Campus:

Describes a combination of where instruction is taking place and the population of students to whom instruction is being delivered.

Instructional Method:

The means by which content is delivered to students.

Schedule Type:

How the educational content of a course is organized and presented to students.

Session Codes:

Describe when a class is offered and is only used for classes meeting during non-standard times (nights and weekends). Session codes are used for the benefit of the student to make searching for those non-standard classes easier.

Section Coding Progression:

Campus -> Instructional Method -> Schedule Type

Code Description Approved Use Applicable Instructional Methods
EC Early College UA Early College classes only FA
HY
IN
ED2 Executive Cohorts Campus Executive EdD classes only AV
FA
EI
HY
IN
EH1 Executive MBA (Huntsville) 1 Huntsville Executive MBA classes only AV
FA
HY
IN
EL English Language Institute English Language Institute (ELI) classes only FA
HY
EM Executive MBA Program (Tuscaloosa) Tuscaloosa Executive MBA classes only AV
FA
HY
IN
EMH Executive MBA Program (Huntsville) Huntsville Executive MBA classes only AV
FA
HY
IN
ER GoArmyEd GoArmyEd classes only IN
GD Gadsden University Center Classes taught at the Gadsden University Center AV
FA
HY
MA Main Campus (Tuscaloosa) Classes in which instruction originates from the UA Main campus and is directed at Main Campus students. These may include online classes NOT managed by the College of Continuing Studies. AV
FA
HY
IN
NCL New College Life Track New College Life Track courses only AV
HY
IN
OC Off-Campus Classes taught within the continental United States which never meet at the UA main campus. Must have an approved off-campus location. EI
OL Online – DL/Gadsden Students Classes that are designated for and restricted to students admitted to approved distance learning or Gadsden Center programs in conjunction with the College of Continuing Studies AV
EI
IN
OLM Online – Main Campus Students Classes taught 100% online through the University’s Learning Management System, managed by the College of Continuing Studies, and restricted to students admitted to main campus programs. AV
EI
IN
OO Off-campus/on-campus Classes that meet at least once at the UA main campus and at an approved off-campus location. AV
FA
EI
HY
IN
OS Overseas Classes that meet outside the continental United States and are not part of a study abroad program. These are courses included in an approved overseas program taught by UA faculty to students who reside overseas at an approved international location. AV
FA
EI
HY
IN
SA Study Abroad Faculty-led or faculty-sponsored courses approved by Capstone International Academic Programs where some portion of the teaching and learning activities take place outside of the United States. EI
IN
Code Description Definition Applicable Schedule Types
AV Interactive Audio/Video Course is taught via remote interactive A/V (e.g., Zoom) in keeping with the assigned meeting schedule from an origination site to one or more reception sites or via streaming media technologies. The interactive A/V-delivered components include real-time teaching and learning activities. The interactive A/V-delivered components reduce the time traditionally spent in the face-to-face portion of the class. Lectures, interactive activities and assignments are delivered in real time with two-way exchange capabilities between instructor and student during the designated class period. APS
CLN
EXM
IND
LAB
LEC
LLB
PRA
RCT
RES
SEM
THD
EI External Instruction Greater than 50% of the teaching and learning activities are delivered outside of an approved UA campus, including, but not limited to, courses involving travel. The remainder of the teaching and learning activities can be any combination of face-to-face, technology, and/or correspondence delivery. All Schedule Types are Valid
FA Face-to-Face Course is taught primarily in person at a UA campus location, or is directed by instruction that originates from a UA campus. Course may include Independent Study, Research, and Thesis/Dissertation work. Face-to-face courses may include technology-delivered components such as online syllabi and online lecture notes. However, the majority of teaching and learning activities are classroom-based, and the technology-delivered components do not reduce the time traditionally spent face-to-face in the classroom. APS
CLN
EXM
IND
LAB
LEC
LLB
PRA
RCT
RES
SEM
THD
HY Hybrid Course is taught as a blend of F2F, interactive A/V (e.g., Zoom) and internet methods described in this guide. In all cases, these courses provide a weekly opportunity for face-to-face instruction for every enrolled student. This standard might be achieved through rotating attendance (required or voluntary), whereby a fraction (e.g., one-third to one-half) of the students attend in-person on a rotating schedule according to the class meeting schedule. Faculty may choose to hold either a synchronous interactive A/V or recorded class session will be promptly available to students who did not attend any face-to-face session. Further, faculty/instructors choosing only to provide recorded class sessions for students not participating in any face-to-face session will provide at least one weekly opportunity for an interactive A/V meeting (e.g., office hours) with students. Individualized face-to-face meetings or interactive A/V meetings between students and faculty/instructors are encouraged but not required. The overall workload of the class must be the same as it would be if the class was delivered in the traditional face-to-face format. Normally, 30%-50% face-to-face teaching and learning activities are expected. APS
CLN
EXM
IND
LAB
LEC
LLB
PRA
RCT
RES
SEM
THD
IN Internet Course content is delivered online. While online courses may require proctored exams, there are no other place-bound requirements. Regular interactions between students and instructor are a part of the teaching and learning process. Although not all student-instructor interactions will be synchronous, faculty are discouraged from using a solely asynchronous online platform. Distance courses offered by the College of Continuing Studies or other units (e.g., graduate programs in nursing) in which there has historically been no face-to-face instruction are exempt from this rule. CLN
IND
LAB
LEC
LLB
PRA
RES
SEM
THD
Code Description Definition Notes
APS Activity, Performance or Studio Students develop technical or creative skills such as art, music, drama or design.  
CLN Clinical A type of medical training in medicine, social work, psychology, etc. that is based on direct observation and treatment of patients as opposed to theory or basic science. A classroom and meeting pattern may or may not be scheduled. If instruction is occurring at an off-campus location, that location should be captured.
COP Co-op Cooperative education (or Co-op) is a partnership between students, the University, and employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled. No credit is granted for these experiences. Course registration is used for enrollment reporting.
EXM Exam or Quiz A session designed to test a student’s understanding of course material. This schedule type carries zero credit hours.
FLD Field Experience A faculty-supervised training and educational experience where the student is working in a field setting. Work generally requires first-hand observation, recording, or documenting what the student sees and hears in a particular setting. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled. If instruction is occurring at an off campus location, that location should be captured.
IND Independent Study – Self Paced Refers to those situations where students work primarily on their own initiative through reading, writing, performing experiments or non-thesis research, etc.
Contact with an instructor may be one-on-one or in small groups and is generally only on a few arranged occasions throughout the semester to receive assignment, have progress checked, etc.
No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled.
INT Internship Applied and supervised field-based learning experience where students gain practical experience following a negotiated and/or directed plan of study. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled.
LAB Laboratory Laboratory experiences that require special-purpose equipment for student participation, experimentation, observation or practice in a field of study. May involve discussion of a forthcoming laboratory or review of a completed laboratory session.  
LEC Lecture A standard (non-laboratory) class in which organized instruction is presented by the instructor.  
LLB Combined Lecture/Lab Instruction including both laboratory activities as defined above in addition to lecture or recitation instruction.  
PRA Practicum A course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled. If instruction is occurring at an off-campus location, that location should be captured.
RCT Recitation or Discussion Regularly scheduled discussion session that is offered in addition to lecture instruction, but is generally scheduled in smaller groups than the lecture. This type of instruction is only offered in combination with lecture and may not be used as the only type of instruction for a course. May only be used in conjunction with a lecture, lab, combined lecture/lab or seminar.
RES Research A course in which students systematically investigate existing or new knowledge which is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A classroom is not expected to be scheduled.
RPH Registration Place Holder Used only for the purposes for reporting enrollment and fee assessment. Uses include study abroad experiences, consortium agreements and the National Student Exchange. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled. Courses are not gradable.
SEM Seminar Students and faculty interact through small classroom sessions that involve substantial class participation.  
STT Student Teaching Faculty supervised learning experience in which a student applies knowledge gained in the teacher education program to a classroom setting. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled. If instruction is occurring at an off campus location, that location should be captured.
THD Thesis or Dissertation Used for the formal period of work on a thesis or dissertation. No classroom or meeting pattern is expected to be scheduled.