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New Brunswick Faculty Council Proposal for Required Expanded Course Descriptions

Concerned about the needs of students to know more about the courses offered in the University Schedule of Courses, including the textbooks and course materials required for these courses, the NBFC Executive Committee charged the Curriculum, Teaching, and Honors Committee (CTHC) as follows:

* Consider best practices for the posting of course syllabi, including what should be included in a course syllabus.

After much discussion the CTHC decided that the concept of a course syllabus meant different things to faculty in different disciplines, and so came up with the term "expanded course description" to describe what should be available, at a minimum, from a link in the University Schedule of Courses to all students for each course offered. In addition other useful information may included.

RECOMMENDATION:
Every course offered by the University in a given semester must have an internet link in the University Schedule of Courses which connects the reader to a web site with an Expanded Course Description for that course. This link must be established by the time of pre-registration for the course, or as soon as possible thereafter. This web site may be one  that has been prepared by the instructor, the department, or the academic unit. It is the responsibility of each academic unit to see that these links are established for each course in that unit. The following is the minimum information that must be included in this expanded course description. Of course, additional useful information may be included.

EXPANDED COURSE DESCRIPTION

Required Minimum Contents
* Course Title and Academic Credits
* Mode of Instruction (Lecture, Laboratory, On-Line, Seminar, etc.)
* Course Prerequisites, and Corequisites
* Catalog Course Description
* Learning Goals of Course
* Required and Recommended Course Materials (including all ISBN numbers)
* Policies for Exams, Assignments, Attendance, and Grading
* Faculty Contact Information
* Link to any course web site that has additional useful information
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RESOLUTION

The New Brunswick Faculty Council Approves the Recommendation included in the "Proposal for Required Expanded Course Descriptions".

(April 1, 2011 meeting)

 

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Proposal for Curriculum Committees to Approve Modes of Instruction

     Concerned about some departments now considering offering laboratory courses as on-line courses, and aware that curriculum committees now already approve not only course descriptions and suitability for course offerings in the  Winter Session, the NBFC Executive Committee charged the Curriculum, Teaching, and Honors Committee (CTHC) as follows:

     * Consider a proposal that the Curriculum Committees of each Academic Unit
        be required to also approve the "structure" of each course, in particular, when
        the "structure" is being materially changed. An example, would be a proposal
        to offer a well established regular laboratory course in the sciences as an on-line
        course. The committee should also propose a definition of when a course is
        being materially changed.

   After much discussion the CTHC decided that the "structure" of a course implied a much too detailed question to require approval by curriculum committees and academic unit faculty bodies, but should remain mostly the prerogative of the
instructor of the course. However, there are modes of instruction for courses that should require approval of curriculum committees and hence the faculty of each school or college.
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RECOMMENDATION: Seven specific modes of instruction (not including Independent Study, Research, and Honors Projects) plus an "other" modes of instruction category, for major modes of instruction not identified here, are listed as follows:

  MODES OF INSTRUCTION
           * Lecture only
           * Lecture w/ recitations
           * Lecture w/ laboratories
           * Laboratory only
           * On-line
           * Hybrid (at least 50% on line)
           * Seminar
           * Other

The Curriculum Committee and Faculty of each School or College must now approve each course, course description, and suitability for offering during the Winter Session. We propose that, in addition, the Curriculum Committee and
Faculty of each School or College should now be required to approve the mode(s) of instruction for all courses, and also be required to approve any changes in mode(s) of instruction for any course in the master course list, before it can
be offered in the newly proposed mode(s).
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RESOLUTION

   The New Brunswick Faculty Council Approves the Recommendation included in the"Proposal for Curriculum Committees to Approve Modes of Instruction".

(April 1, 2011 meeting)

 

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