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Office of Undergraduate Studies

G.E. Course Proposal for AREA E: Understanding Personal Development

Area: E Understanding Personal Development

Department__________________________________________ Course Number ________

Course Title_______________________________________________ Units__________

Contact Person_____________________________________________ Phone__________

I. Submissions shall include the following:

A. A proposed course syllabus which must include: catalog description of the course; prerequisites, if any; student learning objectives; assignments; texts; reading lists; materials; grading system; exams and other methods of evaluation.If more than one section is offered, provide a description of what would be considered common to all sections and what might typically vary between sections.

B. Detailed course outline with topics and subtopics to be covered on a weekly basis.

C. A statement indicating

l) the means and methods for evaluating the extent to which the objectives of Area E and the writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) what steps does the department plan to take to ensure that instructors comply with the category criteria and who is responsible?

II. Indicate in a written statement how the course meets the following criteria. Relate the statement to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

A. Enhances the student's understanding of the development of the individual as an integrated physiological, psychological, and social being.

B. Includes a study of how internal and external influences interact in human development and behavior within the context of the human life span.

C. For courses enhancing understanding of the self as a physiological, social and psychological entity, address the following criteria statement:

Promotes critical self-understanding, and accordingly will involve consideration of such topics as individual behavior, the relation of the person to the social and natural environment, human sexuality, nutrition, health, stress, family, aging and death.

For courses developing an art or a skill, address the following criteria statement:

Promotes the lifelong understanding and development of students as integrated physiological and psychological entities, through the acquisition of a recreation, avocational, or artistic skill. [The course proposal must specify how the activities or performances will contribute to understanding the personal development of an integrated individual.

 Note: Three unit courses in this area may include an activity/skills component, but it is not to exceed one-third of the course content. No more than one unit of activity/skills course work may be used to satisfy the Area E requirement.

D. Includes a writing component described on course syllabus.

l) If course is lower division, formal and/or informal writing assignments encouraging students to think through course concepts using at least one of the following: periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, periodic formal writing assignments, periodic journals, reading logs, other. Writing in lower division courses need not be graded, but must, at a minimum, be evaluated for clarity and proper handling of terms, phrases, and concepts related to the course.

2) If course is upper division, a minimum of 1500 words of formal, graded writing. [Preferably there should be more than one formal writing assignment and each writing assignment (e.g. periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, a research/term paper etc.) should be due in stages throughout the semester to allow the writer to revise after receiving feedback from the instructor. Include an indication of how writing is to be evaluated and entered into course grade determination.]

III. If you would like, you may provide further information that might help the G.E. Course Review Committee understand how this course meets these criteria and/or the G.E. Program Objectives found on PP. 2-3 of the "Statement of Policies Pertaining to the G.E. Program" of August, 1991.

Submit proposals to the General Education Office in Sacramento Hall 234 [6016].


revised 8/6/03