Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Glossary of Course Enrollment Terms

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Glossary of Enrolllment Terms

Terms Related to Course Enrollment

  • Clinical–A course that is part of an academic program and allows students to be supervised by a GRCC instructor while applying methods and principles of a clinical discipline, and which takes place in a clinical setting, including practice labs, hospitals, or other agencies. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:3 (min.)
  • College-level— courses that apply to degree requirements; reading/writing placement into IRW 099/EN 101 or higher; math placement into MA 107 or higher.
  • Co-requisite—a course that a student can complete before, or at the same time as, the desired course.
  • Course Substitution—allows a student to use an alternative course to meet a program requirement.
  • Course Waiver— allows a student to graduate without completing a program requirement.
  • Department Consent—requires the academic department to enroll a student in the desired course.
  • Elective–courses students choose to fulfill credits as defined by their academic program or degree.  Elective courses are referred to as General Education Elective Courses, Program Elective Courses, and Open Elective Courses throughout this Catalog.
  • Fieldwork–A course, supervised by a professional, which allows students to practice and apply their learning or investigation in the field. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:1-4
  • Independent Study–A learning experience in which the student and instructor agree upon a topic of study, learning outcomes, and number of credits that are awarded for the work. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:1
  • Internship–A course which provides students an opportunity to engage in the practical application of prior learning in a supervised, professional experience, paid or unpaid, guided by learning outcomes, that build on and enhance previous coursework. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:4-6
  • General Education Courses–courses that fulfill GRCC General Education requirements.  See General Education Courses  for the purpose of General Education at GRCC and the list of courses that fulfill these requirements.  These courses are also called General Education Elective Courses.
  • Laboratory–a course which is focused around the implementation of an instructional strategy particular to a discipline and allows students to interact directly with natural phenomena, materials, or models, use tools to manipulate data existing data, or engage in data collection. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:2 (min.) 
  • Lecture–a course in which content is primarily delivered through presentations of facts, principles, context, or interpretation. Instruction takes place in a traditional classroom setting or online format. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:1
  • Lecture/Laboratory– a course which integrates both lecture and lab formats. 
  • Music Ensembles–A course in which the primary purpose is to prepare and offer opportunities for students to perform instrumental or vocal music as a group. Students may repeat a single Music Ensemble course for credit a maximum of 4 times. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:2-3
  • Physical Activity– A course devoted to participation in or the performance of some form of physical activity. Knowledge associated with the proper performance of the activity is also presented. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:2
  • Placement Score – the numerical score a student achieves on a test used for placement which determines the starting courses a student can take
  • Practicum– A course that provides site-based field experiences, supervised by a professional in the field, in which students observe, participate, and apply academically acquired knowledge identified in course learning outcomes. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:3
  • Prerequisite—a placement score or course that a student must successfully meet or complete before beginning the desired course.
  • Prerequisite Waiver—allows a student to enroll in a course without having formally met the pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Program Courses – Program requirements required to complete a student’s academic program concentration.
  • Seminar–A course which focuses on a specific area of enrichment and/or curricular interest and need that is not regularly offered by a department. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:1
  • Studio– A course involving the demonstration and application of design and theory in a defined physical setting (i.e., studio) and which is characterized by significant one-on-one student/instructor interaction. Students explore and experiment under the guidance of an instructor. Students may repeat Music Studio courses for credit a maximum of 4 times. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:1-2
  • Study Away– A course which allows students to practice and apply their learning or investigation in the field. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:30
  • Transfer Equivalency—Transfer courses are evaluated to determine if an equivalent course exists at GRCC.  Equivalence is established through the review of the GRCC course description, outcomes, and outline in comparison with the documentation provided for the transfer course.
  • Tutorial–A course that provides individualized instruction in a particular subject matter. Credit to Contact Hour Ratio – 1:2


Course Delivery Methods

Instruction/Delivery Mode Is this Class Online, in person or both? When and where will these classes meet? Is this course format for me?
Online All online–does not meet in person No specific meeting time. Check syllabus for due dates, and course requirements.
  • I work well independently and am very organzied.
  • I need flexibility as to wehn I work on my courses.
Hybird-Online and Classroom Online Course with some in person meetings. In person meeting days, times and location will be listed on the class schedule.
  • I prefer some face to face interaction with my faculty.
  • I need some flexibility as to when I work on my courses.
In Person In person at a GRCC campus location. In person meeting days, times and location will be listed on the class schedule.
  • I prefer traditional face to face instruction.
  • I want to be on campus for instruction.
Virtual Meeting Class meets online at specific times Online meeting dates and times will be listed on class schedule.
  • I want to interact with faculty and other students in real-time.
  • I prefer set class meeting times that add consistency and structure.

Course Credit Hour Definition

Courses are the way in which the curricular content and experiences are delivered. Course formats are purposefully defined in the context of the goals and expectations of students and their learning. Courses have student learning outcomes and must meet the same learning outcomes regardless of delivery method (face-to-face, online, or hybrid) and location where offered. A credit hour gives value to an amount of work in the course. 

7.13 Course Format and Credit Hour