Experimental Course Proposal Instructions

Experimental Course Proposal Instructions



To submit an experimental course proposal, complete the Experimental Course Proposal Form and submit electronically as a Word document or a PDF, including original signature page, to GSC (500-700 level) and/or UCC (100-500 level) through (). Proposals with incomplete information or missing signatures will be returned.

Please note:

  • An experimental course can neither carry General Education category core nor marker credit nor be listed as a major or minor requirement.
  • Undergraduate experimental courses may be offered ONLY ONCE without further consultation and approval.
  • Departments may offer no more than three undergraduate experimental courses, and two graduate experimental courses per semester.


Course Prefix and Number:Undergraduate level courses may use any number from 100 to 499 not currently in use (please contact Registrar’s Office for available course numbers). Graduate level courses must use 589 for courses open to both undergraduates and graduates, and 711 for courses open to graduate students only. When using the same number, courses should be numbered 589A and 589B or 711A and 711B. Courses at the 500-level are reviewed by both the GSC and UCC. Courses at the 500-level can be taken by both undergraduates and graduates and may not be restricted to either. When numbering courses, the Registrar’s Officemust be consulted prior to submission to the School/College curriculum committee, UCC or GSC.

Course Title: The title should be limited to six words or fewer* (30 characters) and should clearly reflect the content of the course. Care should be taken not to use technical terms that may not be clear to students or other non-specialists. The UCC or GSC may recommend changes in course titles.

*Note: Banner allows only 30 characters (including spaces) so be mindful of how your title may be abbreviated for the academic transcript and the schedule of courses.

Department: The department requesting the new course associated with the course prefix (letters).

Contact Person and Email: Faculty member submitting the new course and corresponding contact information. This should be the person who would answer questions from committees about the request.

Date: Date the form issubmitted.

Proposed Effective Date: Use the drop-down box to select the semester (fall, spring, summer) and year the experimental course will become effective.

  1. Course Structure
  2. General Information

a)6-digit CIP Code: Used to assist in identifying appropriate faculty qualifications to the specific course, and in such reports as the Delaware cost study. Please include all six digits.

b)Course Type: Please refer to the list in the Curriculum Guide websiteor contact the Registrar’s Office. Select all that apply for the course.

c)Mode of Delivery: For new online courses, complete the Checklist for Approval of Courses for Online Deliveryand submit with Experimental Course Proposal Form

  1. Specify Grading Method: Specify letter grade, pass/not pass (undergraduate) or satisfactory/unsatisfactory (graduate).
  2. Has this course been offered in a previous semester:Experimental courses may be offered ONLY ONCE without further consultation and approval.
  3. Submitting a proposal to make this course permanent:Indicate when the proposal will be submitted
  4. Course fulfills requirements for graduate degree or certificate program: Indicate degree or certificate program
  5. Credit Structure: See UNCG Course Credit Structure Guide
  1. Course Requirements

7/8. Prerequisites/Corequisites: It is the department’s responsibility to ensure alignment of individual course prerequisites and overall program requirements. State clearly, with appropriate sequence indicated (i.e., give specific course numbers; indicate “permission of instructor” if this is the only way a student can enroll in the course). If you are requesting separate prerequisites and corequisites for this course, please clearly differentiate each in the appropriate response item. If a course can serve as either, list “prerequisite or corequisite,” but note that Banner can check for only one (prerequisite is preferable). When a specific letter grade is not provided as a prerequisite restriction to a course, this translates into a D- or better for undergraduates and a C for graduate students in Banner.

  1. Registration Restrictions: Use this item to indicate when certain populations are to be included or excluded from enrollment. Banner-enforced categories for restrictions include: major, concentration, minor, student classification, student level, degree, program, campus, college, student attribute, and student cohort. Consult with the University Registrar’s Office for answers to specific restriction questions.
  1. Essential Course Information
  1. Bulletin Text: The bulletin text should be limited to 30 words or fewer and should communicate clearly to students the basic content of the course. Prerequisites and other qualifiers are not included in the limitation of 30 words or fewer.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: Provide student learning outcomes associated with this course.
  3. Basic Texts: Please list. These may include articles, case studies, and other materials.
  4. Principle Topics Covered: Please list
  5. Description of the types of activities and assignments:Please list activities/assignments along with percentage of final grade
  6. Grading Scale: 500 level courses that are intended for both undergraduate and graduate students must differentiate scales. See Undergraduate Grading Scale and the Graduate Grading Scale.
  1. Additional Course Information
  1. Taught at off-campus location:For off-campus locations, provide the full street address and complete Academic Program Planning Questionnaire
  2. Consultations: See “Course/ProgramConsultation” on the curriculum website. Consultations serve the purposes of providing information as a courtesy and to avoid course duplications. Please note whether reservations/suggestions from consultations were addressed. Please attach all course consultation forms; if the consulting department did not return the form, this should be noted on the form. You may also attach email correspondence as evidence of consultations.


  1. Department Head:Verify that there are no more than three undergraduate experimental courses and no more than two graduate experimental courses offered by this department the same semester for which this course has been proposed.
  2. College/School Associate Dean
  3. UCC/GSC Approval: Submit completed form and signature sheet to the Graduate Studies Committee and/or the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for final approval.