Courses are the building blocks of programs. This is where much of the curricular innovation takes place, both in terms of content and teaching approaches. A good course design:
- Defines expected learning outcomes (ELOs; knowledge, skills) for the course (5-8 ELOs are usual) also vis-a-vis the program-level ELOs, then breaks those down to the topic or session level;
- Addresses how the learning outcomes are achieved through the course content and delivery modes (including formative assessment); and
- Demonstrates how the achievement of the learning outcomes is assessed through appropriate assessment tools.
- Accommodates, through its design, students with disabilities (please see here).
Please note that there tends to be a conceptual difference between course objectives and ELOs. Course objectives are often input-oriented (e.g., “We will learn how to do regression analysis and check model validity; …”) while ELOs are output-oriented (e.g., “The student will be able to perform multiple regression analysis using X software; the student will be able to perform basic validity checks for regression models; …”).
Courses tend to live — they are updated as new issues emerge based on the latest research or in practice. Continuous improvement of courses may also be based on feedback received from students during / after teaching a course. Finally, as content in courses shifts, other related courses may also need to be updated. Updating a course entails the submission of a course change form – a short form that can be submitted to the relevant program committee without much effort. Everyone is encouraged to periodically review and rethink their courses and update them.
Below the required forms for proposals of and changes to Undergraduate and Graduate courses.
A Graduate course proposal is first debated and voted on by the appropriate Program Committee. Upon a positive recommendation from the Committee, the proposal makes its way to Faculty Council. After that, one of two things occurs.
Any changes to courses explicitly required by a program or diploma (e.g., core courses, changes to required electives within a field of studies or a diploma or changes to a list of approved free electives in a field of studies) need to be accompanied by the program change form (see second tab, above) and require approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Changes to existing core or elective courses, or additions to the range of elective courses within the MBA program, go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for information. They can be implemented once they have passed the Schulich Faculty Council.
Please submit proposals to the Secretary of one of the following Committees. Please consult with the Program Director first.
An Undergraduate course proposal is first debated and voted on by the BBA/iBBA Program Committee. Upon a positive recommendation from the Committee, the proposal makes its way to Faculty Council. Courses and course changes can be implemented once Faculty has approved them.
Please submit proposals to the Chair of the BBA/iBBA Program Committee.The following documhttp://http://ada.schulich.yorku.ca/governance/academic-governance/fc-committees/program-committees/bba-ibba-com/ents are available for download. Please ensure that you download these forms each time you prepare a proposal as the forms are subject to change.