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650 Course Development and Revision

650.01 Registration of New and Revised Courses

  1. Every new and revised course must be registered on a prescribed form, available in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and approved by the following before the course may be offered. Requests for new and revised courses are processed throughout the year.
    1. Department or unit chair.
    2. Appropriate dean.
    3. Administrator responsible for General Education, if appropriate.
    4. Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. Some minor course revisions need only be registered with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and do not require formal approval by the persons identified above. Such changes include alterations of course descriptions which clarify but do not alter the thrust of the course, changes in course title, and number changes at the same level (e.g., from 334 to 376).
  3. Any course offered for credit must be part of a registered curriculum as a general education course, a major requirement, or an elective.
  4. Credit earned at the undergraduate level must be for "college-level work" and at the graduate level for work designed expressly for graduate students.
  5. Each curriculum and its courses must be well defined in writing, with course descriptions clearly stating the subject matter and requirements of each course. The College Catalog should contain current, up-to-date descriptions.

650.02 Liberal Arts (1) and Non-Liberal Arts (2) Course Designations

  1. Courses may not be registered as both (1) and (2). Courses so registered should be reregistered as either (1) or (2).
  2. For courses which combine both liberal arts and non-liberal arts elements, the course designation should reflect the majority element.
  3. Courses that are cross-listed must carry the same designation, (1) or (2), in all registrations, with the exception of courses which are liberal arts in content but must be registered as non-liberal arts because of external regulations.
  4. The Faculty Senate recommends the following guidelines for determining (1) and (2) designations:
  5. Locus of value:
    • In the subject or skill.
    • In certification or conformation of the student as a practitioner or professional in the subject or skill.
  6. Subjects taught:
    • Arts and sciences.
    • Arts and sciences as they are directly applied to businesses, industries, professions, trades, crafts, performing arts and sports, etc.
  7. Skills taught:
    • Not limited to a specific profession but possibly of use in several. even if of general use, directed toward uses in professions, jobs, trades, etc.
    • Even if of general use, directed toward uses in professions, jobs, trades, etc.
  8. End or objective:
    • Intellectual development.
    • Application of intellectual development in the performance of skills.

650.03 Registration of Courses on an S/U Basis

A course may be offered on an exclusive S/U basis only if it is part of a program and has been so registered with the program. Such courses do not count toward the maximum number of S/U courses a student may count toward graduation.

650.04 Registration of Cross-Listed Courses and Other Courses Affecting Several Departments

If a course requires cross listing or affects another department as a function of prerequisites, the department responsible for the course must consult with the other department involved before submitting its request for approval to the dean.

650.05 Contact/Credit Hour Relationship

The State University of New York has established a set of definitions and practices controlling the relationship between contact and credits in the various formats of study with which credit may properly be associated. A particular course may be composed of a combination of the following elements.

  1. Lecture, seminar, quiz, discussion, recitation: A credit is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester-credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions.
  2. Activity supervised as a group (laboratory, field trip, practicum, workshop, group studio): A credit is awarded for the equivalent of fifteen periods of such activity, where each activity period is 150 minutes or more in duration with little or no outside preparation expected. Forty-five 50-minute sessions of such activity would also normally earn one credit. Where such activity involves substantial outside preparation by the student, the equivalent of fifteen periods of 100 minutes duration each will earn one credit.
  3. Supervised individual activity (independent study, individual studio, tutorial):
    1. One credit for independent study (defined as study given initial guidance, criticism, review and final evaluation of student performance by a faculty member) will be awarded for the equivalent of forty-five 50-minute sessions of student academic activity.
    2. Credit for tutorial study (defined as study which is given initial faculty guidance followed by repeated, regularly scheduled individual student conferences with a faculty member, and periodic as well as final evaluation of student performance) will be awarded on the basis of one credit for each equivalent of fifteen contact hours of regularly scheduled instructional sessions.
  4. Full-time independent study (student teaching, practicum): If a student's academic activity is essentially full-time (as in student teaching), one credit may be awarded for each week of work.
  5. Experiential learning: At its discretion, an institution may award credits for learning acquired outside the institution which is an integral part of a program of study. When life or work experience is to be credited as a concurrent portion of an academic program design, as in an internship, one credit will be awarded for each 40-45 clock-hour week of supervised academic activity that provides the learning considered necessary to program study.
  6. Credit by examination: At its discretion an institution may award credits for mastery demonstrated through credit by examination. When such credit by examination is allowed, it may be used to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining credits required for a degree.
  7. Short sessions: Credits may be earned in short sessions (summer sessions, intercessions, etc.) proportionately to those earned for the same activity during a regular term of the institution, normally at no more than one credit per week of full-time study.
  8. Overseas programs: Credits to be earned in approved overseas academic programs are considered on an individual basis following established procedures.

    The College may present educational justification for departures from these policies to the appropriate SUNY Vice Chancellor, who will be responsible for their interpretation.

    Other special arrangements will be considered on an individual basis by the Vice Chancellor.

650.06 Development of Courses to Meet the Computer Literacy Requirement

All undergraduate students matriculated at the College must complete successfully at least one course which has been approved as fulfilling the computer literacy requirement. Approved courses may be Breadth Component courses, Contemporary Issues courses, elective courses, and courses within an academic discipline which include an appropriate level of functional competency for the major in that discipline.

To be approved as meeting the computer literacy requirement, a course must incorporate an instructional unit or units of at least three weeks duration in which some "hands-on" experience is required and a minimum number of the "College at Brockport Objectives of Computer Literacy" are fulfilled.

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Last Updated 10/26/17

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