Glossary of terms

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Academic career Graduate (GRAD)
Academic level M for Masters or D for Doctorate (PhD)
Academic plan A set of courses, a number of which may be mandatory and of a specialized nature, leading toward a particular degree
Academic program See academic plan
ACC Accepted (thesis)
Add status

This term refers to the result of your attempt to add a class to your schedule.

After you click on FINISH ENROLLING, either a checkmark for success or a red X for error will appear. You should also look for any messages that appear in the Message column to the left of the Status column.
AEG Aegrotat, credit granted due to illness or extenuating circumstances
Antirequisites A condition preventing enrolment in a course. The most common antirequisites are courses that have significant overlap. Degree credit will not be granted for both the antirequisite course and a course naming it as such.
Appointment Not applicable
Associated class (Assoc. Class)

The number assigned to each component (i.e., Primary Component/Meet, Related 1, and/or Related 2) that links the components together for selection purposes.

For example, if you select a primary component/meet with an associated class number of 1, the related 1 and/or related 2 components must be chosen from those with the same class association number. This number appears in the associated class category of the schedule of classes.

Note: An associated class number of 99 means that any time slot within each related component may be chosen.
AUD Audit only, no credit granted
Audit A graduate student is permitted to enrol for a course as an audit providing it has been approved by their supervisor, graduate officer, or Associate Dean. Pick up drop/add form from your academic department.
Auto enrol Auto enrolment takes place when you do not have a choice of related meets. Related 1 and/or Related 2 components/meets are automatically assigned when you add the primary component for the course
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Building/room (Bldg/Room) The building and room where the individual meet will be held
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Campus (Camp Loc) The campus indicates which institution offers the course. Most courses are offered through the main University of Waterloo campus, but some are offered through a university college such as Renison, or in cooperation with another university, such as Laurier (Wilfrid Laurier University).
Catalog number (Catalog #) The 3- or 4-digit number that identifies a particular course (e.g., ACC 121). It sometimes has one or more letters as a suffix (e.g., FR 252A).
Class enrolment The process of selecting courses prior to final date for fee arrangement, having them approved and recorded with the Graduate Studies Office (GSO).
Class notes Not Applicable
Class number (Class) A 4-digit number that identifies a particular course component/meet and class section (e.g., 1597 LEC 001; 1879 LAB 101)
Class permission nbr See permission nbr
Class section nbr (Sec) See section
Clinic (CLN) This is a primary meet where teaching is devoted to the analysis and treatment of cases in various special fields normally in a specially equipped clinic setting. There may be a high student/instructor ratio. The frequency of meetings can be as many as 5 per week for a total contact time of 45 hours.
Combined sections

Two or more sections may be combined if class size permits. Classes will be taught as a single class with one instructor, one location, same time, e.g., AMATH 332/PMATH 332. Also see held with.

Choose from the section that is suited to you.
Component (Comp Sect)

The term used to refer to the various parts of courses (e.g., lectures, labs, tutorials, etc.).

Also see course components
Corequisite A course that must be taken concurrently, if it hasn't been taken in a prior term.
Course A unit of study relating to a specific academic discipline, and identified by a course name and number
Course abbreviations Graduate course abbreviations are listed in each of the Faculty/program sections of the Graduate Studies Calendar
Course catalog The listing of courses which includes the description, requisites, terms offered, and special notes
Course components

Course component is a term used to refer to the various types of course meets.

Listed below are the available course components used in the schedule of classes. Click on the link beside the course component for the description.

CLN (clinic)
DIS (discussion)
ENS (ensemble)
ESS (essay)
FLD (field studies)
LAB (laboratory)
LEC (lecture)
OLN (online)
ORL (oral conversation)
PRA (practicum)
RDG (reading)
SEM (seminar)
STU (studio)
TLC (test slot - lecture)
TST (test slot)
TUT (tutorial)
WSP (workshop)

Course ID (Number) The 6-digit number identifying the course; leading 0s are ignored
Course title The title of the course: when searching for courses in Quest, you may specify the course title or the course title keyword in the description field
Course values Most courses cover one academic term and carry the weight of 0.5 units. On occasion, a course covering one term may have a unit weight of 1.0 and will meet during that term for more hours per week than does a 0.5 unit course. In some instances, a course may have a 0.25 unit weight.
CR Credit granted
Credential A degree, diploma, or certificate
Credit See unit
Cross-listed courses Courses which are listed under two departments and which can be taken for credit from either department, but not both
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Definitions

The definitions listed below apply to the schedule of classes' abbreviations. Click on the link beside the definition for the description.

Catalog# (catalog number)
Units (unit)
Title (course title)
Class (class number)
Comp Sec (component, section, and course components)
Camp loc (campus and also location)
Assoc. class (associated class)
Rel 1 (related component 1)
Rel 2 (related component 2)
Enrl cap (enrolment capacity)
Enrl tot (enrolment total)
Time days/date (week days)
Building room (building/room)
Instructor (instructor)

Also see schedule of classes definitions
Department A department is a smaller subset within a faculty, such as the Mechanical Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering.
Discussion (DIS) Teaching is based primarily on engaging the students in instructor-guided group discussions. The student/instructor ratio is similar to a seminar. The course is usually held in a smaller teaching or seminar room to facilitate more group involvement. Usually there is 1 meeting per week for a total contact time of 1 to 3 hours.
DNW Did not write examination, no credit granted (value 0)
Drop Drops the course from your schedule. If you drop a course after lectures have begun, consequences may apply. Each term there are deadlines after which you may not drop courses from your schedule without penalties. For more important date information, visit the graduate studies calendar of events & academic deadlines for important dates information.
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Enrolment capacity (Enrol Cap) The maximum number of students allowed to enrol in each section
Enrolment requirement group A group of requisites for the course that restricts the course to certain students
Enrolment total (Enrol Tot) The number of students currently enrolled in each section
Ensemble (ENS) This is a primary meet where instruction is conducted by means of evaluating musical performance amongst a group of supporting players. Usually these meets are held in a specially equipped room with 1 to 2 meetings per week for a total contact time of 3 to 4 hours.
Error messages  See error messages
Essay (ESS) This is a primary meet where evaluation is normally based on a formal written piece of work that contains a thesis, substantiated by an argument that is properly referenced. Students work independently in consultation with an instructor. Contact is usually 3 hours per week.
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Faculty One of Mathematics, Engineering, Arts, Applied Health Sciences, Environment, and Science.
Fee arrangement The process of paying tuition, housing, and other applicable fees to the University of Waterloo for a specified four-month term. If a student anticipates that these fees, or a portion thereof, will be covered through an approved source of financial aid, the student must provide proof of this amount, along with a signed promissory note (and payment of the balance, if applicable) by the deadline indicated for that term. Detailed information and forms are available through the Finance website.
Field studies (FLD) This is a primary meet where teaching is conducted outside the classroom. Work is with the primary materials in their original setting. Meetings are usually 1 to 3 per week for a total contact time of 1 to 3 hours.
FTC Failure to complete course requirements in a course with a grade of INC (incomplete), no credit granted (value 0)
Full-time student For a definition of a full-time graduate student, see regular full-time graduate students in the graduate calendar
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GDIP Graduate diploma
GPA (Grade Point Average) Your Grade Point Average is a direct calculation of your unit-weighted average using your numeric grades and the weight/value of each grade in units.
Grading options

Numeric grading basis:
Effective Fall 2001, numeric grades on a scale from 0-100 are used by all faculties.

Non-graded component:
For class components that aren't graded or for classes where the grade is included in the primary component, e.g., a quiz may be written during a tutorial (TUT) session but the grade is included in the lecture component.

See non-graded standings, transcript legend for details of grades other than 0-100.
Grading system See the transcript legend for the conversion scale for courses taken from Fall 1971 to Spring 2001 and the key to grades for courses taken prior to Fall 1971.
Graduate GRD – as in "graduate students" or "graduate studies" - refers to students who are pursuing a master's or doctoral degree
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Held with

Two or more sections may be combined if class size permits. Classes will be taught as a single class with one instructor, one location, same time, e.g., AMATH 332/PMATH 332. Also see combined sections.

Choose from the section that is suited to you.
Holds See service holds/indicators
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INC Incomplete course work, no credit granted
Instructor The name of the instructor for the individual component/meet
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Laboratory (LAB) Teaching takes place in a room containing special purpose equipment required for student observation, participation, experimentation, or practice. Usually, but not always, a LAB is attached to a regular Lecture, and frequently the instructors for both lecture and lab are the same. There may be a high student/instructor ratio. Normally there are 1 to 3 meetings per week for a total contact time of 1 to 3 hours.
Lecture (LEC) Teaching normally takes place in a classroom setting. Instruction is usually in the form of a series of lectures that meet 1 to 4 times per week for a total contact time of 2 to 4 hours. Typically, there is a large student/instructor ratio. The total class size should be normally more than three students; therefore, when a lecture section is combined with another lecture section (undergraduate or graduate), enrolment may be limited to less than 3 students in either one of the class sections.
Location (Camp Loc) The location indicates where the actual course takes place. Most locations are Canada; however, some programs allow you to study abroad. Department consent is usually required. If the course is offered online, through the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL), the location code is ONLINE (ONLN).
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Meet See component
Milestones See non-course milestones
MPHL Master of Philosophy degree requirement
MSTR Master's degree requirement
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NAC Not accepted (thesis)
NCR No credit granted
NMR No mark reported, no credit granted (value 0)
Non-course milestones Milestones are non-course degree requirements (e.g., thesis, comprehensives, master's research paper) that a student must complete toward degree progress in order to graduate.
Non-graded standings

See non-graded standings, transcript legend

Non-numeric grades The list of acronyms on the transcript legend may be assigned to your grade for a course on your transcript instead of a percentage value. See the transcript legend for grades prior to 2001 and a key to grades prior to Fall 1971.
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Official transcript

A record of your courses, grades earned, units obtained towards degree, and more. If graduate schools or employers require your transcript, an official transcript is usually ordered through the Graduate Studies Office.

Note: If you were a former University of Waterloo undergraduate student, your transcript will reflect your entire University of Waterloo academic record - graduate and undergraduate.
Open classes only This searching option will list only classes with spaces available to enrol in; that is, they aren't full.
Open enrolment During this period, enrolment is open to all students.
Oral conversation (ORL) Teaching is based primarily on engaging the students in instructor-guided group discussions and verbal interaction, usually in a language other than English. The student/instructor ratio is similar to a seminar. The course is usually held in a smaller teaching or seminar room to facilitate more group involvement. Usually there is 1 meeting per week for a total contact time of 1 hour.
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Part-time student For a definition of a part-time graduate student, see regular part-time graduate students in the graduate calendar.
Permission nbr (Number) A special number required to authorize enrolment in some courses or to override class size limits. See the instructions from the "How do I add classes?" page on permission numbers.
PHD Doctor of Philosophy degree requirement
Plan See academic plan
Practicum (PRA) Supervised placement time in a work setting exercising practical routines and techniques related to a particular academic plan.
Prerequisite The requirement(s) that must be met in order to be eligible to enrol in a course. Prerequisites may include passed courses, registration in a specific program or plan and an academic level or academic standing.
Primary component/meet The main component/meet for the course. It's the first component listed for every course, and the class section number beings with a "0" (e.g., LEC 001).
Program See academic plan
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Quest The University of Waterloo's student information system
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Reading (RDG) Unlike lecture, seminar, and discussion, learning takes place as a result of student independent study under the supervision of an instructor. Normally there is a one to one student/instructor ratio, although, there may be several students studying the same topic with the same instructor. Typically, there is no defined time/room booking and usually the student(s) meet with the instructor on an informal basis.
Registered status

Under student finances, the status of their arrangement with the University of Waterloo for payment is shown here. Check finance for more information on student fees, including fee payment instructions and deadlines.

Enrol request:
Fees have not been arranged. Full payment is expected at the specified deadlines.

Fees arranged:
Fees have been arranged and payment is expected when the student has received funds (e.g., from Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP), or scholarships).

Co-op:
Student is on coop term.
Related component 1 (Rel 1) The second component/meet of the course. It begins with a "1" in the leading position of the class section number (e.g., LAB 101).
Related Component 2 (Rel 2) The third component/meet of the course. It begins with a "2" in the leading position of the class section number (e.g., TUT 201).
Requirement designations Detailed information is available from the transcript legend.
Reserve capacity

The portion of a class enrolment capacity that is reserved for a particular group of students. This designation appears on the schedule of classes, directly beneath each section that has a reserve capacity assigned.

Schedule of classes example:

KIN 100 (offered in the winter term 2014)

Reserve: KIN students
Reserve: HLTH students
Reserve: Biomechanics Option Only

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Schedule of classes

The online list of classes offered for a particular term, with details such as times, locations, and instructors.

Link to schedule of classes for graduate students

Link to schedule of classes definitions
Section (sec) The 3-digit number that identifies a particular section of a course component/meet (e.g., LEC 001).
Seminar (SEM) Teaching normally takes place in a less formal teaching atmosphere than a lecture. There is typically a smaller student/instructor ratio than with a lecture. The course is usually held in a smaller teaching or seminar room to facilitate more group interaction than occurs in a lecture course. Usually there is 1 meeting per week for a total contact time of 1 to 3 hours.
Service holds/indicators

A Hold is a notice that may affect your use of Quest, or your interaction with the University of Waterloo. For instance, if you owe fees or other goods, or have committed an academic offence, you may find a Hold placed on your account. Holds may prevent you from receiving transcripts, or enrolling yourself using Quest.

See the instructions on the "How do I remove a hold (service indicator) from my account?" Quest help page.
Status

The status of a class may be open for enrolment if spaces are available; otherwise, it is closed.

This term also refers to the result of your attempt to drop/update a class to your schedule. After you click on FINISH ENROLLING, either a checkmark for success or a red X for error will appear. You should also look for any messages that appear in the Message column to the left of the Status column.
Student ID A unique 8-digit number assigned to every student when they apply to the University of Waterloo.
Studio (STU) This is a primary meet where teaching consists of instructor coaching focused on practical skills execution, normally in a room with special purpose equipment, such as, audio visual recording equipment, theatre technical equipment, etc. There are strict limit capacities on enrolment. Meetings are at least 2 times per week for a total contact time of 4 or more hours.
Subject The subject is the area of study. To look up a subject code (e.g., Computer Science is CS) while you're in Quest, click the icon.
Subject abbreviations Graduate subject/course abbreviations are listed in each of the Faculty/program sections of the Graduate Studies Calendar
Swap status This term refers to the result of your attempt to swap a class. After you click FINISH ENROLLING, either a checkmark for success or a red X for error will appear. You should also look for any messages that appear in the Message column to the left of the Status column.
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T Transfer Credit granted
TBA To Be Announced; check back at a later date.
Term

A particular four-month period within which sessions are defined and fees are arranged. Also used with reference to work terms for students in the co-operative system of study.

  • Fall term: may show as Fall or F; runs from September to December
  • Winter term: may show as Winter or W; runs from January to April
  • Spring term: may show as Spring or S; runs from May to August

The breakdown of the 4-digit number for terms is as follows:

  • 1135 represents the Spring (May) 2013 term.
  • The first digit is the century; that is, "1" means the 21st century.
  • The middle 2 digits represent the year; that is, "13" represents the year 2013.
  • The last digit represents the first month of the term; that is, "5" represents May.
For example, if you wish to find the Fall 2012 term, the first digit should be "1" since 2012 is in the 21st century, the next 2 digits should be the "12" in 2012, and the last digit should be "9" since the fall  term begins in September. Therefore, Winter 2013 is represented by 1131; Spring 2013 is represented by 1135; Fall 2013 is represented by 1139.
Term activation Term activation enables graduate students to select courses that are approved by their academic department and make the appropriate fee arrangement with the University for the specified term of enrolment.
Test slot (TST) Used only to designate a time slot for holding mid-term exams. Tests are conducted in lecture-type seating equipped with tables and chairs. Tests for a course are usually held once or twice per term for a period of 2 to 3 hours each time. A specific calendar date for each test slot must be included with each TST component section.
Test slot - lecture (TLC) This component is used in situations where the course has multiple lecture sections and reserve caps and the department does not care how many reserved students go into each section, but they want an overall number of reserved students in the entire course. This means that the course is setup with one TLC primary component and LEC is the secondary component.
Transcript See unofficial transcript or official transcript
Tutorial (TUT) Often optional, a Tutorial is a meeting designed to provide the student with additional information and assistance with the course material that is presented in the Primary Meet. The format is typically in the form of an open discussion or problem solving session. There may be a high student/instructor ratio. Lecture or Seminar type seating may be utilized. Usually there is 1 meeting per week for a total contact time of 1 to 3 hours.
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Unit The credit value associated with a course. Unit weights are used in the calculation of averages for academic standing. Most courses have unit weights of 0.5, but some have weights such as 0.25, 1.0, 2.0.
Unofficial transcript A record of your courses, grades earned, units obtained towards your degree, and more. Unofficial transcripts are for viewing purposes only and can be obtained through University of Waterloo's online student information system: Quest. If graduate schools or employers require your transcript, they usually need an official transcript.
UR Under review, decision pending, no credit granted
UW, UWaterloo, University of Waterloo University of Waterloo
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WD Withdrew, no credit granted
Week days

The following list of the abbreviations are used for the days of the week.

M (Monday)
T (Tuesday)
W (Wednesday)
Th (Thursday)
F (Friday)
S (Saturday)
U (Sunday)

One place where these abbreviations are used is the schedule of classes.
Workshop (WSP) This is a primary meet where teaching includes intensive instructor/student contact as well as independent project work. It may be held in a theatre, studio, or a specially equipped room. Projects may include such topics as audio-visual recording, theatrical scenic painting, puppet construction, costume construction. There are strict limit capacities on enrolment. The duration of a workshop is 4 hours or more at least twice per week.
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XTRA Extra to degree

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