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Course Revisions

Revisions of existing courses may include a change in:

  1. Course description.
  2. Course title.
  3. Course number.
  4. Number of credits or hours.
  5. Pre- or corequisites.

The following documents must be presented to the Curriculum Committee:

  1. A memo from the department chairperson indicating departmental support for the course revisions.  
  2. Chancellor's University Report Section AV. See the sample for guidance in completing the template. Please note that in the "From" section on the left side, words or other items that will be deleted or revised should have an overstrike. On the right side, in the "To" section, words or other items that are added or revised should be underlined. Sample / template.
  3. If the changes involve substantive modification of the course, the following must also be presented to the Curriculum Committee:
    1. An updated syllabus which includes the following six components in compliance with New York State Education Department and Middle States requirements:
      1. Course description and objectives (This should encompass and expand what is in the Chancellor’s Report, including general education and /or discipline specific objectives and proficiencies.) 
      2. Course credits and hours
      3. Student Learning Outcomes
      4. Texts/Resources
      5. The basis for determining grades.   Please note that if the course grade will be impacted by attendance, lateness or leaving early, information about this should be in the syllabus.
      6. Topics with assigned readings
    1. An assessment plan. This should include the following:
      1. Identification of which learning outcomes will be assessed.  (Please note that not every learning outcome in the syllabus needs to be assessed each time, so you can select the ones which you believe departmental faculty will find most helpful in analyzing student learning the first time that the revised course is offered.) 
      2. Description of the student work that will be used to assess them, e.g., multiple choice or other test or exam questions, such as essays; a paper or project; in class assignment or presentation; clinical or other skills demonstration; a written or other assignment; or something else.
      3. The rubric or other tool to be used to assess student work.    This should indicate the criteria to be used to evaluate student work and the various levels of student performance that you expect to be reflected in their work.

If you would like help in developing any of these components, please contact the Academic Assessment Manager. Resources for assessment may be accessed at on the assessment website.

  1. The chairperson of the department proposing the revised course should provide written commitment to accept the revised course from the chairperson(s) of department(s) which have degree programs that will include the course. 
  2. Depending upon the changes in the course, it may be necessary to get written commitment from CUNY senior colleges where most of our students are likely to transfer (e.g., Lehman; CCNY; and other, as appropriate) concerning course equivalency and transferability. The department proposing course revisions should consult with the Academic and Transfer Resources Coordinator regarding the impact these changes may have upon the transferability of the course, and making appropriate revisions on TIPPS and in existing articulation agreements. 
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