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  1. ACADEMIC YEAR: The Academic year of the TCICC runs from the last week in August to the second week in May and consists of two Semesters. Each semester comprises 15 weeks of instruction, inclusive of examinations. There is also a summer semester which runs for six weeks from the last week in May to the second week in July.
  1. COURSE: An organized series of educational experiences which may include lectures, laboratory work, discussions, demonstrations, field trips, on the job training, etc., within a programme of study as for example, BSL1101—Introduction to Business Law.
  1. COURSE CODE: HTM 2122, the first three letters represent the programme of study or the department (HTM = Hospitality and Tourism Management), the first number represents the programme level (0 = precollege/prelim, 1 = certificate 2 = associate), the second number represents the programme year the course is offered (1 = year 1, 2 = year 2), the third number represents the semester the course is offered (1 = Fall, 2 = Spring, 3 = summer) and the final number represents the continuum.
  1. PROGRAMME OF STUDY: This comprises a series of College courses, for example, the Business Studies programme, designed to qualify the successful student for a Certificate or an Associate Degree.
  1. ACADEMIC UPGRADING/PRE COLLEGE: The Academic Upgrading/Pre College programme is a non-credit programme for students who might not satisfy matriculation requirements for college level programmes (certificate, associate degree or bachelor). Students get an opportunity to improve their academic standing, sit external examinations and integrate into certificate level courses based on performance.
  1. CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME: A series of related integrated courses designed to prepare students either for employment or for entry into the Associate Degree Programme. This programme will have a minimum of 30 credit hours and will be done over a minimum of two semesters full time.
  1. ASSOCIATE DEGREE: This programme includes a series of courses designed to prepare the student for employment, job advancement or preparation for more advanced academic work. The programme will have a minimum of 60 credits and will be done over a minimum of two years.
  1. BACHELOR DEGREE: The TCICC offers Bachelor Degrees in collaboration with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica in the areas of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Business Studies and Primary Education. The programme will have a minimum of 60 credits and will be done over a two year period.
  1. CREDIT: A credit is one in which the term’s hours completed are at College level and successful completion results in the award of a College level credit. Fifteen contact hours of instruction are equivalent to one credit.
  1. NON-CREDIT: A non-credit course is one in which the terms hours completed do not result in the award of College level credit.
  1. GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): A student’s academic standing will be determined by his/her Grade Point Average.
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