University of Guelph 1997-98 Associate Diploma Calendar




* Academic Progress Report *


The Academic Progress Report is a report of a student's academic progress towards the completion of a specified program and specialization.

* Academic Sanction *

Academic sanction is the penalty applied to students who fail to make payment, or suitable arrangements for payment, of their University account. Students on academic sanction may not receive semester examination results or official transcripts; may not receive clearance to graduate; and/or may not be allowed to register for a subsequent semester.

* Academic Session *

An academic session is one of three semesters called: Spring, Fall, Winter.

* Academic Year *

An academic year is two semesters; undergraduate traditionally classified as first year (freshman), second year (sophomore), third year (junior), or fourth year (senior). Under the semester system this classification has less meaning than under a whole year system but is occasionally used to indicate the level at which a student has arrived.

* Add Period *

The add period is six days ending on the third class day where students are permitted to add courses for the current semester.

* Assigned Grade *

An assigned grade is a numerical grade based on the instructor's recommendation and granted at the discretion of the Program Committee to students who have not completed course requirements.

* Audit *

An audit is registration in a course for which degree or diploma credit is not sought. Audited courses are not reported on the official transcript or academic record.


* Baccalaureate *


Baccalaureate refers to an undergraduate degree awarded by the University upon successful completion of the requirements of a program.


* Class Days *


Class days are used to express deadlines. Class days are calculated from the start of the regular class schedule, which normally takes effect on the Monday after academic orientation (See Schedule of Dates).

* Clearance to Graduate *

Clearance to graduate denotes that an applicant for graduation has satisfied all program requirements and is recommended for graduation.

* Compassionate Grounds *

Compassionate grounds are reasons of a serious personal nature which, subject to the approval of a committee or authorized person, justifies a variation of the rules in the case of a particular student.

* Concurrent Course *

A concurrent course must be taken concurrently with (if not taken prior to) another specified course.

* Core course *

A core course is one which is listed in a schedule of studies in the Undergraduate Calendar and identified as being a required course for a program.

* Corequisite *

A corequisite is a course the content of which is integrated with that of another course such that the courses must be taken simultaneously.

* Course *

A course is an organized unit of study extending over a semester, (e.g. Economics 36-110).

* Course Attempt *

A course attempt is a course for which a student is registered.

* Course Level *

Courses in the 100 series are mainly for first semester students, those in the 200 series are mainly for second semester students, and those in the 300 series are for third semester students. Similarly, courses in the 400 series are mainly intended to be taken by students in the fourth semester of Associate Diploma programs.

* Course Section *

A course section is a subgroup of a course that denotes time and location.

* Course Selection *

Course selection is the process by which students select courses for the succeeding semesters.

* Credit *

A credit is a unit of academic measurement equivalent to a single-weighted one-semester course.

* Credit Standing *

Credit standing (CRD) denotes that the student has successfully completed a course, but was not assigned a numerical grade.


* Deferred Privilege *


A deferred privilege (DEF) is a temporary extension of time granted at the discretion of a Program Committee to a student for completion of the requirements of a course, normally for illness or compassionate reasons.

* Departmental Advisor *

A departmental advisor provides students, who have selected their subject of specialization, with advice or assistance in course selection.

* Drop Period *

The drop period starts at the beginning of the add period and extends to the 40th class day where students are permitted to drop a course for the current semester.


* Elective *


An elective is a course, acceptable within the program but chosen at the discretion of the student.

* Exclusion *

An exclusion is a course deemed to have content of sufficient similarity to the course under which it is listed, that credit for only 1 of the 2 courses will be given towards a degree, diploma or certificate.


* Grade Report *


A grade report is released by the Registrar to each student at the conclusion of a semester. It notes the courses attempted and the grades assigned (if applicable) and the resulting decision(s) of the Program Committee.


* In-course Student *


In-course refers to a student enrolled in a program of study at the University.

* Instructor Notification *

Courses that are declared instructor notification on the course outline require departmental approval to be dropped.


* Limited Enrolment Courses *


Limited enrolment courses (LECs) require departmental approval to add or drop during the add period.


* Mailing Address *


The mailing address is a temporary address used for mailing if one is recorded, otherwise the home address is used.


* New Student *


New student refers to a student who has never before been registered at the University of Guelph.


* Prerequisite *


A prerequisite is a prior requirement for entry into a course. Where a course is specified as a prerequisite, pass standing in the course is required.

* Program *

A program is a structure of courses leading to a University degree (e.g. B.A.Sc. program).

* Program Counsellor *

The program counsellor is someone who assists students in the development of educational plans which are realistic and compatible with their life goals by helping to identify and assess alternatives and consequences of decisions, and providing interpretation of regulations applying to the specific degree program.


* Registration *


Registration is the official enrolment of students in the University for a particular semester, and includes the selection of courses and the payment of tuition fees and, where appropriate, other University fees.

* Restricted Elective *

A restricted elective is a course which must be chosen from a stated group of courses to satisfy the program requirements.


* Schedule of Dates *


The schedule of dates is a list of significant dates at the University, approved by Senate.

* Schedule of Studies *

A schedule of studies is the requirements for specializations, majors, minors, and various levels of concentration of study within a degree or diploma program, including programs without specialization. Students need to be aware that progress within a program and graduation with a degree from that program depends upon a) the diploma program requirements, and b) the requirements for the declared schedule of studies.

* Semester *

A semester is an independent academic period of 15 weeks, half of an academic year; similar to a term at other universities. Spring semester is from May to August. Fall semester is from September to December. Winter semester is from January to April.

* Semester Level *

Semester level is an index to a student's progress in a program. There are normally 4 semesters in an Associate Diploma program.

* Session *

A session is an academic period of 7 weeks within the Spring semester, including 6 weeks of classes and 1 week of examinations. Courses presented during a session will be equivalent to a regular semester offering.

* Specialization *

For specialization see schedule of studies.

* Subject *

A subject is a defined sector of study composed of 1 or more courses within a discipline.

* Supplemental Privilege *

Supplemental privileges are granted at the discretion of the Program Committee, affording a student who has received a failing on the original course attempt, the opportunity to obtain credit standing for the course.


* Transcript *


A transcript is an official document prepared by the Registrar recording a student's courses and grades.

* Two-Semester Course *

A two-semester course is a course that is taken over 2 continuous semesters and counts as 2 course attempts for classification, continuation of study and calculation of fees. Two semester courses cannot be split.


* Undergraduate Calendar *


The undergraduate calendar is an annual publication containing official information about the undergraduate academic programs and regulations of the University. Sometimes called the Catalogue or Bulletin.


* Withdraw No Penalty *


A withdrawal with no penalty is a course drop after the fortieth class day.

* Withdrawal *

Withdrawal is the cancellation of registration for a semester after the start of classes.

* Withdrawal with Failure *

Withdrawal with failure applies to both a course and a semester. In both instances, the failed course attempts are used in calculation of continuation of study. However, the failed course attempts are not used in averages.

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