There are a significant number of common non-standard courses that do not fit the 3-hr credit course and, therefore, do not fit within a Standard Class Time slot.
Not a standard 3 credit hour courses
A common non-standard courses are courses with more or less than 3-hr of credit. An example of this group are the 5-hr language courses that are most often taught on a 5-day-a-week schedule. Regrettably, these can also be conflicting since they may overlap two class times on TR. To lessen the impact of the courses on classroom usage efficiency, Classroom Management will designate a set of 5-day-a-week classrooms starting in Fall 2016. Currently, 5-day-a-week course follow the start times of the MWF standard class times. The schedule below shows the optimal classroom usage schedule for these courses if the new Standard Class Times proposal was accepted. It should be noted that the tentative non-standard 5-day-a-week recommended schedule would have time conflicts for the classes started at 10:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 4:00.
Tentative Non-standard 5-day-a-week Recommended Schedule
Non-standard Length Courses
A second group of courses that do not fit in the Standard Class Time structure are courses that are taught on an 8-week schedule instead of the 16-week schedule. Since a 3-hr course in an 8-week time frame would have to have twice as many contacts per week, these non-standard course category would also be conflicting courses. The Registrar’s Office, Provost’s Office and PACCS are evaluating options for recommended class times for these courses as well as designating classrooms for these 8-week courses. There currently courses taught on the first 8-weeks and on the last 8-weeks of the standard 16-week semester.
Time Block Courses/Sections
Another group that falls outside of the Standard Class Times courses are those that are taught in large blocks of time. The most common group in this category are experiential learning courses such as Laboratory, Studio, and Practicum courses. Due to the experiential aspect of these classes, they are best taught in one continuous block of time. Although these courses often cause time conflicts with other courses, they are most often taught in unit controlled spaces that have a focused function (laboratory, dance studio) and, therefore, seldom impact overall classroom usage. It is difficult to design an optimal schedule for these courses, but by starting these courses/sections at the same start time as the Standard Class Times the conflicts can be reduced.
Request for Non-Standard Class Times
The Registrar’s Office and Provost Office along with input from PACCS will be developing a process, criteria, and online form for requesting non-standard class times. The intent of developing a formal process is to provide a guidelines and criteria for non-standard class times and an online processes to obtain the information needed to allow exceptions.