Learn the language of Brock

Many terms and definitions related to course registration will be new to you.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following terms prior to registration.

ASY – ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE

A fully asynchronous online course does not require real-time communications. Asynchronous online courses have no required on-campus components, including assessments. The course will have a set start and finish date, and set due dates for assignments, possibly including a scheduled final exam delivered online.

BLD – BLENDED – MIXED LOCATION

Blended location delivery courses include both online and on-campus course components. Typically, at least 50% on the total course delivery occurs on-campus, while the online components may be synchronous or asynchronous online.

CLI – PRACTICUM (CLINIC)

Supervised, practice-based experience in employment related to the field of study.

Course calendar:

This online catalogue contains Brock rules and regulations, programs of study, program requirements and course descriptions.

Click here to view the current course calendar

Concentration:

Only available in an honours degree program, and requiring a minimum of six credits (6.0) from a list of approved courses. Enables you to pursue studies with some focus within your major or combined major.

Context credits:

Mandatory courses intended to provide you with a broad educational background. All students must complete at least one full credit from each of the following Faculties at Brock:

  • Humanities
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Social Sciences

Plan these into your schedule after required courses.

Click here to view a complete list of context credits.

Co-requisite:

A course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

Course component:

Various classroom formats that make up a course, such as lectures, seminars, labs and tutorials.

Department/centre:

Divisions of the university that give instruction in a certain subject area. These divisions oversee program requirements.

Deregistration:

Removal from enrolment in a course. You will automatically be removed from course(s) under the following conditions:

Duration:

Period of time over which a course is taught.

Elective:

Elective credits may be chosen from any area of interest, provided you meet any prerequisites or restrictions listed in the course notes.

Note: If you are planning to pursue a minor, you will likely use your elective courses to satisfy these requirements.

Faculty:

Branches of the university that oversee academic departments/centres.

FLD – FIELD COURSE

Exploring academic content in a purposeful way outside the classroom through fieldtrips and/or friend-work within Canada. An in-class component may be schedule on-campus in advance of and/or following the field experience.

HYF – HYFLEX

Hyflex courses are offered simultaneously in on-campus and online environments. On-campus and online students will be integrated through online interactions and engagement with synchronous learning opportunities. On-campus registration will be limited. Online student will not be required to attend campus for any component of the course, including assessment.

IFT – INTERNATIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE

Exploring academic content in a purposeful way outside the classroom through short-term fieldtrips and/or field work outside of Canada. An in-class component may be scheduled on-campus in advance of and/or following the field experience.

INT – INTERNSHIP

Participation in discipline-specific, supervised, full-time work during the study period. A set number of hours/days/weeks may be required to be completed by the student. An internship supervisor (within the student’s unit of study) as well as a workplace supervisor will typically be involved to lead the student through the learning experience.

LAB – LABORATORY

Observe, test and apply course concepts in a controlled setting, specialized for small-group learning on-campus (typically affiliated with a specific technology and/or facility).

LEC – LECTURE

A large or small educational talk delivered to students on-campus.

Major:

Specific area of emphasis within a degree program. Students following a major will have a set of core courses and electives to complete.

Major credit:

Credits required for, but not necessarily the same as, your major discipline.

Minor:

Must be distinct from your major or combined major, and requires from four (4.0) to six (6.0) credits.

Students wishing to obtain a minor within a degree program may not use the same course(s) to satisfy both the major and minor requirements.

Prerequisite:

A course that must be taken prior to taking another course.

ONM – BLENDED – ONLINE MIXED

A blended course that includes both synchronous and asynchronous elements delivered fully online. The synchronous components of the course requires real-time interactions with the course instructor and teaching assistants/lab demonstrators, on a set schedule. The asynchronous components (pre-recorded) can be viewed online without real-time interaction.

Override:

Special permission from the teaching department/centre to register in a course that has prerequisites and/or restrictions that students do not meet, or that may be full.

PRO – PROJECT

Develop and complete a project as an independent study working individually or in small groups with a faculty member(s).

Restrictions:

Requirements of a course that must be met before registration in a specific course.

Required courses:

Courses that must be taken as a part of your degree program. Plan these into your schedule first.

SEM – SEMINAR

A small-group learning activity that allows for the discussion and application of course concepts on-campus.

Stream:

A collection of courses focusing on a specific area within a major.

SYN – SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE

A fully synchronous online course is delivered through web or video conferencing to facilitate real-time communication between the instructor and students. These classes have regularly scheduled meeting times throughout the semester where students are expected to attend, including assessments and exams.

TUT – TUTORIAL

A small-group learning activity that allows for application of course concepts on-campus.

VLABS:

Virtual Labs — appearing as SYNC, VLABS or VLABS. If your course normally would occur in a computer lab, we have included the Virtual Lab location in the location. Your instructor will provide more information during class. You will not be required to be on campus, but you will be able to remotely access on-campus software during your scheduled lab time. Click here for more information.