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General Information

Academic Sessions

The academic year is divided into two "sessions": the Fall/Winter Session and the Summer Session. The Fall/Winter Session begins in September and ends in April or May. Normally, full year courses are scheduled during the Fall/Winter Session. Within the Fall/Winter Session there are two "terms": the Fall Term, that begins in September and ends in December and the Winter Term that begins in January and ends in April or May. The Fall and Winter terms last for approximately 13 weeks each and the Fall/Winter Session lasts about 26 weeks.

The Summer Session begins in May and is completed in August. This session is comprised of numerous terms ranging in varying lengths of instructional time from six to 13 weeks. Information on sessional/term dates can be found on the Office of the Registrar's Web site www.registrar.yorku.ca.

Course Numbering

Courses listed in this Calendar have the form: AS/EN 1000 6.0 which contains the following key parts: AS = the designation of the Faculty offering the course (in this case, Arts); EN = the prefix of the teaching unit offering the course (in this case, English); 1000 = the number of the course, the first digit of which identifies the level of the course; and 6.0 = the suffix indicating the "credit value" of the course.

Credit Value of Courses

The Faculties at York University may offer courses with varying credit value. Each course will have a suffix identifying the credit value for that particular course. For example, AS/EN 1000 6.0 has the suffix "6.0", signifying that the course carries a credit value of six. The credit value normally correlates to the length of the course and the number of hours the course meets per week. A course with a "3.0" suffix would meet three hours per week for one term while a "6.0" suffix would meet for three hours per week for the session (or two terms).

The Undergraduate Lecture Schedule lists the courses being offered as well as the terms, days of the week, time and location of each course.

Cross-listed Courses

As has been noted, the prefix of a course indicates the unit or program which offers the course. Many courses are "cross-listed": that is, they are offered jointly by two or more teaching units such as departments or divisions. In some cases, courses are cross-listed between units in two different Faculties. Cross-listed courses may not be "double-counted" in order to fulfill degree requirements; e.g. if AS/HUMA 4610 6.0 is cross-listed with AS/PSYC 4120 6.0, it may be counted as a Humanities course or a Psychology course, but not as both.

Overlapping Courses

Some courses overlap significantly with other courses in terms of content and approach. There are two categories of overlap: Equivalent Courses and Excluded Courses. Students who receive credit for a course may not also receive credit for its equivalent(s) or exclusion(s). Equivalent courses are so similar that they may be substituted for one another in order to satisfy any program or prerequisite requirements. Excluded Courses (called "Degree Credit Exclusions"), may not be substituted for each other, although there is some overlap in content. Equivalent Courses and Excluded Courses are listed under the course descriptions in the supplemental calendars of the departments and divisions. The list of equivalent and excluded courses is available in the Lecture Schedule.

Year-of-Study Equivalents

A student's progress towards a degree is measured in terms of credits passed rather than years of study completed. Where it is necessary or helpful to equate credits passed with years of study, the following table may be used:

Credits Completed Year Equivalent
fewer than 24 credits earned 1
24 credits to less than 54 credits earned 2
54 credits to less than 84 credits earned 3
84 credits or more 4*

*References to Year 4 apply to students in Honours programs only. Education courses taken by students coregistered in the Faculty of Education are not included in Academic Faculty's (e.g. Arts, Glendon etc.) Year-of-Study equivalents.


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