Relevant Senate policies:
- Senate-approved template: Course Outline template
- Religious Accommodations & Significant Dates
- Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
- Official Grading System
- Grading Scheme & Feedback
- Limits on the Worth of Examinations in the Final Classes of a Term
Such curriculum mapping needs to occur every 8 years as part of the Cyclical Program Reviews.
- As with assignments, students often plan out their study and work schedule in light of academic and other obligations, including managing coincident deadlines or midterms on the same day. Moving a midterm to an earlier date or changing what the midterm will cover, especially on short notice, can make it very difficult to manage one's time. Moving a midterm to a later date can be more acceptable, except if the material covered by the midterm also changes.
- Students with disabilities need 3 weeks' notice to book their testing session with the Alternate Exam Centre.
- Students experiencing a conflict with a religious obligation need 14 days' notice to file a request for accommodation.
- If your classroom is not big enough to accommodate seating all your students with empty seats between all of them, then it would be wise to book a second room at the same time to accommodate some of your students (you can likely recruit an additional invigilator for this), but such room bookings become more difficult over time, so that such requests for additional rooms should be placed as early as possible, and changes to the dates later on may make it less possible to find a second room.
- As noted above, midterms can be scheduled on weekends so as to be able to access more rooms or larger rooms. Friday evening or Saturday scheduling is often considered as an alternative, except that it will exclude certain religiously observant students.
On the other hand, those students who, for reasons of illness, are prevented from availing themselves of an important grade item can find themselves at some disadvantage at the drop deadline. One way to address this is to build in more than one grade item before the drop deadline. Otherwise, students in such situations have the opportunity to petition to have a course dropped after the drop deadline on the grounds that they had too little opportunity for feedback by the drop deadline.
* Backward value shifts may be detrimental to some students who did poorly in past grade items. It is probably best to use only forward shifts but, if backward shifts are contemplated, it is best to offer whichever shift direction is most advantageous to each student, individually calculated.