A modular course is defined as a part of the main course that can stand alone. The topics are related and when combined with all other parts, become the entire course. Modular courses may not exist without the main course. Some modules may be self-paced. Classes may be offered as faculty lectures, on Web, using CDs, on campus, off campus, or a combination of all of the above with an exam at the end of each module. Modular courses run full term; modules may or may not run full term.
Module course titles will be set up similar to Topics courses using the M/ in the title. An example would be ENVE 532. M/AQUEOUS ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (the main course), ENVE 532. M/ACID/BASE CHEMISTRY (one of the modules). This will allow the student to have the particular topic of the module printed on the transcript, and will allow the department to keep track of which module a student has completed.
The main course description must include the statement, "Also offered in three 1-credit modules." Departments may list the topics, or they may just use the above statement.As determined by the department, students can receive credit for any module in any order, or the department may require completion of all modules before credit is awarded. Most courses are 3-credit courses offered in three 1-credit modules. Credit may vary, but no combination may exceed the total credits of the main course. Some departments may offer the main course as a 3-credit course and also offer the course in modules, but the student must choose between the modules and the main course.