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Glossary of Terms

Catalog
Refers to the MIT Bulletin (print publication) and the online catalog, as well as the Catalog Office.

CGP (Committee on Graduate Programs)
Faculty committee that approves creation, revision, or cancellation of graduate subjects; creation or cancellation of graduate programs.

CIS (Curricular Information System)
Source of all catalog information. Allows departments to propose new subjects and make changes to existing subjects online. Also allows for removal and reinstatement of subjects. Create, track, and submit proposal forms electronically.

Class Schedule
Shows the meeting times and locations of all classes (lectures, recitations) offered during a given term. This information comes from the Schedules Office. It does not include catalog information (title, description, instructor, etc.)

CoC (Committee on Curricula)
Faculty committee that approves creation, revision, or cancellation of undergraduate subjects; creation, revision, or cancellation of undergraduate curricula; reviews applications for double majors and petitions for substitutions to GIRs (General Institute Requirements).

Corequisite
Subjects which are to be taken concurrently. The catalog lists corequisites in the prerequisite field, denoted by italics. See also Prerequisite.

Editorial revisions
Revise term, duration, instructor, or years offered. See also Substantial revisions. For editorial revisions to a program and/or degree chart, see Programs: Substantial vs. Editorial Revisions.

Equivalency
A group of two or more subjects for which a student may receive credit for only one subject in the group (i.e., the Physics I subjects: 8.01, 8.011, 8.012, 8.01L. Students can receive credit for only one of these subjects.) Joint, SWE, and meets-with subjects are automatically considered academic equivalents.

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Joint subjects
One subject is offered by two or more departments. Each department has its own individual number under which students can register. Only the departmental owner of the master subject may propose changes in CIS, but all participating departments must approve of the changes before they are forwarded for approval. See also Meets-with subjects, Master and child relationships, and SWE subjects.

Meets-with subjects
Two or more subjects meet together during the same year and term (same time and location). Most commonly, meets-with subjects are undergraduate and graduate versions of a subject offered by one department. However, this relationship may also be established between two or more subjects at the same level (undergraduate or graduate). Except for the term and year offered, the catalog information does not have to be identical, but the description should be similar. Any affiliated department may propose changes in CIS, but all participating departments must approve of the changes before they are forwarded for approval. See also Joint subjects, Master and child relationships, and SWE subjects.

Master and child relationships
Occurs in joint, meets-with, and School-wide elective groupings. Typically the department that originally proposed the subject is the master (or parent) subject. It is expected that groups of subjects have faculty participation from each subject in the group. When viewing subject titles, you will see that master subjects are marked with an asterisk and child subjects are enclosed in parentheses. See also Joint subjects, meets-with subjects, and SWE subjects.

MIT Bulletin (Course Catalog)
A printed publication providing an overview of the Institute and the five schools, information on degree programs, and a listing of subjects offered.

MITSIS (MIT Student Information System)
An administrative system serving all student services at MIT, including registration and academic records, student financial services, academic departments, housing, and medical.

Online Subject Listing and Schedule
Shows all active subjects and enrollment information for current term, including classification (U or G), years and terms offered, instructors, prerequisites and/or corequisites, units, and grading modes. Subjects offered in a particular term are also populated with schedule information from the Class Schedule and links to register for that term.

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Part 1: This is MIT
The section of the MIT Bulletin which gives an overview of MIT and campus life, the undergraduate and graduate education programs, and academic procedures and Institute regulations.

Part 2: Schools and Courses
The section of the MIT Bulletin that contains information on degree-granting programs.

Part 3: Interdiscilpinary
The section of the MIT Bulletin that contains information on interdisciplinary research and programs, including interdisciplinary minors.

Prerequisite
Used to indicate the sequence in which subjects are to be taken and the base of knowledge on which a particular subject will build. See also Corequisite.

Schedule Tool
Allows departments to view past scheduling and enrollment information about subjects; often used by departments as a guide in planning class schedules for a term.

Subject Descriptions
The section of the MIT Bulletin that contains information about MIT subjects, including content, prerequisites, credit units, and instructors.

Substantial revisions
Propose a new subject; remove, reinstate, or renumber a subject; add a joint, meets-with, equivalent, or SWE status; significant revisions to subject description; revise title, transcript title, total units or distribution, grading mode, prerequisites/corequisites, graduate level (H or G); or to add or drop a GIR attribute. See also Editorial Revisions. For substantial revisions to a program and/or degree chart, see Programs: Substantial vs. Editorial Revisions.

School-Wide Elective subjects (SWE)
The School of Engineering offers School-Wide Elective (SWE) subjects. Like standard joint listings, two or more departments within the SOE offer these subjects under their own individual numbers. Only the departmental owner of the master subject may propose changes in CIS, but all participating departments as well as SOE headquarters must approve of the changes before they are forwarded for approval. See also Joint subjects, meets-with subjects, and Master and child relationships.

WebSIS (Web-based Student Information System)
Self-service website for administrators and instructors to view class lists and academic information for individual students on a particular class list. MITSIS is the source of the information that is viewable through WebSIS.

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