York University
Faculty of Pure and Applied Science

New Undergraduate Course Proposal
Submission Requirements

Submissions to the Curriculum Committee of the Faculty of Pure and
Applied Science for new permanent courses, new  Topics in 
offerings and new Special Topics offerings should include the
following information. (Proposals for new AS/SC courses may be
presented using the Faculty of Arts template, as long as all the
following information is included.)

1.   Calendar/Repository Copy - to include the following:

     o    complete course identifier, including Faculty
          identifier(s), departmental identifier, course number,
          course title variance (for new  Topics in  and Special
          Topics offerings only; choose a letter which has not been
          used in recent years; variance immediately follows four-
          digit course number), and credit value 

     o    course title (note: titles longer than 39 characters will
          have to be abbreviated for some purposes; e.g.,

     o    "(formerly...)", if appropriate

     o    course description, in third person and present tense,
          not to exceed 40 words in length (not including any
          restrictions or notes)

     o    "(Same as...)" if cross-listed; verification of cross-
          listing from other department must be attached; include
          information re integrated (graduate/undergraduate)

     o    "Normally offered in alternate years" or other scheduling
          information, if appropriate

     o    contact hour (per week) and credit value information in
          the following order: lectures, labs, compulsory
          tutorials, number of terms, number of credits - if
          included in Calendar copy by convention

     o    prerequisite(s)

     o    corequisite(s)

     o    degree credit exclusion(s)

     o    notes - where appropriate

2.   Scheduling/Instruction in the Course

     2.1  contact hours (lectures, labs, tutorials) per week; for
          how many terms?

     2.2  planned frequency of offering (not required for Special
          Topics offerings) and number of sections anticipated

     2.3  expected enrolment in the course/section; is this limited
          by space, equipment, pedagogical reasons, etc?

     2.4  any foreseen implementation issues (e.g., scheduling,
          room allocations, etc.) for the contact hours specified
     2.5  number of current department/programme/division members
          competent to teach the course (not required for Special
          Topics offerings)

     2.6  instructor(s) likely to teach the course in the coming

3.   Expanded Course Description - such as will appear in
     departmental mini-calendar. A brief course outline, if
     available, would be helpful.

4.   Evaluation  A percentage breakdown of the basis of evaluation
     in the proposed course must be provided.

5.   Bibliography
     5.1  Texts to be used and other library resources required or
          recommended (distinguish between required and
          recommended); the Library has requested that the
          information be as specific as possible, including
          complete bibliographical information, such as full name
          of author, title, year of publication, etc.

     5.2  A statement from the Library must be appended, indicating
          whether library resources are adequate to support the
          course. In requesting the library statement, send a copy
          of all the information in this proposal to the discipline
          bibliographer. [N.B. These requests help the Library
          allocate its limited resources and ensure that a copy of
          the text(s) will be available in the Library.]

6.   Other Resources  A statement regarding the adequacy of
     physical resources (space, computer facilities, other
     equipment, etc.) must be included. If new physical resources
     will be required to mount this course, please explain how they
     will be obtained and financed, etc.

7.   Course Rationale  The following points should be addressed in
     the rationale (N.B. the overview statements to be sent to
     Senate will draw on this information):

     7.1  how the course contributes to the educational
          objectives/academic plan of the
          department/programme/division and of the Faculty
     7.2  other reasons for new course proposal: e.g.

          o    Does course reflect new directions or shifts in
               emphasis in curriculum?

          o    Does course respond to recommendations of a York
               University Programme Review?

          o    Is course in the area of expertise of a new faculty

          o    new permanent course: If the course has evolved
               from a Special Topics course, comment on the
               success of the Special Topics course, its
               enrolment, etc.

          o    new Special Topics offering: Provide rationale for
               offering course as Special Topics; e.g., does this
               course serve a short-term need or take advantage of
               available short-term expertise, or is it an
               experimental course which may develop into a
               permanent course, etc.?

     7.3  the relationship of the proposed course to other existing
          offerings, particularly in terms of overlap in objectives
          and/or content; evidence of consultation with interested
          units, including agreements re exclusion and cross-
          listing relationships, must be appended.

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