Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Forms, Policies and Documents

Submission of proposals

All proposed curricular changes shall be submitted to TRU’s curricular approval process via CurricUNET at https://www.curricunet.com/TRU/. CurricUNET is an internet based software application that has automated and expedited TRU’s curricular approval process. 

Any inquiries regarding CurricUNET submissions, including password access and software training, may be submitted to curricunet_admin@tru.ca


Tips for writing proposals

Writing

Proof-reading is a particularly important issue with course descriptions, pre-requisites, and co-requisites that are later included in the TRU Calendar. Course descriptions should be thorough, consisting of between 100 and 150 words, be in the present tense, and student focused. They should not repeat the name or acronym of the course nor use abbreviations (e.g. NPV, EKG) — write the words out in full. Prerequisites and co-requisites are not included in the calendar description and should be entered in the designated Requisite page in CurricUNET. Prerequisites must be clear to ensure students are not confused as to the exact requirements. Words like “and” or “or” as well as commas and semi-colons must be used carefully.

Completeness

All fields in CurricUNET course and program forms are to be answered concisely and completely. Fields that contain a red asterisk are mandatory and the proposal cannot be submitted unless mandatory fields are completed.

Research

New programs must be thoroughly researched. Offerings at other universities should be reviewed and outside experts consulted, including professional organizations. EPC requires this process as does DQAB.

Consultation

All academic or administrative units at TRU that might be reasonably affected by the changes should be consulted and a summary of this consultation provided when requested. Other departments that have expertise in the area should also be consulted.

Budgetary Implications

Submitters should be clear on budgetary implications before choosing “No additional costs associated with this change” or “Additional costs absorbed by the division/school/faculty”. If “Additional funding is required,” a Program Sustainability Worksheet (PSW) or Course Sustainability Worksheet (CSW) must be submitted to the Provost's Office prior to launching the proposal in CurricUNET. Information on Sustainability Worksheets is available at https://www.tru.ca/vpacademic/curriculum_development_approval/Sustainability_Worksheet_V2.html

Numbering system

All courses should be identified using four numbers in accordance with current TRU policy.

Academic policies

Submitters should be familiar with TRU policies that may affect curricular proposals, i.e., calculation of course credits, residency and PLAR.

Lead time

Please allow sufficient lead time for proposals to go through the Senate approval process. Currently, new courses and course modifications require approximately four months for completion and new programs require approximately 18 months for completion.


Questions or comments?

For any questions or comments about this page or its contents please contact epc@tru.ca

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