Curriculum & Academic Programs
Add or Change Courses to Curriculum
To create a new graduate course or revise or discontinue an existing graduate course, faculty members must submit a proposal through the Course Approval, Remonstrance, Maintenance and Integration (CARMIn) system. Here, we’ll guide you in planning and seeking approval for your course.
New courses are approved by the curriculum subcommittee of the Graduate Affairs Committee. Meet the curriculum subcommittee »
Designing Your Course
When designing your course, think carefully about the items called for in the proposal form:
- Course description,
- Relation to existing courses,
- Overlap with other courses,
- Course outline, and
- Reading list.
When approving, the committee will carefully consider matters such as the nature, depth, and scope of the materials treated in each proposal.
Graduate-level courses should be more demanding, sophisticated, and rigorous than undergraduates ones.
A proper graduate course will emphasize theoretical, conceptual, methodological (as contrasted with technical), or systematic treatments of material, rather than factual data. It should deal directly with the research content of the field and with the discipline’s research methodologies.
In proposing a new course, consider the following:
What is the rationale for this course? What factors led to its development? What changes occurred in the market demand or in the knowledge base of the field?
- What role does this course play in the overall curriculum of the program? Given the fact that no one unit can cover all aspects of a particular discipline, which one has the unit chosen to address? How does the proposed course meet those objectives?
- What makes this a graduate course? What is the level of knowledge required for admission? Each discipline should be able to describe and defend the characteristics of graduate study for its area. The proposal should show specifically how the proposed course would meet these criteria. Two components of the course proposal are helpful in determining the level of instruction proposed for a course:
- Prerequisites in terms of specific courses, of number of accumulated hours in the field, or of class standing; and
- The course syllabus, including a complete list of readings and other assignments. Download a sample syllabus »
When writing your proposal, keep in mind the following requirements and tips:
- An accompanying syllabus is required for all new courses and it must include the course description, educational objectives written at a graduate level (see Bloom’s Taxonomy), IUPUI Student Code of Conduct, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Download a sample syllabus »
- The course description must not exceed 50 words.
- If the graduate course is taught in conjunction with an undergraduate course, clearly indicate the standards by which the graduate students will be evaluated, as opposed to those for the undergraduates. A key question to answer is, “What distinguishes this graduate-level course from an undergraduate course?”
- The grading scale for the IU Graduate School differs from the grading scale for undergraduates. A grade of C is failing by University Graduate School standards, and to earn a degree from the Graduate School, students must have at least a 3.0 graduate GPA. For this reason, several graduate programs do not accept any grade below a B. Each department should set a policy on the lowest acceptable grade for its graduate program. This should clearly be reflected in the grading scale that you include in the syllabus for each new course request submitted by your department for graduate credit.
Indiana University Graduate School Grading Scale
- A = 4.0
- A- = 3.7
- B+ = 3.3
- B = 3.0
- B- = 2.7
If the new course being proposed is similar to other courses in another school or department on campus, it is recommended that you contact that school or department to discuss the differences between the courses so that when it goes to remonstrance, it will not be challenged.
Course Design Resources
Getting Your Course Approved
IUPUI’s Course Approval, Remonstrance, Maintenance, and Integration (CARMIn) system allows faculty members to submit these proposals electronically. The Course Approval System instructions explain how faculty members can submit a request and how administrators can approve a request.
To use CARMin to submit a request, do the following:
- Login to OneStart.
- Choose the Services tab and choose Faculty Systems
- Choose Curriculum Management
- Choose Initiate New Course/Change Course Request
After you’ve submitted your proposal and the request has received initial approval, the proposal will be placed on the CARMIn remonstrance list for 30 days.
To use CARMin to view the remonstrance list, do the following:
- Login to OneStart.
- Choose the Services tab and go to Administrative Systems.
- Choose SIS. Locate Admin eForms.
- Choose Initiate New Course/Change Course Request.
Administrators may also use the system to approve requests.