University Regulations

A. EXPLANATION OF TERMS

1. a) The academic year runs from September 1 to August 31.

b) Semester means a period of approximately fourteen consecutive weeks during which the University is in regular session and in which period there are at least twelve teaching weeks as defined by the Senate. Normally the Fall Semester commences in early September, the Winter Semester in early January, and the Spring Semester in early May.

c) Session means a period of approximately seven consecutive weeks during which the University is in regular session in the Spring Semester and in which period there are at least six teaching weeks as defined by the Senate. The first half of Spring Semester will be designated as Intersession; the second half of Spring Semester will be designated as Summer Session.

2. a) A course is a unit of work in a particular subject normally extending through one semester or session, the completion of which normally carries credit toward the fulfillment of the requirements of certain degrees, diplomas or certificates.

b) A credit hour is the measure used to reflect the relative weight of a given course towards the fulfilment of appropriate degree, diploma, certificate, major, minor, or other programme requirements. Normally, a course has a credit value of three credit hours. A weight of one credit hour normally means that the course meets for lectures one hour per week for the duration of a semester or two hours per week for the duration of a session. The number of hours of required instruction, outside of lecture time, such as laboratory instruction, tutorials, etc. may or may not impact on the number of credit hours assigned to a particular course and academic units may recommend to the Senate a greater or lesser whole number of credit hours for a particular course.

c) In this Calendar, undergraduate courses are designated by four characters. The first three characters are numeric. The fourth character may be numeric or alphabetic. The first character signifies the level of the course. Where all four characters are numeric, the last three are for the use of the Department and may signify course sequence and the like. If the last character is alphabetic, special rules apply.

i. A six-credit hour linked course has the letter "A" or "B" as the fourth character. No credits or points are given for the "A" part of a linked course until the "B" part is completed. Upon completion of the "B" part, six credit hours are assigned. The grade and points for both parts of the course are the same as those obtained for the "B" part.
ii. If the last character is "M", the course represents an entire semester's work in the Faculty of Medicine and is assigned fifteen credit hours.
iii. If the last character is "X", the course represents an entire semester's work and is assigned fifteen credit hours.
iv. If the last character is "F", the course is one which does not carry credit for a degree but is intended to remedy specific academic weakness.
v. If the last character is "W", the course represents a Work Term in the co-operative programme or a special project in certain of the professional schools and faculties (e.g. School of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics, School of Nursing, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Faculty of Business Administration). These courses are required components of certain degree and diploma programmes but do not carry credit.

3. A prerequisite course is a course which must be successfully completed prior to the beginning of the semester or session in which the course for which it is required is offered. Students are permitted to register for courses in the next semester while the prerequisites are currently being completed, but must successfully complete prerequisites no later than one week following the commencement of classes in the next academic semester.

4. A distance education course is a regular university course designed for people who wish to study outside a traditional university setting. Instructors and students are separated by time and/or space.

5. Programme means a series of courses, the completion of which, if other requirements are met, qualifies the candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate, e.g. B.A. Degree Programme, Education Diploma Programme.

6. When it is prescribed that students must COMPLETE a particular course, it is to be understood that they shall, when required, attend lectures given in the course, perform laboratory projects and exercises that may be assigned and any other written or oral exercises prescribed, write or otherwise answer tests and examinations given in the course throughout the semester or session, including any final examination, and shall obtain an overall passing grade in the course in accordance with the prescribed evaluation procedures.


Last modified on May 10, 2001 by MaryJane Puxley

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