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Course Approvals

Guidelines for Course Proposals

Course proposals must be submitted through the UMass Course and Curriculum Management System.  The following is a detailed list of information that must be submitted in support of any course to be approved by the Graduate Council and Faculty Senate.

  • Course title, proposed instructor, and number of credits
  • Justification of Course: briefly describe why it is necessary to add this course to your department's curriculum.
  • Target Audience: Who do you expect to enroll in this course?
  • Catalog Description: What is the course description that will appear in the University's Course Catalog?
  • Learning objectives (e.g. critical thinking, group collaboration, etc)
  • Outline/Syllabus: Attach the outline or syllabus for the proposed course.  This could be a new syllabus or one used if the course was previously offered as an experimental course.  Syllabi must include the number of credits for the course, as well as statements of accommodation and academic honesty (stated below).
  • Required Readings and Assignments: What will be required of students enrolled in this course?
  • Grading Criteria: How will grades be assigned to students in this course?
  • Bibliography of Course Development: What sources were used during the development of this course?
  • Has this course been offered as an experimental course?
  • Are there prerequisites for this course?
  • Will this course serve as a prerequisite for any other courses?
  • Will any degree requirements be changed by this development?
  • Anticipated Enrollment
  • Component: What type of course is this? (e.g. DIS, SEM, LEC, etc.)
  • Grading Basis (e.g. OPG, LTR, SAT)
  • Option to Repeat for Credit: Will it be possible to take this course multiple times for credit?  If yes, how many times?
  • Blended: Will this be a blended course (50/50 in class and virtual)?

Required Syllabi Statements

Accommodation Statement:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to making reasonable, effective and appropriate accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities and help create a barrier-free campus. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please register with Disability Services (161 Whitmore Administration building; phone 413-545-0892) to have an accommodation letter sent to your faculty. Information on services and materials for registering are also available on their website

Academic Honesty Statement:

Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University.  Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty.  Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.  Instructors should take reasonable steps to address academic misconduct.  Any person who has reason to believe that a student has committed academic dishonesty should bring such information to the attention of the appropriate course instructor as soon as possible.  Instances of academic dishonesty not related to a specific course should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department Head or Chair.  Since students are expected to be familiar with this policy and the commonly accepted standards of academic integrity, ignorance of such standards is not normally sufficient evidence of lack of intent (