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Course Submission Guidelines
The following is the official UF Starfleet Academy process for submission of class material to be included in the UFSFA course Catalogue.
- Author must first consult with the College Dean and Branch Head to determine the need and suitability of the new class they are proposing.
- All UFSA classes must then have concept approval from the Academy Superintendent. This is done by posting a new thread on the "Curriculum Development" board on the UFS Forums. The board can be found HERE
- Post must include the author, class name, intended College/School, and a brief synopsis outlining what the class will cover.
- Academy Superintendent will add a post to the thread either approving or disapproving the concept, and move the thread to the relevant child board. Once concept has been approved, the author can commence work on the class.
- Author must then submit a completed first draft of the class to the Director of Curriculum Development for content approval. Draft must include the following:
- Class text (aim for between 2000 to 3000 words)
- Textures of any pictures to be included in the class, and a notation within the text as to where they are to go.
- Exam Answer Key
- Bibliography - This is a MUST (references to all non-original source materials used). Example - CLICK HERE
- Director of Curriculum Development will pass approved material to the Curriculum Development Experts for review and processing.
By Curriculum Development
Processing and preparation of the class for release will include the following:
- Spelling & Grammar check
- Length check
- Copyright check (NB. Classes will not be released until a full bibliography is supplied)
- Standardising of layout
- Creation of textures (if appropriate)
- Formatting text for Instructor Hud
- Removing/rewording any references to Star Trek or other OOC text.
- Removing references to UFS personnel by name.
- Assigning the course to a College
- Updating status record on Class Database (Google) - http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=ppZdIdC8oeCAhnkCtaIbFQw
The Curriculum Development Dept. will email a .txt version of all class material to the Academy Superintendent. They will also send a completed class folder in-world to the Academy Commandant.
The Academy Commandant will then add the class to the curriculum, and inform the author and appropriate College Dean for scheduling purposes. The class will then finally go live at UFSA.
All course material MUST be free from Copyright.
- You may not copy information from books or the internet verbatim. Most major sources of information such as books and websites like Memory-Alpha have published copyright guidelines for reproducing their material. Example - http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Memory_Alpha:Copyrights#Text_content
- Ensure that guidelines are complied with and all due credit is referenced in your work.
- All course material submitted to the Academy becomes the property of United Federation Starfleet, Inc. This is similar to donating a build or a script to the group. All materials, prims, notecards, textures, snapshots etc must have full permissions in world.
- All Bibliographies will be published on the wiki, and will be preceded by the following disclaimer:
The materials as used in the creation of this class are the property of United Federation Starfleet Academy (UFSA) of United Federation Starfleet Inc. (UFS), and they are solely intended for the private use of our members. UFS holds no claims to any trademarks, copyrights, or properties held by CBS Paramount Television, any of its subsidiaries, or on any other company's or person's intellectual properties which may or may not be contained within.
No portion of these materials may be copied or republished in any or form without the written consent of a Director of United Federation Starfleet, Inc. All content drawn in from sources outside of UFS are used per Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107: Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair Use, of the United States code. The material as used is for educational purposes only and no profit is made from the use of the material.
Material used in this specific class was either inspired, copied and/or summarised from the sources listed below, and various Star Trek films, episodes and other licensed works.