Below is a collection of academic terms you are likely to come across as you register for courses
The academic calendar is a comprehensive guide to all degrees, programs and courses at Mount Allison University. It outlines academic requirements, and University policies and procedures. The calendar can be found at mta.ca/calendar. You should follow the program requirements outlined in the Calendar corresponding to the year you began your studies at Mount Allison.
The academic timetable identifies which courses are being offered in any given academic year. It lists the day and time that courses have been scheduled for, as well as the instructor and location.
Term (or semester) means a period of approximately 14 consecutive weeks during which the university is in session. The fall term starts in September, the winter term in January, and the spring term in May.
A course is a unit of work in a particular subject normally extending through one term. Successful completion of a course usually carries credit toward obtaining a degree, diploma, or certificate.
A section is an individual offering of a course. Some courses offer more than one section at different times to keep class sizes small and allow for flexibility in scheduling. Different sections of the same class are indicated by letters at the end of the course number (e.g. ENGL 1201-A, ENGL 1201-B). Multiple lab/tutorial sections are indicated by numbers (e.g. PSYC 220L-1, PSYC 220L-2).
A lecture typically involves the course instructor presenting information, themes, and concepts related to the course topic. Most courses have three hours of lecture per week. Lectures are presented to a large class. Questions may be encouraged but usually there is minimal group discussion.
A lab/tutorial is an additional mandatory session (normally one per week) outside of the regular class time which primarily serves to divide the class into smaller groups for more focused instruction, different types of course work or group discussion. Use the academic timetable to determine if a course has a lab or tutorial; within the course number you will read ‘L’ (e.g. ANTH 101L 1, Lab: Intro to Anthropology). You will be required to register for a course and its lab/tutorial separately but at the same time.
A prerequisite course is one that must be successfully completed before you begin a second course (e.g. ECON 1001 is a prerequisite for ECON 2001), and has to be completed with a letter grade of C- or above. The prerequisite course gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in the next, associated course.
A co-requisite is a course which may be taken before or at the same time as a second course.The co-requisite course provides complementary knowledge required to succeed in both courses.
A Cross-listed course is a course listed for credit under more than one discipline. The course may only be taken once for credit. For example, Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization is listed as HIST 1631 and CLAS 1631.
Required for Bachelor of Arts, Science & Commerce, distribution requirements foster a liberal education and encourage academic breadth by requiring students to take courses from a range of academic disciplines.
An elective is a credit course which you can choose to take in any subject area. It is not mandatory to meet your specific degree or program requirements. Electives help to make up the total number of credits required to complete your degree.
Specific courses that must be taken and completed with a passing grade to meet program requirements. Each degree and major/minor program has specific required courses which will account for most of the courses in your degree.
An exclusion is a statement within a course description. Students may not count for credit toward a degree any course which is listed as an exclusion for a course in which they are currently registered or which they have already passed. Exclusions are listed because some courses cover similar material and students should not earn credit for taking two courses which are quite similar. This does not imply that the courses are interchangeable and programs often require a specific course selection.
Program means a series of courses, the completion of which, if the other requirements are met, qualifies you for a degree, diploma, or certificate.
Credit is given for courses that you successfully complete. Credit is the weight value assigned to a course. A course that normally meets for three hours each week throughout the full academic year is worth six credits. A course that normally meets for three hours each week in one term is worth three credits. Ensemble performance courses in Music which meet on a regular basis throughout the academic year are worth one credit.
A major is the subject in which you select to do 60 or more credits as required by the program you are attempting to complete. A major is your primary area of specialization.
A minor is the subject in addition to the major, in which you complete 24 credits according to specific departmental regulations. A minor is a secondary area of specialization. Or, in the case of a general degree, a student may complete three minors in lieu of a major and a minor.
A full-time student is a student enrolled in the equivalent of nine or more credits per term.