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A Course is an ordered process or succession of lectures, discussions, readings, assignments, labs, or other matter dealing with a particular subject matter. A course typically lasts one academic term, is led by one or more instructors, and has a fixed roster of students. Students typically receive a grade and academic credit (units) after completion of the course.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Other Reports:
Data Custodian
Academic and Centralized Scheduling
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Table Name:PS_CRSE_CATALOG
Source Field Name:DESCR
Census Process:No
Logical Transformation / Calculation
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"Academic Course"
Column Heading:"Course"

Where Course appears in CSUMB Data Warehouse dashboards, it usually provides the course catalog title of the course.

Business Rules

Course Catalog Title - Full course titles will appear in the University Catalog.  Frivolous titles or titles using jargon, slang, copyrighted names, trade names, or any punctuation other than the hyphen may not be used.  Full course titles are limited to 28 characters.

Course Abbreviated Title - The 28-character (including spaces) abbreviated title is the form of the title which appears on student transcripts, in the online Schedule of Classes, and the Active Course Report.


"Introductory Chemistry" is the course catalog title for CHEM 109.

Business Processes

The following business processes apply to courses at CSUMB:

  • New Course - intended to convey subject matter not previously covered by an existing course or, if covered by an existing course, to be conveyed with a substantial difference in objective, course methodology, or perspective.
  • Course Change - a modification to one or more course features (elements) to achieve minor course (or curricular) objectives that will not alter enrollment patterns.
  • Reactivated Course - a course that has been dropped and is reinstated as an offering by the department. It goes through the usual curriculum process to become active again. All instructional programs are to avoid "unnecessary duplication of courses." See University Policy Statement (we need one in a Catalog Policy) that provides some specific guidance on these matters. For every course offered in the university, a standard course outline, a sample syllabus, and bibliography should be on file in the department or college office and in the University Archives. This is a requirement for all General Education courses and all courses articulated with community colleges or other four-year institutions. Refer to the Curriculum Changes – Best Practices PDF document for guidelines for course changes.
  • Inactive Courses - The policy of the CSU and of this campus is that a course not offered within a five-year period be declared inactive. Colleges are provided with reports indicating which courses will be considered inactive. There is a three-week period before formal certification for faculty to review and comment. For reactivation of an inactive course - Fill out a "Reactivate Course" curriculum form if no curricular changes are being requested. Submit it to the college for review by the college curriculum committee - no department curriculum committee review is needed. If approved by the college, they will forward the form to the Scheduling Office and it will be included in the upcoming certification cycle for catalog number reactivation If curricular changes are requested, then submit a new course proposal through the upcoming certification cycle and request a new number.