Glossary of Terms

Advisor
A professional advisor or faculty member who meets with designated students each semester to help make curriculum choices and discuss progress toward achieving educational goals.
 
Alt PIN (Alternate Personal Identification Number)
Your 6 digit code that is required each time you login to make adjustments to your schedule. You get this from your advisor and it changes each semester.
 
Articulation Agreement
A document that outlines the curriculum agreed to by a community college and Tennessee Technological University to satisfy the degree requirements.
 
Audit
Taking a course but not for credit. Auditing students pay required fees and attend class but are not required to complete assignments or take exams. Must fill out an audit card and turn into the Records Office in Derryberry Hall, Room 102 before the second week of classes.

Change of Major Form
A form that is completed to change your major from one department to another department. It must be completed by you and signed by your previous advisor and your new advisor. To complete the change, the form must be turned into the Records Office in Derryberry Hall, Room 102.

Confirm your schedule
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Confirming your schedule lets the Business Office know that you are going to attend for that semester. Even if you have financial aid or scholarships for the full cost of fees, you must confirm or your schedule will be dropped after the fee payment deadline. If your schedule is dropped, you may need to go through the advisement process again.

Corequisite

A course requirement that must be taken concurrently with a particular course.  In some instances may be met before enrolling in a particular course.

Course

A subject or class in which instruction is offered within a given period of time for a semester and for which credit toward a degree is given

Course Load
The course load is the total number of semester hours or credit hours in which a student is enrolled for a semester. An average course load at TTU is 12 to18 hours for a student attending full time.
 
Credit Hours (also called Semester Hours)
One credit hour or one semester hour is usually assigned for each 55 minutes of class per week for a semester. For example, Composition I (ENGL 1010) is a three-credit hour course. Therefore, a student taking Composition I would attend class three hours each week and receive three credit hours for the course. Science courses are generally 4 credit hours. There is a classroom lecture, and then a laboratory portion.
 
CRN (Course Registration  Number)
5 digit number used to identify a particular section of a specific course. The CRN is used to drop or add a course in Eagle Online.
Curriculum
The whole body of courses offered for study by the college, or by a particular department.
 
Eagle Card
Identification card that can be used to gain access to sporting events, fitness center, meals, library, center stage events, etc.
 
Elective
A subject or course, which a student may choose from courses that are not required for a specific degree program.
 
Full-time Student
A student enrolled in 12 or more semester hours of coursework per semester. In the summer 4 hours is considered the minimum full-time load per session.
 
Grant
Financial aid that does not have to be paid back.
 
Grade Point Average (GPA)
An average obtained by dividing the total number of grade points (A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1) earned by the total number of hours of coursework attempted.
 
Humanities
Courses selected from the general education core in humanities. For example: art appreciation, literature, foreign culture, music appreciation, philosophy, or theatre.
 
iLearn
Online learning resource

Loan

Financial aid that must be paid back, usually within a specified time.
 
PIN (Personal Identification Number)
This is a temporary 6-digit password that was assigned to you by the Admissions Office. After the first login, you will change it to a personal PIN password.  Since your PIN serves as the password for access to your student records on Eagle Online Web, it is very important that you do not share this with anyone.
 
Part-time Student
A student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours of coursework per semester. (Summer semester excluded.)
 
Prerequisite
A course requirement that must be met before enrolling in a particular course.

RODP (Regents Online Degree Program)

Courses or degrees granted through the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)

Semester

A half-year of college.  A period of instruction lasting 15 weeks.  Two semesters, fall and spring, ordinarily comprise a college year.  The third semester, summer, is optional and may be used as a time to catch up or get ahead.

Syllabus

A precise outline of course expectations stating the required testbook(s), assignments and dates due, test dates, grading and policies, research papers, as well as other requirements.

T number
This is your identification number and it is used in place of your social security number.

Transcript

An official record of academic history, provided by high schools or other colleges or universities previously attended.  When sending transcripts to the TTU Admissions Office, it must bear the official seal of the school attended.

User ID (User Identification Number)

The User ID is your T-number (Banner ID).  This student identification number is used in Eagle Online and Banner as well as required on most forms on campus.  Also, called your T number or Tech ID, 

Username
Typically the first initial, middle initial, up to 8 letters of the last name, followed by two digits (usually 42 or 43). The part of your email address before the @tntech.edu is your username. A student's username also serves as login for ilearn and your PC lab accounts.  (Same username and password as your email account minus the @tntech.edu)