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Undergraduate Special Course Numbers (All-University courses)

Topics Courses (195, 295, 395, 495)

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.

Independent Study Courses (199, 299, 399, 499)

Credit for independent work by a single student arranged and supervised by a faculty member.

Credits: Variable 1-16
Grading: A-F
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 in projects or papers.

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

Research, Creative Work or Scholarly Activity (400)

Credit for independent research by a single student arranged and supervised by a faculty member.

Credits: Variable 1-16
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: Undergraduate (444)

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

Credits: Variable 1-16
Grading: Both; S/U is the primary grading option
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply professional work skills.

  • Apply disciplinary skills to real world problems.

  • Describe and evaluate their internship experience.

  • Perform goal setting, reflection, and problem solving.

Practicum: Undergraduate (488)

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

Credits: Variable 1-16
Grading: S/U
Permission Required: Yes
Repeatable: Yes

Course Outcome(s)

  • Apply professional work skills.

  • Apply disciplinary skills to real world problems.

  • Perform goal setting, reflection, and problem solving.

All-University Number: Reserved for Future Use (410)

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:

curriculum@stcloudstate.edu