Graduate Special Course Numbers (All-University courses)

Topics Courses (595, 695, 795, 895)

Experimental, temporary or trial course for groups of students all engaged in the same topic. Topic varies from semester to semester or section to section. A specific content offering may be offered under a topics course number up to three times, after which departments must file for a permanent course number. According to Graduate School policy, there is a limit of 9 credits which applies toward a specific program.

Credits: Variable 1-4
Grading: A-F
Permission Required: No
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s):

  • Identify a special topic within their chosen discipline.

  • Understand the parameters of their research.

  • Assess resources available.

  • Read and discuss relevant resources.

  • Apply disciplinary theory and principles to the course.

Professional Workshop/Continuing Education Course (588)

This course allows a mechanism for masters’ level students to receive credit for participation in otherwise noncredit-bearing professional workshops or continuing education course.  According to Graduate School policy, there is a limit of 6 credits which applies toward a specific program.

Credits: Variable 1-3
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s):

  • Engage disciplinary-focused research and best practices as part of a graduate level professional development experience.

Research, Creative Work or Scholarly Activity (600)

Credit for independent research by a single student arranged and supervised by a faculty member. Not intended for culminating project research such as thesis or starred paper.

Credits: Variable 1-6
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Identify a special topic within their chosen discipline.

  • Assess resources available.

  • Read and discuss relevant resources.

  • Apply disciplinary theory and principles to the course topic in projects or papers.

  • Understand the parameters of their research.

Internship: Graduate Masters Level (644)

Credit for off-campus professional experience with industry partners, non-profit organizations or government agencies. Can serve as a graduate culminating experience in conjunction with a portfolio demonstrating mastery of associated learning outcomes.

Credits: Variable 1-12
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply appropriate professional work skills in a variety of contexts/settings.

  • Demonstrate effective application of disciplinary skills to real world problems.

  • Demonstrate professional ethics, leadership, and effective problem-solving skills. 

  • Identify, describe and document personal and professional learning.

Practicum: Graduate Level (688)

Observational learning experience. May include supervised work in a single setting.

Credits: Variable 1-6
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply professional work skills.

  • Apply disciplinary skills to real world problems.

  • Identify, describe and document personal and professional learning.

Enrollment Continuation: Master's Level (691)

Allows continuous enrollment for master’s students who have completed all required coursework but are still working on a culminating project. Can be used in final term to meet Graduate Enrollment policy requirement.

Credits: Fixed 1
Grading: S/U (reads as “R” in Registrar’s end readout)
Permission Required: No
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply disciplinary theory and principles to graduate level studies.

Master’s Culminating Project (699)

A graduate only course that is used for completion of the culminating project of a master’s degree, including master’s Thesis, Starred Paper and Creative Work. Six credits total are required for graduation for Thesis and Creative Work.  3 Credits are normally required for Starred Paper.

Credits: Variable 1-6
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

·         Develop and articulate research questions appropriate to the discipline

·         Collect, analyze and synthesize relevant research

·         Apply discipline appropriate methods to collection and analysis of data.

·         If thesis or creative work: Effective oral presentation and defense of research

·         Apply disciplinary theory

Doctoral Research, Creative Work or Scholarly Activity (800)

Credit for independent research by a single student arranged and supervised by a faculty member. Not intended for culminating project research such as thesis or starred paper.

Credits: Variable 1-6
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Identify a special topic within their chosen discipline.

  • Assess resources available.

  • Read and discuss relevant resources.

  • Apply disciplinary theory and principles to the course topic in projects or papers.

  • Understand the parameters of their research.

Internship: Graduate Doctoral Level (844)

Credit for off-campus professional experience with industry partners, non-profit organizations or government agencies.

Credits: Variable 1-6
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply appropriate professional work skills in a variety of contexts/settings.

  • Demonstrate effective application of disciplinary skills to real world problems.

  • Demonstrate professional ethics, leadership, and effective problem-solving skills.

  • Identify, describe and document personal and professional learning.

Practicum: Doctoral Level (888)

Observational learning experience. May include supervised work in a single setting.

Credits: Variable 1-6
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply professional work skills.

  • Apply disciplinary skills to real world problems.

  • Identify, describe and document personal and professional learning.

Doctoral Dissertation (899)

Culminating experience enrollment in doctoral programs.
 
Credits: Variable 1-9
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Develop and articulate research questions appropriate to the discipline.

  • Identify, analyze, synthesize and critique relevant research.

  • Apply disciplinary theory and principles to collection and analysis of data.

  • Demonstrate depth of disciplinary knowledge

  • Effective oral presentation and defense of research

Enrollment Continuation: Doctoral Level (891)

Allows continuous enrollment for Doctoral students who have completed all required coursework but are still working on a culminating project. Can be used in final term to meet Graduate Enrollment policy requirement.

Credits: Fixed 1
Grading: S/U (reads as “R” in Registrar’s end readout)
Permission Required: No
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply disciplinary theory and principles to graduate level studies.

 All-University Number: Reserved for Future Use (510)


Definitions


All University Course (AUC): Certain course numbers are reserved for classes that can be used in all departments. The prefix assigned to the number designates the discipline or field of study and the number indicates the level of the course content. These are defined to ensure consistency throughout the university curriculum, but the department may request changes to their discipline via curriculum.

Fixed Credit Course: A course offered for a certain fixed number of credits.

Variable Credit Course: The course is available to be offered for a varying credit range (i.e. 1-4 credits) within an individual course section. When a student registers for an individual course, they have a choice to select the number of credits for that particular course section.

Course offerings will default to the variable credit range set in the course catalog. Departments may request a variable credit course be scheduled for a fixed number of credits for a particular course section within Term Course Maintenance. The fixed number of credits must be within the variable credit range allowed for the course. For example, a variable 1-16 credit course could be set up as 3 credit option only or as 3, 6, and 10 credit options only.

When a course is scheduled (Term Course Maintenance), the department should include a message to the Records office with the fixed number of credits they wish to have set up for that particular course section. In this case, the student will not have a choice in the number of credit hours for the particular course section unless you select more than one fixed credit option.

The number of credits that count towards the satisfaction of degree requirements are addressed in the program requirements. Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate number of credit hours to fit into their degree requirements.

Grading Methods: The default grading method(s) set up for a particular All University Course. Departments can request a change to the grading method for their program in curriculum.

Permission Required: A course set up with special permission requires a student to acquire a course override from the instructor/department in order to enroll in a course.

Repeatable for Credit Course: A course for which a student may earn credit more than once. Credits are earned each time the course is successfully completed. If a letter grade (A-F) is used, the grade earned in each course is counted toward the student's term and cumulative grade point averages.

Questions


If you have questions about All University Courses (AUC), please contact:

Dr. Bill Cook
Curriculum Coordinator
(320) 308-3500
wmcook@stcloudstate.edu

Michele Braun-Heurung
Curriculum Process Manager
(320) 308-3144
mbraunheurung@stcloudstate.edu