New Course and Course Revision Proposals
New course proposals should be submitted with a complete Course Proposal/Revision Form, and a proposed syllabus that includes topics of discussion, planned readings and resources, assignments/assessments, grading scale, and (for courses offered at more than one level – i.e., 4000/5000) the difference in expectations, assignments and grading for students at each level.
Course revisions should be submitted with a complete Course Proposal/Revision Form, and should include a rationale for the revision. When a course is shifting significantly, a syllabus is required.
To comply with the University Curriculum Committee mandate that all course-generating units consult and collaborate with each other before proposing courses and programs, docummentation of this activity must be included with each proposal for a new course, or any proposal for course title or description revisions. Courses with an interdisciplinary prefix (e.g. HUMN, SSCI) must be reviewed by an interdepartmental committee. Names and departments of the committee members should be identified. In addition, documentation of chair approval must be included, if the proposal includes using courses outside of the proposing program/ discipline/ department.
For gtPATHWAYS or CU Denver Core designation, additional approval will be required after EPCC review and approval is obtained. See Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Experiences.
Departments may use Special Topics courses to experiment and try out new content. Special Topics courses may only have the same or similar title twice. Students may not earn credit if they take a topic or similar topic more than one time. At the request of a second offering, the course scheduler will prompt the department chair to propose the course to the EPCC for review and approval, so that the course can be establised formally in the course inventory and continue to be offered in future terms.
All materials must be submitted fourteen (14) days prior to the EPCC meeting by the department chair or program director. Materials should be sent from an official CU Denver email address to the CLAS Dean’s Office staff liaison for the EPCC. Submission and approval by the department chair or program director confirms that the proposal has been reviewed and approved at the department and/or program level.
The University Curriculum Committee currently requires review of all new course proposals and revisions to course titles, descriptions and additions of cross-lists. This additional layer of review will likely create delays in the process.
Course proposals and revisions submitted for EPCC review in a fall term may be effective the summer or fall term of the following year; submissions made in a spring term may be effective the spring term of the following year. This is just a suggested timeframe. Processes may be faster or slower, depending on the volume and time of year proposals are made.
Course proposals are usually reviewed by the CLAS EPCC at the first meeting after proposals have been submitted.