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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 comment and also approve forms forward to the next level. Reviewer Leaders can also mark forms as needing revisions and send them back for edits to be made by the Originator.

Antirequisite

Combined and crosslisted courses are combined with an "antirequisite" to prevent students from getting credit in more than one combined or crosslisted course. Antirequisites are coded as 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 comined with Reviewer Leader at a review group, this person can approve forms out of a review group. The comination 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.

Corequisite

A requirement to be met while taking one course, such as taking another particular course, is a corequisite. An example might be a lab required to be taken with a lecture course. Corequisites are coded as 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. Every course in PeopleSoft is identified by a course ID and is associated with the course catalog data. Under each course ID, there is one or more course offerings associated with different academic groups for the purpose of scheduling classes. When classes are scheduled, each class is associated with a single offering. 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 "SUBJECT" link from the class search/course catalog page. See also “Crosslisting” in this section.

Course topic ID

The course 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.

Crosslisting

One course may have more than one course 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.

Crosslisted courses are coded as equivalencies in PeopleSoft; credit is allowed for only one course in the pair/group of crosslisted courses.

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 semester hours is a freshman.

General Studies

All students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program must satisfy a university requirement of a minimum of 35 credit hours of approved course work. 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 semester hours is a junior.

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 a formalized group of courses contained within the program of study available from some instruction units.

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. 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 or review or to approve a form out of a review group. Reviewers can also create forms, but also have the authority to review (and possibly approve) forms.

Pass/Fail enrollment

A mark of “P” (pass) or “E” (0.00) (fail) may be assigned for this grading option. This grading method may be used at the option of individual colleges and schools within the university. Consult the academic advisor for detailed information and restrictions. Approval of both the class instructor and the college of the student’s major are required before registration.

Plan codes

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

To query plan codes, use the search pages for either the Undergraduate Degree Search or the Graduate Degree & Certificate Search. Once you refine your search, click on the detail page for each major to find the plan code in the header text above the "Program Description."

Prerequisite

A requirement to be met before registering for one course, such as completing another particular course, is a prerequisite. Prerequisites are coded as 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 semester hours is a senior.

Sophomore

A student who has earned from 25 to 55 semester hours is a sophomore.

Student option

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

Technology expense fees

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

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.