Course Creation

All new graduate courses must be reviewed and approved before they can be offered. Graduate faculty are advised to become familiar with graduate course policies, before proposing new courses. Proposals that fail to adhere to course policies or to follow the guidelines listed below will not be reviewed.

Proposal Deadline

All course proposals (original + six copies) must reach the Graduate Division no later than two full semesters before the courses will be offered, to ensure timely inclusion of the courses in the Schedule of Classes and the UHM catalog. Typically, proposal review is completed within one semester after they reach the Graduate Division.

Proposal Guidelines

A course proposal consists of a completed UHM-1 form, a reasonably detailed syllabus and other items as required (see # 4 and # 5 below). Refer to the Submitting Guidelines for UHM Forms for instructions on completing UHM-1 form.  Syllabi should include all the appropriate components including course objectives, texts, schedule, assignments and grading methods. For Item No. 19 on UHM-1 form, address the following:

  1. What are the expected learning outcomes?
    1. What are the students expected to know before enrolling in the course?
    2. What are the students expected to learn in the course?
    3. How are students expected to learn the course materials?
    4. How will the students be evaluated? and
    5. How will the success of the course in achieving the learning outcomes be assessed?
  2. Justify the number of credits and the level of the course. (Generally, 600 and 700 level courses have explicit prerequisites. If there are no prerequisites, justification must be provided. 700 level courses deal with more advanced material than 600 level courses.)
  3. What are the general qualifications for teaching this course? Is an instructor available?
  4. Where does the course fit in the present graduate program? Will the course be consistent with the graduate program? If approved, which current course will the new course replace? If there will be no replacement, explain what impact the new course will have on faculty workloads. The graduate chair should submit an outline of the degree program(s) and the sequence of courses that will exist if the new course is added
  5. Will the new course affect other degree program(s)? If so, indicate the program(s) that will be directly or potentially affected. Obtain written releases from these programs and submit with proposal.

Proposal Review Process

All new graduate courses must be reviewed and approved before they can be offered. The following outlines the review process:

  1. Proposed by graduate faculty
  2. Review and endorsement by department
  3. Review and endorsement by department chair(s) (Department chair may delegate this task to the graduate chair.)
  4. Review and endorsement by college committee(s)
  5. Review and endorsement by dean(s)
  6. Review and endorsement by the Course Committee of Graduate Council
  7. Review and endorsement by Graduate Dean
  8. Review and endorsement by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs