Course type is required data used in course reporting. When establishing courses, departments will be asked to specify the type of course.

Variable Credit Courses

Variable credit courses are classes that are offered for a range of credits. The amount of student work required for a variable credit course is determined by the federal credit hour definition, in alignment with UW-Stout’s credit hour definition, and based on the number of credits registered by the student. Courses that generally have a variable credit option are experiential courses such as cooperative education, field experiences, and student teaching.

Variable/Special Topic/Workshop Courses

Courses approved for a variable topic may be offered each time with the same course number and a different topic or content. Often the title of the course will include a word such as workshop, seminar, trends, or issues. Variable topic courses carry a number ending in x00 (SUBJ-x00), whatever the department/subject or level. Because of the varying topic by term, this type of course is often repeatable with the student allowed to earn credit for different topics. 

The following stipulations apply:

  • The department should first verify with the Provost's Office that the x00 overarching "umbrella" variable topic course has been established.
  • Topics must be within the discipline area for which that department is charged. Complete course documentation is required, including course objectives, outline, evaluation, and any special course attribute considerations such as GE, RES, GLP.
  • Approval is required for each course topic, using the expedited one and two-time/special topic approval process.
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Experiential Learning Courses

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for all students. As part of the course approval process, departments will be asked to identify if the course should be coded as an experiential learning category. 

At UW-Stout, experiential learning is defined as:

Formal, supervised learning experiences, with: direct and active faculty involvement; specified goals and learning objectives; application of theory; and, evaluation of learning outcomes. These experiences rely substantially on students applying the knowledge and information acquired through research, simulations, and/or faculty instruction. Finally, experiential learning entails reflection, analysis and synthesis of theory and activity. 

At UW-Stout, experiential learning opportunities include but are not limited to the following types of experiences: capstone courses, co-ops/internships, practicum, service learning, student teaching, field experiences, study abroad, and student research.

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