Course Numbering System
The system of course numbers is arranged to indicate the level of instruction. The first figure in each number designates the group to which a course belongs:
|Courses open primarily to freshmen
|Courses open primarily to sophomores
|Courses open primarily to juniors
|Courses open primarily to seniors
|Courses open only to graduate students
From time to time courses may be added or dropped from a curriculum. All courses listed in this catalog cannot be offered each semester. Some departments indicate which semester the course is normally offered. While the departments will attempt to follow the guidelines established for periods of course offerings, there is no guarantee the course will be offered during the semester indicated. Furthermore, students cannot be guaranteed placement in a course offered during a particular semester.
Explanation of Credit Course Numbers
Courses available for graduate credit are those which have been approved by the UNO graduate faculty or its designee. Students will not be allowed to upgrade or retake courses previously taken for undergraduate credit so that they can be used for any purpose where graduate credit is required. Undergraduate courses cannot be used toward a graduate degree.
Dual-listed courses are courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students. There are two types of dual-listed courses:
- Courses numbered at the 3000 level which are dual listed with courses starting with the number eight (8) and ending with a five (5) – (3xxx/8xx5).
- No more than two (3xxx/8xx5) courses are allowed on a master's degree plan of study.
- Courses numbered at the 4000 level which are dual listed with courses starting with the number eight (8) and ending with a six (6) – (4xxx/8xx6).
It is expected that students enrolled for graduate credit will do work at a higher level than that which is expected of undergraduate students in the same course.
Courses numbered with an eight (8) or nine (9) and ending with a zero (0) – (8xx0 or 9xx0) – are normally restricted to graduate students only. At least one-half the hours of course work on a plan of study must be in courses normally restricted to graduate students only.
With special permission from the dean for graduate studies, exceptional juniors and seniors may enroll in graduate courses.
Courses numbered (8xxx or 9xx1) are normally for advanced master’s and doctoral-level students. If taken at the master's level, the course cannot be taken again at the doctoral level.
Credit/No Credit Option for Courses Offered for Graduate Credit
The UNO graduate faculty does not, in general, allow the Credit/No Credit option for courses offered for graduate credit. However, each graduate program committee shall have the right to designate courses such as practica, independent studies or research courses on which this option could apply. Inquire in the Office of Graduate Studies about the availability of this option for specific courses.
The grade of "Credit" is interpreted to mean the equivalent of a grade of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better and is not considered in the calculation of grade point averages.
Credit Hour Definition
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) uses the federal definition1 of a credit hour, which states:
A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:
- One hour2 of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks;
- Or at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work and other academic work leading toward the awarding of credit hours.
One credit hour is equivalent to one hour (50 minutes minimum) of lecture and two (2) hours of out-of-class work each week. For all standard 15-week semesters of instruction, and for non-standard (condensed) and online courses the following contact times (minimums) are assigned for every one (1) credit hour based upon the specific type of learning activity:
- Synchronous Classroom: one hour of contact time and two hours of out-of-class work for each week of instruction
- Laboratory: two to four hours of contact time for each week of instruction
- Research/Field Work/Internships/Practica: two to four hours of contact time for each week of instruction
- Clinical: two to four hours of contact time for each week of instruction
- Simulation: two to four hours of contact time for each week of instruction
- Other Activities: three hours of contact time for each week of instruction (Exam time can be considered part of contact time if an instructor chooses to count time spent on assessment as part of contact time)
- Asynchronous Education (e.g., Online or Distance Learning): three hours of student work for each week. Student work includes reading, research, online discussion, instruction, and assigned group activities, preparation of papers or presentations, and exams.
- Hybrid Classes (combination of synchronous and asynchronous education): Combination of face-to-face and assigned student work (see asynchronous) equivalent to three hours for each week.
- Non-standard semesters (e.g., eight week; five week, etc): Contact hours will be equivalent to the contact time established for the standard 15-week semester.
Credit hours for all UNO for-credit courses are established as part of the course development and approval process. The process begins with the departments/schools and then approval by the appropriate college(s) educational policy committee and dean. The University Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) is the final approval of the number of credit hours for all courses, regardless of mode of delivery. Credit hours are determined by course content/required student work that does not vary by mode of delivery. The determination/assignment of credit hours reflects the educational outcome of the course and the time required for a typical student to achieve the course’s desired outcomes. Any changes in credit hours for a course (reduction or increase) is considered a substantial change to the course that requires an updated master syllabus to reflect the change in content and approval by the University Educational Policy Advisory Committee.
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
A class hour at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is typically 50 minutes
- Activity - Instructor-facilitated course generally focused on “learning by doing” with significant student/instructor interaction. Musical or dance groups or fitness-related courses often are assigned this course component.
- Discussion - A regularly scheduled section of a larger course, designed for activities such as group discussion, demonstrations or case studies. Discussions do not carry credit and are not stand alone courses. They are linked to a credit bearing course. Discussion sections generally contain fewer students than the course to which they are linked.
- Dissertation - Course is taken as part of a student's individual research project, generally in preparation for a written presentation of research results and required for completion of a specific degree program or special distinction in that program. (May be eligible as variable credit).
- Ensemble - Course is facilitated by the instructor and generally focused on significant small group or individual student/instructor interaction. Musical groups often are assigned this course component. (May be eligible as variable credit).
- Field Experience - Field experiences are generally required as part of an academic program such as counseling, psychology, or education. (May be eligible as variable credit)
- Independent Study - Course is designed to meet the needs of an individual student and may include individualized instruction or directed readings. (May be eligible as variable credit)
- Internship - Course includes work experiences related to a student's major or career goal. The internship typically involves a student working in a professional setting under the supervision of practicing professionals. (May be eligible as variable credit)
- Laboratory - Course is a classroom session(s) associated with a credit bearing course, often a lecture, which requires separate enrollment. Students participate in hands-on experiments or activities that illustrate or augment the material presented in the corresponding lecture or in their program overall.
- Lecture - Course is instructor-led course and may include interactive pedagogy to engage students but is primarily guided by the instructor.
- Lecture/Lab - A class that contains an integrated lecture and some hands-on components but does not require a separate meeting time like a traditional lab. The lecture/lab (combo) is scheduled like a lecture.
- Master's Thesis - Course hours are taken as part of a student's individual research project, generally in preparation for a written presentation of research results and required for completion of a specific degree program or special distinction in that program. (May be eligible as variable credit)
- Practicum - Course hours are practical, supervised training designed to supplement formal study. Students learn practical applications of classroom material and gain skills and knowledge relevant to their course of study. (May be eligible as variable credit)
- Research - Course is research directed all, or in part, by student(s) with instructor supervision. (May be eligible as variable credit)
- Studio - Course is instructor led and generally focused on significant small group or individual student/instructor interaction. Music or Art courses often are assigned this course component. (May be eligible as variable credit).
- Seminar - Course is instructor led with a small number of students collectively exploring a topic or field of study, and may be directed all, or in part, by the enrolled students.
Course prerequisites are automatically met based on previous coursework completed while at UNO or through transfer credit as determined by the student’s advisor.
If the attempted enrollment results in an error indicating that prerequisites have not been met, students must contact their academic advisor or college advising office.
If a student is allowed to enroll without the necessary prerequisites, a permission number must be issued by the academic advisor or the department and entered into MavLINK during the enrollment process.
Course prerequisites can be found by viewing the online catalog, or by logging into MavLINK, selecting "Class Search" and clicking on the title of a course listed.
Students should receive, or have access to, the course syllabus with basic information about the course, including textbooks required, assignments, evaluation protocols, and the basic schedule.
Course syllabi are aligned with the master syllabus, but provide specific information for a particular semester and instructor. Master syllabi are on file with the university and are used for accreditation purposes. Contact your instructor or the department chair/school director for a copy of the master syllabus. Review Board of Regents Bylaw 5.3 about Academic Evaluation which can be found in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities section in this catalog.