Course Descriptions: MyUI and Catalog

Every course scheduled on MyUI must have a MyUI course description in addition to a Catalog description

The Catalog gives a very general description of the course content, regardless of the semester that the course is offered. The MyUI course description conveys the  details of the course that will be offered during the current semester and includes topics, major assignments, format of the course, and mode of offering. 

The Catalog description, on the other hand, is generic, giving an overview of the course relevant for any semester that the course is offering.  In keeping with this general purpose, the Catalog description is always written as a string of fragments connected by semicolons. This description never includes the mode of offering (such as online or face-to-face) nor does it include assignments or readings or other activities. Descriptions for the Catalog that are not submitted in required style are rewritten by the Registrar. To update a Catalog description, the course must be routed through workflow by a staff person in the department or program, with the description approved by CLAS.

On the other hand, a MyUI course description should be very individualized, reflecting the instructor's style of teaching and the focus of the content during the semester the course is offered. 

A good MyUI course description helps students to understand the content and goals of a course. The MyUI descriptions also helps students  to become aware of the course's importance and relevancy. Advisors depend on these descriptions to help guide students in making an appropriate academic plan.

The best MyUI descriptions answer questions about the course that any student might ask.

  • What is the topic of the course?
  • What will the student learn? 
  • Why should the student enroll in this particular course?
  • How will students will be evaluated?
  • What format is the course using?
  • Are there any special activities such as field trips that must fit with the student's schedule?

Please check to make sure that your course has two descriptions visible on the MyUI schedule of courses. If needed, please write a MyUI course description and then talk to the staff person in your area responsible for course scheduling and ask that the second description be added.