Prerequisites or corequisites must be established for a course if the curriculum committee,
with input from the discipline faculty, believes that students are unlikely to succeed
without the skills and knowledge learned in the prerequisite course(s).
Content review, according to Title 5 55000(c),means a rigorous, systematic process
developed in accordance with sections 53200 and 53204, approved by the Chancellor
as part of the district matriculation plan required under section 55510, and that
is conducted by faculty to identify the necessary and appropriate body of knowledge
or skills students need to possess prior to enrolling in a course, or which students
need to acquire through simultaneous enrollment in a corequisites course." The Academic
Senate papers, Student Success: The Case for Establishing Prerequisites Through Content Review (2010), and Implementing Content Review for Communication and Computation Prerequisites (2011), provide guidance to faculty interested in improving local content review processes.
Below are the steps required to conduct content review.
- Download the appropriate forms; detailed instructions below.
- Entrance Skills Form
- Exit Skills Form
- Corequisite Form
- Exit Skills form:
- If exit skills for the prerequisite/recommended preparation course exist, obtain a
copy located in the Instructional Operations Office. Go to step 3.
- If exit skills do not exist, notify the chair of the department where the prerequisite course is taught. The
department chair must work with a group of faculty who teach this course and complete the Exit Skills form, including the identification of skills necessary for students to earn a "C"
or "P" grade or higher. Exit skills are related to course objectives and SLO's.
- Prerequisite department must also complete the Exit Skills Signature Sheet.
- Obtain a copy of the completed Exit Skills form from the prerequisite department.
Go to step 3.
- Entrance Skills form:
- Complete items 1-7.
- To complete item #8, work with a group of faculty who teach the course and identify
critical knowledge and skills necessary for students to have entering the course.
Use the course syllabus, course outline, textbooks, tests, and class assignments to
identify these skills. Approximately five to seven entrance skills should be listed
under Entrance Competencies (right side of table).
- On the left side of the table, match exit skills from the prerequisite course with the Entrance Competencies for the course
- Make sure to complete the Entrance Skills Signature Sheet; including signature of
chair/coordinator, dean, and all members participating in identification of entrance
- Submit all content review forms with your curriculum proposal to Marsha Raybourn in Instructional