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Definition, Criteria, and General Information for Research-Intensive (RI) Course Approval


University of Central Florida: Undergraduate Research

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For Fall 2019 courses, submissions are due September 18th to
Beginning in Fall 2019, RI Course designation applications will be submitted through Curriculog.



The University of Central Florida defines a Research-Intensive (RI) course as one that offers curriculum-based active engagement in a line of inquiry guided by a content expert that adheres to 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 and formal academic communication skills through both written and oral formats and learn 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 do 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 RI Designation Evaluation Rubric.

Courses may be submitted for sections unique to the faculty member or for all sections of a course. For submissions to designate all sections of a course, consent of the Department Chair is required before the request will be considered.


Please visit our website for submission instructions or contact Undergraduate Research at


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
Harrington Maria Assistant Professor Digital Media 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