CAP Course Proposals

How to Propose a CAP Course

  • Brainstorm with colleagues and your department chair about a new course or the redesign of an existing course;
  • Consult the CAP components about what category or categories your course might be well suited to fulfill;
  • Develop the course proposal in the Course Inventory Management System (CIM);
  • Engage your unit's curriculum process to review and approve the course;
  • Submit the course proposal to the CAP Committee (CAPC) for review and CAP component designation.

Frequently Asked Questions about CAP Course Development

What to expect during CAPC course proposal review?

  • During the review process, the CAPC seeks to ensure that CAP designated courses clearly articulate learning goals for students and fulfill the selected CAP component(s).

What general tips should I follow in developing any CAP course proposal?

What tips should I follow in developing a Capstone course?

  • The course should provide students the opportunity to engage, integrate, practice, and demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed in their major courses.
  • The course provides students the opportunity to engage in the scholarship, activity, and/or practice of their major and further their understanding of their chosen vocation, career, or profession.
  • The course provides students the opportunity to present their work in a forum appropriate to their major.
  • It may or may not be assigned credit hours.

What tips should I follow in developing a Diversity and Social Justice course?

  • The course must have a central focus on one or more dimensions of diversity that are relevant to social justice. 
  • The course must have a central focus on one ore more dimensions of human diversity on the basis of which systems, institutions, or practices that obstruct social justice have functioned. The dimensions may include, but are not limited to: race, gender, socioeconomic class, and sexual orientation.
  • The course may address diversity within the United States, in a global context, or both. Since the course uses a social justice framework, it will consider constructive responses to such injustice.
  • The course may satisfy other CAP components such as Crossing Boundaries (Faith Traditions, Practical Ethical Action, Inquiry, or Integrative) and Advanced Study (in Religious Studies, Philosophy, or History) or courses taken in the student's major.
  • The Diversity and Social Justice component may not double count with the folloiwng components: First-Year Humanities, Second-Year Writing Seminar, Social Science, Arts, Natural Science, and Oral Communication.

Course Proposal Form, Tutorial and Tips

The Course Inventory Management (CIM) System is used for all course proposals and existing course revisions. You can log in using your Novell username and password. This is live data. Anything that you change will go through the designated workflow process for your unit.

For | Do This in CIM

  Existing Courses - Enter Course Number in Search Box and Click "Search", then select and edit the existing electronic course document.

  New Courses - Click "Propose New Course".

CIM Notes:

Related Links

CAP Course Review Guidelines

The CAP Committee (CAPC) has developed CAP Course Review Guidelines as a summary of the CAP components created by the CAP Senate document (visit CAP 101 to access this document).  These guidelines are reference tools for the CAPC and are used as part of the CAPC review process for the approval of CAP courses.  We are sharing these resources as tools for those faculty developing CAP courses.

Please note that these resources are evolving, working documents and will be updated from time to time; be sure to check for the latest version before using them to evaluate your developing CAP courses.

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