Research Intensive course designation and Directed Independent Research courses were created to expand the practice of curricular-based research opportunities for students and to allow documentation of student engagement in research on their transcripts.

Research Intensive (RI) Designation 

RI designated courses are ones in which undergraduate students actively engage in the process of research and inquiry at the intensive level through projects and assignments. These projects should count for a significant portion of the course grade.

RI courses must include specific language to address how students are engaging in the six Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in their syllabi.

To facilitate the inclusion of the Ethics and Communication SLOs in your syllabus, recommended language is provided for your consideration.

RI Documents

Research Intensive (RI) Course designation manual

RI course designation worksheet/checklist

RI Course Designation Procedures

 There are three documents required to apply for RI course designation:

  1. An RI course proposal form   that addresses why the course should be considered for research intensive designation. In particular, this proposal should connect the Research Intensive Assignment(s) to the six student learning outcomes. 
  2. A course syllabus which includes 1) a written description of the RI assignment(s), and 2) the standardized language for all RI courses (see below)
  3. The appropriate form
    • New Course form.
    • Course Change form for existing courses where RI will be included permanently and in all sections.

 Individual course:                   

  1. After approval in the Department and College undergraduate committees, and in consultation with your College Liaison, please submit the approved application package to the URCC for review (materials listed above). Please see the URCC meeting schedule below for timeline planning.
  2. Proposals approved by URCC will continue through the university channels for approval. This includes: UUPC to Steering and Policy, Senate, Provost, and State.
  3. Once the Statewide Course Numbering System, SCNS approves the course, the Registrar’s Office adds the course for scheduling and adds it to the University Catalog. Department chairs will receive a copy of the SCNS report to inform them the course has received all approvals and is ready for scheduling.

Groups of courses:                  

Template for memo (with signature box) can be found here. Please see the URCC meeting schedule below for timeline planning.

  1. Memo should be created with all courses’ prefixes and numbers that will be designated RI. The courses will need to be approved by college curriculum committee/Dean.
  2. Within memo, it should be mentioned that all courses to be designated RI are for a letter grade. The memo can be in email form to registrar’s office from the Dean of the college with the college curriculum committee chair copied or vice versa.
  3. Memo should request courses’ titles be changed to “RI: <Title of course>”.
  4. If there are any credit changes to the courses, the course credit change requests should be addressed in the memo. If there are no credit changes requested, do not mention credit change.
  5. URCC will approve courses and forward them to UUPC.

To Submit your course for RI designation

If you are submitting an RI Course for consideration, please check the syllabi, course forms and program changes for accuracy and ensure the syllabi include the correct academic integrity link and  the updated name for the Student Accessibility Office in the Disability Policy Statement. Both appear below for your convenience along with the link to the Provost’s Guidelines for Course Syllabi Memorandum.

  •  All syllabi must adhere to FAU guidelines. Please review the Provost's Memo of guidelines for all FAU syllabi.  
  • Disability Policy Statement - In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), students who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS)—in Boca Raton, SU 133 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 203 (954-236-1222); or in Jupiter, SR 110 (561-799-8585) —and follow all SAS procedures.
  • FAU code of Academic Integrity Regulations.

Recommended Timelines for RI Designation Course Approval Process and Catalog Listing

Departments and Colleges approval would be needed before submitting to the URCC. The URCC committee reviews and makes recommendations on all completed RI Designation proposals to the University committees UUPC, Steering Committee, and Faculty Senate for their consideration and approval. View Recommended Timelines

For faculty who wish to have their courses RI approved and listed on the Fall schedule, there are three deadlines to be considered:

  • For RI designated courses to be included before advanced registration, course packages must be submitted and approved no later than the Nov URCC meet the year prior
  •  For RI designated courses to be included “shortly after fall advance registration begins”, course packages must be submitted and approved no later than the January URCC meeting
  • For RI designated courses to be included towards the beginning of the regular registration period, course packages must be submitted and approved no later than the February URCC meeting

For faculty who wish to have their courses RI approved and listed on the Spring schedule, there are three deadlines to be considered:

  • For RI designated courses to be included before advanced registration, course packages must be submitted and approved no later than the February URCC meet the year prior
  •  For RI designated courses to be included “shortly after fall advance registration begins”, course packages must be submitted and approved no later than the April URCC meeting
  • For RI designated courses to be included towards the beginning of the regular registration period, course packages must be submitted and approved no later than the September URCC meeting

Please submit all course materials as individual word documents to Patricia E. Sampedro psampedr@fau.edu  no later than  the Monday before the monthly URCC meetings.

Proposals not approved by the URCC may be revised and resubmitted.

 

URCC Committee Meetings - Spring 2017

Thursday 11:00 am  to 1:00 pm

January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017
Tuesday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
March 14, 2017
April 18, 2017
To access minutes of the previous URCC meetings please refer to URCC Minutes  

 

RI Designation Courses Approved

OURI tracks all courses which have been approved by URCC  here: RI Courses Approved list by College

Direct Independent Research (DIR) Course Option

Inclusion of Directed Independent Research option as an alternative/addition to the existing DIS (Directed Independent Study) for undergraduate research documentation on student transcripts. Departments may also include a zero-credit option for DIR students, which would have no additional tuition charge. 
DIR New Course Procedures
The Directed Independent Research (DIR) numbering system is being proposed specifically for students engaged in research and inquiry mentored by a faculty member as defined by the departments and colleges. These courses can have a variable credit option including a zero credit option. The DIR specific course numbering system includes the following: (course prefixes to be determined by the departments)
  • XXX2915 (lower division for grade)
  • XXX2916 (lower division for S/U)
  • XXX4915 (upper division for grade)
  • XXX4916 (upper division for S/U)
Departments interested in establishing DIR courses will require the completion of a new course form (here) for each new course being proposed, using the DIR course numbering system provided above. No syllabus is required for DIR courses.
Once the new course forms are approved at the department and college level, faculty can work with the OURI liaisons and submit the new course form directly to the University Undergraduate Programs Committee, UUPC.
For colleges interested in establishing DIR for several departments within a program, chairs can work with your college OURI Liaison (liaisons) to complete a comprehensive proposal to be submitted on behalf of the college.

DIR Courses Approved

OURI tracks all courses which have been approved by URCC  here: DIR Courses Approved list by College