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Definitions and Glossary

Glossary

Glossary

Access level

User accounts in Curriculum ChangeMaker are assigned both an Authority Level and an Access level. Access levels are attached to review groups and include two options: Reviewer and Reviewer Leader. Reviewers can comment on forms while they are in an assigned review group. Reviewer Leaders can also comment, and can approve forms forward to the next level or mark forms as needing revisions and send them back for edits to be made by the Originator.

Antirequisite

Crosslisted courses and combined class sections have an antirequisite in the enrollment requirements to prevent students from getting credit in more than one course that has the same or similar content. Antirequisites are coded inside an Enrollment Requirement Group in PeopleSoft and attached at the course level with the format, "Credit is allowed for only THIS COURSE or ANOTHER COURSE".

Audit enrollment

A student may choose to audit a course, in which case the student attends regularly scheduled class sessions, but no credit is earned. The student should obtain the instructor's approval before registering and paying the fees for the course. Selected courses may not be audited.

Authority level

User accounts in Curriculum ChangeMaker are assigned both an Authority Level and an Access Level for each designated review group. Authority Levels define how much authority a user has in the system. The highest Authority Level is a Reviewer. When combined with Reviewer Leader at a review group, this person can approve forms out of a review group. The combination of Reviewer (Authority Level) and Reviewer (Access level) means the person can review and comment on forms in a review group. Reviewers can both originate and review forms. An Authority Level of Originator is assigned when the person will only create forms (never reviewing or approving). Some people only need access to view the forms for their jobs (never create, review, or approve). It might be helpful for these people to read comments and/or review the routing chain for a form. The Read Only Authority Level is attached to these accounts. The most restrictive Authority Level is Restrictive Read. These individuals can only view the data in the forms, not the comments or routing chains.

Certificate

An undergraduate certificate is a programmatic or linked series of courses from a single field or one that crosses disciplinary boundaries. It may be freestanding or affiliated with a degree program. The certificate provides a structured and focused set of courses that can be used to enhance a student's baccalaureate experience or professional development. See Minors and Undergraduate Certificates.

Combined courses

Corequisite

A course that must be taken while taking another course at the same time is a corequisite. An example might be a lab required to be taken with a lecture course. Corequisites are coded inside an Enrollment Requirement Group in PeopleSoft and attached at the course level. See also "Prerequisite" in this section.

Course campus offering

A course campus offering is a single course offered on one or more campuses by one or more academic units. See Course Campus Offering for more information.

Course prefix

See "Course subject".

Course subject

A course subject (formerly known as "prefix") is a three-letter designation assigned to a group of courses. A comprehensive list can be found by clicking on the "Advanced search" link from the class search/course catalog page, then "Browse by Subject".

Crosslisting

A course may have more than one subject and may be offered by more than one instruction unit. Some units may require students to enroll in a course under a certain subject to properly receive credit.

See Crosslisted Courses for more information.

Expendable materials fee

  • Materials of a specialized nature that are not readily available in retail stores;
  • Materials that can be purchased by the department in large quantities at significant cost savings to the students;
  • Materials that must conform to certain specifications and be identical for all students; and
  • Expensive materials needed by each student in such small quantities that they couldn't economically be normally purchased in such quantities.

Freshman

A student who has earned 24 or fewer credit hours is a freshman. See Class Standing.

General Studies

All students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program must satisfy a university requirement of a minimum of 35 credit hours of approved coursework. General Studies core and awareness areas are approved in a separate process, first by each applicable subcommittee, and then by the General Studies Council. Once approved, the General Studies designations are attached to the courses in the PeopleSoft Course Catalog. See University Undergraduate General Studies Requirement.

Graduate-level courses

Courses numbered from 500 to 799 are designed for graduate students. See Graduate-Level Courses.

Junior

A student who has earned from 56 to 86 credit hours is a junior. See Class Standing.

Lower-division courses

Courses numbered from 100 to 299 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores. See Lower-division courses.

Major

A major is a formalized group of courses contained within the program of study. See Undergraduate Degree Programs (Baccalaureate) and Graduate Programs.

Minor

A minor is an approved, coherent concentration of academic study in a single discipline, involving substantially fewer hours of credit than a corresponding major. See Minors and Undergraduate Certificates.

Off-campus field trips or specialized equipment/facilities use fee

  • Group travel costs such as gas and mileage reimbursements, but not the cost of food except under unusual circumstances, such as, trips to remote areas where food is not readily available;
  • Admission fees to off-campus educational facilities;
  • Rental or use fees for specialized equipment used exclusively for instruction, e.g., flight simulator; and
  • Rental or use fees for off-campus facilities or on-campus facilities where a usage fee is normally charged, e.g., use of a bowling alley.

Omnibus course

An omnibus course is offered on an experimental or tutorial basis when the course content is new or periodically changes. Omnibus courses are usually offered with special topics, which are requested using the Topics Form. Topics are housed under omnibus courses in the catalog. New permanent courses must either be required for a degree program or have been offered at least twice as an omnibus course topic. See Omnibus Courses.

Originator

User accounts in Curriculum ChangeMaker are assigned an Authority Level of Originator if the person will only create forms. There is no ability to submit a comment, review, or approve a form out of a review group. Reviewers can also create forms, but also have the authority to review (and possibly approve) forms.

Plan codes

A plan code is a unique set of characters used in PeopleSoft to identify an approved major, minor, certificate, or concentration. Plan codes can be found in the detail pages in Degree Search.

To query plan codes, use the search pages for Undergraduate Degree Search or Graduate Degree & Certificate Search. Once you refine your search, click on the detail page for each program to find the plan code in the right sidebar.

Prerequisite

A requirement to be met before registering for a course, such as completing another particular course, is a prerequisite. Prerequisites are coded inside an Enrollment Requirement Group in PeopleSoft and attached at the course level. See also "Corequisite" in this section.

Private instruction fee

One-on-one study with an instructor in special areas of study (such as music performance).

Reviewer

The "Reviewer" is both an Authority Level as well as a group Access level in Curriculum ChangeMaker. This person can create and review forms. If assigned at both levels, this person can also submit approvals and move forms out of a review group.

Selected personnel expenses

  • Models hired for art classes and for clinical practice classes;
  • Musical accompanists for music and dance classes for classes requiring them;
  • Supervisory instruction (including travel) for in-context training classes such as on-site student teaching; social work practicum (field experience); and nursing clinical experience;
  • Special instructional support (technological support for multimedia learning, digital/graphic design, enhanced audio/visual development, and assistants for small break-out groups, recitation sections; preparation of materials, chemicals, supplies essential for classroom instruction, and group learning facilitators such as for supplemental instruction.) Excluded are costs for graduate assistants and teaching assistants who are instructors of record;
  • Deposits;
  • For expensive equipment or apparatus that is temporarily entrusted to students' care, where the deposit must be fully refundable upon the return, in satisfactory condition, of such equipment or apparatus.

Senior

A student who has earned 87 or more credit hours is a senior. See Class Standing.

Sophomore

A student who has earned from 25 to 55 credit hours is a sophomore. See Class Standing.

Student option

The most common grading option attached to courses: students may receive an A-E grade in the course, a "Y" grade (pass/fail), or audit the course.

Shared Unique Number (SUN)

The Shared Unique Number (SUN) system is a state-wide system that identifies some of the transferable lower-division courses commonly offered at the three Arizona public universities and at least two Arizona community colleges, one of which is urban. The system ensures that a SUN course at a participating institution will be accepted as a direct equivalent to the comparable SUN course at the other participating institution. Questions regarding ASU’s participation in this system can be sent to articulation@asu.edu or Lisa McIntyre. Also see Shared Unique Number.

Technology expense fees

Technology expenses must be course-specific, beyond the normally expected basic services, to be defined by each university.

Topic ID

A topic ID is a unique number used in PeopleSoft to identify a specific topic taught under an omnibus course. Please consult with your college classroom scheduler to obtain this number, as it is essential for repeat rules to be enforced.

Upper-division courses

Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are designed primarily for juniors and seniors. Upper-division courses should have at least a generic prerequisite (e.g., "56 minimum hours" or "junior standing" for a 300-level course). See Upper-Division Courses.

Special Class Fees or Requests

Special Class Fees or Requests

Special class fees and deposits for various purposes are defined below. Fees and deposits may not be imposed except under the following definitions, and in every case must be imposed only for expenses that are necessary for the successful completion of the course objectives.

Off-Campus Field Trips or Specialized Equipment/Facilities Use

  • Group travel costs such as gas and mileage reimbursements, but not the cost of food except under unusual circumstances, such as, trips to remote areas where food is not readily available;
  • Admission fees to off-campus educational facilities;
  • Rental or use fees for specialized equipment used exclusively for instruction, e.g., flight simulator, etc.; and
  • Rental or use fees for off-campus facilities or on-campus facilities where a usage fee is normally charged, e.g., use of a bowling alley.

Private Instruction

  • One-on-one study with an instructor in special areas of study (such as music performance).

Expendable Materials

  • Materials of a specialized nature that are not readily available in retail stores;
  • Materials that can be purchased by the department in large quantities at significant cost savings to the students;
  • Materials that must conform to certain specifications and be identical for all students; and
  • Expensive materials needed by each student in such small quantities that they couldn’t economically be normally purchased in such quantities.

Technology Expense Fees

  • Technology expenses must be course-specific, beyond the normally expected basic services, to be defined by each university.

Selected Personnel Expenses

  • Models hired for art classes and for clinical practice classes;
  • Musical accompanists for music and dance classes for classes requiring them;
  • Supervisory instruction (including travel) for in-context training classes such as on-site student teaching; social work practicum (field experience); and nursing clinical experience;
  • Special instructional support (technological support for multimedia learning, digital/graphic design, enhanced audio/visual development, and assistants for small break-out groups, recitation sections; preparation of materials, chemicals, supplies essential for classroom instruction, and group learning facilitators such as for supplemental instruction.) Excluded are costs for graduate assistants and teaching assistants;
  • Deposits;
  • For expensive equipment or apparatus that is temporarily entrusted to students’ care, where the deposit must be fully refundable upon the return, in satisfactory condition, of such equipment or apparatus.

Instruction Modes

Instruction Modes

iCourse

A class with all components delivered via the Internet to students enrolled in campus-based programs.  Faculty have regular, on-campus office hours posted on the syllabus.

oCourse

A class with all components delivered via the Internet to students enrolled in ASU Online. No face-to-face components are allowed. Faculty have regular, online office hours posted on the syllabus.

Face-to-Face

A class that meets on a regular weekly schedule in a physical classroom with students enrolled in campus-based programs. Such a course may include Internet-delivered components, which do not significantly alter the regular in-class schedule. Faculty have regular, on-campus office hours posted on the syllabus.

Hybrid

A class taught using both face-to-face and Internet-delivered components, where the Internet-delivered components result in a reduction in regularly scheduled face-to-face meeting times. A hybrid class balances the components, with between 33% and 66% of the course activities occurring in a face-to-face context; or with all components delivered via the Internet, except for mandatory face-to-face assessments. Faculty have regular, on-campus office hours posted on the syllabus.