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Commonly Used Terms and Abbreviations (Archived)
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Academic Advisor: A member of the college staff who helps students set educational goals and select courses to meet those goals.

Add: During any single semester to enroll in additional course(s) after registration period, only if the course is available and has not met more than twice.

Admission: A person wishing to enroll must complete an application, be accepted and receive acknowledgement of acceptance from the Admissions Office before registering for classes.

Audit: Enrollment in a credit course without receiving academic credit.

Career and Technical Courses: Courses that lead to a Certificate or Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in a technical or occupational program. These courses are designed to aid the student in developing entry-level skills to be used in the job market. Consult an advisor regarding transferability if you plan to attend a four-year institution.

Catalog: The book containing course descriptions, certificate and associate degree requirements, and general information.

Class or Course schedule: A booklet that is published prior to each semester listing classes, sections, dates, times, instructors' names and meeting places. This booklet is utilized by students in preparing personal class schedules each semester.

College-Based Distance Learning Class: A College-based Distance Learning Class has a portion of the instructional contact hours delivered at a distance, with occasional college-based instructional requirements, i.e. testing and review sessions. Most student services are delivered on campus. College-based Distance Learning Classes are offered using one or more of the distance learning course delivery formats.

College Level Math: Requires a student to have successfully completed two years of high school algebra and acquire an appropriate assessment score at the DCCC standard, a standard which is higher than the state's TSI standard, or successfully complete Developmental Mathematics 0099 or Developmental Mathematics 0093 with a grade of "C" or better. Other math prerequisites may be required.

Common Course Numbers: Beginning in Fall 1995, the Common Course Number became the official number of the course. This same Common Course Number is being used for the same course by a number of colleges throughout Texas to help students identify how a course will transfer. However, the lack of a Common Course Number does not necessarily mean a course will not transfer.

Concurrent enrollment: (a) Enrollment by the same student in two different colleges of the DCCC at the same time; (b) Enrollment by a high school student in one of the DCCC while still enrolled in high school; (c) Enrollment by a student in two courses in the same semester; (d) Enrollment in both a college of the DCCC and another college or university at the same time; (e) Enrollment in both credit and continuing education courses at the same time.

Core: The 48 prescribed hours of a 61-hour degree plan that a student must successfully complete in order to receive an Associate in Arts/Associate in Sciences Degree.

Co-requisite: Just as a prerequisite is something which is required prior to enrollment in a course, a co-requisite is something which must be taken simultaneously with another prerequisite.

Course Load: The number of hours or courses in which a student is enrolled in any given semester.

Credit: The numerical value assigned to a course (See "credit hours/semester hours.")

Credit hours/semester hours: The unit of credit earned for course work. Each college course is worth a certain number of credit or semester hours. This number is determined by the type of class and the number of hours per week it meets. For example, a three credit-hour class (English, history, etc.) meets three hours per week during the fall/spring semester; a four credit-hour class (science, languages, etc.) meets six hours per week. Check the Catalog or the current Class Schedule for the value of any course you wish to take.

Credit/noncredit: Credit classes are those that award academic credit and may apply toward a degree. Noncredit classes do not apply toward a degree and are usually offered as continuing education courses.

DCCC: Dallas County Community Colleges. The Dallas County Community Colleges are composed of Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland colleges. These colleges are all subject to the policies established by the DCCC Board of Trustees.

Dallas TeleCollege Virtual Class: Courses offered through Dallas TeleCollege are defined as "virtual classes." A Dallas TeleCollege virtual class requires that all instruction and student services be delivered at a distance with no on-campus requirements. Dallas TeleCollege virtual class sections are numbered 9000-level. Virtual class sections may be offered using the online course or Telecourse Plus distance learning course delivery formats. A course offered through Dallas TeleCollege is the equivalent of the same course offered by all colleges of the DCCC.

Developmental Studies Courses: Courses that develop prerequisite skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Because of the nature of these courses, the credit earned will not count toward graduation requirements and may not be transferred to colleges outside the DCCC.

Distance Learning: Distance learning courses are offered in a variety of formats. Each format requires a unique set of technologies essential to successful course completion.

Dropping a Course: The act of officially withdrawing from a particular course without penalty before a specified date. See the Academic Calendar in this catalog for "Last Day to Withdraw." It is the student's responsibility to drop a course by the date published. Effective with the Fall 2004 Semester, students may have to pay a higher rate of tuition for the third or subsequent time they attempt a course. Students should take care in dropping a course as any future retake of that course may result in a higher rate of tuition. See Third Course Attempt.

Dual credit: Credit earned for both high school and college via concurrently enrolled high school students.

eConnect: eConnect is a web application that allows you to plan your schedule, search, register/drop and pay for your credit classes, buy books, order transcripts, view your grades and access your personal/financial information online. You must meet certain eligibility criteria to register on-line. All students are eligible to search or pay for credit classes and access their personal/ financial information using eConnect.

Electives: Courses that do not count toward a major but are required for most college degrees. Electives are selected for personal interest, skill development, or to increase one's knowledge or understanding. Consult with an advisor before deciding upon electives.

Embedded Course: A course which is shorter in length than the regular semester in which the course is scheduled. The starting and ending dates of the course fall within the starting and ending dates of the semester.

Flexible-entry course: A course beginning and ending on dates that are different from the regular semester. This is also referred to as "flex-entry" or "short semester." Consult the Class Schedule for further information.

Former student: One who has not attended a college of the DCCC in the past year.

Full-time student: A student who is enrolled for at least 12 credit hours during a semester or for six credit hours during a summer session. The student may be enrolled in one or more colleges of the DCCC as long as the total number of hours meets the full-time requirement.

GPA: Grade Point Average. Two different ways of computing a GPA are utilized. For further explanation, see "Grades and Transcripts."

Grade points: See "Grades and Transcripts."

Grades: See "Grades and Transcripts."

Lab hours: The number of hours a student spends each week in a laboratory or other learning environment.

Lecture hours: The number of hours a student spends each week in a classroom other than a laboratory.

Live-Interactive Television Course: The live-interactive television course uses one-way video and two-way audio. Each class is a live cable broadcast. Tapes are not available for these courses. Students must view class at broadcast times. See the Cable Broadcast Schedule in the distance learning pages printed in the College's Class Schedule. Students must have access to a participating cable television system. Students may interact during the live class with the faculty by telephone, placing a call to a voice bridge system. The course may include college-based requirements including orientations, testing and review sessions. Call the Distance Learning Hotline for more information about participating cable systems, 972-669-6400 or if outside Dallas, toll-free: 1-888-468-4268. Only college based distance learning classes may utilize the live-interactive television course delivery format.

Major: The subject or field of study in which the student plans to specialize. For example, one "majors" in Automotive Technology, Business, etc.

Non-standard-term Course: A course which has a different length than the regular semester in which the course is scheduled and the ending date of the course is after the ending date of the regular semester.

Online Courses: Online courses are delivered using only computers and computer peripherals. Students are required to have reliable Internet access and the latest version of an Internet browser software. The online classroom is used to deliver instruction and facilitate interactions among faculty and students.

Part-time student: A student who is enrolled for less than 12 credit hours during a semester or less than six credit hours in a summer session. The student may be enrolled in one or more colleges of the DCCC as long as the total number of hours meets the part-time requirement.

Performance grade: A grade of "A," "B," "C," "D" or "F." This does not include the grades of "W," "I," "E" or "WX". See "Grades and Transcripts." for more on grades and grade point averages.

Prerequisite: A requirement that must be met before registering for a specified course. For example, the prerequisite for English 1302 is the successful completion of English 1301. A prerequisite may be another course (high school or college) or an appropriate assessment score.

Probation: A warning for a student whose academic work or behavior is unsatisfactory. Students on academic probation may be suspended if their academic performance does not improve.

Registration: The official process for enrolling in courses. This involves selecting classes with the help of an advisor, completing all registration forms and paying fees. Check the College's Class Schedule for registration dates.

Registration Number: A number indicating the course, day/evening, hour, room number and name of instructor for a particular course.

Semester: A term denoting the length of time a student is enrolled in a specific course. For example, there are two long semesters (fall and spring) that last approximately 16 weeks. There are two summer sessions or "semesters" (Summer I and Summer II) that last approximately 12 weeks.

Syllabus (Syllabi): An outline for a course of study. Students usually receive a syllabus from the instructor at the beginning of each course.

Technical/Occupational Courses: Courses that lead to a Certificate or Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in a technical or occupational program. These courses are designed to aid the student in developing entry-level skills to be used in the job market. Consult an advisor regarding transferability if you plan to attend a four-year institution.

Tech-Prep: An educational process where the college and the public high school districts cooperatively develop and implement a planned sequence of course work to prepare students for technologically advanced careers. Tech Prep programs are endorsed and approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Through the Tech Prep process students earn college credit while in high school and advance to college programs after graduation.

Telecourse: The telecourse allows the student to work and learn independently, with college-based requirements including orientations, testing and review sessions. The course includes a pre-produced video series with print materials. Class interaction is offered through the telephone, fax and mail. Students may view video lessons either through a local cable system, by purchasing videocassettes or viewing them on campus, or by purchasing videostreaming.

Telecourse Plus Courses: The Telecourse Plus course incorporates the use of video and the online classroom. The course includes a pre-produced video series with print materials. Students may view video lessons either through a local cable system, by purchasing videocassettes or viewing them on campus, or by purchasing videostreaming. Students are also required to have reliable Internet access and the latest version of an Internet browser software for the online instruction.

Telephone registration: Touch-tone telephone registration is available during registration for those who meet eligibilty criteria. The telephone number for touch-tone telephone registration is 972-613-1818.

Transfer courses: Courses that are designed to transfer to other colleges and universities. Students need to consult with a registration advisor or check on college website about the transferability of specific courses. Because a course will transfer does not mean it will apply toward a specific major or degree at a four-year college or university.

Transcript: An official copy of a student's academic record that can be obtained through the Admissions Office. An official transcript must have the seal of the college affixed and the signature of the Registrar.

TSI: Texas Success Initiative; See TSI and Assessment.

Withdrawal: The act of ending enrollment in classes. A student withdrawing must go through a formal procedure. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw officially by the appropriate date. See the Academic Calendar in this catalog or in the College Class Schedule for the "Last Day to Withdraw". Effective with the Fall 2004 Semester, students may have to pay a higher rate of tuition for the third or more times they attempt a course. Students should take care in withdrawing from a course as any future retake of that course may result in a higher rate of tuition.

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