This page contains information and links relevant to course record development.
How to Request a New Prefix
If a course prefix needs to be added that is not currently on the CIM Course Form (Course Prefix drop-down list), fill out the CIM MiscAdmin form here.
Course Numbering Conventions
Undergraduate Level Course Numbering
- 100-199 courses under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are offered by the Agricultural Institute and are designed to meet specific requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree.
- 100-299 courses are intended primarily for freshman and sophomores (290-299 introductory seminars and special topics courses intended primarily for freshman or sophomores)
- 300-399 courses are intended primarily for juniors
- 400-499 courses are intended primarily for seniors (490-498 advanced undergraduate seminars and special topics courses; 499 advanced undergraduate research)
Graduate Level Course Numbering
For Graduate course numbering and associated grading method guidelines see the Graduate Handbook.
Dual-Level Course Numbering (400-500 Level Courses)
The practice of a department teaching a 400-level and 500-level course in the same subject matter is called a “dual-level” offering. Both courses should bear the last two digits at each level (example: PY 414/514) and must have the same course title, credit hours, grading method, etc.
Such proposals are expected to reflect the different needs and abilities of students taking the 500-level version of the course and students taking the 400-level version. Therefore, all requests for dual-level use must address how the performance expectations will be greater and performance evaluation more rigorous for students taking the 500-level course. On the CIM Course form select the dual-level radio button and the corresponding course number will appear, complete the form detail and the approval workflow will move the course proposal through the Undergraduate and Graduate approvals.
Credit/Contact Hour Guidelines
Please visit the Credit/Contact Hour Guidelines to review the types of components (Lab, Lecture, Fieldwork, Internship) as a guide for organizing your course structure.
Please feel free to contact the office for assistance in figuring out the best component and to check credit/contact hour formulations that will best fit your class activities!
Course Crosslisting (Video)
Cross-listed courses are courses that, much like dual-level courses, share the same course ID in SIS. This indicates that the course is an integral part of the course offerings of all involved disciplines or departments and that a significant level of equal collaboration is in play from financial support to scheduling, instruction, and approval.
The following are not considered sufficient justification for crosslisting:
- Increasing enrollment by creating multiple listing points in the catalog or schedule of classes
- To have the course prefix reflect the major
- Because the course is required in the major
- There are no constraints on requiring courses from another department for a major
Watch this video to learn more!