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2005 - 2006


1.3.4 Course Information

1.3.4.1 Course Numbering

Each McGill course is assigned a unique seven-character course "number".

The first four characters (Subject Code)
refer to the unit offering the course.
These codes were implemented in September 2002, replacing the three-number Teaching Unit Codes previously used. A complete list of Teaching Unit Codes and their Subject Code equivalents can be found on the Web at www.mcgill.ca/student-records/transcripts.
The three numbers following the Subject Code
refer to the course itself, with the first of these indicating the level of the course.
Courses numbered at the 100, 200, 300, and 400 levels are intended for undergraduate students. In most programs courses at the 300 level and 400 level are normally taken in the student's last two years.
Courses at the 500 level are intended for graduate students, but may also be open to qualified senior undergraduate students.
Courses at the 600 and 700 level are intended for graduate students only.
Two additional characters (D1, D2, N1, N2, J1, J2, J3) at the end of the seven-character course number identifies multi-term courses.

1.3.4.2 Multi-term Courses

Most courses at McGill are single term (Fall or Winter or Summer) courses with final grades issued and any credits earned recorded at the end of that term. Single term courses are identified by a seven-character course number.
A unit may, however, decide that the material to be presented cannot be divided into single term courses or it is preferable that the work to be done is carried out over two, or three, terms. Under such circumstances, courses are identified by a two-character extension of the course number.

In some cases, the same course may be offered in various ways: as a single term and/or in one or more multi-term versions. The course content and credit weight is equivalent in all modes, the only difference being the scheduling, and students cannot obtain credit for more than one version.

Courses with numbers ending in D1 and D2
are taught in two consecutive terms (most commonly Fall and Winter). Students must register for the same section of both the D1 and D2 components. When registering for a Fall term D1 course on Minerva, the student will automatically be registered for the Winter term D2 portion. No credit will be given unless both components (D1 and D2) are successfully completed in consecutive terms, e.g., Fall 2005 and Winter 2006.
Courses with numbers ending in N1 and N2
are taught in two non-consecutive terms (Winter and Fall). Students must register for the same section of both the N1 and N2 components. No credit will be given unless both components (N1 and N2) are successfully completed within a twelve (12) month period.
Courses with numbers ending in J1, J2 and J3
are taught over three consecutive terms. Students must register for the same section of all three components (J1, J2, J3). No credit will be given unless all three components are successfully completed.
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS FOR MULTI-TERM COURSES
1. Students must be registered for each component of the multi-term course. Students must ensure that they are registered in the same section in each term of the multi-term course.
2. Students must successfully complete each component in sequence as set out in the multi-term course. Credit is granted only at the end of the multi-term course; no credit is given for partial completion.

1.3.4.3 Course Terminology

Prerequisite:
Course A is prerequisite to course B if a satisfactory pass in course A is required for admission to course B.
Corequisite:
Course A is corequisite to course B if course A must be taken concurrently with (or may have been taken prior to) course B.
Credits:
The credit weight of each course is indicated in parentheses beside the course title. For D1 and D2 courses the credit weight is indicated after the course number. For further information refer to section 4.6.2 "Credit System".

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