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Create a new course

Create a New Course

To propose a BRAND NEW course, a New or Changed Course Proposal Form is required. This is available as a Word document or interactive PDF that can be completed on the computer. It is important to note, if the proposed change affects other departments/colleges, the proposal packet must include letter(s) of support for the proposed change from the affected departments.

On this form, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1 - identify submitter, department/college, and provide basic course information. To choose a course number, check the course catalog on MyNEVADA or the online catalog. In the past, we added an "R" suffix to course numbers that are re-used, we no longer have to do that. If you are proposing a change to a course with an "R" suffix, it may be possible to remove the "R" with this change. Also, common course numbering guidelines must be followed when creating a new undergraduate course. For information on choosing a course number/title,  access the CCN database (see below). Indicate the first term that the new course will be offered and the terms that it will typically be offered in the future. The typically offered information does appear in PeopleSoft and in the online catalog, it helps students choose courses for their planner.

Step 2 - check the "create an entirely new course" box, and attach the following required supplemental forms:

A - A syllabus - consult the syllabus guidelines to create one. If the course proposed is a 400-level course with a 600-level component, information on the additional work required of graduate students must be provided in either a separate 600-level or a combined 400/600-level syllabus. 400/600 supplemental instructions are available.

B - Library Assessment Form - submit for review and approval by the library (allow business 10 days). This form must be signed by the appropriate librarian.

C - Common Course Numbering Form - (Undergraduate courses only).  Upon request, support staff will complete this form; call (682-8076 or 784-4710) or email technical assistance staff for more information (please allow 3 weeks for processing). NSHE requires that undergraduate courses be part of the Common Course Numbering (CCN) system. When the same course exists at two or more institutions, it must have the same prefix, number and title. NSHE maintains a database of all undergraduate courses; therefore, UNR must report every new course to NSHE whether or not the course prefix/number are in use at another NSHE institution. CCN facilitates the transfer process between institutions. Check the CCN database.

D - Transfer agreements - undergraduate courses only. If the course you are proposing will become part of your major program, recommended schedule, Core Curriculum, and/or if an equivalent has been determined in your discussions with the other NSHE institutions, then updated transfer agreements should accompany your submission.

For Transfer and Common Course Numbering purposes, contact with the various NSHE Community Colleges should be made. Please list the names of the people you have contacted.

Step 3 - for new courses, complete 3(b) only. Provide required additional course information. The course title field is limited to 60 characters (including spaces), the course description field is limited to 25 words or 200 characters (including spaces), and the abbreviated title is limited to 30 characters (including spaces). Also included in this section is information on the prerequisites, units, components, repeatability, and grading basis, etc. We ask for Instructional Mode for informational purposes only. Student Learning Outcomes: please list 3 - 8 learning outcomes. For assistance with writing your learning outcomes, please contact the Technical Assistance staff. These outcomes will be housed in the PeopleSoft catalog database.

Step 4 - provide the rationale for this new course.

Step 5 - (a) - (g) as needed for your proposed course. This section is for catalog changes. Provide new and/or revised catalog copy if the new course will be referenced in the description of any degree program requirements including reference on a list of electives. Please cut and paste original and revised catalog copy directly onto the form or submit on a separate sheet of paper. It is not necessary to provide copy for the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. Catalog copy is available from either the online catalog, you can create a PDF from the online catalog if you wish to do so. Please indicate the program that will require your new course and whether or not you are seeking Core status for your course. Please note: Core approval is a separate process from the UCCC and may require different paperwork. Please refer to the Core Curriculum website for their requirements and approval process.

Step 6 - complete (a) - (d). This section describes the effects of the change you are proposing. Please note: there is a question regarding course fees - this is for monitoring purposes only. Applying for courses fees is NOT processed through the UCCC. There is a separate form and process for course fees. Indicating a fee here will not attach a fee to your course. To apply for a course fee, see the Provost's Office forms page at for the Special Course Fee Request Form.

Step 7 - changes must be approved at the department and college levels before the UCCC may consider the proposal. The proposal packet may be submitted electronically without any hard copy signatures if the appropriate UCCC representative is cc'd on the email.

Click here for the New or Changed Course Proposal Form.

In summary, a new course submission is ready for UCCC review, when it includes:

  1. The completed New or Changed Course Proposal form
  2. The supplemental materials listed above
  3. New and/or revised catalog copy (if necessary)
  4. Letters of support/acknowledgment (if necessary)
  5. Your department and your college courses and curricula committee approval
  6. No fewer than 3 and no more than 8 SLOs

When your proposal packet is complete, scan and/or email to After the packet has been reviewed, you will be notified if additional information is required. All proposal packets must be complete before they will be included on the UCCC agenda.

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