Frequently Asked Questions



1. What is a course management system?
2. Who will use this system?
3. Will schools/departments still need to make course changes in Banner and in the undergraduate catalog?
4. Some schools have detailed processes for approving new courses and edits to existing courses? Will this system be able to handle that workflow?
5. What are the key deadlines for the Curriculum Proposal System?

1. What is a course management system?
A curriculum management system allows for the tracking of all course-related edits in a single system, from the point of entry by a faculty member or department until final approval for inclusion in the course catalog.

2. Who will use this system?
Schools will decide who have access to the system. In many cases a faculty member will propose a new course, edits to an existing course, a new program, etc., and all other appropriate administrators will have access to the system to review it.

3. Will schools/departments still need to make course changes in Banner and in the undergraduate catalog?
No, the school/department only needs to enter the course in one location. Once the course receives final approval, it will be automatically entered in Banner and the undergraduate catalog. One major benefit of this system is that it allows UAB to keep all courses in sync between Banner and the catalog, while eliminating the duplicate submission processes of the past.

4. Some schools have detailed processes for approving new courses and edits to existing courses? Will this system be able to handle that workflow?
Yes, we will be able to create specific workflows for each school. Once a course has completed the school-level workflow, it will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar for final approval. Once it has final approval, it will be entered in Banner, the undergraduate catalog, and the degree audit system.

5. What are the key deadlines for the Curriculum Proposal System?
The Curriculum Proposal System will be available from October 1 - December 1 each year. Faculty may propose courses and programs that will become effective during or after the fall semester of the next academic year. For example, between October 1 and December 1, 2012, faculty may propose courses and programs that will be offered during or after the Fall 2013 semester.