Non-Credit Technology Prerequisites: Objectives and Policies

Objectives

Many courses in the College’s curriculum have a specified non-credit technology prerequisite. These prerequisites pertain to the skills associated with the ability to use standard software or other technology applications (such as spreadsheet and data base management software packages). Students who do not have a firm foundation in a course’s technology prerequisites are expected to acquire this prerequisite knowledge through one of the alternatives provided by the College or other unit of the University. Alternatives may include, for example, computer-assisted instruction packages provided in the College’s or University Computer Center’s computer laboratories, tutorial sessions provided by computer laboratory personnel, and non-credit continuing education courses offered on a periodic basis for which a student can register for a modest fee. A current listing of the acceptable alternatives for acquiring the prerequisite knowledge is
maintained by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance and each academic unit of the College. It is the responsibility of the student to have the specific prerequisite knowledge prior to taking the course through whatever means the student deems most appropriate.

Non-credit Technology Skill Prerequisite Policies

The technology prerequisite(s) (if any) for each course in the College’s curriculum will be determined in the same manner as are other prerequisites. For core courses, the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Councils manage the technology prerequisites for the approval of faculty. For non-core courses, each academic unit will be responsible for recommending the appropriate technology prerequisites to the Councils for their review and ultimate approval of the faculty prior to insertion in the College’s catalogs.

Alternatives for Meeting Technology Prerequisites

The Graduate and Undergraduate Program Councils will be responsible for determining the alternatives which meet each prerequisite skill statement, without formal RCB faculty approval. The Graduate and Undergraduate Program Councils will be responsible for maintaining a current list of alternatives and seeing that it is made accessible to students. The listing of alternatives will be maintained in the College’s advising office.

(Recommended by Executive Committee 4/13/15 & Faculty Affairs Committee 4/14/15)
(Approved by the Faculty of the Robinson College of Business 4/22/15)