Program Information

General Course Information

Here is some important information that applies to all courses.

What are the Fall and Winter sessions?

The section code denoting when a course is offered is given in the last character of the course code, for example, the 'F' in SOC999H1F. Think of this as the DURATION of the course.

  • F means the course runs for the Fall session, September to December, plus final examination, if any. Exam period is in December.
  • S means the course runs for the Winter session, January to April, plus final examination, if any. Exam period is April - May.
  • Y means the course runs through both Fall and Winter sessions, September to April, plus final examination, if any. Exam period is April - May.

What are the Summer sessions?

  • F means the course runs for the first subsession of the Summer, May to June, plus final examination, if any. Exam period is in June.
  • S means the course runs for the second subsession of the Summer, July to August, plus final examination, if any. Exam period is in August.
  • Y means the course runs through both subsessions of the Summer, May to August, plus final examination, if any. Exam period is in August.

Does that affect the weight of the course?

The weight (full or half course) is given in the character right after the three-digit number in the course code, for example, the 'H' in SOC999H1F. This gives the CREDIT VALUE for the course, which reflects the amount of material covered.

  • H means it is a half course.
  • Y means it is a full course.

This is independent from the session information explained above. Do not confuse the two, as various different combinations exist. For example, there can be half courses that take both summer subsessions, and full courses that take only one subsession.

IMPORTANT! The weight (credit value) and session (duration) combine to determine the number of hours per week of lecture and study outside of class students should expect. For example, a full course compressed into one subsession (for example SOC999Y1F) may meet every day and may have several hours of homework / study / assignments from each meeting. Consider weight and session carefully when making your course selections and accommodating them and your other activities.

 

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