Requisites at COCC

"Requisite" refer to a course or skill that is needed for another course. The most frequent use of requisites is in "prerequisites", which refer to courses or skills that must be demonstrated before a student can proceed to the course in question (usually referred to as the "target" course).

Definitions (approved by Academic Affairs, January 20, 2012, revised February 22, 2016)

 

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 [course change] form to request a prerequisite.

Prerequisite with Concurrency: The content in the stated course is required either beforehand or concurrently with the given (target) course. Requires Curriculum Committee approval and enforced in Banner. Use the course approval form to request a prerequisite with concurrency.

Co-requisite: The content in the stated course is required for student success but may 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 previously or concurrently 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.

Approval Process

The following directions for approval is excerpted from Academic Affairs minutes from December and January, 2011. The minutes refer to a form which has long since been replaced by a different version of the form and is not reproduced here. Please see the current course approval form for specific instructions.

In order to assure that prerequisites allow for an increased potential for student success without unnecessarily barring students with equal potential for success from enrolling in the course, departments should provide the following information when submitting their request:

  • The department should discuss the rationale for having a prerequisite, the impact it will have on the target course and the impact it might have on other courses. Include a written statement addressing the following as applicable.
  • If the target course has been taught before, contact Institutional Research [now Institutional Effectiveness Department] for comparative data from previous classes. Analyze this data for relevance to the prerequisite request and include a summary.
  • 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 footnote on the course in the class schedule. This footnote may be a link that explains the process. The student request for waiving the pre-requisite 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.
  • Include any other data that would support the request for adding this prerequisite.

The task force recognizes that additional resources and support will be necessary in the following areas.

  • Faculty/administrative assistants - Identifying and maintaining course prerequisites
  • Institutional Research Providing and analyzing data
  • Departments / Programs Outcome alignment
  • Registrars Office Course articulation
  • Include instructional deans office for pre-requisite set-up and maintenance.

If proposing a pre-or co-requisite course,

1. List the prerequisite or co-requisite course(s) proposed for the target course.

2. If a minimum grade must have been received for the pre- or co-requisite, specify that grade.

3. Indicate whether or not the proposed course is a pre- or co-requisite.

4. If an equivalent placement test and score will also qualify the student for the class, indicate the test name and minimum score.