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Course Proposal

Course Proposal Resources

(Revision of a policy begun December 1988, revised December 13, 2003, fall 2015 [approved by the CALS Faculty Senate on February 3, 2016], and February 5, 2018.)

Cross-listing refers to the same course having course numbers in two or more majors, minors or departments and is generally implemented when recognition is required for the obligations or responsibilities of departments or faculty instructors.

NOTE:  Because cross-listing a course increases the complexity of course management for both the Registrar and the instructor, cross-listing should be avoided unless there are clear benefits to the students or instructors.

Therefore, there are only a few grounds to cross-list a course:

  • The course is co-taught by faculty from different departments or programs.
  • The course is a requirement for all students in the cross listed major/department/unit.
  • The course is seen as a significant part of the curriculum in the cross-listed major/department/unit. 

For the committee to approve a rare cross listing on the grounds that a course is not required but is a significant part of the curriculum, a compelling justification must be provided, such as: a vast majority of students (data included) are taking the course in one department or program in order to satisfy a requirement in another department or program.

Once it meets one or all of these criteria, to be considered for cross-listing, a course:

  • Must be reviewed and approved by the curriculum committees in the several majors or minors involved.
  • Must be reviewed and approved by the curriculum committees of the colleges involved.

The rationale for cross-listing must be documented during the approval process.

Alternatives to cross-listing

CALS has generous allowances for courses taken outside of the college (the most generous of any college at this time). Further, the combination of college and major or minor requirements is generally flexible enough to allow students to take courses in other colleges. Additionally, CALS shares several majors and minors with other colleges. Courses in these majors or minors are accepted as CALS courses without cross-listing.[1] Therefore, there should be little need for cross-listing courses.

Requests are often erroneously made to cross-list in order to make a course more visible to students in other majors. Alternatives to cross-listing that satisfy this need are:

  • Departmental and multi-departmental majors or minors in CALS can and often do list required courses that are taught by faculty in other departments. Common examples are calculus, chemistry, and economics.
  • Departmental and multi-departmental majors or minors can and do list courses in any department that meet requirements of the major or minor where their students have a choice among several courses.
  • Majors or minors can and do provide course recommendations to students for a variety of purposes unrelated to requirements of the major or minor.

The Curriculum Committee will not approve courses for cross-listing when this is:

  • Solely or primarily for the purpose of making the course visible to students.
  • Solely to enhance the stature of the course; i.e. to accommodate students who only want to register for courses in fields considered fashionable.

The Curriculum Committee will also not be able to cross-list courses that do not meet the SUNY/Carnegie guidelines for credit in relation to contact hours.

[1] Biological Sciences, Biology and Society, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Information Sciences, Nutritional Science, Statistics.

Monday/Wednesday Start Times End Times
50 Min 08:00 AM 08:50 AM
75 Min 08:40 AM 09:55 AM
50 Min 09:05 AM 09:55 AM
50 Min 10:10 AM 11:00 AM
50 Min 11:15 AM 12:05 PM
50 Min 12:20 PM 01:10 PM
50 Min 01:25 PM 02:15 PM
50 Min 02:30 PM 03:20 PM
75 Min 02:55 PM 04:10 PM
50 Min 03:35 PM 04:25 PM
50 Min 07:30 PM 08:20 PM
50 Min 08:35 PM 09:25 PM
Tuesday/Thursday    
50 Min 08:00 AM 08:50 AM
75 Min 08:40 AM 09:55 AM
50 Min 09:05 AM 09:55 AM
50 Min 10:10 AM 11:00 AM
75 Min 10:10 AM 11:25 AM
50 Min 11:15 AM 12:05 PM
75 Min 11:40 AM 12:55 PM
50 Min 12:20 PM 01:10 PM
50 Min 01:25 PM 02:15 PM
75 Min 01:25 PM 2:40 PM
50 Min 02:30 PM 03:20 PM
75 Min 02:55 PM 04:10 PM
50 Min 03:35 PM 04:25 PM
NO EVENING CLASSES    
Friday    
50 Min 08:00 AM 08:50 AM
50 Min 09:05 AM 09:55 AM
50 Min 10:10 AM 11:00 AM
50 Min 11:15 AM 12:05 PM
50 Min 12:20 PM 01:10 PM
50 Min 01:25 PM 02:15 PM
50 Min 02:30 PM 03:20 PM
50 Min 03:35 PM 04:25 PM

For classes over 75 minutes but not to exceed 1 hour and 55 minutes, classes may be held during the following times on Tuesday and Thursday only:

08:00 AM 09:55 AM
10:10 AM 12:05 PM
12:20 PM 02:15 PM
 02:20 PM 04:25 PM

Laboratories and similar exercises (any day):

1 HR 55 Min 08:00 AM 09:55 AM
  10:10 AM 12:05 PM
  12:20 PM 02:15 PM
  02:30 PM 04:25 PM
  07:30 PM 09:25 PM
2 HR 25 Min 07:30 AM 09:55 AM
  10:10 AM 12:35 PM
  02:00 PM 04:25 PM
  07:30 PM 09:55 PM
3 HR 08:00 AM 11:00 AM
  10:10 AM 01:10 PM
  01:25 PM 04:25 PM
  07:30 PM 10:30 PM

No classes or laboratory exercises are to be held between the hours of 4:25 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, after 4:25 p.m. on Friday, after 12:20 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday. ADDITIONAL NOTES: Evening classes may not be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday because they are prelim nights. Graduate level courses may be held 4:25 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

11/10/95--Office of University Registrar

Definitions

  • Cross-listed course
    A course that is identical in all respects except in department and course identification number. All cross-listed courses meet in the same room, at the same time and are taught by the same faculty or teaching staff. All cross-listed courses have the same academic requirements. Cross-listing should include both principal and sub-courses.
  • Co-listed course
    A course that is connected to another course or courses by similar subject matter. The principal courses will meet in the same room, at the same time and are usually taught by the same faculty or teaching staff. Co-listed courses do not have the same academic requirements. Sub-courses are usually but not always taught in different rooms, at different times and by different faculty or teaching staff.
  • Cross-level course
    A course that is connected to another course or courses by similar subject matter. The principal courses will meet in the same room, at the same time and are usually taught by the same faculty or teaching staff. Cross-level courses do not have the same academic requirements. Sub-courses are usually but not always taught in different rooms, at different times and by different faculty or teaching staff. Cross-level courses are taught within the same department and usually involve both graduate level and undergraduate level courses.

Copied from the New York State Education Department website https://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=168

(o) Semester hour means a credit, point, or other unit granted for the satisfactory completion of a course which requires at least 15 hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments, except as otherwise provided pursuant to section 52.2 (c)(4) of this Subchapter. This basic measure shall be adjusted proportionately to translate the value of other academic calendars and formats of study in relation to the credit granted for study during the two semesters that comprise an academic year.

In 1914 the faculty of Agriculture passed legislation standardizing the credit hour: Each credit given for any course should represent approximately 3 hours per week of time spent by the student upon that course. The College has in general followed that formula ever since.

“Carnegie Unit” is the traditional measure of academic credit: 1 credit for 15 sessions of 50 minutes duration in classroom lecture-recitation each requiring 2 hours of outside preparation by the student. In 1976 the Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs reviewed the credit/contact hour relationship in a memorandum to presidents of the SUNY units:

  • Lecture, seminar, quiz, discussion, recitation: 1 credit for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of 2 hours of outside study for each class session.
  • Activity supervised as a group (laboratory, field trip, practicum, workshop, studio): 1 credit for the equivalent of 15 periods of such activity where each activity period is 150 minutes or more in duration with little or no outside preparation expected. Where such activity involves substantial outside preparation by the student, 15 periods of 100 minutes each.
  • Supervised individual activity (independent study, tutorial): 1 credit for the equivalent of contact hours of regularly scheduled sessions.
  • Full-time independent study: if essentially full-time, 1 credit for each week of work.
  • Experiential learning (acquired outside the institution (but) an integral part of a program of study, as in an internship: 1 credit for each 40-45 clock-hour week of supervised academic activity that provides the learning considered necessary to program study.
  • Credit by examination: at its discretion, an institution may award credit for mastery demonstrated by examination…to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining hours required for a degree.
  • Short sessions: credits earned proportionately to those during a regular term; normally no more than 1 credit per week.

Meetings

Fall semester 2019 curriculum committee meetings

Fridays, G24 Fernow Hall, 9:20 am to 11:00 am

  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

Spring semester 2020 curriculum committee meetings

  • Friday, February 7, Location: TBD, 9:20 am to 11:00 am
  • Friday, March 13, Location: TBD, 9:20 am to 11:00 am
  • Friday, April 10, Location: TBD, 9:20 am to 11:00 am
  • Thursday, May 1, Location: TBD, 10:20 am to 12:00 pm                        

These dates are subject to change. Any changes will be reflected on the schedule above.