A Short Introduction to Section Naming
Section naming is an important part of the scheduling process. A section denotes a singular scheduling entity. The most common sections at SFU are what are called “D” sections or undergraduate day time sections.
The majority of “D” sections are set up in such a way as to have D100 as the main lecture and D101/D102 and so on as the tutorials. Some science courses may also have labs and these can be denoted in a variety of ways such as LA01/LA02… LB01/LB02… LAB1/LAB2.
Should alternate courses be offered say at a different campus or different timing typically they would be D200 lectures and subsequently D201/D202… tutorials. This same naming convention applies to most other courses too, including evening and grad courses.
Note: from a technical standpoint all section names cannot exceed four characters.
Scheduling Online and Blended Courses (*New)
Summary/Description - Online
Online courses – these have evolved from C100/C200 “traditional” distance courses. These courses should be primarily asynchronous. They should have the "OLC" component. They are denoted as OL01/OL02...
Summary/Description – Blended
These courses are designed to make the most of in-person and online learning. They are denoted as B100 for the main section and B101/B102 for non-enrollment sections.
Scheduling Terminology Section Naming
• D = Day (most undergraduate courses are of this type)
• *new B = Blended ( blended courses are taught in combination of online and in-person)
• E = Evening (sections beginning with E run after 1630 hrs)
• C = Distance Education (are asynchronous and are slowly being replaced by Online Courses; final offering in spring 2023)
• F = French (courses are taught in French)
• G = Grad (most graduate courses begin with the G designation)
• J = SFU NOW (nights and weekend courses)
• *new OL = Online (OL01/OL02 etc are fully online courses)
Scheduling Terminology Components
COP Work Integrated Learning
IND Independent Study
INT Work - Internship
OPL Laboratory - Open
PHC Placeholder – SFU Charge
PHF Placeholder – No SFU Charge
PRA Work - Practicum
RQL Laboratory - Required
STL Studio Lab
THE Thesis Research