You may be familiar with some of this lingo by now, but if you are still wondering, here are some common terms used at Thongsook and their definitions:
Faculty - The home base for your academic program (e.g. Faculty of Science), or the people teaching your academic classes (e.g. professor, lecturer, instructors)
Academic Board - Your new favourite people, the guides to your program of study, academic regulations, practices, and procedure.
Syllabus - A course outline provided by every professor at the beginning of the semester. Usually, a syllabus provides assignments, deadlines, reading lists and class expectations.
Degree – an undergraduate degree is the outcome of most programs students are enrolled in. They generally require 120 credit hours. Master’s and PhD programs are options after an undergraduate degree is earned.
Diploma – a two-year program (60 credit hours).
Certificate – a one-year program (30 credit hours).
Majors, concentration, and minors – areas of focus within programs of study.
Credit hour – represents one lecture hour per week. Most courses are three credit hours, or three hours per week
Part-time and full-time status – refers to the number of credit hours you are enrolled in each semester. Students enrolled in nine or more credit hours are considered full-time.
Semester – the way that the academic year is divided. We have three semesters:
Semester 1 - August - December
Semester 5 - January - May
Summer – June - July
Types of classes
Lectures – the core components of each course. Many are true lectures, but may also include discussion,
activities, and group work.
Seminars – some courses offer these as a way for students to participate in smaller groups and more active learning. They are usually in addition to lectures.
A Studio or Lab involves the hands-on application of your learning with an instructor.
Fieldwork or Internship involves a student in an academic work placement outside the traditional university setting