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Definitions for Course Components

 

Component Code Component Type* Description
Activity ACT Organized section Instructor-facilitated course generally focused on “learning by doing” with significant student/instructor interaction.  Musical or dance groups or fitness-related courses often are assigned this course component.
Discussion DIS, DSO Organized section Additional classroom session(s) associated with a credit bearing course, often a lecture, which may require separate enrollment.  Course is led by an instructor but involves significant student input.  Often gives students the opportunity to engage with course content in a small group. 
Field Studies FLD Individualized instruction Practical, supervised training designed to supplement formal study. Students learn practical applications of classroom material and gain skills and knowledge relevant to their course of study.  Almost all are done for academic credit.  Field Studies are generally required as part of an academic program such as counseling, psychology, education, etc.
Independent Study IND Individualized instruction Course designed to meet the needs of an individual student.  May include individualized instruction or directed readings.
Laboratory Main LAB Organized section Instructor-led course, usually credit-bearing. Students participate in hands-on experiments or activities that illustrate or augment the material presented in their program overall.
Laboratory LBN Organized section Additional classroom session(s) associated with a credit bearing course, often a lecture, which requires separate enrollment.   Students participate in hands-on experiments or activities that illustrate or augment the material presented in the corresponding lecture or in their program overall.
Lecture LEC Organized section Instructor-led course, usually credit-bearing. 
Individual Research RSH Individualized instruction Research directed all or in part by student(s) with instructor supervision.
Seminar SEM Organized section An instructor-led course, usually credit-bearing, with a small number of students collectively exploring a topic or field of study.  May be directed all or in part by the enrolled students.
Thesis/Dissertation THE Individualized instruction Hours taken as part of a student's individual research project, generally in preparation for a written presentation of research results and required for completion of a specific degree program or special distinction in that program.
Internship INT Individualized instruction Typically one-time work experiences related to a students' major or career goal.  The internship plan usually involves a student working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals.

* - Component Types:

  • Organized Section - course meets regularly, generally at a specified time and place; courses are intended to be taken by groups of students
  • Individualized instruction - course usually meets 'by appt'; each course section is often taken by one or a few students

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