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Choosing Classes

Here's some information to help you make the right choice when choosing one of our various course types.  

How to distinguish between an honors course and a general course:

Honors courses are usually identified with the prefix HONR (such as HONR 101) or identified with an H at the end of the course number (such as COMM*150*H2). The classes that falls under the Honors College (the classes with the HONR prefix) are only designated for students who are in the Honors Program. However, classes with only the “H” at the end of the course are open to all students. The “H” at the end of the course lets the honors student know that he or she may take the course for honors credit. The course designated with the “H” are general courses, but they are cross listed as an honors course. This means that honors students are able to take the course, but as an honors student they will be held to the standards of the Honors College.

A class that is strictly a general course is a course without the HONR prefix and that does not end with an “H” in the course number. 

How to distinguish between a distances learning and a lecture course:

Distance learning courses are taught primarily online, rarely requiring the student to physically attend a class.  Students will receive their course material and complete their assignments through Moodle unless otherwise directed by the professor. Sections for distance learning courses are designated with the letter “D” in the section number, and state that they are distance learning courses in the course description.  For example, JOUR*201*D2 will be a distance learning course while JOUR*201*02 will be an in class, lecture based course.   If you are looking to enroll in a distance learning course through WebAdvisor, set the location of the course to “Distance Learning” in the course search menu.  This will search all the distance learning sections available for any courses that you entered into the course search.  Please be aware that distance learning courses generally come with a $25 distance learning lab fee.

Here are other types of courses offered at CCU:

Hybrid courses are courses that are considered "blended courses." Unlike traditional courses which usually meet face-to-face and unlike distance learning courses which usually meet only, hybrid courses are a mixture of the two. In hybrid courses, half of the instruction is received face-to-face and the other half of the instruction will be received online. Hybrid courses do not meet in a physical space as often as traditional courses. 

 Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, and Spring II courses run concurrent with semester-long courses. They are shorter courses that only last eight weeks. However, these shorter courses generally require more discipline because thse shorter courses cover the same amount of material as would a semester long course, but in a shorter amount of time. Fall and Spring I classes start at the beginning of the semester and finish around the midterm period. Fall II and Spring II classes begin around the midterm point of the semester and finishes at the semester's end.    

Summer I and Summer II courses are courses that are taken over the summer. Summer I usually lasts for five weeks, typically beginning in June and running through the first week of July. Summer II courses typically begin the second week of July and run through the first week of August.

Experiential Learning courses are courses that require a great deal of reflection and courses that teach you practical skills applicable to the content of the course . In other words, you learn by doing. They are fun, hands-on experiences. And guess what? If you enrolled at Coastal in 2018 or after, you are required to take at least one! But take as many as you like. You'll be glad you did. 

 

Here's a link to the University Course Catalog.