Uni 101

Glossary of terms

  • Semester – a half-year term in a school or university. Some universities have three semesters in a year (as they include the summer break).
  • Proctor – These people act as guardians for the students and deal with issues regarding conduct and behaviour.
  • Electives – Optional classes you can take. Usually courses of interest that may or may not be related to the topic of your degree.
  • Course – a course of study that is normally recognised for credit relating to a degree. Also known as ‘papers’.
  • Vice-Chancellor – similar to a Chief Executive.
  • GPA – Grade Point Average. A measurement of academic achievement. Usually calculated by diving the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted.
  • Practicum – A practical section of a course of study.
  • Undergraduate – A university student who has started but not completed their first degree.
  • Postgraduate – A student who is studying a course of study undertaken after completing first degree.
  • Professor, Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Tutor, Tutor – The hierarchy of academic teaching staff at a university.
  • Graduation – The receiving of or conferring of an academic degree or diploma – what it is all about!