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SJTU Regulations on Construction and Management of Graduate Courses
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(This is a translation of the official version in Chinese 沪交研[2021] 84. In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.)

Chapter One: General Provisions

Article 1 To strengthen the construction and management of graduate courses, standardize the information in the curriculum database, promote the reform of the curriculum system, and improve the quality of the courses, these regulations are hereby formulated in accordance with “SJTU Regulations on Teaching Activities for Graduate Programs” issued by the University.

Chapter Two: Construction of Graduate Courses

Article 2 The Graduate School is responsible for the macro management of graduate courses, the construction planning of public courses, the construction of information systems, evaluation, and inspection, etc. Each School (Department) is responsible for the planning, curriculum construction, evaluation and inspection of graduate courses in its own unit. Under the guidance of the Graduate School, the Schools (Departments) that offer public courses undertake the planning, curriculum construction, evaluation and inspection of public courses. Teaching teams and responsible teachers should be administered for each course, and the responsible teachers should lead the teaching team members to complete the construction and teaching implementation of the corresponding courses.

Article 3 Graduate curriculum construction should adhere to moral education, imparting knowledge and educating students and focus on the growth of students, organically integrate the ideological and political content of the curriculum. It should take loving the Communist Party of China (CPC), patriotism, socialism, people and the collective as the main line, optimize the supply of ideological and political content of the curriculum around political identity, feelings of home and country, cultural accomplishment, awareness of constitutional rule of law and moral cultivation, and systematically carry out education on socialism with Chinese characteristics and Chinese dream, education on socialist core values, rule of law and so on. On the basis of realizing the education objectives and degree requirements of the discipline, the graduate curriculum system in different educational stages should be systematically designed and optimized, and organically connected.

Article 4 The University should set up the graduate curriculum construction programs to fund the construction of public courses and specific professional courses, thus meeting the needs for talent cultivation and teaching reform. Each School (Department) should improve the mechanism, strengthen the incentive system, make full use of the funds, increase the normal investment in postgraduate curriculum construction and teaching reform, and provide policies and supporting resources for the courses approved by the University.

Article 5 Curriculum construction projects are generally divided into bidding, evaluation, project establishment, mid-term examination, project completion acceptance and other procedures. The University’s projects construction funds shall be subject to budget quota control, which shall be allocated by stages and dynamically adjusted according to the progress of the project and the quality and benefit of the construction. If the project is not completed according to the schedule, the financial support will be stopped, and the responsible teachers, the School (Department) leaders, and other relevant responsible persons will be held accountable.

Chapter Three: Management of New Courses

Article 6 The Graduate Schools are responsible for coordinating the adjustment of public courses for graduate students and organizing the demonstration of new public courses according to the needs of talent cultivation and the requirements of higher authorities. The School (Department) that starts courses is responsible for the follow-up curriculum construction and teaching activities. Each School (Department) should dynamically adjust the curriculum system according to the requirements of the University, the cultivation objectives of the School (Department), and the development trends of the discipline, and establish a standardized and strict new curriculum inspection mechanism, clarify the curriculum setting standards and adhere to the on demand-and-standard inspection of the curriculum.

Article 7 The new courses should be reported to the Graduate School by the School (Department) after being examined and approved by the relevant expert committee. The University conducts a centralized audit and gives the result announcement of the new courses in June and December each year.

Article 8 The University should conduct a comprehensive examination of the new courses from various aspects, such as target, applicable objects, course content, teaching design, assessment methods, teaching team, expected teaching effect and etc. Specific requirements for new courses include:

1. The teaching objectives of new courses should match the cultivation objectives of

graduate students, and the core teaching contents should not be repeated with the existing courses.

2. The name, credits, hours, course introduction, teaching objectives, syllabus, teaching

materials or reference materials, assessment methods, responsible teachers and other basic information of the new course should be complete, accurate, and standardized, and the Chinese and English versions should be complete and consistent.

3. Teaching team members should comply with the relevant regulations of Chapter Three of

SJTU Regulations on Teaching Activities for Graduate Programs”.

4. New courses must be approved by relevant expert committees of the School


Article 9 Application process of new courses includes:

1. The responsible course teacher shall fill in SJTU Application Form for Graduate

Courses, and SJTU Approval Form for the Selection of Graduate Course Textbooks and Teaching Staff and submit them to the School (Department) for preliminary examination together with relevant materials.

2. The application materials of the new course should be first examined by the School

(Department) according to the requirements of new courses and after the examination, they should be submitted to the relevant expert committee of the School (Department) for consideration.

3. The expert committee of the School (Department) demonstrates the necessity and

feasibility of the proposed courses and puts forward opinions in combination with the cultivation objectives of graduate students, the development trends of disciplines, and the existing curriculum settings. The selection of teaching materials of the School (Department) shall be examined by the relevant expert committee, and reported to the Party Committee of the School (Department) for approval. The overseas teaching materials selected for the related courses of humanities and social sciences should be reported to the graduate teaching material selection examination team for review. Agreement on the opening of the course will be announced publicly.

4. After the announcement, the teacher responsible for the curriculum or the graduate

educational administrator will submit the new curriculum information to the Graduate School for examination through the Graduate Education Information Management System.

5. According to the relevant documents of the Ministry of Education and the University and

the inspection and evaluation of the application for new courses, the Graduate School could put forward suggestions and requirements for the revision and adjustment of new courses. After modification and adjustment, new courses should be approved by the expert committee of the School (Department) again.

Article 10 The approved new courses will be assigned course codes, which will be included in the course database, and can be included in graduate programs for the new students. In principle, new courses are not allowed to be included in the graduate programs that have been implemented or are being implemented.

Chapter Four: Course Maintenance

Article 11 The University will conduct a regular examination of the implantation and the teaching effect of the offered courses to ensure that these courses meet the cultivation needs and maintain high quality. Courses that do not meet the cultivation needs should be adjusted in time, and improvement suggestions should be put forward for courses whose quality does not meet the requirements. For those courses that have no possibility of improvement or still can’t meet the requirements after improvement, teachers should be adjusted in time, opened separately or stopped.

Article 12 The change of the textbook should be examined according to the University’s relevant regulations of textbook selection, and then the information should be updated in the course database. Once the Chinese course name, English course name, course credits, and class hours are approved and recorded in the course database, the relevant information should not be modified in principle.

Article 13 After the course nature, course classification, whether the course is cross-semester, and the recording way of the score have been approved, the relevant information should not be modified in principle. If it is really necessary to revise due to special circumstances, the teacher responsible for the curriculum of the School (Department) should have adequate communication with the relevant administrators and students and put forward an application for revision. The revision will be publicly announced after being examined and approved by School (Department) and relevant expert committees, and then filed to the Graduate School.

Article 14 For the modification of other curriculum information, the teacher in charge of the curriculum should apply for the modification, which will be submitted to the Graduate School for filing after being examined and approved by the School (Department) and relevant expert committees.

Article 15 The courses that have not started for two consecutive years will not be offered in principle; In principle, courses with less than 5 students for two consecutive years will not be offered.

Chapter Five: Supplementary Provisions

Article 16 These regulations are subject to interpretation by the Graduate School of SJTU and come into force as of September 1, 2021. In the case of conflict with previous provisions, these regulations shall prevail.

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