Calendar 2001-2002<Academic Information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
fewer than 24 credits earned
24 credits to less than 54 credits earned
54 credits to less than 84 credits earned
84 credits or more
*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.