Course Actions

Course Actions SquaresThe Senate Course Review system is intended for UCSF faculty, staff and administrators who prepare, modify or review course information.

The following is helpful information for course form preparers. For more detailed information about preparing course forms, the course review process and the Course Review system, refer to the Course Review Manual.

Select a category on this page:

Course Form Review Process
Course Form Submission Deadlines and Course Catalog Update
Unit Calculation
Interprofessional Course Guidance
Getting Started - Registration and Preparing Course Forms
Contacts and Links

Course Form Review Process

Course forms have 5 review steps;
Office of the Registrar > Department Chair > Curriculum Committee > School Dean > Committee on Courses of Instruction (COI) Chair
Additional steps: New Courses are reviewed by the COI Chair and two COI members. Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses are reviewed by a designated IPE reviewer.

Why three school levels of review?
Per Standing Order of the Regents 105.2. b "No change in the curriculum of a college or professional school shall be made by the Academic Senate until such change shall have been submitted to the formal consideration of the faculty concerned." The process established for curriculum review in the schools includes review by the course Department Chair, School Curriculum Committee (or equivalent) and the School Dean.

Course review by the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction
Following review and approval by the Office of the Registrar, Department Chair, Curriculum Committee, Interprofessional Education (if applicable) and School Dean, COI will review your proposed course action on behalf of the Academic Senate. Review by COI will commence prior to the course catalog update deadline to allow time for revisions. After a course form is approved by COI the course form preparer will receive email notification.

Course actions are published to (or removed from) Schedule of Classes and the online Course Catalog every quarter starting on the date listed in the chart "Course Catalog Update" column.

Why does the proposed course action require this review?
Per Standing Order of the Regents 105.2. b, "The Academic Senate shall authorize and supervise all courses and curricula…"

Course Form Submission Deadlines and Course Catalog Update

Quarter Available (effective quarter)* Removed (effective quarter)* New/Substantial/Reactivate Change Deadline** Minor/Inactivate Change Deadline** Course Catalog Update***
Spring 2017 9/5/16 6/16/17 12/15/16 6/15/17 1/16/17
Summer 2017 12/20/16 9/6/17 3/31/17 9/5/17 4/13/17
Fall 2017 3/30/17 12/19/17 7/7/17 12/18/17 7/28/17
Winter 2018 6/17/17 3/29/18 10/6/17 3/28/18 10/20/17

*Date the Effective Quarter is available and removed for course actions. The submission dates listed are Committee on Courses of Instruction (COI) deadlines; department and school deadlines may be earlier than those listed here.  Please check with your school and department for their timelines.

**Date new course, substantial change and reactivate course actions must be initiated and submitted for review within the Course Review system. Course forms submitted after the deadline are sent to the COI Chair to approve or deny acceptance of the course form for submission. Minor change and inactivate course actions may be submitted prior to the end of the quarter, but the change must be fully approved by your department and school prior to the last day of the current term or the change will not be implemented.

***Start date the Office of the Registrar updates the online Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes for course forms approved for the quarter.

Unit Calculation

Per the University of California Academic Regulation 760, "The value of a course in units shall be reckoned at the rate of one unit for three hours' work per week per term on the part of a student, or the equivalent."

Below is a chart listing unit calculation for each activity for UCSF courses;

Unit Calculation Activity
10 hours = 1 unit Lecture (The University of California reckons that for each hour of lecture, the student will work three hours.)
30 hours = 1 unit Clinical experience/Patient contact
Field work
Independent study
Seminar (For every hour of seminar contact time, include two hours of student preparation time. (i.e. 10 hrs. contact = 30 hrs. seminar)
Web-based course work
40 hours = 1 unit Block Elective
Clinical Clerkship
36 hours = 1 unit *Practical Experience
*Special Projects

*School of Pharmacy APPE Clinical Rotation Course. These two activities are only available to School of Pharmacy.

Interprofessional Course Guidelines

Guidance Regarding Designation of Interprofessional Course Status in the UCSF Course Catalog
Interprofessional education occurs when learners from two or more health and/or social care professions engage in learning with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the delivery of care.

At UCSF, courses submitted for consideration of interprofessional status in the course catalog must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The course must specify an explanation for the request for interprofessional status (describe in the “justification” field on the course form)
  • The course must include learners from at least two schools and these should be specified (describe in the “course intended for what type of student” field on the course form)
  • The prerequisites, if any, for the course should not be specific to one school (describe in the “prerequisites” field on the course form)
  • The course must be the result of a participatory collaboration among faculty representing two or more professions/schools. (list faculty collaborators and profession/school designation in the “justification” field on the course form)
  • At least one of the course objectives should be related to interprofessionalism (describe in the “course objectives” field on the course form). For more information on course objectives for all course forms, please refer to Bloom's Taxonomy.

Getting Started

Registration - Access to the Course Review system requires pre-registration. Faculty can contact Jeff Harter, staff and course form preparers contact Artemio Cardenas.

  1. Go to or login to MyAccess ( and click the Course Review link. If you do not have a MyAccess account, click the "Get MyAccess" link to register.
  2. Preparing course forms;
    • a. New Course Form: Click the "New Course" tab.
    • b. Minor, Major and Inactivate Forms: Click the "Catalog" tab, locate the course and click the "Edit course" link. Select Minor, Major or Inactivate from the "Course Review type" drop-down menu.
    • c. Reactivate Course Form: Click the "Edit Course" tab, select "Advanced criteria" and click the "Inactive courses" check box. Use search to locate and select the course.
  3. Course forms under review: Click the "Reviews" tab, then "Active Reviews" and click the "I've prepared" check box to view your course form(s). All forms that require revision will be marked in red under the "Queue" column. If a New Course Form is under COI review you can mouse-over "COI" to view the review status.
  4. Course form reviewers: Click the "Reviews" tab and then "For Me To Review". All courses for review will be listed.


  • For questions about MyAccess, contact ITS Customer Support at (415) 514-4100.
  • For questions about the Academic Senate Course Review system, contact Artemio Cardenas.
  • For questions about the course catalog or related to the Office of the Registrar, contact Jeff Harter, Associate Registrar (415) 476-3001.