New Course Proposal Guidelines

The following information is required for all new courses, including special topics:



  • term course is effective

Course ID

  • Course number, credit weight, and variance letter (if applicable)
  • Studio or Studies? This ensures the correct MET weight is attached to the course
  • Coure title (also include a brief title if the full title exceeds 40 characters)
  • Cross-listed with any other undergraduate course(s)?
  • Integrated with any graduate course(s)?

Brief Course Description (Calendar copy)

  • Brief course description (maximum 40 words) as it will appear in the York Calendar.
  • Begin all descriptions with an action word (i.e., “Examines …” or “Explores …”
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: this is the information that will be added to the auto pre-req check and will allow only the right students to enrol in the course
  • Course credit exclusions: make sure all exclusions are in place. This prevents students from “double-dipping” on courses

Expanded course description

  • A more detailed description, such as would be provided in a department handbook or course outline


  • Contact hours (in terms of hours/week, # weeks, format)
  • Session of first offering and planned frequency
  • Expected enrolment in the course
  • Instructor(s) likely to teach the course (attach a brief c.v. if the instructor is not a full time faculty member)

Grading scheme

  • An indication of the probable basis for evaluation in the course, including the type of assignments and other components which make up the grade, their relative weights, and any other procedures which enter into the determination of the final grade


  • A reading list must be included for all new courses. (The library has requested that the reading list contain complete bibliographical information, such as full name of author, title, year of publication, etc., and that you distinguish between required and suggested readings.)
  • A Library statement is required (and from the Slide Library coordinator where applicable) to indicate whether library resources are adequate to support the course

Other resources

  • A statement is required regarding the adequacy of physical resources (equipment, space, etc.)
  • If other resources will be required to mount this course, please explain
  • For courses requiring computing resources, a statement is required from the FFA Academic Computer Coordinator to indicate that the course has been reviewed and that adequate resources will be available to mount the course as described. The committee will not approve a course unless it is satisfied that there are adequate resources to support it.

Course rationale (in addition to department overview statement)

  • The course rationale should address the following points:
  • How the new course relates to the academic objectives of the unit and the Faculty (refer to academic plans, undergraduate programme reviews, etc. where applicable)
  • The purposes served by any new special topics course (e.g. to experiment with a new course before including it as a regular offering; to satisfy a temporary need for instruction in a given subject; to make use of a special opportunity, such as short term funds or a visiting artist/scholar)
  • The relationship of the proposed course to any existing offerings, including but not limited to any overlap in content or objectives. Evident of consultation with any other units affected should be included. If a course is to be cross-listed, a statement of approval from the other unit is required.

Faculty/Academic Unit

  • Authorizing Departmental/Unit Signature
  • In cases of Cross-listed courses the authorizing signatures of all parties are required

Please note: a Department approved, signed hardcopy as well as an electronic copy must be submitted to Jim Fenton at least 3 days prior to the AAPPC meeting.