Courses with Variable Credit*

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Variable credit courses may take several forms:
• different credits across terms (e.g. 3 cr. in fall, 4 cr. in spring)
• different credits across sections (e.g. topics courses where each section is a different topic with a set number of credits)
• different credits across students (for group instruction each student selects number of credits or for individual instruction where student and instructor determine credit number based on workload)
• providing students with the opportunity to enroll in an additional, optional credit.
Consistent Course Information
All aspects (title, number, description etc.) of the course proposal apply to all offerings of the course regardless of how many credits are associated with a specific offering. All offerings of the course must comply with course numbering policy and have activities and learning outcomes that are appropriate to the course. (i.e. course number must correspond to the level of the course).
Course Learning Outcomes Requirements
The course learning outcomes entered on the course proposal form are the ones that apply to all offerings of the course and additional outcomes may be included in the syllabus for the higher credit offerings.
Syllabus requirements
The sample syllabus provided must reflect the maximum credit offering. For clarity it is fine to include all credit offerings. 
For variable credit courses, academic units must ensure that the additional credit(s) will not have an adverse effect on pedagogy and evaluation for students enrolled for the lower number of credits. For example, moving all discussion and enrichment to the additional credit(s) is not acceptable; every effort should be made to grade the work of students taking the lower number of credits in the context of their requirements, not those of the students taking the additional credit(s). 

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Keywords:Lumen, Courses, Variable Credit   Doc ID:24559
Owner:Melissa S.Group:Courses and Academic Programs
Created:2012-06-01 18:04 CSTUpdated:2021-11-04 12:30 CST
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