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help on interpreting the curriculum

The chart contains ten columns.

  1. The code always begins with three letters indicating the major, followed by a dash and another set of digits and/or letters. It identifies and distinguishes the course from all the others. In the case of the ANN, AKN and AFN practical courses several equivalent courses are advertised simultaneously, they are distinguished by a slash followed by a letter. Any one of such sets is enough to fulfil the course (i.e., ANN-112 can be fulfilled by ANN-112/a, ANN-112/b etc.). In the case of specialization courses (those with codes greater than 300) courses are distinguished by a decimal point followed by (typically) two digits. Such courses are not complementary: i.e., ANN-311.01 is as different from ANN-311.02 as from ANN-321.01.
  2. The curricula contain the official titles of courses. The actual title of a course may differ from it, e.g., ANN-242 is entitled English phonetics and phonology seminar, but in spring 2003 ANN-242/a was The vowels of English.
  3. Many courses of the curriculum are advertised and can therefore be accomplished any term, but some are advertised only in the autumn or only in the spring term. This is indicated in the third column: t means `only in the spring term', ô means `only in the autumn term'. For type K courses (see below) this restriction refers to the lecture series, the examination itself can be taken in any term.
  4. The next column contains the type of evaluation:
    K
    =kollokvium, etymologically, an oral examination, but very often a written test, these end a lecture course; presence at which is usually not obligatory, if so homework cannot be assigned; the only obligation is entering the course in the credit book (teacher does not sign it since any number of students may take these courses) and passing the exam at the end of the term; there are terms when no series of lectures is offered only the exam may be taken (this is given in the previous column); their code is always an odd number. Note that the lectures are obligatory for American majors (AMN).
    G
    =gyakorlati jegy, a mark based on homework, in-class tests, home papers, class activity, oral presentations or any combination of thesel; these are all practical courses; always taught courses, presence at class is obligatory, homework and term paper is usually assigned; registration is obligatory (student must have her credit book signed by teacher at the beginning of the term to show that she is accepted in the course; a maximum of 25 students can register for each of these courses, but the teacher may set a smaller limit); note that their code is always an even number
    V
    =vizsga, an exam; these are never accompanied by a taught course; the obligations are the same as for type K courses, the following examinations may only be attempted once in an exam period: ANN--199, ANN--299, AKN--299, AFN--107, AFN--291.
    S
    =szigrolat, a comprehensive examination, comprising the material of several type K examinations
    D
    =(szak)dolgozat, the thesis
    Z
    =záróvizsga, the final examination.
  5. Column 5 indicates whether the given course is an obligatory (köt) or an optional (vál) part of the curriculum. No degree can be issued without passing all the obligatory courses.
  6. The óra/félév column contains the hours/term value, based on the ideal 15-week-long term (actually terms are almost always shorter because of holidays). Thus 30 means a course taking 2 hours -- usually one 90-minute-long session -- once a week.
  7. The credit value of courses has some relevance in the case of optional courses: in the specialization tier English majors (ANN--300--399) have to collect a miminum of 24 credits, supplementary majors a minimum of 20 credits, American majors (AMN--300-399) a minimum of 35 credits.
  8. The next two columns give the prerequisites for each course. These constraints impose some sequencing in the curriculum, so that students first take introductory, then standard courses and only specialize later. Prerequisites are of two types: weak (gyenge, italicized in the list) and strong (erôs). A course may be taken simultaneously with (in the same term as) its weak prerequisite, but can only be accomplished if its prerequisite is also successfully accomplished. If a course has a strong prerequisite, it can only be taken after its prerequisite has been successfully accomplished in a previous term. Successful accomplishment means a mark greater than 1 received for the course.

last edited on Wed Jun 22 18:22:29 CEST 2005, by peter.szigetvari@elte.hu