UPM #4 – Standard Course and Section Numbering Systems

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Effective Date: September 2012
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PURPOSE

This memorandum is intended to clarify the standard course numbering system and to point out some variations and limitations.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

All courses authorized for degree credit must be numbered according to guidelines established by the University. The numbering schemes may vary by academic unit and may change over time.

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Standard Course Numbering System

1. For all courses in the Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, and Medicine academic careers, and for courses in the Undergraduate and Graduate academic careers prior to Fall 2006, the numbers assigned to courses are normally categorized as follows:

  • 001-049 Courses primarily for first and second year undergraduates
  • 050-099 Courses primarily for third and fourth year undergraduates
  • 100-199 Courses for advanced undergraduates and graduate students
  • 200-299 Courses for graduate students only
  • 300-399 Seminar and Research courses for graduate students
  • 400-499 Numbers reserved for special categories of registration
  • 600-699** Interdisciplinary courses for undergrad and graduate students
  • 700-799** Interdisciplinary courses for graduate students only

** Interdisciplinary numbers are assigned in sequence. Departments in the Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, & Medicine academic careers should contact the University Registrar for the next valid number when establishing these courses. The Course must involve two or more campus schools/academic units to qualify for interdisciplinary numbering.

2. For courses in the Undergraduate and Graduate academic careers starting in Fall 2006, the numbers assigned to courses are normally categorized as follows:

  • 000-009 Reserved for University Registrar
  • 050-089 First-Year Seminars
  • 009-399 Undergraduate Level Courses (Graduate students may enroll but will not earn academic credit)
  • 100-189 Introductory Undergraduate Courses**
  • 190, 290, 390 Undergraduate Special Topics Courses
  • 193, 293, 393 Undergraduate Internships and Practica
  • 195, 295, 395 Undergraduate Research Courses
  • 196, 296, 396 Undergraduate Independent Study/Reading Courses
  • 400-699 Courses for advanced undergraduates and graduate students
  • 490, 590, 690 Undergraduate/Graduate Special Topics Courses
  • 493, 593, 693 Undergraduate/Graduate Internships and Practica
  • 495, 595, 695 Undergraduate/Graduate Research Courses
  • 496, 596, 696 Undergraduate/Graduate Independent Study/Reading Courses
  • 691H, 692H, 693H, 694H Senior (Undergraduate) Honors Thesis
  • 697, 698 Capstone Courses (Undergraduate)
  • 700-899 Graduate level courses (Undergraduates may enroll with permission from department)
  • 900-999 Graduate level courses for graduate students only
  • 799 Graduate Experimental Offering
  • 890-899 Graduate Special Topic
  • 900-991 Graduate Research
  • 992, 993 Master’s Thesis
  • 994 Doctoral Dissertation
  • 995-999 Reserved for University Registrar

** Foreign Language Courses should be numbered in this manner:

  • Beginning level – 101,102 and 401, 402
  • Intermediate level – 203, 204 and 403, 404
  • Graduate foreign language requirement - 601, 602 and 603, 604

Available Suffixes

a. For all courses in the Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, and Medicine academic careers, and for all courses in Undergraduate and Graduate academic careers prior to Fall 2006 the following suffixes may be used:

  • A - First part of a series of courses, or an advanced course
  • B – Second part of a series of courses
  • C - Third part of a series of courses, or correspondence course
  • E – Denotes elective credit for the Dental School
  • H – Honors course or course for advanced students
  • L – Credit-bearing laboratory course
  • M – Open to majors only
  • R – Denotes a review course
  • X – Denotes no graduate credit. Satisfies language reading knowledge examination. For undergraduates, denotes an intense language review course.

b. For courses in the Undergraduate and Graduate academic careers starting in Fall 2006 (with the exception of subject = MBA**), the following suffixes may be used:

  • H – Honors course or course for advanced students
  • L – Credit-bearing laboratory course
  • I – Interdisciplinary course

** MBA courses may use any other suffix not listed above, but should not use the suffixes H, L or I unless they are used for the specific course content as designated for each suffix.

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LIMITATIONS ON NUMBERING AND SUFFIXES

Alphabetic suffixes are limited to one. More than one suffix and hyphenated course numbers are incompatible with the system now in use.

A course number should not be re-assigned to another course having a different content until at least five years after the previous course was taught. This is to prevent the same course number from appearing twice on a student’s record representing two different courses.

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Standard Course Numbering System

On Campus Lectures, Labs and Recitations 001 – 299 On-Campus Lecture Sections
300 -0399 Lecture Sections: Summer Bridge, SPCL
400 – 599 Laboratory Sections
600 – 850 Recitation Sections
01M – 09M Maymester Sections
01S – 09S Faculty-led Study Abroad courses
(See Registrar’s Policy Memorandum 14)
01W – 09W On-Campus web delivery courses (Lecture)
Established by departments with minimal or no classroom attendance intended primarily for on-campus degree-seeking students.
Correspondence 851-860 Self-paced Courses through the Friday Center
851 = Correspondence Self-paced Courses
855 = Online Self-paced Courses
Inter-Institutional 900 – 950 Inter-Institutional Courses (Registrar Only)
Part-Time Classroom Studies 951 – 955 Part-time Classroom Studies
(Evening Sections, Friday Center)

Distance Education

956 – 974 Departmental Distance Learning
(For courses not set up Friday Center)
Principal Method of Delivery Codes (Screen 137, SIS)

P – Face-to-face instruction, includes internships, clerkships, fieldwork (956 – 960)
02 – Interactive real-time video (961 – 963)
03 – TV, VHS, CD, DVD (non-web) (964)
05 – Web Delivery Asynchronous (965 – 972)
06 – Web Delivery Synchronous (973 – 974)

975 – 989 Friday Center Distance Learning
Principal Method of Delivery Codes (Screen 137, SIS)
P – Face-to-Face Instruction, includes internships, clerkships, fieldwork
02 – Interactive Real-time video
03 – TV, VHS, CD, DVD (non-web)
05 – Web Delivery Asynchronous
06 – Web Delivery Synchronous
990 – 994 Friday Center Distance Learning
Carolina Courses Online
990, 994 – Regular Term (for UNC Campus Students)
991, 992, 993 Off-Campus Studies Students
Reserved 995 – 999 Reserved for future use by Registrar
  997 Formerly used for Summer Study Abroad Sections
  998 Formerly used for “By Exam” Credit
  999 Formerly used for “Placement” Credit

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