A Primer for Scheduling Classes
- Have general questions about advising and scheduling classes?
- Need a glossary of all the different terms used for classes?
- Confused about all the different learning modes that are offered?
- Want to know how to use the section number to determine where and what type of class it is?
Then look no further! Below are the tips you need to help you select the best classes for your learning success!
"At the same time"
In synchronous class meetings, all students meet with the instructor at the same time. Standard on-campus classes are always synchronous.
"At different times"
In asynchronous classes, students access the class content and recordings at their own convenience. Standard online classes are always asynchronous.
"Meet virtually through Blackboard Collaborate or Teams"
In online class meetings the instructor provides an overview of important content topics and leads the students through learning activities. All online meetings should be recorded and available for students to view later.
"Standard classroom experience"
Regularly scheduled class meetings at a specific campus and room, on set days and times. On-Campus meetings usually include an overview of important content topics and an opportunity for students to perform to participate in labs, demonstrations, skill assessments, etc.
"Includes both online and on-campus learning"
A class where most content is delivered online asynchronously, but the on-campus meetings are also required.
"Required skills or classes for entry into another course"
Many courses have stated skills, placement indicators, or prior coursework that must be completed prior to registration. These prerequisites are required to be successful in the desired course.
"Prerequisite classes for college-level coursework"
These courses review topics covered in high school to prepare students for success in college-level coursework. These courses, which typically have a course number beginning with a "0", do not count toward any degree requirements nor toward college GPA. These course do count toward full-time status.
"Flexible-paced, computer-based learning with instructor support"
An emporium class offers students an opportunity to accelerate through a single course or multiple courses in a single semester. Emporium classes also offer an opportunity to progress at a slower rate, allowing students to "pick-up" where they left off by enrolling in the same course the following semester. Instruction is computer-based with regular meetings and support of a designated instructor.
MAT 011 Transitional Algebra is an emporium class that allows students to complete any or all developmental prerequisites for college-level mathematics courses, regardless of pathway.
|College-Readiness Corequisite Classes||
"College-level course with required supplemental component"
Corequisite courses provide an accelerated option to complete college-level coursework in mathematics, reading and English. Students may use a corequisite option to "skip" a developmental prerequisite course or to obtain additional support to improve student success. Student must remain enrolled in both components of a corequisite course, and they will always have the same section number (Ex. ENG 101 – J1A1 and ENG 100 – J1A1).
Self-enrollment is usually not possible for corequisite classes, so advisors or students must complete an online enrollment request form.
"Controlled testing environment where student identify is verified"
Proctored exams are naturally a part of standard on-campus classes but may also be required for hybrid or online classes. For online classes, proctored exams may require the student to take an exam on-campus at a Testing Center or online through an Online Proctoring Service.
|Online Proctoring Service||
"Service that provides tools for controlled testing environments and student identity verification"
An online service where a student can take a proctored exam online from home. Such services usually require the student to download a small program onto their home device. Some services require scheduled appointments for taking an exam; others provide any-time testing. Settings for taking an exam using an online proctoring service may or may not include a lockdown browser, photo ID verification, webcam, room scan via webcam, disabled browser windows, etc.
"Early Advising and Registration for next semester classes"
Occurs in October and March each year to allow currently enrolled students first-opportunity to meet with their advisors and schedule their classes for the following term. Allows students to choose the best times and learning modes before classes start to fill up and close.
|Class Type||Section Numbering||Mode||Description|
|Standard On Campus||||Blackboard Enhanced
|Standard Online||19Z||Blackboard World Wide Web (BW)||
|Remote Learning (Online)||19R||Blackboard Remote (LC)||
|Hybrid Learning||Campus Section Numbering||Hybrid Blackboard (HB)||
|HyFlex||F||Hybrid Blackboard (HB)||
Course section numbers provide important information about a class.
- The first 2 digits = Location/Campus
- The third digit = Learning Mode, Session, or Component
- The last 2 digits = Specific Section Number
|BCTC Dual Credit||18D|
|BCTC Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT)||DCT|
|BCTC Eugene S. Peel Diesel Mech Center (ADX)||J7|
|Learning Mode Option||Heading|
|Section Code Position||Possible Values|
|Last 2 Digits||01-99|
|Last Digit||1-9, A-Z|
|Component, Session, or Special Option||Code|
|General Education Corequisite||A|
|Accelerated Terms||Section Code ends with T-V|
Email, Chat, or Schedule an appointment with your Assigned Advisor to discuss your current progress, which courses you should take next, which learning modes might work best for you, and ask any other questions you may have. See the Advising Website for information about contacting your advisor.
Search for a program plan that works for you through our Program Finder. You will find course requirements for all BCTC credentials, including Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Fine Arts for transfer.
See the official program requirements for your program plan in the KCTCS Course Catalog.
Search for open classes through the BCTC Schedule of Classes.
Choose your classes through a live weekly calendar by using the Visual Schedule Builder.
If you run into errors while trying to register for classes, see if your advisor can help or complete an Online Enrollment Request Form. This is especially helpful if you are trying to register in certain math classes or corequisite classes.
Still having troubles? Submit an Online Advising Request Form and a member of our BCTC Advising Center will be in touch with you soon!