Terminology at SFU

You may find that terminology at SFU is different from what you are accustomed to. Hopefully this will help. Further definitions can be found in the University Glossary. If you're ever confused about a word or phrase please ask exchange@sfu.ca

SFU

You may know it as...

Course

Class, module, unit (eg Introduction to Psychology)   

Units

Credits, credit points (eg most courses are worth 3 units)

Program

Subject area, course

Term

Semester

Academic Calendar    

Handbook, Prospectus

Lecture

The instructional portion of a class, usually two or more hours each week, given by a faculty member (e.g. professor, lecturer) who presents the subject to be learned in a class.

Seminar

A small class for discussing school work. Seminars are usually given in graduate classes.

Tutorial

The smaller portion of a class, given by a teaching assistant, that allows more discussion on class topics. Students choose a class and a tutorial at the same time when they enroll.