Appendix A: Change Log

This Change Log shows significant changes in the last few versions of the Curriculum Handbook. Changes in each version also include non-substantive copy editing.

Contents

  

Version 3.5.3, Fall 2014

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Entire Manual

The entire manual was turned into a series of web pages. As such it was modified in respect to formatting and usability. In addition, the college moved to a new curriculum-development software, CurricuNET META, which modified substantially some processes and practices and eliminated others.

  • Replacement of "Major Learning Outcomes" with "Student Learning Outcomes"
  • Replacement of all references to forms or cover sheets to CurricuNET proposals
  • Replacement of "Preparer" with "Originator"
  • Removal of all reference to "suggested" Tech Review
  • Replacement of all CC website references to remove "templates" references.
  • Table of Contents removed from introduction and replaced by left-hand navigation menu
  • Replacement of all URLs with hyperlinks
  • Addition of Chapter 10. CurricuNET (support for use of the new software)
  • Change log moved to an Appendix.

Chapter 1

Section 1.3 -- Addition of descriptions of Chapter 10. CurricuNET and Appendix A: Change Log (moved from starter pages to an appendix)

Chapter 2

  • Table 2-1, 2-2, 2-3: reformatted into a list
  • Section 2.1.1:
    • Signficant updates to match CurricuNET proposal processes.
    • Added a description of what changes warrant Information Item and which full committee proposals.
  • Section 2.1.2: Course Approval Process (revised to match terms and workflow in the CurricuNET system)
  • Section 2.1.3: Technical review -- submission dates info revised to indicate new processes.
  • Section 2.1.4: Content overlap -- language changed from "strongly advised to consider" to "consider", as everyone goes through this step now.
  • Section 2.2.1: Final paragraph replaced "WASC" with "our accrediting organization"
  • Section 2.2.3: Integrated Course Outline
    • Integration section: revised Student Learning Outcomes advice to match current SLO practices and recommendations
  • Section 2.3: Removal and renaming and renumbering of entire sections no longer applicable due to new processes within CurricuNET
    • Old formatting and template sections completely removed/replaced.
    • General Description Section 2.3.4 (new 2.3.2): removed discussion of all general description components except course number and title. Within number instructions, removed references to subject, as these are now chosen from drop-down list.
    • Course Specifics Section:
      • Hours -- only total hours now entered.
      • Requisites -- updated to new language and workflow processes, in which old system of paper forms running a parallel process of review with Office of Matriculation, is now integrated into normal course proposal review process.
    • Student Learning Outcomes -- updated to reflect new SLO processes, primarily by referring to resources on SLO website including the SLO Handbook and removing from this handbook the duplication of the two handbooks. SLO Handbook was also updated to reflect this change.
    • Textbook and Other Instructional Materials -- added websites and changed language to indicate that CurricuNET will ensure proper formatting and citation. Follow instructions on the CurricuNET screens.
    • Old Title V (Section 7) Section: Revision of outline requirements, as Title V classification information is now embedded in course outline of record, based on course type. This section was deleted and merged with 2.2.2 (duplicate information). The automatic nature of this information being added to the course outline is also referenced in the Course Outline overview (2.3.1).

Chapter 3

  • Sections 3.2.3 & 3.3.3 -- Creating/Modifying/Deleting proposals: Updated language to ensure that all new addendums must already have a current and approved course outline "no more than six years old".
  • Sections 3.2.4 & 3.3.4 -- I. General Information -- Updated language to reflect how information is gathered through CurricuNET. 

Chapter 4

  • Section 4.1 -- Mapping happens in CurricuNET through checkboxes. Removed old mapping protocol.
  • Section 4.2.2 -- Removed some sections (including errors to avoid) and reordered some sections to reflect new CurricuNET workflow and separate external approval (State) from internal. Includes SLO mapping details, submission details, and handling content overlap.

Chapter 5

  • Section 5.1 -- Mapping happens in CurricuNET through checkboxes. Removed old mapping protocol.
  • Section 5.2.2 -- Removed some sections (including errors to avoid) and reordered some sections to reflect new CurricuNET workflow and separate external approval (State) from internal. Includes SLO mapping details, submission details, and handling content overlap.

Chapter 6

  • Section 6.1 -- workflow edited to reflect new integrated process with CurricuNET. Separate processes combined. Revisions updated to reflect need to move through CurricuNET.

Chapter 8

  • Section 8.2 -- Operating Procedures modified to include CurricuNET language for sumissions.
  • Section 8.3.2 -- Submission deadlines modified to include embedded Tech Review AND to warn about process requiring approvals and can't be assured. So submit early!

Chapter 9

  • Section 9.2.1 -- Technical Review processes edited to reflect embedding into CurricuNET.
  • Final approvals, processing minorly revised to reflect new procedures.

Progress

  • COMPLETE:
    • Reformat of all pages.
    • Language/process revision and link review for all pages.
  • IN PROGRESS: CurricuNET Chapter. Pending screen shots and final software.
  • TO DO:
    • Improve 2.3.3 Requisites Section (add real examples for credit-level critical thinking and quantitative skills)
    • Add Title V language to Field Trip sections (2.3.3)
    • Confirm grading options and give explanations on Method of Grading (2.3.3)
    • Edit more the SLO Handbook sections pertinent to Curriculum Handbook
    • Revisit Assignments Section (2.3.9) re: Information Competency. With some exceptions, degree-applicable courses should require students to demonstrate information competency by completing a research project that includes evaluation of printed and electronic sources, and proper citation and format.
    • Revise process/documentation for program submission -- since State docs are not part of CurricuNET BUT are indicated in HB that they are required to be submitted to the CC (end of 4 or 5.2.2)
    • Update Requisite chapter -- specifically the section on the number of people that must be consulted re: Content Review. Really 3?
    • End of 9.3.2, the sentence trails off and is missing an ending: "Members should note that all proposal items have been through Technical Review and have been deemed ready for placement on the agenda. Members should therefore exercise discretion in making comments about a proposal; while members should feel free to make comments if they feel an item was missed during Technical Review or addressed incompletely after Technical Review,..."

  

Version 3.5.2, Fall 2013

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Chapter 1

New language establishing an annual cycle for Handbook updates, and an expectation that most changes to Curriculum Committee standards will be made on an annual basis.

Chapter 2

  • Eliminated language about minor revision date
  • Clarified language about course title length
  • Provided guidance on noncredit courses with ranges of hours
  • Provided guidance on the inclusion of “family” language in the course justification for active participatory courses in visual and performing arts and physical education.
  • Updated language about Field Trips
  • Updated language about Course Repeatability to conform with new Title 5 requirements, and to provide more specific guidance for work experience courses.
  • Provided additional guidance on the integration of Major Learning Outcomes, Contents, and Instructional Methodology
  • Updated guidance on Assignments to include references to field trips, unscheduled lab hours, and separation of in-class and out-of-class assignments

Chapter 3

Clarifications to requirements for Distance Education Addenda.

Chapters 4 and 5

  • Inserted additional examples of and guidance for catalog descriptions
  • Updated requirements for submissions to include supplemental information required for State Chancellor’s Office approval

Chapter 9

  • Updated language about Technical Review, noting that it is a required element of most proposals.
  • Updated language about proofreading and lead reviewers
  • Updated language about the conduct of meetings to note the primacy of lead reviewers

  

Version 3.5.1, Fall 2012

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Chapter 1

Updated Reference to Program and Course Approval Handbook

Chapter 2

  • Updated guidance in Section 2.3.8 for Attendance and Participation
  • New example in Figure 2-42 of the use of class participation in Evaluation section

Chapter 4

  • Deleted references to Awards of Achievement, including conversion of Awards of Achievement to Majors
  • Provided more guidance on the development of Program Learning Outcomes
  • Inserted directions about mapping courses to Program Learning Outcomes

Chapter 5

  • Provided more guidance on the development of Program Learning Outcomes
  • Inserted directions about mapping courses to Program Learning Outcomes

Chapter 9

New guidance in Table 9-5 for review of programs.

  

Version 3.5, Fall 2011

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Chapter 2

  • Inserted the Content Overlap Review process
  • Guidance in Section 2.3.4 for Field Trips updated to allow three options: Yes, Optional, or No
  • Updated Section 2.3.4 for credit courses to include requirement to have total hours listed.
  • Updated Figure 2-4 (Noncredit Funding Areas), Figure 2-5 (Attributes of Noncredit Courses), and Figure 2-30 (Noncredit Grading Examples)

Chapter 3

Significant new guidance on Honors Section Addenda  

Chapter 4

  • New guidance about program-level learning outcomes.
  • New reference in Chapter 4 to the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees.

Chapter 5

  • New guidance about program-level learning outcomes.
  • New guidance about minimum grades, pass/no pass grades, recency requirements, and residency requirements.

Chapter 7

Updated description of CCSF GE Areas G and H.

Chapter 8 and 9

Redundancies between these Chapters eliminated

Chapter 9

Guidance in Chapter 9 about the various review levels, and the guidance to Curriculum Committee members about reviewing course outlines, course outline addenda, and certificate and degree programs, was significantly rewritten to reflect current practice and give more clear guidance to new committee members.