Schedule Type

BANNER distinguishes the following schedule types. All course proposals require that the schedule type be identified. Courses may include more than one type. If, for example, a course is to have a lecture, separate discussion sections, and/or laboratory sections, all three schedule types should be indicated. No approval is required to change schedule types.


LECTURE - An academic discourse given by an instructor before a group.


DISCUSSION - Those sections associated with a lecture course that is used to facilitate consideration of a question or topic in open and informal debate.


RECITATION - A course requiring a public exhibition of acquired skills and knowledge.


LABORATORY - That part of a course set aside for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study. Lab fee is assessed.


SEMINAR - A course pursued by a small group of students under the direction of an instructor for the purpose of presenting and exchanging ideas or research findings via lectures, reports, and discussions.


INDEPENDENT OR SPECIAL STUDIES - A course of organized instruction or research determined solely by a student and his/her instructor.


FINAL – An Examination provided at the end of the course.


RESEARCH - A course through which students earn credit for a studious inquiry or examination aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws, and/or the collecting of information about a particular subject.


ACTIVITY - A course or educational procedure designed to stimulate learning via firsthand experience.


HYBRID - A hybrid course includes both regularly scheduled on-site classroom meetings, and significant online out-of-classroom components that replace regularly scheduled class meeting time.


EXPERIMENTAL - A course offered for a limited period of time for the purpose of trying out or testing a new procedure, idea, or activity


INTERNSHIP - An experiential course designed to provide on-the-job experience in an academic setting on or off campus, where students can earn academic credit.


STREAMING MEDIA - A video and/or audio data transmitted over a computer network for immediate playback rather than for file download and later (offline) playback. Examples of streaming video used in a course may include Internet radio, television broadcasts, and/or films.


PRACTICUM - A course designed for the preparation of teachers and clinicians that involve the practical application of previously studied theory under the supervision of a senior instructor.


MIDTERM EXAM – An Examination held halfway through the course.


READING AND CONFERENCE - A course focused on designated subject matter to be read by a student and discussed in conference with an instructor.


EXPERIENTIAL/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (FIELD TRIPS) - A course relating to, derived from, or providing experience.


PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION - A course requiring a student’s interaction with a predetermined set of instructions which are presented in a sequence of steps or segments.


THESIS - A course designed to cover the thesis research and writing. Students may register for thesis credit each term.


STUDIO - A course incorporating practical experience where students receive individualized instruction and lectures in a studio setting.


PROJECT - A course with individualized instruction designed for students to complete an independent project of the students design.


EXTERNSHIP - An experiential course designed to provide on-the-job experience in an academic setting off campus, where students can earn academic credit.




WORKSHOP - A brief intensive course for a small group which emphasizes problem solving.




WORLD WIDE WEB - A fully developed course where the dominant medium tool is on the World Wide Web. Students spend a significant amount of time using Web in the areas of content, assessment, and interaction to the degree that the student must participate through the use of Web to complete course requirements. Although courses are not restricted to the OSU campus, some classes may require attending some classes on campus. If some sections of a course are taught as a Web course and other sections are not, then the course description will indicate that section 7xx is a Web course and the section title would begin with WWW/. Courses with all sections on Web will include the WWW/ in the main course title.24.


MODULAR - See guidelines and policies on Modular Courses.