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Committee on Mini-Courses (COMC)

General Information

1. Definition of mini-courses: Mini-courses are distinct from regular courses at the university by their degree of  flexibility. They may be course offerings that do not fall within the normal curricula of the university or they may treat highly specialized or especially timely subjects. They may also offer some variations of the typical two or three hour course by offering, for example, decimal fractions of a credit. The minimum credit for a mini-course is 0.5 credit hours, and all other assigned credit will be limited to increments of 0.5 credit hours up to a maximum of 3 credit hours. In assigning credit hours, the COMC committee will use the formula of fifteen contact hours equals one credit hour. Courses are offered for Grading Option 2 (Pass/Fail). Mini-courses are offered during the fall and winter semesters only.

2. Topics for a mini-course could include:

A) An issue which needs to be considered while timely, e.g. a political election, international event, etc.

B) A skill or technique which may be introduced and perhaps even partially mastered through several intensive sessions.

C) An area of concern which may be part of a larger course but warrants special treatment to allow greater depth or more thorough examination.

D) A course related to a speaker, performer, or drama group visiting on campus or the community.

E) Interdisciplinary courses, i.e. those which find no permanent home in a particular department.

3. Sponsors for mini-courses: Only members of the full-time teaching faculty may sponsor a mini-course. All mini-course presenters must work under faculty supervision and in consultation with the faculty member. By signing a course proposal, a faculty member assumes total responsibility for the conduct of the course and the assignment of academic credit.

Procedures for Developing a Mini-Course

1. Contact the Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (937-229-2605) for course proposal forms and consultation concerning the course topic. SP/CE is located in the 1700 South Patterson Building.

2. Proposals for mini-courses should be submitted to the Committee on Mini-Courses (COMC) at least six weeks prior to the planned date of the beginning of the course so as to allow time for approval, a registration period and publicity.

3. Special Programs and Continuing Education (SP/CE) will forward these proposals to the COMC for consideration at their next meeting.

4. Presenters will be notified of the meeting date and time so that they can be present to answer questions about their course plan.

5. COMC's decision will be sent to the presenter soon after the meeting.

6. If approved, a course code number will be assigned.

7. The presenter of a mini-course may obtain a room for the course and notify SP/CE of the room number, or, if desired, SP/CE will obtain a room in Kennedy Union.

8. While no set minimum of maximum is required, the mini-course instructor can determine the course enrollment.

9. SP/CE will handle the publicity by utilizing the Flyer News, Campus Report, notices on bulletin boards, description brochures sent to students on a mailing list, etc. Feel free to contact the staff if you have any suggestions for further publicity for your course. Many presenters also do their own flyers for distribution around campus.

10. Students register for mini-courses through the Office of Registration in St. Mary's Hall Rm. 411 using a Drop/Add form. Mini-courses are free to full-time undergraduate students.

11. Following the completion of the course, the sponsoring faculty member will be expected to forward SP/CE a personal evaluation of the mini-course experience that will then be given to the COMC. If an evaluation is not received within ten days of the completion of the course, repeat offerings of the course will not be considered by the COMC.

12. The contact person for the COMC is Julie Mitchell, Director for Special Programs and Continuing Education. She can be reached by phone 229-2605 or by mail, campus zip is 7011.

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