Nova Southeastern University
College of Pharmacy
PROCEDURE FOR A NEW COURSE
The purpose of submitting a new course proposal is to obtain the input of the faculty and to
obtain its approval prior to its offering.
The goal is to standardize and make clear the process of course approval by the CC and to ensure
that each new course proposal receives a fair and comprehensive review. The process applies to
both core and elective courses.
CRITERIA FOR A NEW COURSE PROPOSAL
While each new course proposal will be discussed on its own merits, there are general, minimum
criteria for approval which the Department and CC must consider in their decisions.
A new course is defined as one not currently being offered; that is a similar course should
not be available within the College. If a similar course is available, a written argument
should be presented to the CC as to why the proposed course is needed and how it differs
from existing offerings.
The Department and CC should agree that such course is needed.
New courses may be developed and sponsored by any adjunct, part-time, or full-time
faculty member of the NSU College of Pharmacy
All new courses undergoing review must submit the following documents to the CC:
o New Course Submission Form (NCSF)
o Course Syllabus(using the standardized syllabus format)
All required documents must be submitted to the CC by:
o September 1st for courses that will be offered in the Winter Semester
o March 1st for courses that will be offered in the Fall Semester
o February 1st for courses that will be offered in the Summer Semester
Prior to Curriculum Committee meeting
The faculty member (course coordinator) proposing a new course should contact the
Chair of the appropriate department.
Advice from the Department Chair should be sought regarding need, course content, and
relationship to existing courses. Furthermore, the Chair should provide assistance with
preparing and completing the NCSF and course syllabus.
Evaluation and approval from the Department should be obtained. The Department
should discuss the required documents following the established departmental
Final evaluation and approval from the Department Chair needs to be obtained. The
department Chair should sign the form.
The CC Department representative submits all documents to the CC Chairperson
following the deadlines established above.
CC reviews all new course submission documents on a first come first served basis
CC Chair and Co-chair reviews documentation. If all the forms are complete, it is placed
in agenda for discussion in the next regular meeting.
Course coordinator is invited to present proposed course to the CC. The course
coordinator could opt to have the CC Department representative present it.
CC discusses the merit of the new course and forwards the course and the initial
comments, via Departmental representative, to all College Departments for review and
CC Department representatives forward comments from their respective departments and
discuss proposed course at the department level.
CC revises the course taking into account the recommendations from the departments
CC votes on proposed course
Approve as is
Approve with revisions
Reject with suggestions
Reject (do not send back)
If approved, Chair of CC forwards the course to the Associate Dean for Professional
Programs to present to the College Executive Committee for informational purposes.
Simultaneously, the documents are forwarded to Dean to be reviewed by the faculty in
the next scheduled Faculty meeting. The documents should be at least one week in
advance to be considered for that meeting.
College Faculty Meeting
CC presents the new course proposal to the faculty for discussion and approval. Faculty
votes as follows:
Accept as is
Accept with revisions
Once Course is Approved by Faculty
Department Chair completes and submits a Course Inventory Maintenance/Transmittal
Form to the Executive Associate Dean for Professional Programs. He/She is responsible
Executive Associate Dean for Professional Programs or designee:
Signs the form
Assigns a course number
Forwards form to the registrar’s office
Includes course description in the catalog (taken from the NCSF)
Forwards documents to the EAC for update of College Content and Outcome
Flowchart for New Course Approval by CC
CC receives course
CC Chair and Co-Chair reviews the course
materials are ready for consideration
The course is send back to
the course coordinator via Course is send to CC
Department members for revisions in
Representative next meeting
CC First Revision with input of course coordinator
The course is send back to the The course is send to the three
course coordinator via Department departments for
Representative recommendation and approval
CC Second Revision with input of departments
Send to Dean for
The course is send back to the
course coordinator and
Department Chair via
Guidelines for Completing New Course Submission Form (NCSF)
The purpose of the New Course Submission is to inform the Curriculum Committee (CC) of
proposed new courses. This form is required for CC review. Information provided in this form
should be as clear and as succinct as possible. All reference material including course syllabi,
Content Map and Outcome Map must be submitted with these forms. When completing this form
please refer to the following guidelines and the links provided for assistance.
Date of Submission to the College Curriculum Committee: This is the date that the course
coordinator or designee submits the form to the CC Chair following departmental approval.
Resource Person: This is the course coordinator or designee who will be primarily responsible
for course implementation or changes.
Course Information: This section outlines all information that identifies the course.
1. Course Title: The course title must clearly describe the course content.
2. Credit Hours: The course credit hour is the unit of measuring educational credit based
on the number of classroom hours per week throughout a term. Credit hours are
generally assigned as 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 credit hours per course, per semester.
3. Year/Semester: This reflects the year (P1-P4, International) and semester (Fall, Winter,
Summer) of the curriculum in which the course is offered or will be offered.
4. Curricular Requirement: This identifies the course status in the curriculum. Courses
should be identified as either required or elective, and classified as either didactic,
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE), or Advanced Pharmacy Practice
5. Starting Date: The date identifies the semester (Fall, Winter, Summer) and year (2008,
2009, etc) when new course or course changes become effective.
Course Description: This section provides a clear and succinct description of the new course. It
should list the topics covered in brief descriptive sentences or phrases (will be provided online).
Limit course description to 70 words or fewer. The course description is published in the
College of Pharmacy catalog.
Rationale for Proposed Course (NCSF) Rationale for Course Revision (CRF): This section
describes how a new course relates to curricular content and outcomes.
Curricular Content: Provide in this section a brief description of how a new course or
revisions to a current course address the curricular content found in the Content Map. A
Course Content Map (will be provided online), approved by the EAC, must be submitted
with the NCSF or CRF.
Competency-Based Educational Outcomes: Provide in this section a brief description
of how the new course or revisions to a current course aligns with the College Outcomes.
A Course Outcome Map (will be provided online), approved by the EAC, must be
submitted with the NCSF.
Prerequisites: This section lists the prerequisite course(s) of the new course and changes in
prerequisites for a course undergoing revision. The rationale for each prerequisite must be
Course Objectives: This section lists the course objectives for a new course and describes
changes to course objectives for courses undergoing revision. Course objectives should outline
the most important content of a course and must be written as action statements that are
measurable (will be provided online).
Delivery Methods: This section lists the overall delivery methods of a new course and changes
in delivery methods for courses undergoing revision. Delivery methods define how knowledge,
skills, attitudes and values are taught in a course. The College has defined delivery methods
using the following nomenclature (will be provided online):
L: lecture R: recitation E: experiential
LD: lecture/discussion SS: self-study O: other (specify)
PB: problem based D: demonstration
These terms should be used when identifying delivery methods in this section. Delivery
methods by outcomes are outlined in the Course Outcome Map and do not need to be included in
either the NCSF.
Assessment Methods: This section briefly describes the overall assessment methods of a new
course and changes in delivery methods for courses undergoing revision. Assessment methods
define how student learning is measure. The College has defined assessment methods using the
following nomenclature (will be provided online):
A: Knowledge and Comprehension
B: Application, Analysis, or Synthesis
These terms should be used when identifying assessment methods in this section. Assessment
methods by outcomes are outlined in the Course Outcome Map and do not need to be included in
either the NCSF.
Course(s) Replaced: This section identifies current course(s) that will be replaced by the new
course or revised course.
Course Transmission: This section defines where the course originates and identifies sites
where videoconferencing will be utilized.
Number of Students Expected: This section identifies the number of students expected to
enroll in the course overall and at each site.
Required Text: This section should list a complete reference of the course textbook(s). Courses
not utilizing textbooks should identify the type of reference(s) that will be used.
Course Resources: This section lists the specific resources needed to deliver the course.
1. Faculty Member(s): List primary faculty member(s) responsible for delivering
course content. Faculty member(s) should be identified by Department affiliation or
as guest speakers.
2. Capital Equipment: List any equipment such as computers, balances, etc. that are
necessary for the course.
3. Special Instructional Resources: List instructional resources such as software
programs, videos, etc. necessary for the course.
4. Library: List library services such as audiovisuals, reserved books, etc. necessary to
deliver the course.
5. Space: List rooms, labs or other space needed at each site where the course will be
Topics to be covered: This section must include all the topics that will be covered in the course.
Topics must be listed in the proposed order of presentation.
New Course Submission Form (NCSF)
Date of Submission to the College Curriculum Committee:
1. Course Title:
2. Credit Hours:
4. Curriculum Requirement:
______Didactic ______IPPE ______APPE
5. Starting Date:
Rationale for proposed Course:
Competency-Based Educational Outcomes:
1. Originating Site:
_____FTL _____WPB _____Tampa _____Ponce
_____Yes _____FTL _____Tampa
Number of Students Expected:
1. Faculty Member(s):
2. Capital Equipment:
3. Special Instructional Resources:
Topics to be covered (in order):
WEEK TOPICS TO BE COVERED
Department Approval:_______________________________________ _________
Department Chair Date
Curriculum Committee Approval:______________________________ __________
Curriculum Chair Date
Faculty Approval Date:_________________________________
College Approval:___________________________________________ __________
Executive Associate Dean for Professional Programs Date