University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions

General Information

Course Numbering and Levels

Each course is identified by a two-part number. The first part refers to the subject area, the second to the level of the course. Thus, the course 80-357 is a course in the subject area of Psychology (80-xxx), and is of a level that places it among courses in the 300 series. The series 100, 200, 300 and 400 numbers are intended to indicate progressively more demanding content, and correspondingly increasing competence on the part of the students enrolled in the course. Courses in the 100 series are mainly for first year students, those in the 200 series are mainly for second year students, and those in the 300 series are for third year students. Similarly, courses in the 400 series are mainly intended to be taken by students in the fourth year of honours programs.

It is important that students planning their courses have clearly in mind the significance of these numbers so that they may guard against undertaking course work at levels for which they are insufficiently prepared. A number of courses have stated prerequisites which are prior requirements for entry to the course. Students who do not satisfy course prerequisites, or who in the opinion of the instructor do not possess an equivalent background to that of the stated prerequisites, are not eligible to enroll in the course. When some specific background is desirable but not required, the course description will include a statement of recommended background. It is understood that the instructor may accept equivalent courses from other institutions in place of the stated prerequisites. Students who wish to enroll in courses for which they do not have the stated prerequisite(s) must obtain instructor approval as outlined in Section VIII, Degree Regulations and Procedures, in this Calendar.

A double-weighted course (e.g. 59-3071:2) is taken in 2 semester, but counts as 2 course attempts for classification, continuation of study and calculation of fees. Double-weighted courses cannot be split. A two-semester course (e.g. 01-2351/2) is taken over 2 continuous semesters and counts as 1 course attempt per semester for classification, continuation of study and calculation of fees. Two-semester courses cannot be split.

Courses in the 010 to 060 series are restricted to students in the Associate Diploma in Agriculture Program and are not to be taken by students in degree programs.

Course Information

The letters S, F, W indicate the University's intention to offer the course in the Spring (S), Fall (F) or Winter (W) semester during the academic year covered by this Calendar. Although courses normally will be offered in the semester indicated, students preparing their course programs are advised to consult the Undergraduate Course Timetable. The University cannot guarantee that all courses will be offered in the exact semester indicated. Semester designations are not given for all courses in the 300 and 400 series. Students should consult the Undergraduate Course Timetable or contact the departments offering those courses to determine the semester offerings.

The bracketed figures following the semester designation are a general guide to the lecture and laboratory contact hours per week, the first digit being the number of lecture hours and the second, the number of laboratory hours.

Detailed course descriptions are maintained at the office of the department offering the course.

Some courses, designated "Experiential Learning" courses in the Calendar description, are deliberately designed to accommodate the need to grant academic credit for experiential learning external to regular courses, in such contexts as co-operative education, field observation/job shadowing, internship/externships, practica, service learning, or work study (and other approved experience). Prior approval for admission to these courses must be obtained from the department and instructor concerned.

Course Prerequisites

In lists of course prerequisites, "or" conditions are spelled out explicitly, but "and" conditions are indicated with a comma "," . For example: "21-227, 39-201, 71-201" means "21-227 and 39-201 and 71-201".

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
XII--Course Descriptions

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Last revised: November 4, 1997.