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Course Descriptions

General Usage Courses Section 5.3.0.3 of the Virginia Community College System Policy Manual provides for the use of generic-type courses, for general usage, that apply to multiple curricula and to all disciplines. The college catalog shall include course information (number, title, credits and description) as listed in the Master Course File. More specific titles, credits, and course descriptions may be substituted in published class schedules, to clarify topics and content covered in a given semester.

General usage courses may be repeated for credit, and may include lecture, laboratory, out-of-class study, or a combination thereof.

90, 190, 290 Coordinated Internship (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training coordinated by the college in selected business, industrial, or service firms. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit.

Variable hours per week.

93, 193, 293 Studies In (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

Covers new content not offered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods in order to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering.

Variable hours per week.

A “Studies in” course is intended as an experimental course to test the viability at a permanent offering. Each offering of the course must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer or designee. An experimental course may be offered twice, after which the course must be approved under the appropriate discipline according to VCCS processes for adding new courses to the Master Course File.

95, 195, 295 Topics In (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

A “Topics in” course is intended to cover topics of an evolving nature or of short-term importance in the discipline. The course must be approved by the academic VP or designee for a period of up to two years. The Chief Academic Officer or designee may approve an extension covering another two-year period, after which the course must be approved under the appropriate discipline according to VCCS processes for adding new courses to the Master Course File.

Variable hours per week.

96, 196, 296 On-Site Training (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

Offers opportunities for career orientation and training without pay in selected businesses and industry. Supervised and coordinated by the college. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours.

Variable hours per week.

Policy Approved by State Board for Community Colleges September, 2005. Updated: 05/30/2006 General Usage Courses.

97, 197, 297 Cooperative Education In (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

Provides on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms. Applies to all career-technical curricula at the discretion of the college.

Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours.

Variable hours per week.

98, 198, 298 Seminar and Project In (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student’s occupational objective, and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.

Variable hours per week.

99, 199, 299 Supervised Study In (discipline) (1-5 Cr.)

Assigns problems for independent study, outside the normal classroom setting but under the guidance and direction of an instructor. Incorporates prior experience and instruction in the discipline.

Variable hours per week.

Exceptions to the credit limit may be granted by the Chief Academic Officer.

The prerequisites listed in the following course descriptions are the minimum prerequisites allowed by the Virginia Community College System. Rappahannock Community College may require additional or different prerequisites from those listed. Please see your academic advisor for clarification.

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This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on May 19, 2013. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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