3.18 Graduate Courses

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A. Credentials Required for Teaching Graduate Courses

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that graduate courses be taught by faculty with an earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. To that end, the following requirements for the teaching of graduate courses are established:

  1. Both primary and secondary instructors must be graduate faculty in the academic program offering the course or approved non-graduate faculty (see Section 1.3 of the Administrative Handbook, sub-sections C and E).
  2. All instructors must have an active record in HR (Human Resources).
  3. Sections of the following courses must be taught by associate or full members of the graduate faculty:
    • XXX 685 Master’s Supervised Teaching
    • XXX 686-687 Master’s Other Teaching
    • XXX 690 Master’s Exams
    • XXX 691-699 Master’s Research
    • XXX 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching
    • XXX 886-887 Doctoral Other Teaching
    • XXX 890 Doctoral Exams
    • XXX 891-899 Doctoral Research
  4. Support personnel do not need to be graduate faculty but they must have 0% teaching load assigned.
  5. All sections must have valid instructors listed (STAFF or blank is not acceptable).

B. Graduate Courses

Course Number Explanation
5XX Letter Graded Master’s Courses
6XX S-U Graded Master’s Courses
7XX Letter Graded Doctoral Courses (ALL 7XX courses are restricted to the following classification of students: MR, DR, SR, SP and GR)
8XX S-U Graded Doctoral Courses (ALL 8XX courses, with the exception of those specifically listed at the end of this section, are restricted to the following classification of students: MR, DR, SR, SP and GR)
9XX Professional Courses in the College of Veterinary Medicine are not graduate courses and may not be counted in Plans of Work for graduate degrees.

C. 500-Level Letter Graded Master’s Courses

Course Number Explanation
500-589 Undesignated
590-599 Letter Graded Special Topic Master’s Courses

Note: Courses at the 500 level are letter graded. Students cannot enroll in these courses for ‘credit only.’

D. 600-Level S/U Graded Master’s Courses

Course Number Explanation
600-609 Introductory, Seminars, Colloquiums
600 Introduction to Graduate Study (in department or program)
601 Seminar (in department or program)
602-606 Seminar in <specialization> (in department or program)
607 Advanced Seminar
609 Colloquium
610-617 Topics Courses
610 Special Topics (in department or program)
611-613 Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)
615 Advanced Special Topics (in department or program)
616-617 Advanced Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)
620-626 Problems Courses
620 Special Problems (in department or program)
621-622 Special Problems in <specialization> (in department or program)
623-624 Miscellaneous Special Problems
625-626 Advanced Special Problems
630-634 Independent/Individual Study
630 Independent Study (in department or program)
631-634 Other independent or individual study courses
635-639 Readings
635 Readings (in department or program)
636-639 Advanced Readings
640-649 Practicums
640 Prepracticum
641-649 Practicum in <specialization> (in department or program)
650-659 Internships
650 Internship (in department or program)
651-659 Internship in <specialization> (in department or program)
660-669 Miscellaneous
660-669 Miscellaneous that do not fit into any other category
670-671 Lab Rotations
670-671 Lab Rotations
675-679 Projects
675-679 Project courses (of all types)
680-684 Directed Study
680-682 Directed Study (in department)
683-684 Advanced Directed Study
685-687 Teaching
685 Master’s Supervised Teaching
686-687 Other Teaching
690 Exams
690 Master’s Exams
691-699 Research
693 Master’s Supervised Research
695 Master’s Thesis Research
696 Summer Thesis Research
697 Final Research Project
699 Master’s Thesis Preparation

Note: Courses at the 600 level are S/U graded. Students cannot enroll in these courses for a letter grade. Registration in 600-level courses is restricted to graduate or PBS status.

E. 700-Level Letter Graded Doctoral Courses

Course Number Explanation
700-789 Undesignated
790-799 Letter Graded Special Topic Doctoral Courses

Note: Courses at the 700 level are letter graded. Students cannot enroll in these courses for ‘credit only.’ Registration in 700-level courses is restricted to graduate or PBS status.

F. 800-Level S/U Graded Doctoral Courses

Course Number Explanation
800-809 Introductory, Seminars, Colloquiums
800 Introduction to Graduate Study (in department or program)
801 Seminar (in department or program)
802-806 Seminar in <specialization> (in department or program)
807 Advanced Seminar
809 Colloquium
810-817 Topics Courses
810 Special Topics (in department or program)
811-813 Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)
815 Advanced Special Topics (in department or program)
816-817 Advanced Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)
820-826 Problems Courses
820 Special Problems (in department or program)
821-822 Special Problems in <specialization> (in department or program)
823-824 Miscellaneous Special Problems
825-826 Advanced Special Problems
830-834 Independent/Individual Study
830 Independent Study (in department or program)
831-834 Other independent or individual study courses
835-839 Readings
835 Readings (in department or program)
836-839 Advanced Readings
840-849 Practicums
840 Prepracticum
841-849 Practicum in <specialization> (in department or program)
850-859 Internships
850 Internship (in department or program)
851-859 Internship in <specialization> (in department or program)
860-869 Miscellaneous
860-869 Miscellaneous that do not fit into any other category
870-871 Lab Rotations
870-871 Lab Rotations
875-879 Projects
875-879 Project courses (of all types)
880-884 Directed Study
880-882 Directed Study (in department)
883-884 Advanced Directed Study
885-887 Teaching
885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching
886-887 Other Teaching
890 Exams
890 Doctoral Exams
891-899 Research
893 Doctoral Supervised Research
895 Doctoral Thesis Research
896 Summer Thesis Research
897 Final Research Project
899 Doctoral Thesis Preparation

Note: ALL 800-level S/U graded doctoral courses with the exception of those specifically listed below are restricted to graduate or PBS status.

G. Catalog Descriptions for Research, Teaching, and Examination Courses

  • XXX 685 Master’s Supervised Teaching. Restricted to master’s student. 1-3. Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion.
  • XXX 688 Non-Thesis Master’s Continuous Registration – Half-Time Registration. Restricted to master’s students. 1. For students in non-thesis master’s programs who have completed all credit-hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master’s exam, etc. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course-inventory system restricts enrollment in this course to master’s students only (class MR).
  • XXX 689 Non-Thesis Master’s Continuous Registration – Full-Time Registration. Restricted to master’s students. 3 credit hours. For students in non-thesis master’s programs who have completed all credit-hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain full-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master’s exam, etc. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course-inventory system restricts enrollment in this course to master’s students only (class MR). Students may register for this course a maximum of one semester. Registration restricted to 3 credits only.
  • XXX 690 Master’s Examination. Restricted to master’s students. 1-6 credit hours. For students in non-thesis master’s programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master’s exam. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course-inventory system restricts enrollment in courses with this number to master’s students only (class MR). XXX 690 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 693 Master’s Supervised Research. Restricted to master’s students. 1-9 credit hours. Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty. In spite of the noted prerequisite the course inventory system actually restricts enrollment in courses with this number to student class MR or DR.
  • XXX 695 Master’s Thesis Research. Restricted to master’s students. 1-9 credit hours. Thesis research.
  • XXX 696 Summer Thesis Research. Restricted to master’s students. 1 credit hour. Thesis research. Ten-week course beginning the first day of Summer Session I. XXX 696 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 699 Master’s Thesis Preparation. Restricted to master’s student. 1-3 credit hours. For students who are writing their theses. May be counted in the Plan of Work.
  • XXX 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching. Restricted to doctoral students. 1-3 credit hours. Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for a teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion. 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) by the course-inventory system as indicated by the prerequisite noted above.
  • XXX 890 Doctoral Preliminary Examination. Restricted to doctoral students. 1-9 credit hours. For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams. 890 Doctoral Preliminary Examination courses are restricted by the course-inventory system to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above. XXX 890 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 893 Doctoral Supervised Research. Restricted to doctoral students. 1-9 credit hours. Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty. 893 Doctoral Supervised Research courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above.
  • XXX 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research. Restricted to doctoral students. 1-9 credit hours. Dissertation research. 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above.
  • XXX 896 Summer Dissertation Research. Restricted to doctoral students. 1 credit hour. Dissertation research. Ten-week course beginning the first day of Summer Session I. 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above. XXX 896 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 899 Doctoral Dissertation Preparation. Restricted to doctoral students. 1-3 credit hours. For students who are writing their dissertation. May count toward the Graduate Plan of Work.

Master’s students going on to pursue a Ph.D. can register for Ph.D. coursework during their last semester of the master’s degree instead of 689, 695, or 699 provided they have completed the master’s degree requirements.

The courses are all variable credit, but none are zero credit courses.

  1. The number of credits students register for in the courses should not exceed the upper limits stated in the descriptions.
  2. As a general rule, master’s students should not register for 8XX-level courses and doctoral students should not register for 6XX-level courses. The course inventory allows scheduling of students in the classes FR, JR, SO, SR. in courses numbered 800 where the course prefix is II.

H. Credit Hours for Intensive Graduate Courses

A maximum of one credit hour will be awarded per week of full-time study for graduate courses offered by NC State University. At least 60 days before such a course is taught, the syllabus must be submitted to the Graduate School for approval.

I. Syllabus Requirement for Graduate Courses

All instructors of graduate courses are required, no later than the first class, to provide students with a written or electronic course syllabus which contains the information listed below.

A syllabus must be approved by the Administrative Board of the Graduate School as part of a new course proposal or a revision of an existing course.

A course syllabus must include the information listed below. The language enclosed within quotes in subsections 13 and 14 below should be used without changes.

  1. Instructor’s name, office address, telephone number, e-mail address, regularly scheduled class meeting times, and office hours for out-of-class consultation. The course prefix, number, title, credit hours, and semester should be listed.
  2. Course prerequisites, co-requisites or statement on enrollment restrictions. If none, state “none”.
  3. Student learning outcomes for the course. Student learning outcomes in different sections of the same course should not differ significantly.
  4. All required textbook(s) and other instructional material, and the cost of each. For each required textbook, include the author, title, and date or edition. Statement on required expenses (e.g., museum admission fee, field trip costs, liability insurance), if applicable.
  5. Course overview including at least the catalog description.
  6. Course structure (such as group activities, lectures, discussion, labs, field trips, studio, etc.). Explain how the course will operate.
  7. Course schedule including the following (Note in the syllabus that the course schedule is subject to change with appropriate notification to students):
    1. Projected schedule of required readings, assignments, quizzes, and tests.
    2. Major topics to be covered.
    3. Required field trips and other out-of-class activities, if any.
    4. Laboratory, studio, or problem session topics, if any.
    5. Statement on transportation, if applicable. Students must be informed whenever they must provide their own transportation to a field trip or internship site.
  8. Statement on safety and risk assumption in courses requiring a laboratory, physical activity, field trips, studios and other special activities. Consult with your department on appropriate wording. Safety issues must be part of the course schedule at the first opportunity.
  9. Detailed explanation of how grades are determined including:
    1. The relative value of the various evaluation components of the course, (the portion of the grade that derives from quizzes, tests, final exam, projects, attendance, participation, etc.) and the specific expectation for each component. When attendance and/or participation are graded, the requirements for earning full value must be explained.
    2. The conversion system from numerical to letter grading, if applicable. The University’s regulation on grades and grade point average can be found at http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-50-03.
  10. Instructor’s policy on late assignments, including the impact of late assignments on the grading of the assignment and the course.
  11. Instructor’s policies on attendance, (excused and unexcused) absences, and scheduling makeup work. Penalties associated with the number of absences in a course must be explicitly explained. Accepting excused absences of any kind is the prerogative of the instructor. When excuses are accepted, the procedures for submitting excuses and for scheduling makeup work must be explained. The attendance section should also explain whether students with excused absences are still expected to complete the missed work. If excused absences are accepted, refer to the University’s Attendance Regulation at http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-07 for further information, including the University’s definition of excused absences.
  12. Academic Integrity Statement: List the instructor’s expectations concerning academic integrity in the completion of tests, assignments, and course requirements. Include reference to the Code of Student Conduct policy (NCSU POL11.35.1).
  13. Statement for students with disabilities: “Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 919-515-7653. For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG 02.20.01).”
  14. N.C. State University Polices, Regulations, and Rules (PRR): “Students are responsible for reviewing the PRRs which pertain to their course rights and responsibilities. These include: