37.2 Course Numbering and Naming System

Course numbers which are deleted shall not be reused for a minimum of five years (ten years is preferred).  This period of retirement is necessary to prevent confusion of the academic record by students, advisors, and those who refer to transcripts. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

Faculties are discouraged from presenting proposals to renumber courses at the same number level (eg, from one 200-level number to another 200-level number) because of the confusion that this can create for students, academic records, advisors, departments, Faculties, administrative systems and transfer institutions.  Strong academic reasons must be provided for such proposals. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

Recommendations to renumber courses at the same level shall be proposed by the appropriate Faculty Council, circulated according to the procedures described in Section 37.1, and, in the absence of unresolved challenges, submitted to GFC Executive for ratification.  Course renumbering to a different number level will normally be accomplished by deleting the current course and introducing a new course at the new level. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

Course subject names shall designate broad areas of study (often an entire department) and shall not be used to designate numerous specializations.  Faculty Councils shall endeavour to keep the number of subject names in the Faculty to an acceptable minimum.  Subject names shall not be added or changed except for strong academic reasons.  Changes made to subject names can create problems for students, other departments, other Faculties, administrative systems, and other institutions which are involved in transfer agreements with the University of Alberta. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

New course subject names and their abbreviations shall be proposed by the appropriate Faculty Council, circulated according to the procedure described in Section 37.1, and, in the absence of unresolved challenges, submitted to GFC Executive for ratification. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

The single designation of INT D shall be adopted for all interdisciplinary courses.

The following course number system shall be used for all new courses proposed after June 17, 1996:

000-099          Pre-University

100-199         Basic Undergraduate.  Normally requires no university-level prerequisites.  Designed typically for students in the First Year of a program.

200-299         Undergraduate.  Prerequisites, if any, would normally be at the 100-level.  Designed typically for students in the Second Year of a program.

300-399         Undergraduate.  Prerequisites, if any, would normally be at the 200-level.  Designed typically for students in the Third Year of a program.

400-499         Advanced Undergraduate.  Prerequisites, if any, would normally be at the 300-level.  Designated typically for students in the Fourth Year of a program.

500-599         Graduate.  Designated for graduate students and certain advanced or honors undergraduate students in their final Year.

600-799         Graduate Courses.

800-899         Special Registrations

900-999         Graduate Thesis and Project Numbers

For the purposes of program descriptions and prerequisite designation, courses numbered 100-199 will be designated as Junior Courses and courses numbered 200-499 will be designated as Senior Courses. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

Note: Some exceptions to the course number system described above have been granted to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)

Course titles should be as brief and general as possible. Care should be exercised to not recommend changes to existing titles which would suggest to a reader of the academic record that the course material has been substantially modified.  In the case of a substantial modification of course content, a new course should be proposed. (GFC 17 JUN 1996)