Undergraduate Curriculum Review

Minor modifications are vital to maintaining the currency of our existing programs and course offerings and informing the development of future academic initiatives. To facilitate this, regular curriculum assessment and renewal is essential.

Under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) framework, minor modifications to existing offerings are managed by the Office of the Dean and go to the UTM Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) for final approval.

While minor modifications to existing undergraduate courses and programs come in many forms, they all require governance before they can be implemented.

Examples of Minor Modifications include:

  • Adding New Courses
  • Deleting Courses
  • Renaming Courses
  • Renumbering Courses
  • Reweighting Courses
  • Course Description Changes
  • Delivery/ Contact Hour Changes
  • Pre-requisite/ Co-Requisite/ Exclusion Changes

At UTM, these minor modifications are brought forward by the relevant Departmental Curriculum Committees for review by the appropriate Divisional Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences), and receive final approval by the UTM Academic Affairs Committee.

 

CURRICULUM REVIEW TIMELINE

Each of the three Divisional Undergraduate Curriculum Committees (UG CC) will meet a minimum of three times per academic year. These meetings are typically held in February, May, and late-October/ early-November. Changes that have been recommended for approval from these meetings will proceed to the UTM Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) for final approval. Approved changes can be implemented beginning September of the next calendar year and will be reflected in the accompanying Academic Calendar (i.e. approved changes presented in February, May, and November 2020 can take effect beginning September 2021 and will appear in the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar).

Unit-level curriculum committees should meet as needed and appropriate for the requirements of their unit and programs, keeping in my mind divisional dates and deadlines.

 

DIVISIONAL UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEES

Divisional Undergraduate Curriculum Committees are advisory committees of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean. The function of each committee is threefold:

  1. To receive and REVIEW proposals for minor modifications to existing undergraduate academic programs and courses under UTM authority;
  2. To ADVISE the Divisional Curriculum Committees Chair and Vice-Principal Academic & Dean on the content, quality, and feasibility of proposed curricular changes, ensuring consistency with UTM’s mission, policies, and educational goals; and
  3. To RECOMMEND proposed changes move forward for approval by the UTM Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), as appropriate.

Each Divisional Curriculum Committee meets a minimum of three times over the academic year (once per term).

Upcoming Meetings:

Humanities Curriculum Committee

May 11, 2020, 1:00-3:00PM

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View Curriculum Proposal Reports

Sciences Curriculum Committee

May 12, 2020, 2:00-4:00PM

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View Curriculum Proposal Reports

Social Sciences Curriculum Committee

May 13, 2020, 3:00-5:00PM     

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View Curriculum Proposal Reports

Resources:

Divisional Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference (TOR)

May2020 UG Curriculum Review Memo

May 2020 Undergraduate Curriculum Review Timeline

Resource Implication Form – for changes to existing courses *Must be submitted if a CHANGE in resourcing is required*

Resource Implication Form – for new courses *Must accompany ALL new course proposals*

Curriculum Management Training Resources

 

CONTACT

For questions about the curriculum review process at UTM, contact:

Lori Innes

Program & Curriculum Assistant

lori.innes@utoronto.ca

905-828-5276

Yen Du

Program & Curriculum Officer

yen.du@utoronto.ca

905-569-4397