Course Numbering System

The University of Iowa’s course numbering system is comprised of a Course Subject, a Course Number and a Section Number--each separated with a colon.

For more Course Numbering detail: http://registrar.uiowa.edu/course-numbering-system

 

COURSE SUBJECT

The Course Subject is an alphabetic acronym for the academic department or program offering the course. In our example above, POLI is the Course Subject code for the Political Science Department. Course Subjects may be two to four characters in length.

 

COURSE NUMBER--How to Identify Upper-Level and Lower-Level Courses

The 4-digit Course Number indicates the level of the course as follows:

Course Number Course Level
1000 - 2999 Lower-Level
3000 - 4999 Upper-Level
5000 and Above Graduate-Level (requires special permission for undergraduates)

 

SECTION NUMBER

The Section Number can be numbers, letters or a combination. Online and distance course sections begin with 0EX. Workshop section numbers begin with 0WK.


Delivery Mode

The Delivery Mode describes the way an online and/or distance course is offered. You can search MyUI/Courses by Delivery Modes.  Examples of MyUI/Courses listings for each mode appear below.

 

WEB/ONLINE
  • Instructor-paced, synchronous format
  • May or may not include virtual meetings

 

With Virtual Classroom

  • Specific time(s) you need to be logged in to course
  • WWW/Plus Meeting listed under course title
  • Times (Central Time) and day(s) of the week for virtual meetings specified

 

No Meetings

  • Arranged Time/Word Wide Web listed under course title

 

OFF-CAMPUS / FACE TO FACE
  • Requires participation at physical location indicated
  • May or may not utilize additional delivery modes

 

WORKSHOPS
  • Three weeks or less in length
  • Typically targeted to specific audience
  • May be conducted online, at a physical location or a combination

 

GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY / SELF-PACED ONLINE INSTRUCTION
  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE AFTER SUMMER 2017
  • Self-paced, asynchronous format
  • No virtual meetings
  • Syllabus provides recommended submission deadlines
  • Conditional two-semester completion option