Course Approval

 

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CAPA (Course Approval Process Automation) is an automated system for course approval at the University of Georgia. CAPA allows faculty to input course information online. The course proposal is automatically routed to the next stage in the approval process. The routing includes all levels of approval: department, college, graduate school, and University Curriculum Committee. In addition, the system includes a browse function which allows all involved in the curriculum approval process to know the status of any course or course change in the approval process and to view all approved courses. The system currently includes more than 1,700 authorized users and over 6,500 approved courses.

Deadlines for Submitting Course Applications

Courses Effective Fall 2021

Meeting these deadlines does not guarantee the course will be available for fall semester pre-registration. The course approval process is a faculty governance process; therefore, a course may be delayed at any stage in the process due to faculty concerns.
 
January 25, 2021- Deadline for departments to submit courses to school/college
 
February 15, 2021- Deadline for schools/colleges to submit courses to the Graduate School Curriculum Committee or the University Curriculum Committee
 
February 22, 2021- Deadline for the Graduate School Curriculum Committee to submit courses to the University Curriculum Committee

 

Beginning in Fall 2019, the Bulletin will be in effect for the entire academic year. Adopting a yearly Bulletin will reduce confusion concerning requirements and expectations for students, advisors, faculty, and staff, as well as bring the University of Georgia in line with USG, peer, and aspirational institutions. Because of this change to a yearly Bulletin, all new course and course change applications that are approved in the CAPA System will have an effective date of the fall semester following UCC approval. 

CAPA Course Suffix Information

A course suffix is a letter that appears at the end of a course number to designate if the course fits one of the categories outlined below. 

 

D Suffix - Non-Credit Discussion Group
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000-2000D
The D suffix is used for courses that have both a lecture and a break-out discussion group. Separate sections are created for the lecture component (CSCI 2000) and the discussion group component (CSCI 2000D). Students register for both sections, but receive only one grade for the course. The lecture component carries credit hours; the discussion group is non-credit.

E Suffix - Online Learning Course
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000E
The E suffix is used for online learning courses in which 95% or more of the course content is taught online. 

H Suffix - Honors Course
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000H
The H suffix is used for courses that are part of the UGA Honors Program. H suffix courses will be routed through the Honors Program for approval. 

I Suffix - Integrated Language Course
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000I
The I suffix is used for courses that may use several approaches for integrating language into a course, but will always include modules for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, writing, and oral presentation. 

L Suffix - Non-Credit Lab
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000-2000L
The L suffix is used for courses that have both a lecture and a break-out lab. Separate sections are created for the lecture component (CSCI 2000) and the lab component (CSCI 2000L). Students register for both sections, but receive only one grade for the course. The lecture component carries credit hours; the lab is non-credit. 

L Suffix - Credit Lab
Example of course ID: CHEM 2111L
The L suffix is used for supervised lab courses. The lab carries credit hours. The lab does not have a lecture component, but can have a stand-alone course as a co-requisite (CHEM 2111, CHEM 21111L). 

R Suffix - Undergraduate Research Course (CURO)
Example of course ID: CSCI 4960R
The R suffix is used for courses that are designed for substantive, independent, and faculty-mentored undergraduate research. R suffix courses will be routed through the Honors Program for approval. 

S Suffix - Service-Learning Course
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000S
The S suffix is used for courses with a service-learning component. Justification for a course having an S suffix should be entered into the Non-Traditional Format field on the course application. For justification, copy and paste the bulleted paragraph below that is the most appropriate for your course. 

  • Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge learned in the course or teaches new skills or knowledge related to course objectives. Student engagement in the service-learning component will be up to 25% of overall instruction time. 
  • Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge learned in the course or teaches new skills or knowledge related to course objectives. Students will be involved in the planning and implementation of the project(s) and may spend time outside of the classroom. Students will be engaged in the service-learning component for approximately 25-50% of the overall instruction time. 
  • Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge learned in the course or teaches new skills or knowledge related to course objectives. Students will be involved in the planning and implementation of the project(s) and may spend time outside of the classroom. Students will be engaged in the service-learning component for approximately 50-75% of the overall instruction time.
  • Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge learned in the course or teaches new skills or knowledge related to course objectives. Students will be involved in the planning and implementation of the project(s) and may spend time outside of the classroom. Students will be engaged in the service-learning component for approximately 75-100% of the overall instruction time.

Evidence of service-learning must be included in the Course Objectives and/or Topical Outline section of the course approval form. S suffix courses will be routed through the Office of Service Learning for approval. 

 

W Suffix - Writing Intensive Course
Example of course ID: CSCI 2000W
The W suffix is used for courses that are writing intensive, which means that the course will include substantial and ongoing writing assignments that prepare students for further writing in their academic work, in graduate school, and in professional life.  

Contact

Users must be authorized to enter course information in the system. For information concerning CAPA, authorization to use the system, CAPA training, or the course approval process, please contact the Office of Registrar by calling (706) 542-6358 or by sending an email to capa@uga.edu.