Prerequisite Process

REQUESTING BANNER

COURSE PRE- OR CO-REQUISITES

 

DEFINITIONS

Prerequisites:  The content in the stated course is required beforehand for student success in that given (target) class.  Requires Curriculum Committee approval and enforced in Banner.  Use this form to request a prerequisite.

Co-requisite: The content in the stated course is required for student success and must be taken concurrently with the given class.  Requires Curriculum Committee approval and enforced in Banner.  Use this form to request a co-requisite.

Recommended Preparation: The content in the stated course is recommended beforehand for student success in the given (target) class. No approval process needed and Banner will not block enrollment.

Recommended to be taken with:  The content in the stated course is recommended concurrently for student success in the given (target) class.  No approval process needed and Banner will not block enrollment. 

GOAL

Ensure that prerequisites increase the potential for student success without unnecessarily barring students with equal potential for success from enrolling in the course.

PROCESS STEPS

  1. PREPARE SUPPORTING MATERIALS

The intent of the supporting material is to provide justification for the need of a pre/co requisite for  a particular course.  Justification can be based on the following information.

  1. As a department, determine the rationale for having a prerequisite, the impact it will have on the target course and the impact it might have on other courses and departments.   Prepare a written statement (to be attached to the Course Pre/Co-Requisite Approval Form) addressing the following items as applicable:
  1. Explain the general rationale for the desired prerequisite course in narrative format. Note that prerequisites must apply to all sections of a course and cannot vary from instructor to instructor.
  2. Explain how the specific prerequisite course outcomes are necessary for success in meeting outcomes of the target course. Address whether the prerequisite is a specific course(s) or an "and higher" designation. See Appendix 1 for examples.
  • The Department should define its process and criteria for students who wish to enroll without taking the prerequisite course. Please note that this information must be included in the course footnote in the class schedule.  The footnote may be a link that explains the process. The student request for waiving the prerequisite should be directed to the department chair and/or the program director in collaboration with the instructor. The department must include a process for students registering during summer term when faculty may not be available.

Also include as necessary:

  • When the desired prerequisite is not in the same department as the target course, discuss and resolve possible issues of staffing and logistics with the other department. Include a written summary of this discussion as part of the supporting materials.
  • If the target course has been taught before, contact Institutional Research for comparative data from previous classes. Analyze this data for relevance to the prerequisite request and include a summary with the Course Pre/Co-Requisite Approval Form.
  • Identify two or more OUS schools that require the pre/co-requisites desired for the target course.
  • Include any other data that would support the request for adding this prerequisite.
  1. COMPLETE COURSE PRE/CO-REQUISITE APPROVAL FORM

  1.  CURRICULUM COMMITTEE PROCESS
  1. Submit the form and all supporting documentation to Curriculum Committee for First Reading.
  • Attend Curriculum Committee First Reading to review proposal and answer general questions.
  • Upon approval after First Reading, the request will be sent to Admissions and Records for review; the Registrar, along with Instructional Deans' office, will ensure all current and past prerequisite courses are listed and make any comments.  The final list will be reviewed with the requesting department before returning to the Curriculum Committee.
  • The request will then be available for a Second Reading at the next Curriculum Committee meeting.  Unless otherwise specified, the request will be implemented for fall term registration the following academic year.

  1. FOLLOW UP AFTER APPROVAL BY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

After approval of the second reading, the Curriculum Committee will complete the following:

  • Forward the footnote language to the department administrative assistant for the target course so that the footnote is added to the course schedule.
  • Forward the list of prerequisite courses to the Instructional Deans office for input into Banner to enforce the prerequisite on the target course.
  • Forward the information regarding the new prerequisite to the Office of College Relations so the new course prerequisite can be entered into the next COCC Catalog.

COURSE PRE- or CO-REQUISITE

APPROVAL FORM

Target Course Name/Number: _______________________________

Department:___________________________________________

  Department has met and agreed upon the material provided in this form.

List Co- and Pre-requisite courses:

Course

Minimum Grade Required?

Pre- or co-requisite?

Equivalent placement test(s) and minimum score, if applicable.

 

 

□   Prerequisite

□   Co-requisite

 

 

 

□   Prerequisite

□   Co-requisite

 

 

 

□   Prerequisite

□   Co-requisite

 

 

Supporting Materials Checklist

Written statement attached to this form includes:

   A1. Rationale for the desired prerequisite course. 

   A2.  Explanation of how prerequisite course outcomes are necessary for success in meeting outcomes of the target course.  See Appendix 1 for examples.

   B. Footnote language

_______________________________________________________________________________

Also, include as necessary:

   C.  Explanation of impact on staffing and other logistics if pre/co-req course is in another department, including contact person from the other department

   D.  Comparative data (if the target course has been taught before) from at least two previous sections of the target course, demonstrating validity of request.

   E. List of  two or more OUS schools that require the pre/co-requisite listed above.

  F. Any other data that would support the request for adding this prerequisite.

Affected Dept. Chair comments:

 

Affected Department Chair Signature:                                                     Date:                                          __     

Requesting Chair Signature: _________________________________  Date: _________________________


APPENDIX 1:  SAMPLE FORMAT FOR COMPARISON OF COURSE OUTCOMES  

What would you like students to know or do before they enter your course?

How could this be measured?

Which prerequisite course would provide this knowledge or skills?

Do instructors of the prerequisite course agree this is an outcome they expect in their course?

Example:  Students should be able to use basic fractions to calculate dosages of medications.

Sample story problems requiring fractions. Students should be accurate at least 75% of the time.

Math 20 or 31 or higher

Yes, I emailed Doug Nelson in the Math Department a sample question.  It is also an outcome on their syllabi.

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