Research-Intensive Course Designation

Beginning Fall 2018!

Definition of Research-Intensive (RI)

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.


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.

Process to Designate a Course


URC 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.

Research-Intensive Course Designation Development Faculty Subcommittee 2017-2018

Last Name First Name Position Department College
Milon Abby Associate Lecturer Legal Studies Health and Public Affairs
Ortiz Enrique Associate Professor Teaching, Learning and Leadership Education and Human Performance
Ni Liqiang Associate Professor Statistics Sciences
Garcia Martha Associate Professor Modern Languages & Literatures Arts & Humanities
Teter Kenneth Associate Professor Biomedical Sciences Medicine
Chin Matthew Associate Lecturer Psychology Sciences
Florczyk Stephen Assistant Professor Materials Science & Engineering Engineering & Computer Science
Kuang Lanlan Assistant Professor Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Harrington Maria Assistant Professor Digital Media Arts & Humanities