Jun 24, 2019  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Academic Calendar [ARCHIVED CALENDAR]

Glossary


Academic standing: A student's official status of enrolment at the university as evaluated at the end of each semester; used to assess whether students are meeting the standards prescribed for continuing in the university and/or their programs.
Academic year: The period from September 1 to August 31.
Appeal: The request for review of a judgment regarding the application of regulations.
Auditing student: A student attending classes but not receiving credit for courses. Auditing students will be charged full course fees. No indication of an audited course is given on an official transcript.
Award: A general term used to mean any presentation, monetary or otherwise, made to a student.
Bridge: A prescribed set of courses, and/or other units of study, research and practice that leads to qualification for entry into a degree program.
Bursary: A monetary award given to a student where the primary criterion is financial need.
Certificate program: A stand-alone program of study consisting of a prescribed set of non-degree, non-credit courses.
Challenge for credit: The request for academic credit resulting from experience or knowledge gained elsewhere for which transfer credit cannot be awarded.
Corequisite: A course that must be taken concurrently with 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 carries credit toward the requirements of a degree.
Credit hour: The measure used to reflect the relative weight of a given course toward the fulfilment of degree requirements. Unless otherwise indicated, a course normally has a credit hour value of three.
Credit restriction: Where two or more courses are closely related, credit may be limited to one of the courses.
Cross-listed course: A course that is listed under two or more faculties and can be taken for credit from one faculty only.
Degree: An academic credential awarded upon successful completion of a prescribed set and sequence of requirements as specified by a program that meet a standard of performance consistent with university and provincial degree level expectations.
Diploma: An academic credential awarded upon the successful completion of a prescribed set of degree credit courses as specified by a program.
Exchange student: A student participating in a formalized exchange program with another university. Such students normally pay fees at their home institution and take courses at the host institution.
Final examination: Final examinations as referenced in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue should be interpreted in the ordinary sense of the word; usually covering all, or a very substantial portion of the material dealt within one academic term.
GPA: The abbreviation for grade point average. A semester GPA is the weighted average of the grade points awarded on the basis of academic performance during a single semester. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA or cumulative GPA) is the weighted average of the grade points awarded in all courses completed and included.
Major: A prescribed set of courses, and/or other units of study, research and practice in an area of disciplinary or interdisciplinary study within an undergraduate program, normally requiring at least 30 credit hours of study.
Minor: A prescribed set of courses within an undergraduate program, normally requiring at least 18 credit hours of study in a particular area of study.
Prerequisite: A course that must be successfully completed prior to commencing a second course for which it is required.
Program: A complete set and sequence of courses, combination of courses, and/or other units of study, research and practice, the successful completion of which qualifies the candidate for a formal credential, provided all other academic and financial requirements are met.
Registration: The process of selecting, enrolling in, and being assessed fees for courses.
Registration period: In a semester, the period extending from the first day of registration to the tenth lecture day, as stated in the academic schedule. In a session, it is the period extending from the first day of registration to the fifth lecture day.
Scholarship: A monetary award to a student based primarily on academic merit, although other criteria may be considered based on donors' requirements.
Semester: Sixty days of lectures and an examination period.
Session: A period of approximately six consecutive weeks in the summer semester consisting of 30 days of lectures. The first half of summer semester is designated as spring session; the second half is designated as summer session.
Special student: A student taking courses but not seeking a degree. With the permission of the dean, such a student may subsequently be admitted to a degree program in which case courses already taken may be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements. Special students register formally in courses, with the consent of the instructor; such students submit assignments, write examinations, receive grades and may request an official transcript. Such students are charged full course fees.
Specialization: A focus in a particular area within a major undergraduate program.
Transcript: The complete report of a student's academic record.
Transfer credit: Academic credit granted for work completed at an institution other than UOIT.
Visiting student: A student admitted to another post-secondary institution, attending UOIT on a letter of permission.
Waiver: Permission granted by the appropriate authority for exemption from a particular program requirement and/or a particular university regulation.