6.4.5 Formats Page

On this page, you will be able to designate instructional formats, term(s) offered, instructional and work hours, and the TIE code for the course. Any instructional formats listed in the course will be required components of the class offering.

  • Formats - This section allows you to choose what instructional formats the class will be offered in. 
        In this section you can:
    • add formats
    • select the appropriate checkbox for a course being in-person, online, or a combination of the two
    • provide a narrative explanation
    • add, remove, or change terms, durations, and hours
    • make changes to each term to be changed; or add additional terms.
    • The four most commonly used formats are displayed. Click the Show More Formats button to see all available format types. WBL and WBD (Web-based formats) are no longer being approved. Rather than WBL, select Lecture. Rather than WBD, select Discussion. After you select the format(s), choose which format is primary (normally the lecture or seminar). This is the format with the graded component.
  • Explanation of Proposed Scheduling -  Provide a narrative explanation of how this course will be scheduled. For courses that will have only one modality, you will simply state: “This course meets ____.” If you have selected multiple modalities, the schedule must be explained explicitly. This means if a course if offered in-person or online (no mixed modality), that must be explicit. Any combination of in-person and online components must be explained in detail. Scheduling and the Office of the Registrar refer to this section of CMS when checking how a course is approved to be scheduled. This section should be written as if it is public to students. If you are unsure about how to complete this section, please email the COCI Analyst.
  • Proposed Units - Using information from the Credit page, the system will automatically populate the number of credits. If, as you are entering the next section (Term, Durations, and Hours), the works hours are not compatible with the unit value you may edit the value here without returning to the Credit page.

  • Terms, Duration, and Hours - In section 2, select the term(s) the course will be offered for each duration. For instance, if the course will be offered in fall and spring, select that option under the term, and the duration will be 15 weeks. If the course will also be offered in the summer, after completing the first term/duration section, click the button to Add Another Term/Duration combo, and then select Summer and the number of length of the term. See above for more information about summer-only or N courses.
    • Checkboxes - Select which modalities are appropriate for your proposal. You may select, either In-Person, Online, or both In-Person and Online.
    • Publish terms in Catalog - Under the term and duration, click the checkbox if you want the offered terms to appear in the Berkeley Academic Guide. The terms will be printed after the course description in the course listing; for example: (F, SP). Publishing the term(s) offered is optional. Departments may wish to inform students when they can expect a course to be offered, or they may not want to specify that information, especially if it may change in the near future.
    • Hours - Next, enter the number of hours per week required for each format type and the number of hours per week of outside work required by students. The total work hours will be calculated automatically, and the system will display a message to let you know whether the total work hours are appropriate for the number of units selected. If the course has variable units, enter a range of work hours for the lowest to highest possible unit values.
    • Work hours are based on Senate Regulation 760 and can be determined according to the chart provided here. The number of work hours is an estimate of the time an average student will be expected to perform work for the class, including time spent in class as well as time spent doing work outside of class. The workload should be reflected in the syllabus.
  • Custom Format - Information about the instructional format will be presented in a standard text format in any public listings of the course. A preview of how that text will appear displayed in green immediately below the Terms, Durations, and Hours section. This third section is optional and allows you to describe additional activities required for the course that are not reflected by the instructional formats, or if you want to word something slightly differently. An example would be required field trips or film screenings. Note that if you enter text in this box, it will replace the automatically generated text describing the instructional formats, so you must repeat the instructional format information that would have been generated normally, if you want it to appear in the Berkeley Academic Guide.

  • Faculty Instructional Activity Types (TIE Codes) - The last part of the Formats section is the TIE code(link is external)(link is external). Select the appropriate code from the drop-down list. The TIE code is collected for the Office of Planning and Analysis and is not used by COCI. TIE codes can be changed at any time without COCI review.