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Variable Credit Courses Will Not Be Listed in the Merged CoursePlus

April 17, 2014 | 1 Minute Read

When the online course and CoursePlus systems merge at the end of the academic year, there will be a change to the courses listed on the "Course List" view in CoursePlus.

Currently, if you go to the CoursePlus home page and click on “Course List,” you will see variable credit courses listed. These are generally .840 courses, though there are a handful of others which have variable credit. We cannot create CoursePlus sites for those course numbers as a) there’s no faculty assigned to these courses, and b), more importantly, there’s no single course for all students who may have signed up for that variable credit SSR. Everyone is doing something different. If faculty need a CoursePlus site for special courses that have students register as SSRs, faculty can request a non-catalog CoursePlus site and the CTL team will gladly set one up.

These courses generally have no information (description, learning objectives, methods of assessment, etc.) in the SPH course catalog. These courses also cause confusion on the part of students who register for variable-credit courses and don't see them listed when they sign into CoursePlus. Faculty who teach a group of students as an SSR are also often confused as to why a .840 course isn't available to them to set up, when, in fact, they simply need to request a non-catalog CoursePlus site for that group.

After discussion of the above with a number of teams and with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, we have decided that variable-credit courses will not be listed in the merged system. If you questions about this, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.