 100% asynchronous and resubmit.
Small problem with the grading scale--you list what grades equal an A, B, C, etc., but the evaluation of assignments in the course equal more than 100 points (i.e. exams are worth 100 points apiece). What we need to do is have an explanation of how many points equal an A, etc. Please contact me if this does not make sense.
A table was included that shows exactly how many points equal a specific grade.
Change to course delivery only - effective term updated to Spring 2018
The Instructional Development Committee has reviewed the proposal for BIOL 206 and requests a few minor revisions before approval:
The term "understand" cannot be measured. Please view Bloom's taxonomy for Learning Outcome terms that are measurable.
Please provide full citations for reading and supplementary materials.
We recommend that points for each graded component should be listed in one place, perhaps along with the grading scale. Right now this information is spread throughout the syllabus.
It would be beneficial to have the learning minutes detailed out within each week.
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All requested changes were made.
Changes to Course Delivery Only - effective term = Fall 2018