Course Development

Identify what existing UFV courses can be included in the proposed program and what new courses will need to be created. The process for having a new course approved can be found below. New courses are sometimes submitted along with the proposal, and identified as contingent upon approval of the whole proposal. Sometimes, however, they are submitted by departments ahead of the proposal, especially if the new course is one that will serve more than one audience, and will be run regardless of the status of the new program.

In your proposal, you will need to provide all descriptions of new courses, so when you write new outlines, or suggest course revisions, consider how they fit into the new program, and how they meet learning outcomes. You may need to include an outcome or two that makes this explicit. Also, consider pre-requisites and how they may affect a student’s progress through a program.

Later, you will be asked to consider whether or not the existing courses you propose have any capacity for new students. If they don’t, you will have to consider whether or not seats can be reserved without affecting other programs. The use of existing courses is often a way to reduce the cost of a program, but not if additional sections have to be run.

The following are excerpts from the Program & Course Approval Processes and Guidelines 2013/14 related to course development:

Approval Process Flow-Charts:

Approval Process for New Course and Major Course Changes

Approval Process for Minor Course Changes

Major and Minor Changes to Courses Guide


Memo for Course Approval

Official Undergraduate Course Outline Form

Supplemental Texts and Resource Materials FormCourse Outline Style Guide


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