University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog

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Advisement Report (AR). A document that matches an individual student's complete academic course history against the prescribed set of degree program requirements in effect at the time of entry into the major. The report indicates requirements completed as well as those to be completed.

Adviser. The adviser is a staff member in the major field of study assigned by the appropriate University department to assist its majors.

Course. A particular subject being studied. For example, a course in English.

Class Number. A unique four digit sequential number assigned to each course/section listed in the schedule of classes. It is the number used in the registration system to identify course adds, drops, and grade basis changes.

Curriculum. The total group of allied courses required for a specific degree.

Developmental Studies. Courses designed to help students improve basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and study skills. Consult an adviser or the Developmental Studies Office for further information.

Department. An administrative unit of the University which offers instruction in a particular branch of knowledge, such as the Department of Music.

Elective. An elective is a course which students may choose to study, as distinguished from a required course which must be taken.

Extracurricular. Activities which are part of student life but are not part of the course of study are extracurricular activities. Athletics, participation in student government or other campus organizations are examples of this type of activity.

Fee. A charge the University requires for certain services it offers.

Grade Points. (See index)

Grade Point Average (GPA). (See index)

Honors. (See index).

I.D. Card. The University provides students with a HawkCard (University ID Card). The HawkCard contains the name of the University, student name and photo, and a bar code and electronic encoding of the student ID number. The HawkCard will be used during the entire time students are enrolled at UW-Whitewater. It can be used for proof of enrollment, if required, which entitles a student to a number of special privileges and services. A fee is assessed for all replacement cards. For more information about the HawkCard policies and available services, visit the UW-Whitewater HawkCard web page.

Load. The total number of units for which students are registered in a term.

Major. The subject or field of study of specialization. For example, students planning to specialize in mathematics will major in that field. Students choosing to specialize in two subjects will have a double major.

Minor. A field of secondary emphasis. The total number of units required in the minor field is less than that required for the major.

Prerequisite. A preliminary requirement which must be met before certain courses can be taken. For example, English 101 is a prerequisite to all other courses in English and must be successfully completed before other English courses are taken.

Registration. The act of enrolling in classes, usually at the beginning of a term. This involves choosing classes with the help of an adviser and submitting the course requests on the WINS System.

Required Courses. Courses which are prescribed by the University for the completion of a program.

Remedial Courses. Developmental courses in English and mathematics to prepare students for college level course work.

Schedule. A listing of the courses being taken each term.

Section Number. Used to distinguish one class from another. One course may be offered a number of times throughout the day or week. A student may be enrolled, for example, in Art History which has the course number ARTHIST 111 and section 13. The entire designation of this course is ARTHIST 111-13.

Term Hour. A term hour is generally a 50-minute period of instruction per week for a term. A three-term hour course would meet for three 50-minute periods each week for a term. Laboratory or activity periods are counted differently in the total hours for a course.

Schedule of Classes. A table or schedule (aka Timetable) showing all the courses to be offered by the University during a specific term.

Subject. See "Department."

Undergraduate. A student who has not obtained a bachelor's degree.

Unit. The numerical award received for completing a University course is described in term hours of unit. Freshmen normally register for 14-16 term hours of class units. A total of 120 units is required to graduate with a bachelor's degree; therefore, students planning to graduate in four years must average 15 units each term.

Waiver. Individualized changes from stated requirements that need approval of the appropriate college authorities. Information about waiver policies and procedures is available in the colleges dean's office. Consult with an adviser before requesting a waiver.

WINS. Whitewater Information Network for Students. WINS provides internet-based educational record self-service applications for students, faculty, and staff. .

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Last revised on May 21, 2002 by WDT