March 15th, 2018
Research Intensive Designation RI and Direct Independent Research DIR
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. These courses are coordinated through the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (URCC) a subcommittee of the University Undergraduate Programs Committee (UUPC). Courses are evaluated monthly at URCC meetings.
URCC Committee Meetings
Wednesday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the Thursday before the monthly URCC meetings.
Proposals not approved by the URCC may be revised and resubmitted.
RI Designation and DIR Courses Approved
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 Course Designation Procedures
There are three documents required to apply for RI course designation:
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Proposals approved by URCC will continue through the university channels for approval. This includes: UUPC to Steering and Policy, Senate, Provost, and State.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Memo should request courses’ titles be changed to “RI: <Title of course>”.
- 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.
- 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.
Support for Faculty Teaching Research Intensive Designated Courses
Research Intensive Course Designation (RI) was developed to increase research opportunities for undergraduates in courses, and to support faculty who are teaching courses designated as Research Intensive (RI). The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI), provides support to faculty who teach these courses through the following opportunities:
- The Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program
- Course-Enhancement Expense (CEE) program
Faculty can request support by applying to either one of the above options for each term the RI course is taught. Please note that generally only one application per instructor will be considered each term.
Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program
The Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program provides graduate student personnel to support RI designated courses at FAU.
GRC course eligibility:
RI designation must be approved at the State level for a GRC to be offered. Faculty members may be eligible for more than one GRC, depending on the size of the class and with appropriate justification. An example of the student-to-GRC ratio is as follows:
- Class enrollment up to 20 = 1 GRC
- Class enrollment up to 50 = 2 GRCs
- Class enrollment greater than 50 = 3 GRCs
Faculty expectations - Faculty members will be responsible for:
- teaching the RI course including developing, guiding, and evaluating the course assignments
- selecting their GRC(s) for the eligible RI designated course
- soliciting and receiving approvals via email from the graduate student’s research advisor prior to applying for the GRC program, and
- mentoring the GRC within the RI designated course.
Roles of GRCs in RI courses:
- GRCs are advanced graduate students (or upper division undergraduates) who are active researchers and scholars in their disciplines
- GRCs coach and advise the undergraduate researchers in the research and inquiry intensive projects within the course; they are not teaching assistants nor do not grade or evaluate student work.
- GRCs are expected to work under the guidance of the faculty instructor
- GRCs work closely with the instructor and the students for planning, implementing, and communicating their research and inquiry projects. (RI Courses are required to include a mechanism for students to communicate their findings publicly; for example, a class presentation, a poster session, a website, etc.)
GRC eligibility and expectations
- GRCs are expected to work 30-40 hours over the course of the semester and are paid $750 for their efforts.
- F-1 visa students who are already working 20 hours on campus do not qualify for these position
Hiring Process - OURI will transfer funds to the Department, who will be responsible for the hiring of the students.
- Graduate students working over 20 hours will need to complete form 10.
- Undergraduate students who are already working 20 hours for FAU will need approval from their advisor to work additional hours.
- New employees, either graduate or undergraduate, will have to go through the hiring process, which includes a background check. Please notify OURI prior to the funds being transferred so that we can include the cost of the background check.
Course-Enhancement Expense (CEE) program
Faculty members may request funding to pay for materials/expenses necessary to implement their proposed RI course enhancements. Budget items can include travel necessary to conduct the RI projects, expendable materials and supplies, and one-time equipment requests related to the RI projects etc. There is a suggested maximum of $750 for materials/expenses for every 20 students enrolled in the RI courses. A budget justification will be required for these funds.
Application Information for both the GRC and the CEE Programs
Deadlines (if these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day):
- Fall RI courses: July 1
- Spring RI courses: Nov 1
- Summer RI courses: April 1
To apply for either the GRC or CEE programs, please complete the online application through FluidReview , OURI’s applications portal. The link to FluidReview is https://ouri.fluidreview.com/. Please read all of these instructions before clicking on the link.
- After clicking on the link, https://ouri.fluidreview.com/ you will land on the Log-In page for OURI's FluidReview. If you have an FAU username and password (i.e., an active FAU email account), please click on the "Sign In or Register" button ONLY. You will be redirected to FAU's single sign-on page where you will sign in using your FAU credentials (NOTE: this may require a push notification).
- If this is your first time using the system, you will need to complete the Eligibility task. This is a one-time form that determines to which applications/programs you are eligible to apply.
- Once your Eligibility is “complete,” click on the blue button labeled "View Programs."
- Search for the Support for RI designated courses application that has "Apply Now" button on the far right side.
- Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts.
- The RI designated syllabus and assignment/project(s) for which the GRC will assist must be submitted or uploaded as part of the application process.
- Please click “submit your application” once all tasks are complete.
Both GRC and Course-Enhancement expense applications will be reviewed by the OURI Faculty Liaisons for approval, during the monthly Liaison meetings. Consideration will be given to faculty submitting both individual and group research project proposals.
Direct Independent Research (DIR) Course Option
- XXX2915 (lower division for grade)
- XXX2916 (lower division for S/U)
- XXX4915 (upper division for grade)
- XXX4916 (upper division for S/U)
Please note all zero credit offerings for DIR must be for S/U grade.