How to Propose a New Course or Course Change Through the Curriculum Committee

 I. Initiation of a New Course Proposal

 A new course proposal should be initiated by the faculty member who expects to teach the course. The following are guidelines in preparing the course proposal:

  • The faculty member should prepare a tentative course outline
  • Consult with the UNL Undergraduate Bulletin or UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin to determine if any duplications exist.
  • Survey students and departmental and college faculty to establish the demand for such a course.
  • Identify prerequisites for student success
  • After consultation with the unit administrator and the unit teaching faculty, the faculty member should prepare the course proposal packet.

The course proposal packet must include the following:

A. A completed "CASNR Curriculum Committee Action Cover Sheet"

B. A completed "Request for Change in Curriculum" Form (Form A)

Justification Statement to include:

  • Course level and rationale
  • Expected student enrollment
  • Relationship to other courses
     

Proposed Bulletin Listing to include:

  • Course number
  • Course Title
  • Crosslistings
  • Credit Hours
  • Term Offered
  • Lecture credit hours, lab credit hours, quiz credit hours, recitation credit hours
  • Prerequisites
  • Notes
  • Course description

C.A letter of support from the crosslisted unit, if the course is crosslisted,.

D. The Course Syllabus* including the following :

  • Course title
  • Contact information
    • Instructor name
    • Office location
    • Contact information (telephone number and/or e-mail address)
    • Office hours
  • Required materials (including texts and personal equipment such as a calculator)
  • Course prerequisites
  • Attendance policy, if any
  • Special policies for the course, if any
  • Assessment
    • A list of papers, exams and other assessments that will contribute to the students grades, along with the exact or approximate value of those assessments either in points or percent of total grade. Repeated small assessment, such as homework or quizzes, can be considered as one time in the list of assessments
  • Measureable Behavioral Objectives
  • Course Outline
  • Course description
  • Due dates for major assignments: place, date, time of final exam
  • Policy regarding late assignments
  • Policy regarding academic dishonesty
  • ADA statement:
    • Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 472-3787 voice or TTY.
       
  • ACE required material, if applicable
    • Learning outcome for which the course is certified
    • The opportunities the course will give students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the Learning Outcome
    • Graded assignments which will be used
       
       

 * Course syllabus format is based on information from the following websites:
http://www.unl.edu/asenate/syllabuspolicy.pdf
http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/dev/teachingtools/syllabus-checklist.shtml
http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/documents/syllabus_memo.pdf
http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/teaching@unl/index.shtml
 

E. Appendices

  • Capstone Application, if applicable

Please send the course proposal packet electronically to cwusk1@unl.edu

II. How to Propose Changes to Existing Courses
Submit a course proposal packet electronically to cwusk1@unl.edu. The course packet must include the following:

A. A completed "CASNR Curriculum Committee Action Cover Sheet"

B.  A completed "Request for Change in Curriculum" Form (Form A).

  • Justification Statement to include:
    • Course level and rationale
    • Expected student enrollment
    • Relationship to other courses

 

  • Proposed Bulletin Listing to include:
    • Course number
    • Course Title
    • Crosslistings
    • Credit Hours
    • Term Offered
    • Lecture credit hours, lab credit hours, quiz credit hours, recitation credit hours
    • Prerequisites
    • Notes
    • Course description

C. A letter of support from the crosslisted unit, if the course is crosslisted.

 

III. Unit Administrator's Responsibility
The unit administrator should discuss with the faculty member the demand for the course and its place in the total course offerings within that department and within the college. The unit administrator should determine whether the faculty member will have the appropriate teaching FTE needed to offer such a course. The unit administrator should also review and approve the budget for the course.

IV. Dean of College
The CASNR Dean's Office should receive a copy of the proposal through the unit administrator. When the CASNR Curriculum Committee has approved the curriculum requests and recommends the course to the CASNR faculty for approval, the Dean or Dean's designee will make available the detailed course request for review by interested faculty members and be prepared to answer questions concerning the request.
The Dean is responsible for reviewing the budget requests for the new course.


V. The Curriculum Committee of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
The CASNR Curriculum Committee is delegated the responsibility for detailed discussion and review of all new courses, both undergraduate and graduate. This committee will review the course proposal packet, appropriateness of the prerequisites, and the appropriateness of the course number. It will request modifications as needed, and, when satisfied, recommend approval by the faculty.


VI. Subsequent Actions
Following approval by the CASNR Curriculum Committee, 800 level courses and above, require UNL Graduate Council approval. For courses below the 800 level, the requests are sent to the University Curriculum Committee. Courses with a 400/800 designation are sent to both.
A new course is expected to be offered for the first time in the next academic year, unless otherwise requested by the faculty member. Please contact Keith Dawson (kdawson2@unl.edu ) for assistance regarding the Schedule of Classes.


VII. Anticipated Approval Timeline
Faculty should plan on a MINIMUM of four months during the academic year, assuming that a proposal is approved at each stage without a request for change or clarification. None of the academic oversight committees meet during the summer

 Time Table for Submitting Curriculum Material

ProcedureTime Line
A completed "CASNR Curriculum Committee Curriculum Action Cover Sheet." Submit curriculum requests to: CASNR Curriculum Committee, 103 AgH 0702.Two weeks before the CASNR Curriculum Committee meeting. (Usually the first and third Friday of the month)
Summary of Actions prepared and mailed to faculty and department heads. 
- Sent electronically
Allow one week following Curriculum Committee meeting to receive the Summary of Actions.
Faculty and department heads review Summary of Actions.Department heads have two weeks to notify the Dean (in writing) of appeal.
All faculty approved course requests are e-mailed from CASNR Dean's Office to the UNL Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Council.The Secretary of UNL Curriculum Committee must receive curriculum requests by the 18th of the month to be put on the agenda for the following month.
Items approved by the UNL Curriculum Committee are e-mailed to the Dean's Office. The Office of Academic Affairs posts a Log of Activities.The UNL Curriculum Committee actions are e-mailed to CASNR department heads when they are available. An e-mail will be sent to the faculty notifying them that Actions are posted.

The following example illustrates the above table.

Note: It will take approximately four months to process a curriculum request.

October 7Requests submitted to CASNR Curriculum Committee
October 21CASNR Curriculum Committee meets
October 28Summary of Actions is e-mailed to faculty
November 11Deadline for Appeal from Department Heads
November 18Deadline for submitting requests to UNL Curriculum Committee for January agenda
DecemberUNL Curriculum Committee meets and approves curriculum requests

NOTE: This calendar of activity would result in the course being first listed in the undergraduate bulletin the following year.

Undergraduate Bulletin Copy

Items must be through the entire approval process to be included in the next undergraduate bulletin. To ensure inclusion, authors should have new course proposals approved by the UCC and the Graduate Council, if appropriate, by December 1.

Graduate Studies Bulletin Copy

The Graduate Studies Bulletin is available on-line at http://www.unl.edu/unlpub/bulletin_grad/