University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate 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 three semesters (which amounts to 1/2 academic years) 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 *

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


* baccalaureate *


A baccalaureate is 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 reasons 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.

* concurrent course *

A core course is a course 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).

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

* course level *

Course level denotes the seniority of a course. 100-level and 200-level courses are considered first and second year courses. 300-level and 400-level courses are considered senior level courses.

* 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.

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 *

Departmental advisors provide students who have selected their subject of specialization with advice or assistance in course selection.

* double-weighted course *

A double-weighted course is a course that is taken in 1 semester, but counts as 2 course attempts for classification, continuation of study and calculation of fees.

* 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.

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 *


An in-course student is 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 *


A new student is 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 *

Program counsellors assist 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 program, including programs without specialization. Schedules of studies are completed within a specific degree program and must be declared by the start of semester 3. Students need to be aware that progress within a program and graduation with a degree from that program depends upon a) the degree 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 6 semesters in a general program and usually 8 semesters in an honours or professional program. BLA has 10 semesters.

* 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.

* summer session i *

Summer Session I is scheduled during May, June.

* summer session ii *

Summer Session II is scheduled during July, August.

* supplemental privilege *

Supplemental privileges are granted at the discretion of the Program Committee, affording a student who has received a grade of 40-49% 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.


* 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.


* withdrawal *


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

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