Spring Semester 2022 Course Scheduling Information

This Office of the Registrar webpage addresses specific topics and areas of change in preparation for Spring Semester 2022.

Table of Contents

Overview of Messaging

President and Provost Messages Regarding Spring 2022

Office of the Registrar Messages to Department Schedulers Regarding Spring 2022

The Office of the Registrar (OTR) has sent the following emails to departmental schedulers about the Spring 2022:

Course Scheduling Timeline

The course schedule quick tips/scheduling timeframe specific to Spring 2022 can be found here.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar can be accessed on the Spring Semester 2022 academic calendar page.

FAQs about the Academic Calendar

Are there any changes to the Spring 2022 academic calendar?

No, there are no changes to the Spring Semester 2022 as of 12/26/2021. However, classes with 50 or fewer students are generally online for the first two weeks of the semester; all courses over 50 students must be delivered online

I need my class to be meet in person during the first two weeks of the semester--can I have them meet?

Courses will generally be delivered online for the first two weeks of the semester, and in particular, classes with over 50 students must be delivered online.

Faculty teaching classes with 50 or fewer students have the option to deliver their courses in person during this time, but they must make accommodations for students who do not attend in person by recording their classes for asynchronous delivery or otherwise providing instruction for those who are remote.

Faculty who plan to teach their course in person during these weeks must inform their dean by January 3.

Course Schedule

The OTR is preparing for a "normal" semester. Because of that, many of the scheduling rules and policies that were suspended last Spring (2021) have been put back into place. The bullet points below highlight some key items.

  • The standard time blocks for Spring 2022 will be the university's normal/original standard time blocks found here. Please note that the OTR shifted courses that met in standard time blocks under the previous "COVID Time Blocks" back to the original time blocks. Courses that met in non-standard times were not moved, and departments will need to determine the appropriate time for them.
  • Non-standard meeting time requests will require a curricular rationale for the selected time; otherwise, the time will be removed and return to the department blank after the initial review if the requested time significantly alters classroom availability or impacts student scheduling.
  • Courses will need approval to be offered online through the original process: a course must be approved in CourseLeaf CIM and have been approved for online instruction before it can be placed on the schedule as online.
  • The 2/3 Prime Time Rule for course scheduling will be enforced.

What Departments and Schools Need to Do

  • Review scheduling emails and deadlines (listed above and in emails to department schedulers) and submit appropriate changes by the deadlines.

Course Syllabi

In January 2012, Rice's Faculty Senate approved a student-initiated motion regarding syllabus standards and the required distributing of course syllabus information. Syllabi are normally required to be uploaded by the first day of classes. Uploading a syllabus will enable students to successfully "shop" for courses during the ADD/DROP period. All students, even those not registered for the course, are able to view a syllabus that has been posted/archived within ESTHER.

Additional information regarding course syllabi can be found on the Course Syllabus page.

Courses being offered "In Person" for the first two weeks of the Spring Semester 2022

As courses are submitted to OTR from school deans, they will appear below. The list below may not be a complete listing of all courses, so students should be in touch with the instructor of the course to confirm the method of instruction (in person versus online) that will be used for the first two weeks of the semester.

Data is as of 10:06am on 1/10/2022.

  • ARCH 102 001 (CRN: 20022) - PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURE II
  • ARCH 102 002 (CRN: 24214) - PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURE II
  • ARCH 102 003 (CRN: 26156) - PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURE II
  • ARCH 302 001 (CRN: 20024) - INTERMEDIATE PROBLEMS ARCH II
  • ARCH 504 002 (CRN: 21742) - CORE DESIGN STUDIO IV
  • ARTS 225 001 (CRN: 25274) - BEGINNING DRAWING
  • ARTS 225 004 (CRN: 25275) - BEGINNING DRAWING
  • ASTR 230 001 (CRN: 20005) - ASTRONOMY LAB
  • BIOE 391 001 (CRN: 24192) - NUMERICAL METHODS
  • BIOE 516 001 (CRN: 24201) - MECHANICS/TRANSPORT/SIGNALING
  • BIOS 368 001 (CRN: 23369) - MONSTER
  • CAAM 421 001 (CRN: 25083) - LOG & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGMENT
  • CAAM 476 001 (CRN: 25084) - LARGE-SCALE OPTIMIZATION
  • CEVE 210 001 (CRN: 25467) - WILD TOPICS CHEM AND NANOTECH
  • CHBE 548 002 (CRN: 25549) - ENERGY SYS AND SUSTAINABLE DEV
  • CHBE 603 001 (CRN: 25548) - RHEOLOGY
  • CHBE 670 001 (CRN: 25974) - CLASSICAL PAPERS SCI AND ENGR
  • CHEM 178 001 (CRN: 25587) - THE CHEMISTRY OF COOKING
  • CHEM 210 001 (CRN: 25384) - WILD TOPICS CHEM AND NANOTECH
  • CHEM 320 003 (CRN: 23097) - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
  • CHEM 558 001 (CRN: 24010) - NANOCRYSTALS
  • ECON 239 001 (CRN: 20241) - LAW AND ECONOMICS
  • ECON 496 001 (CRN: 25102) - RESEARCH IN ECONOMIC THEORY
  • ECON 508 001 (CRN: 23688) - MICROECONOMICS II
  • EEPS 530 001 (CRN: 24984) - SILICICLASTIC DEPOSITION SYST
  • ELEC 220 001 (CRN: 21996) - FUND COMPUTER ENGINEERING (Note: Students must sign up to attend lecture.)
  • ELEC 220 002 (CRN: 21997) - FUND COMPUTER ENGINEERING (Note: Students must sign up to attend lecture.)
  • ELEC 531 001 (CRN: 25745) - STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
  • EMSP 281 0F1 (CRN: 20656) - EMT-B INTRO TO EMERGENCY CARE
  • ENGI 210 002 (CRN: 25950) - PROTOTYPING & FABRICATION
  • ENGI 301 001 (CRN: 25109) - INTRO TO PRACTICAL EE
  • ENGI 599 002 (CRN: 25951) - PROTOTYPING & FABRICATION
  • HART 342 001 (CRN: 25024) - HIGH RENAISSN&MANNERISM ITALY
  • HEAL 132 002 (CRN: 22544) - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
  • INDE 546 001 (CRN: 22884) - COMP PRESCRIPTIVE ANAYLTICS
  • INDE 561 001 (CRN: 24112) - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  • KINE 301 001 (CRN: 20663) - HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
  • KINE 320 001 (CRN: 25156) - HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY LAB
  • LING 301 001 (CRN: 21745) - PHONETICS
  • LING 430 001 (CRN: 25580) - COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS
  • MATH 322 001 (CRN: 20081) - INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS II
  • MATH 443 001 (CRN: 20085) - GENERAL TOPOLOGY
  • MATH 464 001 (CRN: 20087) - ADVANCED ALGEBRA II
  • MATH 564 001 (CRN: 20248) - ADVANCED ALGEBRA II
  • MATH 538 001 (CRN: 20397) - GENERAL TOPOLOGY
  • MATH 543 001 (CRN: 24026) - TOPICS IN L-D TOPOLOGY
  • MATH 681 001 (CRN: 20357) - TOPOLOGY SEMINAR
  • MSNE 210 001 (CRN: 25468) - WILD TOPICS CHEM AND NANOTECH
  • MSNE 510 001 (CRN: 21615) - SCALING CONCEPTS IN MATERIALS
  • MSNE 613 001 (CRN: 25393) - MATERIALS HETEROGENEOUS CATALY
  • MUSI Courses - Many of the courses in the Shepherd School of Music will be in person due to their format. Students should contact the instructor directly to confirm whether they will be meeting in person or online.
  • POLI 338 001 (CRN: 24048) - POLICY ANALYSIS
  • RCEL 100 001 (CRN: 22029) - SELF-AWARENESS & THE ENGINEER
  • RCEL 200 001 (CRN: 22030) - PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ENG LEADR
  • RCEL 400 002 (CRN: 26095) - LEADING HIGH PERFORMING ENGINE
  • RELI 384 002 (CRN: 22659) - PILGRIMAGE AND CRUSADE
  • RELI 442 001 (CRN: 23902) - ARABIC TEXTS
  • RELI 541 001 (CRN: 23903) - ARABIC TEXTS
  • SOSC 301 001 (CRN: 24307) - POLICY ANALYSIS
  • STAT 530 001 (CRN: 25769) - CAUSAL ANALYSIS

FAQs about the Course Schedule

The times on the initial schedule in CLSS don't match last Spring. Why is this?

The standard time blocks for Spring 2021 were different than the historical standard time blocks found here. The OTR shifted courses that met in standard time blocks under the previous "COVID Time Blocks" back to the original time blocks. Courses that met in non-standard times were not moved, and departments will need to determine the appropriate time for them.

Classroom Assignments

The OTR will begin assigning classrooms for Spring 2022 using enrollment data for Spring 2022 once it is available. The goal is to have all classrooms assigned and posted by mid-December.

It is extremely important that departments and schools review the course schedule information to determine for each course whether an OTR-Scheduled or Department-Scheduled Room is needed. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may result in the OTR being unable to find a suitable classroom for the course.

FAQs about Classroom Assignments

When will room assignments be released?

The process of assigning classrooms is a long and tedious process. The OTR uses an electronic system "optimizer" tool but then manually reviews and adjusts based on other known variables. Our goal is to release classroom assignments in around the middle of December, approximately a month before the first day of classes.

What if the classroom I am assigned will not work for me or my class?

The supply of classrooms is limited. If your assigned classroom poses a significant problem, please email registrar@rice.edu and explain the issue and what you think can be done to rectify it. We will make every attempt to satisfy your need, but please keep in mind that it is possible that the assigned room may be the best or only option available.

If a course is being held online only, will an instructor teaching online be assigned a room?

Generally, no, a room will not be assigned. Should a room be needed for the instructor to give the presentation, use classroom technology, utilize a whiteboard, please email registrar@rice.edu, and we will find an appropriate room for what is needed from the available spaces.