3.19 Graduate Courses

A. Credentials Required for Teaching Graduate Courses
B. Graduate Courses
C. 500-Level Letter Graded Master's Courses
D. 600-Level S/U Graded Master's Courses
E. 700-Level Letter Graded Doctoral Courses
F. 800-Level S/U Graded Doctoral Courses
G. Catalog Descriptions for Research, Teaching, and Examination Courses
H. Elapsed Time per Credit Hour for Intensive Courses for Graduate Credit
I. Syllabus Requirement for Graduate Courses

A. Credentials Required for Teaching Graduate Courses

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires that graduate courses be taught by faculty with an earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. To that end the following requirements for the teaching of graduate courses are established:

  1. Both primary and secondary instructors must be graduate faculty in the academic program offering the course or approved non-graduate faculty (see Section 1.3 of the Administrative Handbook, sub-sections C and E).
  2. All instructors must have an active record in HR (Human Resources).
  3. Sections of the following courses must be taught by associate or full members of the graduate faculty.

    XXX 685 Master’s Supervised Teaching
    XXX 686-687 Master’s Other Teaching
    XXX 690 Master’s Exams
    XXX 691-699 Master’s Research
    XXX 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching
    XXX 886-887 Doctoral Other Teaching
    XXX 890 Doctoral Exams
    XXX 891-899 Doctoral Research
  4. Support personnel do not need to be graduate faculty but they must have 0% teaching load assigned.
  5. All sections must have valid instructors listed (STAFF or blank is not acceptable).

B. Graduate Courses

5XX Letter Graded Master's Courses
6XX S-U Graded Master's Courses
7XX Letter Graded Doctoral Courses
(ALL 7XX courses are restricted to the following classification of students: MR, DR, SR, SP and GR)
8XX S-U Graded Doctoral Courses
(ALL 8XX courses, with the exception of those specifically listed at the end of this section, are restricted to the following classification of students: MR, DR, SR, SP and GR)
9XX Professional Courses in the College of Veterinary Medicine are not graduate courses and may not be counted in Plans of Work for graduate degrees.

C. 500-Level Letter Graded Master's Courses

COURSE NUMBER TITLE
500-589 Undesignated
590-599 Letter Graded Special Topic Master's Courses

NOTE: Courses at the 500 level are letter graded. Students cannot enroll in these courses for 'credit only.'

D. 600-Level S/U Graded Master's Courses

COURSE NUMBER TITLE

600-609
600
601
602-606
607
609

Introductory, Seminars, Colloquiums
Introduction to Graduate Study (in department or program)
Seminar (in department or program)
Seminar in <specialization> (in department or program)
Advanced Seminar
Colloquium

610-617
610
611-613
615
616-617

Topics Courses
Special Topics (in department or program)
Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)
Advanced Special Topics (in department or program)
Advanced Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)

620-626
620
621-622
623-624
625-626

Problems Courses
Special Problems (in department or program)
Special Problems in <specialization> (in department or program)
Miscellaneous Special Problems
Advanced Special Problems

630-634
630
631-634

Independent/Individual Study
Independent Study (in department or program)
Other independent or individual study courses

635-639
635
636-639

Readings
Readings (in department or program)
Advanced Readings

640-649
640
641-649

Practicums
Prepracticum
Practicum in <specialization> (in department or program)

650-659
650
651-659

Internships
Internship (in department or program)
Internship in <specialization> (in department or program)

660-669
660-669

Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous that do not fit into any other category

670-671
670-671

Lab Rotations
Lab Rotations

675-679
675-679

Projects
Project courses (of all types)

680-684
680-682
683-684

Directed Study
Directed Study (in department)
Advanced Directed Study

685-687
685
686-687

Teaching
Master's Supervised Teaching
Other Teaching

690
690

Exams
Master's Exams

691-699
693
695
696
697
699

Research
Master's Supervised Research
Master's Thesis Research
Summer Thesis Research
Final Research Project
Master's Thesis Preparation

NOTE: Courses at the 600 level are S/U graded. Students cannot enroll in these courses for a letter grade. Registration in 600-level courses is restricted to graduate or PBS status.

E. 700-Level Letter Graded Doctoral Courses

COURSE NUMBER TITLE
700-789 Undesignated
790-799 Letter Graded Special Topic Doctoral Courses

NOTE: Courses at the 700 level are letter graded. Students cannot enroll in these courses for 'credit only.' Registration in 700-level courses is restricted to graduate or PBS status.

F. 800-Level S/U Graded Doctoral Courses

COURSE NUMBER TITLE

800-809
800
801
802-806
807
809

Introductory, Seminars, Colloquiums
Introduction to Graduate Study (in department or program)
Seminar (in department or program)
Seminar in <specialization> (in department or program)
Advanced Seminar
Colloquium

810-817
810
811-813
815
816-817

Topics Courses
Special Topics (in department or program)
Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)
Advanced Special Topics (in department or program)
Advanced Special Topics in <specialization> (in department or program)

820-826
820
821-822
823-824
825-826

Problems Courses
Special Problems (in department or program)
Special Problems in <specialization> (in department or program)
Miscellaneous Special Problems
Advanced Special Problems

830-834
830
831-834

Independent/Individual Study
Independent Study (in department or program)
Other independent or individual study courses

835-839
835
836-839

Readings
Readings (in department or program)
Advanced Readings

840-849
840
841-849

Practicums
Prepracticum
Practicum in <specialization> (in department or program)

850-859
850
851-859

Internships
Internship (in department or program)
Internship in <specialization> (in department or program)

860-869
860-869

Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous that do not fit into any other category

870-871
870-871

Lab Rotations
Lab Rotations

875-879
875-879

Projects
Project courses (of all types)

880-884
880-882
883-884

Directed Study
Directed Study (in department)
Advanced Directed Study

885-887
885
886-887

Teaching
Doctoral Supervised Teaching
Other Teaching

890
890

Exams
Master's Exams

891-899
893
895
896
897
899

Research
Doctoral Supervised Research
Doctoral Thesis Research
Summer Thesis Research
Final Research Project
Doctoral Thesis Preparation

NOTE: ALL 800-level S/U graded doctoral courses with the exception of those specifically listed below are restricted to graduate or PBS status.

G. Catalog Descriptions for Research, Teaching, and Examination Courses

  • XXX 685 Master's Supervised Teaching. Preq. Master's student. 1-3. Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course inventory system restricts enrollment in courses with this number to Masters students only (class MR).
  • XXX 688 Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half-Time Registration. Preq. Master's students. 1. For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hours requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course inventory system restricts enrollment in this course to Masters students only (class MR).
  • XXX 689 Non-Thesis Master Continuous Registration - Full-Time Registration. Preq. Master's students. 3. For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hours requirements for their degree but need to maintain full-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course inventory system restricts enrollment in this course to Masters students only (class MR). Students may register for this course a maximum of one semester. Registration restricted to 3 credits only.
  • XXX 690 Master's Examination. Preq. Master's student. 1-6. For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam. As noted in the prerequisite above, the course inventory system restricts enrollment in courses with this number to Masters students only (class MR). XXX 690 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 693 Master's Supervised Research. Preq. Master's student. 1-9. Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty. In spite of the noted prerequisite the course inventory system actually restricts enrollment in courses with this number to student class MR or DR.
  • XXX 695 Master's Thesis Research. Preq. Master's student. 1-9. Thesis research. In spite of the noted prerequisite the course inventory system actually restricts enrollment in courses with this number to student class MR or DR.
  • XXX 696 Summer Thesis Research. Preq. Master's student. 1 credit hour. Thesis research. Ten-week course beginning the first day of Summer Session I. In spite of the noted prerequisite the course inventory system actually restricts enrollment in courses with this number to student class MR or DR. XXX 696 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 699 Master's Thesis Preparation. Preq. Master's student. 1-3. For students who are writing their thesis. May be counted in the Graduate Plan of Work.
  • XXX 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching. Preq. Doctoral student. 1-3. Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment. 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) by the course inventory system as indicated by the prerequisite noted above.
  • XXX 890 Doctoral Preliminary Examination. Preq. Doctoral student. 1-9. For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams. 890 Doctoral Preliminary Examination courses are restricted by the course inventory system to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above. XXX 890 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 893 Doctoral Supervised Research. Preq. Doctoral student. 1-9. Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty. 893 Doctoral Supervised Research courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above.
  • XXX 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research. Preq. Doctoral student. 1-9. Dissertation research. 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above.
  • XXX 896 Summer Dissertation Research. Preq. Doctoral student. 1 credit hour. Dissertation research. Ten-week course beginning the first day of Summer Session I. 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research courses are restricted to Doctoral students only (class DR) as indicated by the prerequisite noted above. XXX 896 cannot be used to fulfill course requirements, cannot be listed on the Plan of Work for credit, and cannot be transferred to another program.
  • XXX 899 Doctoral Dissertation Preparation. Preq. Doctoral student. 1-3. For students who are writing their dissertation. May count toward the Graduate Plan of Work.

Students going on to a Ph.D. can register for Ph.D. coursework during their last semester of the master's degree instead of 689, 695, or 699.

The courses are all variable credit, but none are zero credit courses.

  1. The number of credits students register for in the courses should not exceed the upper limits stated in the descriptions.
  2. As a general rule, master's students should not register for 8XX-level courses and doctoral students should not register for 6XX-level courses. The course inventory allows scheduling of students in the classes FR, JR, SO, SR. in courses numbered 800 where the course prefix is II.

H. Elapsed Time per Credit Hour for Intensive Courses for Graduate Credit
A maximum of one credit hour will be awarded per week of full-time study for graduate courses offered by NC State University. Exceptions may be made if the course has pre-class reading assignments and other preparation and/or follow-up activities such as a paper or research project which will be evaluated before the grade is assigned.

When pre-class or follow-up assignments are required, they should be clearly described in the syllabus of the course that should include the time expected to complete the requirements and how the work will be graded. The syllabus should be made available to the students prior to the beginning of the course with enough lead time to schedule the work. The syllabus should also be submitted to the Graduate School with the request to offer the course, at least 60 days before the course is to begin and before commitments are made to prospective students in the course. In no case will more than two graduate credit hours be awarded for a course that meets full-time for one week. Credit hours for intensive classes that meet less than full-time will be adjusted accordingly. [Recommended by the Administrative Board of the Graduate School and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School on 3/25/99.]

I. Syllabus Requirement for Graduate Courses
All instructors of graduate courses are required, no later than the first class, to provide students with a written or electronic course syllabus which contains the information listed below.

The syllabus must be one approved by the Administrative Board of the Graduate School as part of a new course proposal or a revision of an existing course. Courses with multiple sections may submit an sample syllabus from a single section.

A course syllabus must include the information listed below. The language enclosed within quotes in subsections 13 and 14 below should be used without changes.

  1. Instructor's name, office address, telephone number, e-mail address, regularly scheduled class meeting times, and office hours for out-of-class consultation. The course prefix, number, title, credit hours, and semester should be listed.
  2. Course prerequisites, co-requisites or statement on enrollment restrictions. If none, state "none".
  3. Student learning outcomes for the course. Student learning outcomes in different sections of the same course should not differ significantly.
  4. All required textbook(s) and other instructional material, and the cost of each. For each required textbook, include the author, title, and date or edition. Statement on required expenses (e.g., museum admission fee, field trip costs, liability insurance), if applicable.
  5. Course overview including at least the catalog description.
  6. Course structure (such as group activities, lectures, discussion, labs, field trips, studio, etc.). Explain how the course will operate.
  7. Course schedule including the following (Note in the syllabus that the course schedule is subject to change with appropriate notification to students):

    (a) Projected schedule of required readings, assignments, quizzes, and tests.
    (b) Major topics to be covered.
    (c) Required field trips and other out-of-class activities, if any.
    (d) Laboratory, studio, or problem session topics, if any.

  8. Statement on transportation, if applicable. Students must be informed whenever they must provide their own transportation to a field trip or internship site.
  9. Statement on safety and risk assumption in courses requiring a laboratory, physical activity, field trips, studios and other special activities. Consult with your department on appropriate wording. Safety issues must be part of the course schedule at the first opportunity.
  10. Detailed explanation of how grades are determined including:

    (a) The relative value of the various evaluation components of the course, (the portion of the grade that derives from quizzes, tests, final exam, projects, attendance, participation, etc.) and the specific expectation for each component. When attendance and/or participation are graded, the requirements for earning full value must be explained.

    (b) The conversion system from numerical to letter grading, if applicable. The University’s regulation on grades and grade point average can be found at http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-50-03.
  11. Instructor’s policy on late assignments, including the impact of late assignments on the grading of the assignment and the course.
  12. Instructor's policies on attendance, (excused and unexcused) absences, and scheduling makeup work. Penalties associated with the number of absences in a course must be explicitly explained. Accepting excused absences of any kind is the prerogative of the instructor. When excuses are accepted, the procedures for submitting excuses and for scheduling makeup work must be explained. The attendance section should also explain whether students with excused absences are still expected to complete the missed work. If excused absences are accepted, refer to the University’s Attendance Regulation at http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-03 for further information, including the University’s definition of excused absences.
  13. Statement for students with disabilities:

    "Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 919-515-7653. For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG 02.20.01)."
  14. N.C. State University Polices, Regulations, and Rules (PRR):

    "Students are responsible for reviewing the PRRs which pertain to their course rights and responsibilities. These include: http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-04-25-05 (Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement), http://oied.ncsu.edu/oied/policies.php (Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity), http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-11-35-01 (Code of Student Conduct), and http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-50-03 (Grades and Grade Point Average)."