Memorial University of Newfoundland




The information in the following sections has been extracted from the 1996/97 University Calendar. While every reasonable effort has been made to duplicate the information contained in the official University Calendar, if there are differences, the published Memorial University Calendar will be considered the final and accurate authority.

Charts and Tables/Endnotes and Superscripts

Due to time and resource constraints, it was not possible to duplicate all of the charts and tables which appear in the University Calendar. Some of the charts and tables which are found in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Business Administration, and School of Physical Education sections of the published Calendar, for example, were unable to be reproduced. Nor was it possible to duplicate the superscripts and endnotes which appear primarily in the faculty/staff lisings in the published Calendar.


The contents of this calendar set forth the intentions of the University at the time of publication, with respect to the matters contained therein. THE UNIVERSITY EXPRESSLY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DEVIATE FROM WHAT APPEARS IN THE CALENDAR, including both the content and scheduling therein, in whole or in part, and including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the right to revise the content of, and to cancel, defer, reschedule or suspend, in whole or in part, the scheduling of particular periods of instruction, courses, or programmes, and the academic programme of the University, and to alter, accelerate or defer fees and charges, and to do any or all of the above either in order to serve what the University considers to be the best interests of the academic or student community or of the University itself, or because of any circumstance or occurrence, whether occurring by or through the wilful act or negligence of the University, its agents, servants and employees, or otherwise and whether or not beyond the reasonable or other control of the University, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, as a result of circumstances or occurrences including financial resources, natural catastrophe or disaster, the health, safety and well-being of the employees or students of the University, labour disagreements or disputes, slow-downs, work-stoppages, and strikes. THE UNIVERSITY DOES NOT ACCEPT, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS, ANY OR ALL RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY to any person, persons or group, for any loss, injury, damages or adverse effect, either direct or indirect, consequential or otherwise, arising out of any one or more of such deviations. The University hereby disclaims liability to any person who may suffer loss as a result of reliance upon any information contained in this calendar.

Each and every of the subsequent provisions contained in this Calendar, and the relationship, both legal and otherwise, between the University, and its students, is expressly subject to and governed by the above provisions.

The Office of the Registrar will assist students with any questions or problems which might arise concerning the interpretation of academic regulations. It is, however, the responsibility of students to see that their academic programmes meet the University's regulations in all respects.

Explanation of terms used in this calendar

The academic year: September 1 to August 31.

A 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.

A 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.

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.

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.

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 15 credit hours.

iii. If the last character is "X", the course represents an entire semester's work and is assigned 15 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 Period in the co-operative programme or a special project in certain of the professional schools and faculties (e.g. School of Nursing, Faculty of Business Administration). These courses are required components of certain degree and diploma programmes but do not carry credit.

A PROGRAMME is 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.

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