All academic departments responsible for creating and listing courses.
Thomas More University courses must conform to an established numbering system (Prefix, Course Number, Course Suffix) to ensure appropriate levels of rigor for the academic program(s) with which the courses are associated.
Prefix: A three (3) letter code that identifies the subject area of the course.
Course Program: Undergraduate or Graduate
Course Number: The three (3) digit sequence that identifies level of the course.
Course Suffix: A single or double letter identifier after that course number which specifies the course is offered in an approved, special pedagogical format (e.g., BIO 101L).
Cross-Leveled: Courses which share content and learning outcomes but are numbered and offered at two different levels of rigor.
Cross-Listed: Courses which share common learning outcomes, are numbered the same, and have the same level of rigor, but have different prefixes.
Thomas More University courses must conform to an established numbering system (Prefix, Course Number, Course Suffix) to ensure appropriate levels of rigor for the academic program(s) with which the courses are associated. The course level is based on student learning outcomes and the complexity of content. Graduate level courses must be progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate courses. Course prefixes designate a specific discipline or field, which determines the appropriate faculty credential requirements. Courses that are offered via multiple departments must follow cross-listing procedures. Courses that are offered at multiple levels must follow cross-leveling procedures. For courses that serve a special purpose, the appropriate course suffix must be designated. Any changes to number, cross-listing, cross-numbering, and/or suffix must be approved according to the Academic Program Definitions and Process Guide and the Course Inventory Modification Form. All courses are listed in the Thomas More University Academic Catalog.
This policy applies to new courses submitted for approval after May 10, 2019. Courses approved prior to May 10, 2019 are grandfathered. This exception is revoked for any courses applying for modifications to the course number.
Academic departments are responsible for determining the appropriate course number and label. Nothing in this policy implies the imposition of requisites or modifications without the approval of the appropriate department.
Credit Hour Policy
SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation: Foundations of Quality Enhancement, standard 10.7
Course prefixes designate a specific discipline or field, which determines the appropriate faculty credential requirements. The prefix must match Thomas More University’s established prefixes, if applicable.
Credit-bearing courses are designated as undergraduate or graduate. Graduate level courses must be progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate courses.
Courses should be numbered according to the appropriate level as determined by the stated student learning outcomes of each course and the complexity of content. Academic departments determine the appropriate course pre-requisites necessary for success in each course.
Cross-listed courses will have different course prefixes but must have the same learning outcomes, fixed (not variable) credit hours, grading mode, repeat rules, and instructor(s). As such, cross-listed courses are considered equivalents and credit may only be earned once. Cross-listed courses may only fulfill one core requirement. Individual departments determine how cross-listed courses fulfill major requirements. Special topics, independent study, tutorials, practice teaching, and internship/practicum courses cannot be cross-listed. An example of cross-listed courses includes CRJ 226: Juvenile Justice and SOC 226: Juvenile Justice.
Cross-leveled courses will follow the numbering convention described below and will have the same final two digits. Cross-leveled courses will have the same prefix, title, fixed (not variable) credit hours, repeat rules, and instructor(s). Special topics, independent study, tutorials, practice teaching, and internship/practicum courses cannot be cross-leveled. If a course is taken at one level, it may not be repeated at the higher level. The syllabus for these courses must outline the student learning outcomes at each level. If the course is cross-leveled between undergraduate and graduate programs, the graduate syllabus must include student learning outcomes at a higher level, describe additional work required to earn graduate credit, and include the grading system applicable to graduate students. An example of cross-leveled courses includes SPA 531: Issues in Spanish Translation and SPA 431: Issues in Spanish Translation.
The following suffixes may be applied to designate that a course or specific course section carries a special purpose.
A: Indicates course is approved as part of the Education Program curriculum for level P-5 (elementary).
B: Indicates course is approved as part of the Education Program curriculum for level 5-9 (middle).
C: Indicates course is approved as part of the Education Program curriculum for 9-12 (secondary).
L: Indicates a stand-alone laboratory course.
Experimental Courses may be offered as Special Topics under 155, 255, 355, 455, 555, or 655. Each topic may be offered up to two times using the special topics course number, after which it must be approved as a distinct course.
Course Inventory Modification Form
Curriculum Map Instructions and Legend
Redefined institutional definitions; Update to University; add procedures
There are no appendices to this policy.
Maria C. Garriga, Acting Provost
*The University reserves the right to modify, amend, or terminate this policy at any time.