UT Course Schedule, Summer 1996 Using the Course Schedule

The Course Schedule is divided into two sections. The first section includes general information about the University such as the University calendar, selected academic policies and procedures, registration procedures, fees and deposits, academic advising, building and course abbreviations, the current list of writing courses, and the index of final examination times. The second section lists the course offerings for the semester.


The University calendar includes dates that are important to students and faculty: the first and last class days, holidays, registration days, final examination days, and deadlines for completing certain academic procedures, such as adding and dropping classes and applying for a degree. The section on registration gives details about where to go for academic advising, when and where to pick up the registration information sheet, how to register for the next semester, and options for fee bill payment. The final examination index lists examination dates and times based on the class meeting time; it can be used to determine which classes will be tested on the same day.


Most of the Course Schedule is devoted to course offerings and associated information. In general, courses are arranged alphabetically by college/school and, within those divisions, alphabetically by department/academic program. See the index of courses. Each academic area is introduced by a headnote that lists the administrative officers for the area, along with their office addresses and phone numbers. In many cases, important information about course prerequisites, descriptions, and registration restrictions is given in the headnote. A list of the courses and sections offered for the semester by each department or academic program follows the headnote.

Students should be aware that courses and sections may be added, canceled, or changed after the Course Schedule is printed. The supplement to the Course Schedule is distributed to academic offices and advisers two to three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester or summer session. Students, faculty, and staff should consult the supplement or contact the appropriate academic department for information about changes to course offerings.

For each course offered, the following information is given:

COURSE ABBREVIATION. Course abbreviations are listed with the names of the fields of study in the general information section of the Course Schedule, in the index on the back cover, and at the end of each academic area's headnote. In general, course offerings for each department are listed alphabetically by abbreviation.

COURSE NUMBER. Courses with the same abbreviation are listed in numerical order by the last two digits of the course number and then alphabetically by any subsequent letters. For example, a course numbered 679K precedes one numbered 379L. A course number is given only once and applies to all of the sections listed below it, until a new course number is printed.

The first digit of a course number indicates semester-hour value. A course numbered 312M, for instance, has a value of three semester hours, while one numbered 681 has a value of six semester hours. However, the letter A or B following a course number indicates the first or second half of a course and reduces the credit hours by half. Music 612B, for example, has a value of three semester hours rather than six. A zero at the beginning of a course number indicates that the course is noncredit. A course with the single-word title Laboratory or Discussion is also noncredit, regardless of its course number. These sections, however, are always taken concurrently with a credit-bearing lecture course.

The last two digits of a course number indicate the rank of the course. If 01 through 19, the course is lower-division; if 20 through 79, upper-division; and if 80 through 99, graduate.

In the summer session, course numbers are prefixed by a letter: f for first term, s for second term, n for nine weeks, and w for whole session. Summer session courses prefixed by f, n, and w are listed together in numerical order; courses prefixed by s are listed separately in numerical order following the f, n, and w courses.

COURSE TITLE. The course title appears to the right of the course number and applies to all of the course sections listed below it until a new title is printed. In general, course titles are listed in alphabetical order for each course number except where preceded by a topic number.

FEES. The combined total of field trip, laboratory, supplementary, and incidental fees associated with a course is listed after the course title and applies to all course sections listed below the title until a new title is printed.

NOTELINES. The text that appears just below a course title may include a course description, course prerequisites, registration or other restrictions, and cross-listed courses. These notes apply to all of the sections listed below them until the next printed title.

Prerequisites and descriptions too long to be printed in the Course Schedule may be found in the appropriate catalog (undergraduate, graduate, or law) or by contacting the department offering the course.

UNIQUE NUMBER. The five-digit number(s) listed below each course title and its associated information identifies each course section. This number is required to complete all registration transactions.

MEETING TIME. The class meeting time, if known at the time of publication, is printed to the right of the unique number. Days of the week are listed by their initial letters: M for Monday, T for Tuesday, W for Wednesday, TH for Thursday, F for Friday, and S for Saturday. The designation MWF, for instance, means that the class meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the semester. Occasionally, a note under the title indicates that the course meets on additional days or dates, or that the course meets only on specific dates or for a part of the semester.

Following the abbreviation for the day(s) of the week is the class meeting time. In general, classes that meet on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday basis are scheduled for sixty minutes (fifty minutes with a ten-minute interval between classes); classes that meet on a Tuesday/Thursday basis are scheduled for an hour and a half (seventy-five minutes with a fifteen-minute interval between classes). In the six-week summer terms, classes generally meet five days a week for one and one-half hours a day (seventy-five minutes with a fifteen-minute interval between classes).

Some classes have more than one meeting time that students must incorporate into their schedules. These second, and occasionally third, meeting times are printed immediately below the first meeting time.

MEETING PLACE. The building and classroom or other meeting location is listed immediately following the meeting time. Buildings are listed by a three-letter abbreviation, which can be interpreted by using the list of building abbreviations in the general information section of this Course Schedule. Buildings can be located by using the campus map.

INSTRUCTOR. The instructor's last name, if reported at the time of publication, is listed to the right of the meeting location. "Member GSC" is listed for graduate-level courses taught by a member of the graduate studies committee in instances where an individual instructor has not been designated yet.


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