Smarter browsing of General Catalog program descriptions

What top­ics are cov­ered in PSYCH 101? Are dif­fer­en­tial equa­tions cov­ered in MATH 307 or MATH 308? Can I get into ACCT 225 before I’ve taken ECON 200? Who’s teach­ing LING 450 the next time it’s offered?

These and sim­i­lar ques­tions about pro­gram offer­ings at the UW are com­monly asked by cur­rent and prospec­tive stu­dents, as well as advis­ers and fac­ulty. Start­ing today, find­ing answers to those ques­tions just got a lot eas­ier. The Office of the Uni­ver­sity Reg­is­trar just updated its list­ing of the UW’s Under­grad­u­ate, Grad­u­ate, and Pro­fes­sional Degree Pro­grams in the Gen­eral Cat­a­log. It’s now pos­si­ble to learn the answers to the ques­tions above with just a click or two. (And if you were curi­ous, the answers are: per­son­al­ity, learn­ing, mem­ory, etc.; MATH 307; No, ECON 200 is a pre-req for ACCT 225; and Richard A. Wright is teach­ing LING 450 in AUT2010).

All course ref­er­ences within these pro­gram descrip­tions are now click­able; doing so brings up an in-page win­dow (click­ing any­where other than the in-page win­dow will dis­miss it). Dis­played within is a lot of use­ful infor­ma­tion about the course:

  1. Full name, cred­its, and Area(s) of Knowl­edge it satisfies;
  2. Cat­a­log descrip­tion; and
  3. Links to its cur­ricu­lum pre­fix in both the UW Course Cat­a­log and Time Sched­ule for the upcom­ing reg­is­tra­tion quarter.

This unob­tru­sive way of dis­play­ing addi­tional course infor­ma­tion will help every­one bet­ter under­stand a program’s admis­sion and degree require­ments. No longer will you have to open a sec­ond web browser to look up infor­ma­tion about the courses listed as requirements.

A quick tech­ni­cal note: this func­tion­al­ity is pos­si­ble through the use of UW Infor­ma­tion Technology’s Stu­dent Web Ser­vices ini­tia­tive, which also pow­ers the Course Cat­a­log search, web grad­ing, the m.UW iPhone app, photo class lists, and other web appli­ca­tions appear­ing across the campus.

One thought on “Smarter browsing of General Catalog program descriptions

  1. Mary Rivard

    My I offer my sug­ges­tion (from a seri­ous pho­tog­ra­pher and graphic artist, and Cur­ricu­lum Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor for School of Nurs­ing).… DO NOT pol­lute The Moun­tain (that icon, Mt. Rainier) with Reg­is­trar text on your main web­page.
    That ruins your pre­sumed intent to show off the moun­tain view — while abus­ing that view for UW text dis­play.
    Please, either shrink the land­scape, or enlarge sky with text above the moun­tain. Sin­cerely, Mary Rivard


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