Except otherwise noted, the general audience for the academic calendar, or reference to it, are for current students.
- Always use the subject code in course lists.
Examples: PSYCH 101 (not Psychology 101), SMF 230 (not Sexuality, Marriage, and Family
- The subject code should appear before each number.
Examples: ECON 211, ECON 221, ECON 290 (not ECON 211, 221, 290).
- Always link both the subject code and course number in hyperlinks to course descriptions:
- For undergraduate: use the generic link (do not copy/paste the URL) using the following convention to avoid needing to update links annually:
- Course: ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/courses/subjectcode/coursenumber
- Subject: ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/courses/subjectcode
- Series: ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/courses/subjectcode/seriesS
- For graduate:
- Avoid using only the subject codes (e.g., ENGL 133) in materials intended for other audiences;
subject name can be used in full or use the course title (matching case listed in the Calendar).
Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies — SMF 101.
SPCOM 111 — Leadership, Communication, and Collaboration.
See programs, specializations, minors and options under the capitalization section.
Course versus class
- Course is the term used to describe the unit of study relating to a specific academic discipline and identified by a subject code and number.
- Class is the term used when sections of a course have been assigned.
Grade versus mark
- Grade is the term used to describe the final number assigned to a student for each course at the end of the term. They can be numeric or non-numeric.
- Avoid using the term mark for a current student audience.
The Oxford Comma is used in academic calendars to reduce confusion, especially in course descriptions
The per cent symbol (“%”) can be used when referring to averages or grades.
- PHYS 111 can be substituted with a grade of at least 70%.
A minimum Economic major average of 65%.
References to the publication
- Undergraduate publication: Refer to as “Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar” or “Undergraduate Calendar.”
- Graduate publication: Refer to as “Graduate Studies Academic Calendar or “Graduate Calendar.”
- Refer to content as being located/found “in” the publication, not “on.”
Units versus credit
- Unit is the term used to indicate the unit of measure for the accumulation of academic requirements. Singular for 1.0 or lower (e.g., 0.25, 0.5 unit); plural for more than 1.0 (e.g., 1.5, 22.5 units, 4.0 academic course units).
- Credit is the term used to indicate an academic requirement has been met, or a type of grade.
- Eight academic course units (16 courses).
- The student has been granted 2.0 units in transfer credit.
- I received credit for BIOL 130.
- This course has a credit/no credit grading basis.