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Course Scheduling Guidelines

Guidelines for Course Days/Times

For standard, full semester courses, please follow the guidelines below. Deviations from standard scheduling times will be scheduled after standard class sections have been built due to the strain they present to existing classroom space on campus.

Monday-Wednesday-Friday Classes:
  • Daytime classes begin on the hour (Downtown on the half-hour)
  • Class length is 50 minutes (passing time between classes is 10 minutes)
  • Three-hour classes are scheduled in three 50-minute blocks
  • Two-hour classes must follow the same rules, but may choose any combination of M/W/F days. Four-hour classes may be scheduled on any week days according to the above guidelines.
Tuesday-Thursday Classes:
  • Day classes begin at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (begin at 8:30 a.m. for downtown)
  • Class length is 75 minutes (passing time between classes is 15 minutes)
Extended Day Classes:
  • Courses scheduled after 4 p.m. typically are scheduled in blocks of time with 50 weekly contact minutes per credit.
  • Evening schedules consist of two-non-overlapping class periods each day. The first shall conclude prior to 7:30 p.m.; the second shall not begin before 7:30 p.m.
  • Evening classes must conclude by 10 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Contact hours for lecture courses must equal 750 minutes per credit (equivalent to 50 minutes in class per week/credit). Laboratories are a minimum of two-50 minute periods per week. Minimum hours must be prorated accordingly for variable length courses.

Variable Length Courses

If a course is shorter than the regular (16-week) semester, include the actual course start and end dates on the schedule submission. Academic and refund dates and deadlines will be set accordingly.

Because of scheduling and classroom constraints, please limit deviations from the standard semester start and end dates. Total contact hours for variable length courses must be equivalent to those prescribed for standard length courses (750 minutes/lecture credit).

Instructor Assignments

Any faculty, including adjuncts and graduate teaching assistants, may be assigned as course instructors. New instructors who do not have Campus Connection security access as faculty, must request such access with approval of their department chair/head. Departments may list faculty who supervise GTAs as the sole or secondary course instructor. Instructors can only access class and grade rosters if assigned to their classes in Campus Connection.

Enrollment Capacities

Please indicate expected capacities for each section of a course. This information will help determine what size classroom is needed.

Variable Credit Courses

Please include the number of credits for which a variable credit course is to be scheduled (i.e.: individual study, seminar, etc.).

Class Notes/Fees

Class notes or details include important class information for students. These may include professional program and classification restrictions, course fees, tuition information, instruction mode, administrative drop notices, etc.

Class prerequisites and co-requisites are maintained in the Course Catalog, which is linked from the Schedule of Classes. If changes are to be made to course prerequisites/co-requisites/restrictions, submit requests via CourseLeaf (CIM).

Please edit, add or remove notes as necessary on the enclosed schedule.

Course Fees must be approved by the Provost’s Office and posted in the Campus Connection schedule before registration begins. Please be sure all fees are included and accurate when you submit your schedule.

Please Note: if a course should be Department Consent (permit required), this requires issuing of electronic and/or paper permits for students to register.

Classroom Assignments

The classes and rooms included on the enclosed schedule reflect the previous year's semester assignments, and are subject to change (unless the room/lab is managed by the academic department). If you have specific classroom requests, include them with your schedule submission. Availability is greatest from 8-8:50 am MWF, 8-9:15 am T/Th, or any day after 3 pm. If instrumentation, special seating or other requirements are needed, please note this as well. We try our best to meet instructor/department requests while accommodating a growing number of classes and students each term.

Computer Cluster Reservations

If a computer cluster is needed, submit the request with the schedule submission. Classes that meet weekly have priority over classes that use clusters sporadically.

Graduate Research Credits

Generally, one section of each type of graduate research credits is included in a term schedule, and is assigned to the department chair/head. Upon request, additional sections of 797, 797S, 798, 798S, 799S, 899 will be created. If desired, please submit them along with instructor names.

Distance-Delivered Courses

Courses offered through Distance & Continuing Education (DCE), including: 1) remedial, 2) distance-delivered, or 3) instructor overload are to be coordinated with the Division of Distance & Continuing Education. Registration & Records receives a list of confirmed courses from DCE.

Distance-delivered courses that are not offered through DCE should be included on the schedule submission along with instruction mode. These include IVN, which should have all sites clearly indicated.

All courses offered through Distance and Continuing Education must include an instruction mode as indicated below:

Instruction Mode for distance-delivered courses:

CR=Correspondence (print-based)
IA=Internet Asynchronous (web-based/online)
V2=2-Way Video (IVN)
CO=Combination (hybrid courses)
TC=On campus face-to-face (traditional classroom)

Off campus face-to-face

Other=Please specify

Schedule Changes

Because the schedule is used for advising and to assign classroom space on campus, please plan and review carefully. If schedule adjustments need to be made, please do so prior to the start of registration. Newly approved courses may be added to the schedule upon request.

Once the schedule is posted and registration has begun, changes in title, credit, and catalog number may only take effect for subsequent terms.

Class day/time changes are discouraged because they disrupt the schedule build process for students.


Please review and make note of any updates in Topic/Subtitle for variable topic courses (i.e., individual study).

Please contact Kim Miller at or 231-7986 with any schedule related questions.

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Last Updated: Friday, August 28, 2015 10:41:01 AM