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2013-2014 VSCC Catalog 
2013-2014 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses of Study

Courses of Study

The section on Course Descriptions contains an alphabetical listing of all disciplines in the College and a description of all course offerings.  The figures in parentheses denote the number of semester hours of credit for that course.

Course offerings are listed under the division of instruction in which they are taught. The courses are identified by course number, course title, and credit hours. Course numbers have no reference to the semester in which the courses are taught. The College reserves the right to alter the course offering of any discipline, and the right to alter any specific course in the catalog without notice.

The Class Schedule can be seen on our website at www.volstate.edu a few months prior to the opening of each semester. It contains a listing of the specific courses to be offered, with the time, place, and instructor in charge of each section. It also contains special announcements concerning registration procedures. The College reserves the right to make changes in any schedule prior to or during registration.

Non-Credit Courses
In addition to the credit courses of study, the College offers a wide variety of non-credit courses through the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development. These offerings are as diverse as the population they serve and are reviewed regularly to update content and topics to meet the ever changing needs, interests, and expectations of the community and workforce. As a result of the updates, a listing of courses and course descriptions are not included in this catalog. Course listings and descriptions are provided in a printed and/or online schedule of classes each term.

Non-credit subject matter ranges from arts and crafts, home improvement, computer training, workplace skills, leisure-time activities, financial matters, dance and exercise, management, technical training, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, etc. Successful completion of non-credit courses earns nationally recognized CEU credits.

Course Placement
The placement of a student in any given college-level course will depend upon his/her having met certain prerequisites for that particular course. Fulfillment of prerequisites for any given course will be established on the basis of achievement in the corresponding high school course, the achievement on the related section of the ACT, and/or the achievement on the other tests administered by the College during registration procedures for applicants. The placement procedures are designed to help guide the enrolling student into courses commensurate with his/her ability.

Course Descriptions
Descriptions of courses offered by the College are listed alphabetically according to subject area.  The descriptions include (1) a subject area abbreviation/three or four letters (e. g. MUS for MUSIC or ENGL for English), (2) a course identification number, (3) a short title, (4) semester hours of credit (in parentheses), (5) a brief content description, (6) whether or not a laboratory is included, (7) prerequisite or co-requisite courses (if any).

Courses numbered 001 to 0999 are developmental/Learning Support; courses numbered 100 to 1999 are freshman level; courses numbered 200 to 2999 are sophomore level. Some course numbers may be followed by a letter. This indicates some special aspect of the course. The current letter designations used and their meanings are:

D = Dual listed course (Identical course and course number are also listed in another discipline.) This designation takes precedence over other letters.
T = Topical or Selected Topics course; content varies; course often has variable credit. See catalog description for specifics.
C = Course is an Allied Health Clinical Experience.
P = Course is a Practicum course.
S = Special Interest Courses
♦ = Course can be used to meet Minimum General Education Core requirements.

Courses that are designated primarily for vocational/career programs have been designated by an asterisk (*) following the course number. A number of these courses are accepted as transfer credit by some colleges and universities, but that decision is made by the receiving institution. These courses are collegiate level work, but they have been developed with a purpose other than being university parallel courses.