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This policy ensures the integrity and consistency of all academic courses definitions, attributions, values and description, and ensures any and all changes are implemented according to an academically sound process.

  1. Course Value

    All courses are valued in credits. Normally, each credit represents 50 minutes of class instruction or 120 to 180 minutes of laboratory experience per week for the semester. A three semester credit hour course typically meets for three 50 minute sessions per week. A four semester credit hour course typically meets for three 50 minute sessions plus one 120-to-180 minute laboratory session.
  2. Class Periods

    Except for laboratory, workshop, and specialized design and studio courses, classes ordinarily meet three days per week in 50-minute sessions or two days per week in 75-minute sessions. The university operates on a five-day schedule from Saturday through Wednesday. The university is closed for the weekend on Thursday and Friday with the exception of certain Executive MBA courses, which are offered on Thursdays. The university also may be open on Thursdays during examination periods.
    Independent reading or research courses, study projects, internships, and similar kinds of study opportunities meet according to the special arrangements of the college, department or faculty members concerned.
    Courses are offered at the discretion of the department. Students should check with the respective academic departments for information on when courses will be offered.
  3. PMU Course Numbering System

    A common system for naming courses is applied throughout all academic programs at PMU.
    Each course title begins with four letters that indicate the subject matter of the course.
    The letters are followed by four numbers:
    1. The first digit indicates the earliest year a course may be taken. A number 1 course may be taken at any time.
    2. The second digit indicates credit hours. Most courses carry 3 hours of credit. Courses with laboratories typically carry 4 hours of credit. A small number of courses carry 1 or 2 hours of credit.
    3. The third digit indicates a course that is part of a group or family of courses. For example, the three general math courses are assigned the number 1 and the four calculus courses are assigned the number 2. More advanced math courses are assigned the number 3.
    4. The fourth digit serves only to differentiate courses from one another within a family. For example, the four calculus courses are numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4. The two economics courses are numbered 1 and 2.
  4. Course Descriptions and Syllabi

    Course syllabi will be prepared by faculty and made available to students by the individual course instructor, department, or program offices.  All course syllabi will be available on BlackBoard by the respective instructor for the access of students. Syllabi will include course goals and objectives, content and topics, instructional material and resources, the method of evaluation, the meeting time and place, credit hours, and prerequisites. Specific guidelines on lateness and attendance will also be included.
  5. Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites

    Courses at the university above the introductory level require a minimum background of knowledge, which will be indicated by prerequisite courses cited in individual course descriptions and syllabi.
    Equivalent courses satisfactorily completed at other institutions may also meet prerequisite requirements by transfer credit. Students should consult the head of the appropriate academic unit for more information. Students are responsible for entering the class with the required competence.
    In general, courses should be taken in an order of increasing difficulty. Credit may not be granted for a lower level course once a more advanced course has been completed. Courses in which a grade of D or F was received do not satisfy prerequisite requirements. Specific details for different degree programs will be provided by the deans’ offices.
    Courses prerequisites are defined on Banner by the Registrar's Office. Curriculum changes will only be applicable through the Scientific Council review and upon the University Council's approval. No registration pre-requisite restriction overrides will be accepted by any registration officer unless in case of courses transferred, approved by the academic authorities, and equivalent to the specific course pre-requisite
  6. Cross Listing

    Cross-listed or partnered courses in Banner are identified by a two-character Cross-List Group Identifier or a Code. This code will be displayed on SSASECT, SSAXLST, SSAXMTI and SSAXLSQ.
    Courses may be cross-listed once each section has been added to SSASECT, which has a valid CRN number and an enrollment capacity inserted. The cross-list code will not be entered on SSASECT, but will automatically display on this form once the cross-list group has been defined on SSAXLST. On SSAXLST, courses are grouped under a cross-list code; which is infrequently to the other groups and assigned by the Registrar.
    A maximum enrollment will be entered for the cross-listed group; in which this maximum enrollment may not be lower than the cumulative sum of the maximum capacities for each of the sections in the group and may be as high as the maximum seating capacity of the assigned classroom.


The cross-list maximum capacity cannot be overridden by authorization or permission. If the maximum capacity of a cross-list group is 20 and the assigned classroom holds 30, the permission will not allow the student to register if all sections of the group are filled to a total of 20 and had been closed, even though there are still seats available in the room.
Academic departments must determine the maximum capacity of a cross-listed group taking into the consideration the maximum seating capacity of the room and the sum of the maximum enrollment capacities for each section in the cross-list group. This maximum capacity number should be submitted to the Registrar's office when a semester schedule is being created, in addition to the possibility of being adjusted as necessary.