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Schedule Definitions

Use this glossary to understand the many elements found within the University of Denver course schedule. For a printable version, please view the Course Proposal and Class Schedule Instructions document (pdf).



Section attributes denote cross-divisional, institu¬tionally defined characteristics of specific sections. Attributes appear prominently on the online Schedule of Classes. The following attributes have been defined:

Undergraduate Common Curriculum

  • Analytical Inquiry: Natural. Indicates courses that fulfill the Ways of Knowing Analytical Inquiry: Natural and Physical World Common Curriculum requirements.
  • Analytical Inquiry: Society. Indicates courses that fulfill the Ways of Knowing Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture Common Curriculum requirements.
  • Scientific Inquiry: Natural. Indicates courses that fulfill the Ways of Knowing Scientific Inquiry: Natural and Physical World Common Curriculum requirements.
  • Scientific Inquiry: Society. Indicates courses that fulfill the Ways of Knowing Scientific Inquiry: Society and Culture Common Curriculum requirements.

Interdisciplinary Majors/Minors

  • Asian Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Intercultural Global Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism
  • Urban Studies

Specialty Courses

  • Abroad. Used for departmentally based courses (as opposed to those offered through Study Abroad) with an international travel component.
  • Honors. Denotes an honors section.
  • Service Learning. Denotes a service learning based section.
  • Women's College. Identifies Women's College class sections from other departmental course offerings.
Begin and End Time

Please view the class scheduling policy. Class times are submitted on the schedule using the 24-hour clock (e.g., 14:00 to 15:50). The Excel version of the schedule worksheet converts 12-hour times (e.g., 2:00 p.m.) to military time. It is increasingly difficult to find acceptable classrooms during "prime time." Please consider earlier and later time slots.

Course fees

Approved fees associated with a course, such as a lab fee. Banner automatically assesses fees and credit to the appropriate account. Departments must provide a detail code and fee amount when submitting their schedules. Course fees must be approved and established through the Budget office and the Bursar.

Course URL

A web link for the course may be provided. This link should not be the link for Blackboard. Blackboard links are automatically generated and appear on the Courses tab of PioneerWeb.


Cross-listing permits the same section to be taken under different subject/course numbers. Cross-listing results in numerous unintended consequences including understatement of enrollment and inflation of true class offerings. Cross-listing should be used rarely and only in cases where course content can be described equally by two different subjects, e.g., sociology and economics. Do not use cross listing to differentiate levels when students are taking the same course or to restrict seats. Rather, use multiple levels, restrictions or reserved seats. Indicate course with which this course is cross-listed. Sections must be submitted by all relevant departments in order to be processed.


The University uses the following abbreviations for days:

M – Monday
T – Tuesday
W – Wednesday
R – Thursday
F – Friday
S – Saturday
U – Sunday


In order to assign an instructor in the Banner Schedule, he or she must be appointed in Banner Human Resources. Please assure all instructors are appointed through Human Resources. Since we may not be familiar with all department faculty, please provide full names and DU ID numbers so we may identify the correct Banner faculty records, if necessary. Instructors must be assigned in the Schedule to enable web services such as grading for the instructor. Please provide instructor assignments with initial course schedule, if possible.

GTAs and GTIs may be assigned to sections as faculty. These students must complete a Banner Student Access Request form asking for self-service faculty access. They must also successfully complete the Confidentiality Agreement through the Employee tab of PioneerWeb.

Learning Objectives, Required Materials, Technical Requirements

Are text fields that faculty and departments can use to provide additional information about specific sections of a course. Information provided for these shows on the web-based Schedule of Classes.

Linked Sections

Courses composed of one or more lecture sections and multiple recitation or lab sections may be "linked" to allow flexibility in scheduling and registration. Linking allows a student to register for one of many different permutations of lecture and lab. E.g., if a student is taking CHEM 1001, she can be required to sign up for a lecture and one of several different lab sections of that course. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for additional information.

Maximum Enrollment

The maximum number of students able to enroll in a class section.

Registration Approvals

Special approvals may be required for a student to register for a course. Faculty may grant approval for a particular student to register for a course on the Faculty tab of PioneerWeb. The following approval types are available:

AD – Advisor
DE – Dean
DP – Department
DS – Daniels Student Services
ED – Editor (College of Law)
IN – Instructor
IO – Internship Office
IS – Independent Study Form
SA – Study Abroad
SP – Interterm Travel

"IS" approval codes are automatically placed on all independent study and research courses.

Reserved Seats

Seats in a section may be reserved for certain groups of students. Reservations can be defined using level codes (e.g., graduate), college codes, field of study codes (e.g., major), class codes (e.g., sophomore), or any of these codes in combination. Seats reserved for specific fields of study must be specified for each field of study code allowed. E.g., biochemistry is different from chemistry. Also, if a section of 30 seats has 10 reserved for graduate students, the 11th graduate student is not able to register without permission even if there are unrestricted seats available. We suggest you not use this function, but consider "Restrictions" (q.v.) instead.

Section Comments

Additional text may be included for sections. Text appears on the web-based Schedule of Classes. Information may include additional information about fees, a description of a specific topics or seminar section, etc. Information that always accompanies a class should be included in the Catalog description. This information should be indicated in the Comments column of the schedule worksheet when submitted to the Scheduling Coordinator.

Section number

Has no meaning other than to differentiate different sections of the same course. You may leave this blank on the Schedule of Classes worksheet. Independent studies and similar courses will have a section number of zero (0). Final section numbers in the schedule of classes may not match numbers submitted by departments.


Individual sessions for a course section may be defined. A session may be used to specify the different meeting time combinations or different schedule types associated with a section. For example, a geology course which has a lecture, a lab, and a field trip may want to create three separate sessions within the course section to further define each of the meeting types. Sessions are not used to define sections where there are multiple labs to choose from. Use linked sections for that purpose.