Research-Intensive Course Designation

Updated Deadline: Submissions for Spring 2020 are due on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Please note that changes have been made to the RI Course Designation Rubric. Please see the RI course designation rubric here.

Submissions are now processed through the UCF Curriculog system (full instructions can be found below in ‘Procedure to Submit’)

The University of Central Florida defines a Research-Intensive (RI) course as one that provides curriculum-based active engagement in a line of inquiry that is guided by a content expert, adheres to aspects of the academic research or scholarship process, and includes a research deliverable.

Through RI-designated courses, faculty mentors have the opportunity to enrich the student experience through sharing insights from their own knowledge and experience as their students actively engage in the research process. Students are able to explore their interests and begin to develop their niche as they prepare to move onto the next stage of their education and careers.

Through RI courses, students learn critical thinking skills, formal academic communication skills through both written and oral formats, and about the research process itself within their discipline. Moreover, RI courses position students to gain a competitive advantage over their peers through participating in research training, having a research deliverable to build their portfolio, and possibly even presenting in research symposiums and/or publishing in academic journals.

  • To document research experiences taking place in the undergraduate classroom
  • To distinguish between engaging in ‘original’ research and learning about the research process
  • To support UCF strategic goals for undergraduate research and HIP learning experiences
  • To ensure that research experiences in the classroom are held to a meaningful standard of practice

The basic criteria for designating an existing course as a Research-Intensive (RI) course at UCF is that through the course students will satisfay all or most of the following:

  • Demonstrate a command of relevant content knowledge, core principles, and practices.
  • Obtain, critically evaluate, and synthesize scholarly literature and relevant data.
  • Formulate an original research question(s) that integrates fundamental principles and knowledge in a manner appropriate to the discipline.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate methodology or systemic approach to address the research question(s) or problem.
  • Identify relevant ethical issues and address them in practice.
  • Gain communication skills through the dissemination of the research (process and product) in appropriate formats and venues.

Please review the Research Intensive Course Designation Rubric closely. Beginning in Fall 2019, the following will be submitted through Curriculog:

  • Cover memo (up to 750 words)
    1. Short overview of the course and RI component
    2. Supplemental information to include in overview:
      • Number of students in any one course section (and total enrollment) at maximum capacity
      • What deliverable (rubric item 3.2) will be required as part of this course?  
      • Will students work in groups, individually, or both on the final deliverable?
      • Are there opportunities for peer-to-peer review and feedback during the semester? What will the faculty feedback look like in the course?
      • Will Graduate Assistants be grading the research components of this course? If so, what training have they received to facilitate this component?
      • Do all instructors have terminal degrees and/or permanent faculty appointments at UCF?
  • Annotated Syllabus (please do not use track changes)
    1. Highlights aspects of course directly related to evaluation rubric
    2. Rubric criteria directly referenced in syllabus via numeration with comments and/or highlighting (e.g., “Rubric item 2.3”)
  • Optional: Supporting documents, such as assignment guidelines or rubrics, as appropriate (keep these simple, it won’t be a requirement for committee members to review these)

Optional: We recommend working with your subject librarian while preparing for designation.

To submit your course for designation, log in (using NID) to Follow these steps:

  1. Click into the “My Proposals” tab
  2. Select “+ New Proposal”
  3. Select “Courses” tab
  4. From the drop-down menu, select “Research Intensive Course” and complete the form (uploading your memo and syllabus, as well as any other additional materials)
  5. Once you are ready to submit, navigate to the “Proposal toolbox” in the upper righthand corner of the screen and select the blue checkmark (Decisions), select “Approve” and then “Make my decision.”

If you have any trouble with the process, please contact for assistance.

Please note: courses can be submitted for designation at the section level (by instructors) or at the course level (by department chairs).

Questions? Contact or 407-823-0101.

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with OUR to discuss your course and the application process here.

Division of Teaching and Learning

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL)

FCTL provides programming and instructional resources in support of faculty excellence in teaching and learning.

UCF Libraries Resources

UCF Libraries support faculty and students with physical and online resources to learn about and engage in undergraduate research.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB is a committee established to protect the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research.