Too many students were taking 507 (Cognitive Neuroscience) who did not understand the basics of cognitive science. Professors of this course felt like they were spending too much time re-covering the basics and this was slowing down the course. Hence, we are making PSYC 405 (Cognitive Psychology) a mandatory prerequisite. We have removed 400 (Learning & Memory) and 450 (Sensation & Perception) as possible prerequisites as they do not address enough cognitive psychology to be useful prerequisites. We did not require a neuroscience prereq (455 and 460), because faculty felt like this was not as important as having the cognitive background. Additionally, we did not want to create a bottleneck by having too many prereqs. Cognitive neuroscience is an expanding field and we believe that these sorts of integrative classes are important and as many students as possible should have access to this course.
Please update the prerequisite section to list a minimum grade for each course.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
The committee did notice three issues with the syllabus.
1) The syllabus is suppose to include the Bulletin Course description, but this is missing in the submitted syllabus. While the guidelines do require that you include the Bulletin Description, you have the option of also including a more detailed course description that provides more information for the class being offered.
2) Include a diversity statement in the syllabus. CTE has some sample statements on their sites. (https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/cte/teaching_resources/syllabus_templates/syllabus_statement_examples/index.php)
3) The syllabus show the old prereqs. This should be updated.
Please add the Bulletin Description to the syllabus the next time the course is taught.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chairjgerdes@sc.eduFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses803-777-8529
Update will appear in the 2021 Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletins to be published 2.15.20.