Can clinical faculty submit a course proposal?
No, tenured or tenure-track faculty will need to propose the course. However, the syllabus can be from any level faculty (visiting, clinical, etc.).
How do I determine the effective term?
The effective term will generally be Fall 20XX, even if you plan to teach the course in Spring. If you are submitting a course request for a term past the current academic year, use Fall of that academic year. (Example, the current academic year is 2019-20. The course will be taught Spring 2021. Use Fall 2020 as the effective term.)
If a proposal is in workflow (having been submitted and waiting on an approval), can another proposal be submitted on the same course?
No, the first proposal must becompletely approved before another proposal can go forward.
How do I propose a new course that is a required course in a program?
1) Answer yes to the question on the proposal “Does the addition of this course impact the departmental curriculum?” State where and why it is a required course. Be specific about where it fits in that program.
2) Departments need to ensure that a required course will have instructional capacity. This can be done by adding multiple instructors to the course proposal and providing a statement that maps out when each instructor will teach the course.
Do I need to propose a new course if I want to teach a separate section of an existing special topics course (590, 199, etc.)?
No, paperwork is not needed. Simply have the department add the section.
How do I assign a permanent course number to a course that had been taught as a separate section under a special topics course?
You must propose a new course in CIM. If you want to combine the omnibus course with an existing course, you must edit the course in CIM to change the course description. In the justification, specify that you need to remove the Section/CRN for the existing special topics course.
If I have an 8-week four-hour course, how do I mark the question asking for the duration of the course? Is it a full-term course or less than full term?
It would be considered less than full term. This question refers to the duration of a full traditional semester.
If a course is online or hybrid instruction, does it have to go through additional reviews?
No, there generally is not an extra level of review for online or hybrid courses unless their addition significantly impacts an online program. CEEED can be involved if the course will cause a change in hours for a program or if there is something out of the ordinary the students are being asked to do.
What should the syllabus include?
Consult the Center for Teaching Excellence guidelines. In addition, it must include:
Can freshmen take a 300- or 400-level course?
Yes, nothing restricts a freshmen or sophomore from registering for a 400-level course (unless the unit sets up a restriction at the section level). However, it may be a challenge in marketing the course to freshmen as they may shy away from a 400-level course.
How do I request general education certification for a new course?
First set up the new course in CIM. After the course has been completely approved, go back into CIM Courses, edit the record, and complete the General Education section. More information on General Education courses can be found in the Revising an Existing Course internal.education.illinois.edu/preparing-course-program-proposals.
How do I propose a special topics course under a rubric (such as 199, 590, etc.)?