Instructional type is required data used in course scheduling and reporting. When establishing courses, departments will be asked to specify the type of instruction (component) for the course. More than one instructional type may be selected when the course is a laboratory/studio associated with another component.


Group instruction where the primary focus is on the instructor presenting information. Lecture courses may include a variety of pedagogies (discussion, class presentation, etc.) but are primarily (>50%) lecture oriented. Excludes capstones.


Individual and/or group activity under instructor supervision. Activity may occur in a facility with special equipment.


Group instruction where the primary (>50%) focus is on student interaction and group discussion facilitated by the instructor.

Field Experience

Overarching category of instruction or learning activity generally occurring outside the classroom setting. Sections are determined by the span of supervision of a particular faculty member rather than the meeting time and place. Examples include student teaching, internship, clinical experience, cooperative education, service learning, external projects and field work. See experiential learning definition, as a type of course, for additional detail.

Independent Study

One-on-one activity between instructor and student where the focus is on individual attention. The student completes an individualized and often self-paced plan of study. The instructor and student develop the details of the plan of study. Course topic and title does not duplicate existing approved courses. All Independent Study courses carry a number ending in 99 (SUBJ-x99).


A group of advanced-level students studying with an instructor(s). May include a variety of pedagogies but the primary (>50%) is focused exploration between instructor(s) and students concerning selected topics.



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