Subject: Uniform Course Numbering
Procedures for Uniform Course Numbering:
The Basic Structure. The course identifier has two components: (1) an alphabetic-subject-area identifier that has three characters, and (2) a three-digit course number .
The alphabetic-subject-area identifier is determined using logic developed by the Inter-Institutional Cooperation Committee of the Florida Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (see Appendix A).
Course Numbering Guide. The first of the three numbers indicates whether or not a course carriers credit, what type of credit, and the level of the course offering.
X = Non-credit community service courses.
0 = Associate degree, vocational courses, or other courses not normally transferable toward a baccalaureate degree.
1,2 = Associate and/or lower-level baccalaureate degree courses.
3 = Upper-level baccalaureate courses.
4 = Upper-level baccalaureate courses; with appropriate qualification and permission, may be taken for graduate credit.
5 = Graduate-level courses; with appropriate qualifications and permission, may be taken for undergraduate credit.
6 = Doctoral and professional courses.
7,8,9 = Reserve levels for future assignments.
The second and third positions of the numeric segment of the course number are designations within each department. These numbers are assigned sequentially, and consideration should be given to series courses (examples: Calculus = MAT 101, MAT 102).
00 – 89 Developmental designations
90 – 99 Reserved for special studies
90 – Reserved for future assignment
91 – Reserved for future assignment
92 – Reserved for future assignment
93 – Reserved for future assignment
94 – Cooperative education
95 – Internship
96 – Field experience
97 – Independent study
98 – Directed study
99 – Thesis
To illustrate the three alpha and three numeric portions of the course number:
B I O 3 2 2
Identifies departmental designations and course sequence.
Identifies whether or not a course carries credit and what type of credit.
Identified to establish uniqueness and visual and/or phonemic relationship with the name of the discipline.
Should correspond to the initial letter of the discipline to be identified.
The following logic is utilized for establishing prefixes that will avoid duplication and offer a usable three-letter system.
Rule #1. The prefix will contain no more or less than three alpha characters.
Rule #2. To establish the prefix in single-word departmental titles, use:
A. The first three alpha characters of the word (e.g., English, ENG).
B. Where conflicts exist, if the title is a compound word combination, use the first two letters of the first word and the first letter of the second word (e.g., Astrophysics, ASP; Biochemistry, BIC; Floriculture, FLC; Psychotherapy, PST).
C. If the first two options (A and B above) have been exhausted and a conflict still exists, use the first two letters and the last letter of the word to establish the three-letter prefix (e.g., English, ENH).
D. If the first three options have been exhausted and a conflict remains, use the first letter of the first syllable, the first letter of second syllable, and the last letter of the word (e.g., Engineering, EGG).
E. If another option is necessary, use the first letter in each of the first three syllables.
Rule #3. In dual-word titles, use:
A. The first two alpha characters in the first word and the first alpha character in the second word (e.g., Animal Husbandry, ANH).
B. If a duplication exists, use the first character of the first word and the first two characters of the second word (e.g., Animal Husbandry, AHU).
C. If a conflict still exists, use the first character of the first word and the first and last characters of the second word (e.g., Animal Husbandry, AHY).
D. If a need exists for another combination, use the first and last characters of the first word and the first character of the second word (e.g., Animal Husbandry, ALH).
E. If a further extension is necessary and one of the words in the title is a compound-word combination, the compound may be treated as separate words to develop a suitable designation.
Rule #4. In triple-word titles, use:
A. The first alpha character in each word (e.g., East Asian Studies, EAS).
B. If another combination is necessary, use the alpha combination which most clearly designates the discipline without duplicating another prefix.
Rule #5. In multi-word titles, use:
A. The first alpha character of the first three words (e.g., Aviation Maintenance Management Studies, AMM).
B. The first alpha character of the three most prominent or root words (e.g., Classical Civilization and Literature, CCL).
Rule #6. In the case of subject titles which are fields within a discipline (e.g., Agriculture, Education, Engineering, etc.) a common set of root characters is used. All fields with AAgriculture@ in the title begin with AA.@ All with AEducation@ or AEngineering@ begin with AE.@
a. EDS = Education Secondary
b. ESS = Education Social Studies
c. ESL = Education Special
d. ESE = Education Science
e. EST = Education Statistics
f. ESU = Education Supervision
a. EAD = Engineering Administration
b. EAE = Engineering Aerospace
c. EAG = Engineering Agriculture
d. EBE = Engineering Bioenvironmental
a. CHI = Chinese Language
b. CZE = Czech Language
c. The word Alanguage@ is added to distinguish from Chinese History, or Chinese Studies, but not incorporated in the prefix.
See: Policy Manual Section 304.1: Uniform Course Numbering