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 Glossary of Terms

Academic standing: an enrolment status normally determined each semester by a regular evaluation procedure used to assess whether or not students are meeting the standards prescribed for continuing in the university and/or their programs.

Academic unit: refers to a centre, department, division, faculty, program or school, other than an administrative unit.

Adviser: each first-year student is assigned an adviser to assist with the planning of an overall program. Regular consultation between a student and their adviser is the most effective way to assure a rational and relevant academic program within the broad outlines of the university and departmental regulations.

Certificate: an academic designation awarded for the completion of a specified program of study which is of shorter duration than a degree or diploma.

Challenge for credit: the request for consideration of academic credit resulting from experience or knowledge gained elsewhere for which transfer credit cannot be awarded.

Co-requisite course: a course which may be taken concurrently with or successfully completed prior to the course for which it is required.

Course: a unit of work in a particular subject normally extending through one semester or session, the completion of which normally carries credit toward the fulfilment of the requirements of certain degrees, diplomas or certificates.

Credit hour: the measure used to reflect the relative weight of a given course toward the fulfilment of appropriate degree, diploma, certificate, major, minor, or other program requirements. 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. Unless otherwise indicated, a course normally has a credit value of three credit hours.

Credit-restricted courses: courses which are closely related but not equivalent. Credit is limited to one of the credit-restricted courses.

Cross-listed courses: courses which are listed under two or more academic units and which can be taken for credit from one unit only. Cross-listed courses can be substituted, one for the other, to satisfy program requirements.

Current average: a method of expressing a student's performance for the semester. The current average is based on final grades. The current average is calculated by computing the sum of the numeric grade in each course multiplied by the course weight and dividing that sum by the total of the course weights.

Cumulative average: a method of expressing a student's performance over his or her academic career recorded since the beginning of the 1980-81 academic year. Where any given course, or an equivalent or cross-listed course, is attempted two or more times and is not repeatable, only the best attempt is included in the average. The cumulative average is calculated by computing the sum of the numeric grade in each course multiplied by the credit hour value and dividing that sum by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Cumulative grade point average (GPA): a method of expressing a student's performance over his or her academic career recorded since the beginning of the 1980-81 academic year. Where any given course, or an equivalent or cross-listed course, is attempted two or more times and is not repeatable, only the best attempt is included in the average. For each course used in the calculation, the points associated with each letter grade are multiplied by the course credit hour value. The cumulative grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Degree: an academic designation awarded for the completion of a specified program of study which is of longer duration than a diploma or certificate.

Diploma: an academic designation awarded for the completion of a specified program of study which is of shorter duration than a degree and longer duration than a certificate.

Equivalent courses: those which are determined to be equal for credit determination, although the subject area or course number will differ. These are normally identified with the phrase "Same as".

Foundation course: a course intended to remedy a specific academic weakness and is identified by the letter "F" as the last character of the course number. A foundation course does not carry credit towards a degree, diploma or certificate.

Major: a subject or field of study which a student normally specializes in during the course of degree studies.

Minor: a subject or field of study which a student normally pursues secondary to a major during the course of degree studies.

Prerequisite course: a course which must be successfully completed prior to commencing the course for which it is required.

Registration: the process of selecting, enrolling in, and being assessed fees for courses.

Registration period: in any semester, the period extending from the first day of registration to two weeks following the first day of lectures, as stated in the University Diary. In any session, it is the period extending from the first day of registration to one week following the first day of lectures, as stated in the University Diary.

Semester: a period of approximately 14 consecutive weeks during which there are at least 12 weeks of lecture. Normally the fall semester commences in early September, the winter semester in early January, and the spring semester in early May.

Session: a period of approximately seven consecutive weeks in the spring semester during which there are at least six weeks of lecture. The first half of spring semester is designated as intersession; the second half of spring semester is designated as summer session.

Transcript: the complete and unabridged report of a student's academic record.

Transfer credit: academic credit granted for work completed at an institution other than Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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