Fall 2020 Course Notice: in-person independent studies courses will proceed as usual this semester until Wednesday, November 25, 2020, after which all classes will transition to online course delivery.
There will not be as much flexibility with the deadlines as there was in the past. Deadlines for Pre-Registration form submission and course start dates will be as follows:
4-credits: Submit pre-registration form by Friday, 08/28 - start the course during the week of 08/31
3-credits: Submit pre-registration form by Friday, 09/11 - start the course during the week of 09/14
2-credits: Submit pre-registration form by Friday,10/09 - start the course during the week of 10/12
Once the courses are approved, the UPBM office will send students an approval code that is needed for the 2nd half of the course registration process. The second half of the process involves students filing an Independent Studies (IS) form with the college. Students will not be able to submit the IS form until they receive an approval code.
General guidelines dictate that 4-credit courses require @10 contact hours per week during the semester. Contact hours involve actual lab time and academic work and activities completed outside of the lab, including but not limited to, literature reviews, lab meetings, presentations, and final reports.
Students enrolling in fewer then 4-credit hours may elect to start during the week of 8/31 and devote fewer contact hours per week as they will be able to spread them out over a more extended time. However, be sure to submit the pre-registration form before starting the course.
Students who need to start a 395 course after the deadline will need to have their instructors provide a brief letter of justification detailing the number of weekly credit hours. Instructors may email this letter to the UPBM Directors' care of Marianne Arcoraci at email: firstname.lastname@example.org.