Recitation FAQ

Recitation is an optional session in support of a for-credit course. Recitations are non-credit and non-billable. Student attendance cannot be required. Recitations are designed to provide time for application of conceptual knowledge and extension of instruction that occurs in lecture through problem-solving or discussion.

Guidelines for Offering and Scheduling a Recitation

  • Due to the optional nature of recitation, no new course content or material may be presented. Material should be supplementary in nature and used in a manner to practice concepts already learned in the corresponding required course component.
  • Points toward course grades may not be offered for attendance or assignments/activities associated with recitation. This includes points that are identified as “bonus.”
    • The only instance in which points may be assigned for recitation attendance or associated activities is when an equal number of points can be earned by students for an alternative activity or assignment outside of recitation.
  • Recitations must be scheduled separately from the course it supports using its own course number, designated with “R”. For example, the recitation for CS 1301 would be CS 1301R.
    • To obtain a new course number for a recitation, complete a New Course Proposal (NCP) form and provide a copy of the syllabus for the associated for-credit component and email the documents to for processing.
  • To minimize conflicts with other courses as well as to maximize access to classrooms for required courses, recitations cannot be scheduled during prime time. Prime time is considered 9:30 - 4:45.
  • Recitations have less priority for assignment in centrally scheduled classroom space than for-credit courses.
  • If the recitation prohibits a student from registering for another course, the unit offering the recitation must issue a time conflict override.