Policies and Handbooks

Guidelines for Curricular Change

 

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

 

New Core Courses

New Elective Courses

Changes in Existing Core or Elective Courses

New Course Proposal by Faculty

Course Change Proposal by Faculty

Credit Hour Guidance

 

All changes to CPHS curricula must be made according to the guidelines described in this document and submitted via a New Course Proposal Form or a Course Change Proposal Form.

Changes in curriculum include the following, and apply to core and elective courses:

  • Addition of a new course
  • Deletion of a course
  • Change in course characteristics:
    • Course title
    • Credit hours
    • Course description
    • Program educational objective(s) covered, including the percent of time spent on the course objective(s)
    • Prerequisites/corequisites
    • Course format (lab, breakout session, practicum)
    • Placement in curriculum (semester/professional year)

New Core Courses

Proposals for new core courses will be submitted to the AAC via the New Course Proposal Form according to the instructions specified in the New Course Proposal section below. All proposals should contain input from appropriate peers in the College, and must have approval of the department chair prior to submission. AAC review of the proposal will include assessment of impact on each curricular area and on curricular maps, and the overall merit of the proposal. AAC will make a recommendation to the College faculty about action to be taken. A final decision on the new course proposal will be made by a majority vote of faculty.

New Elective Courses

The first offering of a new elective course will be designated as a Special Topic and be assigned a special topics course number. The department chair and faculty member will inform the AAC about the course offering, but AAC or faculty approval is not necessary. AAC will inform the faculty about the new offering.

If the elective course is offered a second time, a proposal for the course must be submitted to AAC according to the instructions specified in the New Course Proposal guidelines. All proposals should contain input from appropriate peers in the College, and must have approval of the department chair prior to submission. AAC review of the proposal will include overall merit of the proposal and overlap with other courses. AAC will make the final decision about action to be taken. The course will then be assigned unique course number. AAC will inform the faculty about the approved course. A vote of the College faculty will not be required for approval of new electives.

Changes in Existing Core or Elective Courses

Requests for changes in an existing core or elective course should be made using the Course Change Proposal guidelines. AAC review of the proposal will include assessment of impact on each curricular area and on curricular maps, and the overall merit of the proposal.

AAC will make a recommendation about action to be taken on changes in core courses; a final decision will be made by a majority vote of faculty. AAC will make the final decision about action to be taken on changes in elective courses.

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New Course Proposal by Faculty

Instructions:

Proposals for a new core course, or the second offering of an elective course will contain the information listed below. Proposals should have undergone departmental/ peer review and should have approval of the department chair prior to submission to the Academic Affairs Committee.

The faculty member proposing the course and the department chair should jointly provide the information requested below via the New Course Proposal Form along with a proposed syllabus. Submissions should be made electronically to the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, with a copy to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Deadlines for submission are February 1 for Fall courses and September 1 for Spring courses.

  • Department submitting proposal
  • Course title
  • Credit hours
  • Placement in curriculum (semester/professional year);
  • Proposed course description
  • Course objectives with the program educational objective(s) covered, including the percent of time spent on the course objective(s)
  • Need or rationale for offering this course
  • Which faculty member(s) will teach the course?
  • What are the pre-requisites/co-requisites?
  • Will this course serve as a pre-requisite for other courses?
  • Will this course fulfill any outcome areas in the Drake Curriculum?
  • Which faculty members have been consulted about this course offering?
  • Is there a maximum enrollment?
  • Is there any other information the AAC should consider?

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Course Change Proposal by Faculty

Instructions:

Proposals for changes in an existing core or elective course will include the information below. Proposals should have undergone departmental/peer review and should have approval of the department chair prior to submission to the Academic Affairs Committee.

The faculty member proposing the course and the department chair should jointly provide the information requested below via the Course Change Proposal Form, with a new proposed syllabus. Submissions should be sent electronically to the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, with a copy to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Deadlines for submission are February 1 for Fall courses and September 1 for Spring courses.

  • Department submitting proposal
  • Describe type of change being proposed:
  • Deletion of course
  • Course title
  • Credit hours
  • Placement in curriculum (semester/professional year);
  • Course description
  • Course objectives with the program educational objective(s) covered, including the percent of time spent on the course objective(s)
  • Pre-requisites/co-requisites
  • Course format (lab, breakout session, practicum)
  • Rationale for change
  • Which faculty members have been consulted about this change?
  • Is there any other information the AAC should consider?


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