Glossary of Terms

The below glossaries are intended to clarify common curriculum and Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) terms.

Curriculum Glossary of Terms, Spring 2024

Term Definition

Approval to Proceed

Document proposing a new associate, baccalaureate, graduate degree program or credit certificate program. The document is a basis for discussion about the College’s ability to support the activity. Those discussions will take place within Academic Affairs and with the vice presidents of relevant divisions. The President will then determine whether or not development of the new program or certificate should proceed with an implementation plan. 

Blended delivery 

A course taught 50% online, asynchronously and 50% face-to-face.

School Dean approval is required prior to the Office of Online Learning approval.  Each school may approve a maximum of three blended course proposals per semester. If the blended course has never been offered in the online format, it must be approved by the Curriculum Committee to run as blended. Blended instructors must complete an asynchronous training course.


Co-requisites are courses that should be taken during the same term. This is a common requirement for lecture/lab courses.

Course Inventory Management (CIM) 

The online platform used to submit curricular actions including, but not limited to, new course proposals, course edits, program edits and course inactivations. 

Credit Certificate 

Concentrated sequence of credit-bearing courses thatcourses, that non- matriculated students may enroll in. All courses must be applicable to an existing degree program.  


One course that carries two prefixes taught by one instructor. When a new cross-listed is proposed a “home” department/prefix must be chosen. 

Field of Study Restriction

Restricting a course to a degree program, academic minor, or concentration. A field of study restriction requires communication with the Office of the Registrar. 
General Education

State University of New York 30-credit SUNY General Education requires recipients to have demonstrated knowledge and skills in ten areas and competency in two areas (Information Management and Critical Thinking). A minimum of six general education courses must be completed within the Associate of Applied Science degree program. General Education is considered to  serve as the first thirty credits of liberal arts content. 

General Elective

A general elective course can be selected from any school or department, major area, related area, or liberal arts. Some degree programs require a general elective. 

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Typically broad-based curriculum comprised of disciplines within the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences areas.
 New York State Education Department (NYSED) and FIT minimum requirements for Liberal Arts and Sciences:

NYSED - Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 20 credits 
FIT - Associate of Applied Science (2YR AAS) - 24 credits
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - 30 credits

FIT - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - 30 credits plus 12 credits History of Art (HA) NASAD requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) - 60 credits

Liberal Arts Elective

A three (3) credit elective course selected from any department within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of several choices a student may choose from to meet degree requirements. 
Major Area Elective

A course with a program specific prefix. One of several major courses a student can choose from to meet a degree program requirement.  
Major Area Requirement

A course with a program specific prefix that is required for all students enrolled in the degree program.

Online delivery 

A course offered online in an asynchronous environment that runs on the same semester schedule as a face-to-face course. 

Approval from the Office of Online Learning, College-Wide Curriculum Committee, and Deans Curriculum Committee required. Online Instructors must complete Online Instructor Training through the Office of Online Learning.


Prerequisites identify the content area requirements that students must meet prior to enrollment in the intended course. These may include successful completion in certain courses, competency levels as measured by assessment tests, or consent of the instructor or chair of the department.

Program Announcement (Undergraduate) 

Letter of Intent (Graduate)

A formal statement to announce intent to offer a new program. The program announcement or letter of intent is sent to the SUNY Provost by Academic Affairs. SUNY disseminates the announcement to the other SUNY campuses for a 30-day comment period that enables the campuses to offer suggestions or express concerns to the proposing campus and SUNY Provost.
Related Area Elective

A course with a program specific prefix that is outside of the program and outside of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of several related area courses a student can choose from to meet a related area degree program requirement. 
Related Area Requirement 

A course with a program specific prefix that is outside of the degree program and outside of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, that is required for all students enrolled in the degree program.
Special Topics

An elective course that can run a maximum number of three times with a minimum of 15 students, as per all other courses. Content covers current developments in a subject matter. Special topics courses serve as opportunities for departments to test content ideas. If the department determines the course as a successful topic, the course can then be proposed as a new permanent course. Special topics courses are approved by the department and respective School Dean. The College-Wide Curriculum Committee and Deans Curriculum Committee review the course as an information item only.

Split Course 

A course taught by two instructors in the same program, whereby the instructors split the 15 week semester with one instructor teaching 7.5 weeks and the other teaching 7.5 weeks. Only one instructor is in the classroom at a time. The course carries one course registration number (CRN).
SUNY General Education Framework (SUNY GE) Fall 2024 Implementation

Communication - Written (COMW), Communication - Oral (COMO) , Diversity Equity (DVRS), Inclusion, and Social Justice, Mathematics (and Quantitative Reasoning) (MATH), Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning) (NSCI), Humanities (HUMN), Social Sciences (SOCS), The Arts (ARTS), US History and Civic Engagement (USCV), World History and Global Awareness (GLBL), and World Languages (WLNG). 

SUNY General Education Requirement (GER) 

G1 Basic Communication, G2 Math, G3 Natural Sciences, G4 Social Sciences, G5 Western Civilization, G6 Arts, G7 Humanities, G8 Foreign Language, G9 Other World Civilizations, and G10 American History


An action that is being held for correction, without having to return through the workflow process.

Team-taught course

A 15-week course taught by two instructors from two different subject areas. Course is taught at the same time, in the same location, simultaneously. The team-taught course is for twenty five students between the two faculty with each faculty member receiving full workload for the course. Each course carries its own CRN. Each faculty member is responsible for the 12 students in their own respective section. 

FIT Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for team-taught courses (titled Experimental Interdisciplinary Courses), has expired as of Spring 2019. New team-taught courses are not currently proposed and would require a new MOU.

Team-taught courses that have not run the maximum time of  8 semesters, may continue to be taught by the original course authors. 

Course Inventory Management (CIM)
Glossary of Terms, Spring 2024

Term Definition
Academic Justification The rationale behind the action, why is the action necessary and student-serving?
Additional Program Page Text Use this field to update text either above or below the curriculum grid on the program page including listing of major/related area/liberal arts electives, bridge courses or other requirements.
Approve An action that can be taken by an end user in workflow to send an approval item to the next step in the workflow.
Approver   A user who is part of the workflow and has the capability to edit, rollback, or approve a page from the Approve Pages screen.
Catalog FIT’s Catalog lists academic and admission policies, expenses and Financial aid information, overview of majors, courses, and related instructional programs relevant for the entering class of Fall 2022.

By clicking the cancel button, your edits will not be saved, nor submitted into workflow.
CIM CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM). Edit, manage, and approve courses and programs.
Course Picker

Could be basic or expanded. Upon selecting the + icon, the expanded option would open a full course picker, whereas the basic option would open up a subject code pick list with a course number text box.
Course of Study

A course of study outlines information applicable to a course. It includes learning outcomes and the weekly course breakdown.  For more information, see 
Course Type  On the CIM form, the course type is every attribute that applies to a particular course. Examples include major area, related area, general education, minor, credit certificate, study abroad etc.
Cross-listed A cross-listed course is a single course that is offered for registration under two or more departments. 
Ecosystem A set of relationships between courses and programs, and other pages that are displayed as links in CIM.
Effective Term The requested effective term that you would like the action to be offered. The effective term is not guaranteed.
Executive Summary A clear and concise summary of the requested action.
General Education For information on general education courses, visit the SUNY website 
Instruction Type

How the course is offered/taught. 

Lecture: Traditional lecture format wherein an instructor leads the class instruction and discussion while presenting course materials. Use for courses that have only lecture hours associated with them.

Lab: Lab or studio style format wherein an instructor is present while students test, collaborate, design in a non-lecture style. Use for courses that have only lab hours associated with them.

Lecture/Lab: Course using a combination of instructor-led teaching, and lab collaboration/studio methods of teaching. Use for courses that have both lecture and lab hours associated with them.

Plan of Study Grid

Plan of Study Grid is a type of table within CourseLeaf used to articulate a suggested sequence of required courses.


A group of related courses, organized for the purpose of attaining specified educational objectives.

Programs include AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MLS degrees, as well as credit certificates and minors. Programs are edited in the /programadmin form.

Rollback An action that can be taken by an end user in workflow to send a catalog page or CIM form back to a previous point in the workflow. Rollback does not undo any changes that have been made, it only reassigns access to a previous step in the workflow.
Save Changes  Click this button to save your edits in the system to come back to at a later date. The action will not be submitted into workflow for approval until it is edited at a later date.
Special Topic A course that is developed to cover specialized and current content not included in existing curriculum.
Start Workflow Button that submits proposals to workflow for approval. The Start Workflow button is found at the bottom of the CIM form.
Student Learning Outcomes

A set of objectives, using actionable verbs, that communicates the outcomes a student will achieve upon completion of the course. 

See the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET)'s page for resources.

Submission Date

 The date(s) your school dean must approve a curricular action in the CIM system for review by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee.


Workflow is a tool used to move curricular actions through a specific approval path. The workflow at FIT includes the department chair, dean, college-wide curriculum committee, and schools deans curriculum group. Additional workflow steps are added if required.