Selecting this alters the units/hours calculation fields to be appropriate for noncredit courses.
Enter the minimum and maximum number of regularly scheduled hours of instructions that are normally required for a student to achieve the course objectives, sufficiently covering the course scope and breadth of topics.
This element classifies a noncredit course in accordance with its primary objective within the 10 state-supported noncredit categories set forth in Education Code section 84757 (a). Select the appropriate category from the drown-menu.
This code is use to identify special characteristics of noncredit courses. Select the appropriate characteristic(s) from the following seven options (if applicable):
The unit value listed on the course outline of record must conform to the standards for unit calculation set forth in title 5, section 55002.5, and be consistent with the unit values entered into the minimum and maximum unit fields in the Curriculum Inventory. The relationship of hours to units must be based on the unit calculation method appropriate to the course type, expressed in total hours for an entire term. Standards for credit hour calculations are contained in title 5, sections 55002.5, 55002(a)(2)(B), and 55002(b)(2)(B). Courses not classified as cooperative work experience, clock hour, or open entry / open exit use the following method for calculating units of credit:
[Total Contact Hours + Outside-of-class Hours]
The result of this calculation is then rounded down to the nearest .5 increment or to the nearest fractional unit award used by the district, if smaller than .5. Zero-unit courses are not permissible.
Lecture, activity, and lab hours have different unit values. The distinction is based on the ratio of in-class to outside-of-class hours:
Hours Per Unit
Ratio of In-class to
(lecture, discussion, seminar, and related work)
1 unit = 18 hours
(activity, lab w/ homework, studio, and similar)
1 unit = 36 hours
(traditional lab, natural science lab, clinical, and similar)
1 unit = 54 hours
CurricUNET will calculate your total hours and units (Calculated Units field) based on how many hours of each instructional category are entered. You still must enter the total units in the Total Units field. This will typically be identical to the Calculated Units. If, however, you need to override the units calculation and enter a different number, you must provide an explanation below. If the course has variable units, you will do this for both the minimum and maximum units.
An example of a legitimate override of units calculations is Cooperative Work Experience. Credit hour calculations for work experience are governed by the regulations set forth in title 5, section 55256.5(a-c). Title 5, section 55256.5(c)(1-2), specifies the following requirements:
Selecting this allows you to enter a range of hours and units.
Enter the increment of credit for the variable unit course: choose between .5 and 1 unit.
Select the method of grading from the four options on the drop-down menu.
Indicate whether the course has additional enrollment or material fees and include a description and explanation of the fees.
Education Code section 76365 allows the college district to require students to provide various types of instructional materials and enables the district to sell such materials to students who wish to purchase the required materials from the district.
The suggested approach for analyzing the application of Education Code section 76365 and Title 5 regulations to the case of instructional materials (§§ 59400- 59408) is to answer, “yes” to all of the following questions.
Indicate whether the course is Open Entry/Open Exit. Title 5, § 58164 provides the following guidelines:
(a) The term “open entry/open exit courses” refers to courses in which students enroll at various times, and complete at various times or at varying paces. Open entry/open exit courses may be conducted as either credit or noncredit courses and may be offered with or without regularly scheduled hours.
(b) For open entry/open exit courses for which credit apportionment is claimed, one unit of credit shall be awarded for approximately 48 hours of recitation, study, or laboratory work. Increments of less than one unit of credit shall be awarded in the same proportion.
(c) Where an open entry/open exit course provides supplemental learning assistance pursuant to section 58172, which supports another course or courses, the course outline of record for the open entry/open exit course must identify the other course or courses that it supports and the specific learning objectives to be addressed and the educational competencies students are to achieve.
(d) Full-time equivalent student computations for enrollment in open entry/open exit courses shall be made pursuant to the provisions of subsection (e) of section 58003.1.
(e) The maximum number of hours a student may be enrolled in an open entry/open exit course shall be determined by the curriculum committee established pursuant to section 55002 based on the maximum time reasonably needed to achieve the educational objectives of the course.
(f) State apportionment shall not be claimed under this section for:
Indicate whether there is a placement exam option for the course you are submitting.
If the course is repeatable, indicate the number of allowable repeats and a the justification for repeatability.
Title 5, section 55041, permits local districts to designate certain courses as repeatable, permitting up to four takes of a course so designated. The following types of courses may be designated repeatable:
Title 5, section 55041(a)(1), permits a district to designate a course as repeatable when repetition is necessary to meet the major requirements of CSU or UC for completion of a bachelor’s degree. The requirement for repetition must be verifiable to the district through the individual CSU or UC’s catalog, degree or major requirements documents, or other official publications. An informal letter from the department or faculty member is not sufficient verification to designate a course as repeatable under this regulation as it is not binding on CSU or UC. This designation is limited to the lower division component of the major at the CSU or UC.
Title 5, section 55041(a)(2), permits a district to designate intercollegiate athletics courses,as defined in title 5, section 55000, as repeatable. The limit for repeatability in this instance is not a specific number of enrollments, as requirements for student athlete enrollment in these courses is governed by other sections of state regulations, which limit student athletes to 350 contact hours of intercollegiate athletics per year. However, districts may only claim apportionment for four enrollments, no matter the structure of the course established through the curriculum process or the manner in which the course is scheduled.
These types of courses are intended to be narrowly construed, meaning the course is either the one that the athlete must be enrolled in to participate in the sport that is sponsored by the district or the course that is devoted to conditioning the athlete to safely participate in the competitive sport. Typical sports theory courses, e.g., courses in which students watch a game film and discuss the film with coaches, are not conditioning courses that support the organized competitive sport and thus, are not courses that a district may properly designate as repeatable.
Title 5, section 55041(a)(3), permits a district to designate courses designed for intercollegiate academic or vocational competition as a repeatable. Intercollegiate, academic, or vocational competition courses are very narrowly defined as courses that meet all of the following criteria:
Note that Cooperative Work Experience should not be marked repeatable. Title 5, section 55253, and related sections allow for student repetition of occupational work experience courses; however, title 5 section 55041, does not allow for these courses to be designated as “repeatable” for the purposes of curriculum development processes. Districts may permit students to re-enroll in these courses as many times as it takes to reach the maximum units allowed.
Title 5, section 56028, establishes the definition and requirements for special classes as follows:
Special classes are instructional activities designed to address the educational limitations of students with disabilities who would be unable to substantially benefit from regular college classes even with appropriate support services or accommodations. Such classes shall be open to enrollment to students who do not have disabilities; however, to qualify for a special class, a majority of those enrolled in the class must be students with disabilities.
Special classes may also refer, however, to distinct courses with their own CORs, designed either to meet educational objectives unique to a population with specific disabilities, or to supplement the standard objectives in an otherwise similar course with objectives unique to that population. In both cases, special classes must be primarily instructional in nature and must have objectives that fall within the instructional mission of the California community colleges. Such courses cannot be designed primarily to provide group activities or services (e.g.,therapeutic activity, counseling, or assessment testing), but must instead provide systematic instruction in a body of content or skills whose mastery forms the basis of the student grade.
Title 5, section 56028, requires that classes designed to meet the needs of special populations must be open to enrollment of students who do not have disabilities, but provides that to qualify as a special class that a majority of those enrolled must be students with disabilities. The course description published in the college catalog may note that it has been designed for students with specific disabilities, but the college may not restrict enrollment to such students,nor require students to register for classes through the Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) program or counselor, nor otherwise violate the open-enrollment provisions of state law.(Cal. Code Reg., tit. 5, § 1006.)
Title 5, section 56208, requires courses designed to meet the needs of students with specific disabilities to adhere to the academic standards of for courses as specified in title 5, section 55002 and meet the following requirements:
The COR for a course developed in compliance with Title 5, section 56028, should:
Course sections that are merely adapted to enable student with disabilities to meet the regular course objectives in alternative way to do not require separate Chancellor’s Office approval as a special course.
Title 5, section 55000, defines active participatory courses as "those courses where individual study or group assignments are the basic means by which learning objectives are obtained."
If the course is an active participatory course (typically in PE and studio and performing arts), check the box and select the appropriate Course Family from the drop-down menu. A Course Family is a grouping of active participatory classes that are related in content.
This element indicates course level status for English, writing, ESL, reading and mathematics courses. Other disciplines should leave it blank.
Extensive rubrics were created to determine appropriate coding for this element. These rubrics can be found on the Basic Skills Initiative website at http://www.cccbsi.org.
If the course is Career Technical Education (CTE), select the appropriate Student Accountability Model (SAM) Priority Code from the drop-down menu.
The SAM Priority Code selected must correspond with the TOP Code assigned (for example, if a vocational TOP code is selected as denoted by an asterisk (*), then SAM Priority Code must equal A (Apprenticeship), B (Advanced Occupational), C (Clearly Occupational), or D (Possibly Occupational) and respectively cannot equal E (Non-occupational).