Common Course Application Issues
Course applications must undergo a review process before they are approved. The following is a list of issues that can delay the approval of a course application. Before submitting a course application, please review it with these items in mind.
- Credits and instructional hours should align. Example: 1 hour lecture/seminar instructional and 2 hours of additional preparatory work for each credit. 2-3 hours laboratory of instruction and 1-2 hours additional preparatory work for each lab credit.
Title and/or Description Issues
- Course titles, description, and syllabus should align.
- Course title contains too much course information.
- Abbreviated course title does not sufficiently represent course content in a way understandable by another institution or outside agency.
- Course title or description contains program branding.
Application and Syllabus Issues
- Syllabus is not provided.
- Information on syllabus does not align with the information on the application (e.g., evaluation details are different on the application and the syllabus).
- Learning objectives are missing.
- Grading/evaluation methods are not included.
- Grading/evaluation methods include grading on student behavior (e.g., attendance, use of electronic devices). Examples of grading on behavior:
- Missing a class, coming late, or leaving early will detract from the participation grade.
- Student use of electronic devices in class will result in a lower participation grade.
- Grading/evaluation includes over 15% of grade based on participation, without corresponding information in the syllabus listing the objective measures by which participation will be evaluated.
- Content for requested Areas of Knowledge designation(s) is not apparent.
Course Level Issues
- The course level appears to misalign with the content.
- The course does not satisfy the 400/500 linked course requirement (does not have distinguishable differences between undergraduate and graduate requirements). See 400-500 Parallel Courses page for more information on these requirements.
Acknowledgement of Responsibility
- The course change application is submitted after the Time Schedule deadline, and an acknowledgement of responsibility is not completed in UW CM.
- See the course application deadlines page for more information.
- Required approvals and/or acknowledgements are missing.
- Potentially affected units have not been contacted, or have expressed significant concerns that must be reviewed by FCAS.
- Required cross-campus accreditation approvals are missing (for programs with cross-campus accreditation).
Relationship to Program Requirements
- The course is part of a new program that has not been established and is not in the process of being approved by FCAS or the Graduate School.
- The course change would have an effect on a major, degree, or minor that needs to be addressed.
Distance Learning (DL)
- DL section is not completed. If the course meets the definition of DL on your campus, the DL section must be completed.