Week 2 – Fall Semester 2018

Calendar view of Fall Semester - Week 2

Sunday, Sept. 2 – Saturday, Sept. 7, 2018

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

  • Labor Day – no classes

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018


Last Day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 Classes is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Last day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 classes by Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. via HUB

Last day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 classes

  • 15-week Standard Session (full semester courses)
  • 7-week 1st half of semester courses

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. via HUB

Undergraduate Full Time Status:  Must be registered for at least 12.0 credit hours


Discuss with an academic advisor. To find your assigned Advising Office, refer to the Advisor Box in your HUB Student Center.


Credit Hour – Definition

The State University of New York (University), like most American higher education, has adopted a variant of the traditional “Carnegie Unit” as a measure of academic credit. This unit is known in the University by the familiar term, “semester credit hour,” and is the primary academic measure by which progress toward a degree is gauged. It is recognized that such a unit measures only a part, albeit a major part, of a composite learning experience, based upon formally structured and informal interactions among faculty and students.

Over the past several years, for academic purposes, some faculties have allowed modifications of the classical Carnegie definition of a semester credit hour, which has stipulated that one semester credit hour be awarded for fifteen sessions of 50-minutes duration in classroom lecture-recitation each requiring two hours of outside preparation by the student. Today there are many types of educational experiences with which credit hour assignment may properly be associated.

In the interest of accurate academic measurement and cross-campus comparability, the following definitions and practices apply in controlling the relationship between contact and credit hours. These definitions constitute a formalization of current and historic policy in order to ensure consistency throughout the University. Courses may be composed of any combination of elements described, such as a lecture course which also has required laboratory periods or a lecture course having an additional requirement for supervised independent study or tutorial activity.

A semester credit hour is normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks. This basic measure may be adjusted proportionately to reflect modified academic calendars and formats of study. Semester credit hours are granted for various types of instruction as follows:

I. Lecture, seminar, quiz, discussion, recitation
A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions.

II. Activity supervised as a group (laboratory, field trip, practicum, workshop, group studio)
A semester credit hour is awarded for the equivalent of fifteen periods of such activity, where each activity period is 150 minutes or more in duration with little or no outside preparation expected. Forty-five 50-minute sessions of such activity would also normally earn one semester credit hour. Where such activity involves substantial outside preparation by the student, the equivalent of fifteen periods of 100 minutes duration each will earn one semester credit hour.

III. Supervised individual activity (independent study, individual studio, tutorial)
One credit for independent study (defined as study given initial guidance, criticism, review and final evaluation of student performance by a faculty member) will be awarded for the equivalent of forty-five 50-minute sessions of student academic activity.

Credit for tutorial study (defined as study which is given initial faculty guidance followed by repeated, regularly scheduled individual student conferences with a faculty member, and periodic as well as final evaluation of student performance) will be awarded on the basis of one semester hour credit for each equivalent of fifteen contact hours of regularly scheduled instructional sessions.

IV. Full-time Independent Study (student teaching, practicum)
If a student’s academic activity is essentially full-time (as in student teaching), one semester credit hour may be awarded for each week of work.

V. Experiential Learning

At its discretion, an institution may award credit hours for learning acquired outside the institution which is an integral part of a program of study. When life or work experience is to be credited as a concurrent portion of an academic program design, as in an internship, one semester credit hour will be awarded for each 40-45 clock-hour week of supervised academic activity that provides the learning considered necessary to program study.

VI. Credit by Examination

At its discretion, an institution may award semester hour credits for mastery demonstrated through credit-by-examination. When such credit by examination is allowed, it may be used to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining hours required for a degree.

VII. Short Sessions

Credit hours may be earned in short sessions (summer sessions, intersessions, etc.) proportionately to those earned for the same activity during a regular term of the institution, normally at no more than one credit per week of full-time study.

VIII. Appeal and Review

Institutions may present educational justification for departures from these policy provisions to the office of the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, which will be responsible for their interpretation. Credit hours to be earned in approved overseas academic programs will continue to be considered on an individual basis following established procedures. Other special arrangements suggested by campuses will be considered on an individual basis by this office.

Semester credit hour – normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks.

Source: Credit/Contact Hour


What is a Recitation, and do I have to go to it?

Picture showing the various course component combinations for UB undegrad classes

Recitation – a definition

A recitation is a small interactional meeting that combines formal presentation, review and interaction between the students and an instructor, and it is usually combined with a lecture as the primary component. Recitations are often lead by teaching assistants (TAs) or graduate assistants (GAs) to supplement a lecture.  TAs/GAs will review the lecture, expand on the concepts and usually allow for question-and-answer time. Source: Arizona State University – Defining Course Components

Do I have to go to my Recitations?

Yes. You should prepare for and go to each and every class component. You and your family are making a huge investment in your future.


Finding your HUB Academic Requirement Report (Academic Advisement Report – AAR)

What is an Academic Requirement Report?

The HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) is an advising tool that tracks progress toward graduation by showing how courses taken meet graduation requirements for all approved undergraduate programs.  In HUB the AAR is labelled as an Academic Requirements report. In individualized reports, HUB summarizes all UB Curriculum and program requirements, indicating those that have been satisfied; computes the cumulative GPA; totals all credit hours taken; lists repeated courses and those taken S/U; notes incomplete courses; indicates test scores and credits granted for AP and CLEP examinations; and lists all transfer and UB courses taken.

The HUB Academic Advisement Report is useful in the following respects:

  • As an advising tool: to determine progress toward completing all degree requirements.
  • Applying to a department: Reports can be included in the department application process.
  • Analysis of transfer credits: to verify that all transfer credits have been recorded and applied to degree requirements.
  • Evaluation for degree conferral: Reports will be used to determine if students have met the requirements for graduation.

HUB Academic Advisement Reports are available for all matriculated undergraduate students via MyUB and can be generated for the current approved major or any other program when considering alternative majors. Students should examine their reports carefully and speak to an advisor if there are questions or discrepancies in the report.  Read more at Undergraduate Catalog – HUB Academic Advisement Report.

Finding your HUB Academic Requirement Report

Screenshot of the HUB Student Center indicating where to find your Academic Advisement Report.

Refer to the picture above.

Step 1.  Click the Other Academic Drop-down Arrow

Step 2. From the Drop Down list, select the Academic Requirement link.

Step 3.  Double click the Double Arrow icon.

Step 4.  If you have difficulty opening or understanding your Academic Requirement’s Report, speak with an academic advisor. Your assigned advising office, location, and phone number are listed in the HUB Advisor box.


Fall Semester 2018 – Important Dates

A view of North Campus across Lake LaSalle.

August 2018

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

  • Classes Begin. First Day of Fall 15 Week (Standard) and 7 Week 1 Classes (first half of semester courses)

September 2018

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

  • Labor Day Observed

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign from 7 Week 1 Classes

October 2018

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

  • Last Day of Fall 7 Week 1 Classes

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

  • First Day of Fall 7 Week 2 Classes (second half of semester courses)

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

  • Last Day to Drop/Add Fall 7 Week 2 Classes

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

  • Courser Resign Period begins for Fall  7 Week 2 Classes (second half of semester courses)

November 2018

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign Fall 15 Week (Standard) Session Classes

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign Fall 7 Week 2 Classes

Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

  • Fall Recess

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

  • Classes Resume

December 2018

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

  • Last Day of Classes

Saturday, Dec. 8 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

  • Reading Days

Monday, Dec. 10 – Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

  • Semester Final Examinations

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

  • Winter Recess Begins

Sources: UB Academic Calendar 2018-2019 and UB Registrar Student Calendars


Goals and your Academic Plan

Setting goals will help you build and evolve your academic plan
A great way to meet your goals and stay on track for graduation is to develop an academic plan. An academic plan allows students to map out short, medium and long-term components designed to meet an academic goal.  A plan allows for:

Constant goal setting


Renewal of the plan

Learning to set goals (maybe just for the first term or the first year) and then be able to evaluate your outcomes is a skill you will use again and again. Planning is continuous and life-long:

Did you meet your goal?

Were you satisfied? Why or why not?

Do you have to change your plan?

Read more at Undergraduate Academic Advisement – Staying on Track


What you will need to get your textbooks

Getting Your Textbooks

You will need a to print a List View copy of your Class Schedule, which will provide you with the Department, Course Number, Section, and Instructor.

Picture of how to get to your Class Schedule

Step 1. Log into your HUB Student Center, and click the drop-down arrow next to the Other Academic box.

Step 2.  From the Drop down list, select Class Schedule.

Step 3. Double click the button, to open the Class Schedule page.

Screenshot of the HUB Student Center indicating how to display your class schedule in list format.

Step 4. On the My Class Schedule page, make sure the Display Option is selected for List View.

Step 5. View the listing of your classes. With respect to getting your text books, you will need to know the Academic Department, Course Number, and the Section.

Step 6. Go to the UB Bookstore Shop by Course page, and select the Books link.