Special Guidelines for Submission of Courses

Numbered X9XX – Revised Fall 2007

In order to evaluate whether the course should be graded and the number of credit hours, the University Curriculum Committee requires a sample course outline for directed studies, practicum courses, internships, special problems, and special topics. Although it is not necessary to provide a daily/weekly schedule for readings, the sample syllabus should include a listing of sources, examples of sources, or other set of descriptors. If the courses are variable credit, the outline should indicate the volume of work associated with each credit.

Explanation of types of instruction associated with specific numbers:

  1. Directed Studies: (Standard Course Number: X90X)
    Note: Formerly courses with this number were called “Independent Study”. The term “Independent Study” was deleted with the implementation of the Directed Studies Definition and Policy adopted by the President on August 10, 2006, and revised April 2007.Individualized in-depth study of a particular subject undertaken by one or a few advanced undergraduate or graduate students well in their major and is taken under the guidance of a professor. Normal grading is S/U.
  2. Practicum: (Standard Course Number: X91X)
    Supervised practical application of previously learned theory. This number may also be used for field experience, experiential learning, service learning, supervised teaching.
  3. Internship: (Standard Course Number: X92X)
    A training period in supervised actual service, usually to a profession. 

    Note: The internship generally scheduled in the senior year, whereas a practicum may occur at an earlier point in the educational experience. The practicum typically carries fewer credit hours than the internship.

  4. Number Not Assigned: (Standard Course Number:X93X)
    This number has not been assigned. Departments may use this number when they have a need for two types of Directed Studies or Special Problems, or two internships, for example. Normally, it would be used when a department wants both a graded and S/U graded version of a standard *9* course.
  5. Number Not Assigned to a Standard Definition: (Standard Course Number :X94X)This number has not been assigned to a standard definition. Units that have unique requirements for an individualized study course such as for remediation will opt for this number.
  6. Seminar: (Standard Course Number: X95X)
    At the Undergraduate level and Graduate level, this number is reserved for the presentation and discussion of an in- depth study experience or readings in the student’s area of specialization and is taken under the guidance of a professor.

    The grading is normal grading (A,B,C,D,F).At the Graduate level, this number is also reserved for the experience in which graduate students present the outcomes of their thesis work. S/U grading is required by the Graduate School when the seminar is for this purpose.

  7. Special Problems: (Standard Course Number: X96X)
    Note: Special Problems courses were formerly the X93X number. The X96X course number was formerly called “Readings” but the name was changed to “Special Problems” with the implementation of the Directed Studies Policy in August 2006 and revised April 2007.

    Special Problems are similar to the specialized project or research on a special topic in the discipline undertaken by one or a few advanced undergraduate or graduate students under the guidance of a professor. In this case, the grading is normal grading. (A,B,C, D, F).

  8. Special Topics: (Standard Course Number: X97X)
    Regular classes to be taught on a temporary or experimental basis. In some colleges/schools, this course would be taught in the form of a seminar. If the class is to be taught on a continuing basis, the department should consider offering it as a permanent regular course and submit the appropriate paperwork through the University Curriculum Committee. The same topic should be taught no more than three times before it is submitted to the UCC or Graduate Council as a regular course.

    The justification should include the reason why the course is being offered in a special topics format rather than as a permanent course. It should also include an explanation why the material in the special topics course is not being covered in another course. Suggested Course Description: Study of a topic of special interest beyond current departmental course offerings.

  9. Undergraduate and Non-Thesis Research: (Standard Course Number: X98X)
    Hands-on research experience related to a special problem in the discipline or capstone or non-thesis project related to the discipline under the supervision of a professor. Departments normally would use this number when the research project is a requirement for the major or minor and appears specifically in the curriculum model.
  10. Thesis and Dissertation: (Standard Course Number: X99X)

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