Explanation of Terms

 

Title:  This is the title that appears in the Bulletin.

Abbreviated Title:  This is the title that appears in most on‑line listings such  as the Web and Banner student transcripts.  The abbreviated title should be abbreviated in a way that makes the course title clear to the average user (for example, a potential employer reading a student‑transcript).  The length for the title is limited to 30 characters.  Do not use periods.  Other punctuation, such as commas and hyphens should be used as appropriate.  Use Roman numerals to designate first, second, third course in a sequence (e.g. ENGLISH COMPOSITION I, ENGLISH COMPOSITION II, etc.).

Levels:  Ensure that the level(s) listed for a specific course are correct.  1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000‑level courses may only be offered at the undergraduate level.  5000‑level courses are only first Professional (Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine) or Undergraduate with a 5th year (Architecture) and undergraduate courses offered with parallel graduate course.  6000‑level courses are for Graduate and Professional level, and 7000 and 8000‑ level courses are Graduate‑level‑only courses.

Maximum and Minimum:  The maximum and minimum credit values indicate the number of credit hours for the course.  Most fixed‑credit courses are Max Credit 3 and Min Credit 3; this is the default.  However, some courses may be offered or taken for a credit value within a range (e.g. 1‑3) and that range is indicated here.

Connector:  The code establishing the relationship between the maximum and minimum credit.  The default is Fixed.  Variable credit courses are courses where the student may choose the number of credit hours for a specific offering of the courses.  Alternate courses are where the course may be offered only 1 or 5 credits. "To Be Arranged" courses are courses where the department will set the number of credit hours on a section by section basis.

Maximum Repeat:  The maximum credit obtainable by repeating the course.  Note that this is NOT the number of times a course may be repeated, but the maximum credit possible for a course.  For most courses the MAX Repeat is the same as the MIN and MAX (3credits). 

A Max Repeat=99 indicates that a course may be repeated with a change in topic with no upper limit.

Session Duplicate:  Indicates whether more than one section of the course can be taken during the session of a term.  This may be possible in some special problems or special topics courses if there are different topics offered under the same course number but in a different section of the course.

Grading Rule:  How a grade is calculated in the GPA: either Graduate or Undergraduate (professional courses have undergraduate grade rule).

Grading Type:  Normal grading (A, B, C, D, F); Pass/fail courses are S/U and Thesis/dissertation courses are TD.

Term Offered: The specific terms the course is offered.

Prerequisites: This is where prerequisite information is entered for display in the Bulletin.  The format used is that of the Bulletin.  In Banner, prerequisites and corequisites function as prerequisites and can prevent students from enrolling in a course.

Corequisites: This is where corequisite information is entered.  A corequisite must be taken the same term as the course.

Prerequisite with Concurrency:  Prerequisite with concurrency indicates that the course may be taken before or in the same term of the course.

Description:  The brief description of the course given in the Bulletin is entered here.  The description should be written in standard text format.  Term information (Fall, Spring, Summer) should not be included in the description text.  Also, maximum repeat and change in topic should not be included in the description text.  Check to be certain that "Credit will not be given for both COURSE1 And COURSE2" statements are accurate and included everywhere that it is relevant.  Alternate years (odd, even, etc.) should be included in the description text.  Interdepartmental courses (STAT/MATH, CMBL/BIOL etc.) are co‑listed in the Bulletin only.  Banner recognizes only one subject code per course, so these courses are listed twice.  The brief description, excluding pre‑ and corequisites or prerequisites with concurrency, term offerings and credit/contact hours should not exceed 25 words.  If you do not keep your Bulletin descriptions brief, the staff preparing the Bulletin will abbreviate them as necessary.

Activities:  The type of component activities which make up the course offering.  The designation code should match the actual course activity type.  All 8990 courses are designated as DSR (Dissertation).  All 7990 courses are designated as MST (Master's Thesis).  PRA (practicum) and INT (internship) may be used to indicate the same type of activity, at the discretion of the department.

Contact and Credit Hours:  The number of contact hours for a specific course must be approved by the University Curriculum Committee.  The contact hours represent the number of scheduled hours per week associated with the specific activity.  The credit hours are number of hours of academic credit given for the successful completion of the course.  Contact Hours do not necessarily equal credit hours.  For undergraduate courses, the Academic Standards Committee has set the relationship between contact and credit hours as follows: LEC: 1:1; LAB 2:1.  Departments may request LAB 3:1 or LAB 4:1 with appropriate justification.

Max Enrollment:  The maximum section enrollment associated with an activity, in other words, the number of students per section.  This information is important for scheduling the appropriate size of a classroom.

For answers to questions about the UCC, call (4-4974) or e-mail Kevin Snyder.

 

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