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Semester Conversion Resources


Academic Calendar
The academic calendar will show when classes begin and end for each semester, as well as when the breaks are. There will be an autumn or Fall Semester (August - December), Spring Semester ( January - May), a May Session, and Summer Term. View Academic Calendar.

Course Numbering System in Semesters
Under the quarter calendar, courses were given three digit numbers, such as Psychology 100. Courses will have four digit numbers under semesters, e.g. Psychology 1100. Higher numbers still represent higher or upper level courses and lower numbers represent introductory courses. Guide to Course Numbers

Course Conversion Guide
The Course Conversion Guide is a search tool that will convert a quarter numbered courses into a semester numbered courses and corresponding credit hours. Open the above link and try converting Psychology 100 to a semester course. Psychology 100 = Psychology 1100.

Math Conversion Guide and Course Numbers
Due to the complexity of math courses, the need for correct sequencing, and different math requirements for different majors it may be best to use the Math semester conversion guide for information on the changes from quarters to semesters with their courses.

Semester Curriculum Guides
The colleges within the university have been developing their own "Semester Web Sites" to explain their transition to semesters. This would be the most likely place to find semester curriculum guides. The MySwitch web site has a link to an index of departmental sites that have been developed. This may not be a comprehensive index and there may be additional sites and resources not posted in MySwitch. You would search for a semester curriculum guide by using keywords like "quarters to semesters" or "semesters". You might also find links in the sites where they already post curriculum guides. Some OSU majors post curriculum guides that show a four year plan with the first year written for quarter classes and the following three years written for semester courses. You can see a sample of this with the curriculum guide for Athletic Training in the School of Allied Medical Professions. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has semester curriculum guides on their web site. It will be important to find a semester curriculum guides for your major by Spring Quarter 2012 and begin working on your own transition to semesters.

Advising Connect (Found in Buckeye Link)
Advising Connect is a case note program for advisors to enter "notes" from their meetings with students. You have access to this record and can find the link under "Enrollment and Academic History" in Buckeye Link. These notes are intended to help you make the transition from quarters to semesters and work closely with your academic advisor in doing this. Think of the notes as a summary of what you talked about or decided on. If you were to meet with a different advisor you could remind them to check the notes from the other advisor that you met with earlier. While meeting with your advisor, you could ask that something you spoke about or something that you were worried about to be entered into the notes. It is a nice way to save the information that you gained by having an advising appointment, and it is an important way to share information among different advisors you may meet with.

My Switch: Your Personal Guide to the Semester Switch

My Switch is a web site designed by students to organize and present all of the information that can be found related to the conversion to semesters. It is a good place to start gathering information about the conversion to semesters and is a clearing house with a lot of web links designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. It also has a nice collection of links to semester sites for many different colleges within the university (Semester Web Sites).

DARSweb Transition to Semesters Degree Audit
You have already reviewed and used DARSweb from your Student Center to program degree audits. You will now have an added option to do a DARS degree audit for the transition to semesters (beginning with quarters but graduating under semesters). There is now a prompt at the beginning of the audit to program it for "quarters" or “transition to semesters.” This transitions audit will convert your quarter course numbers to the new semester numbers for the equivalent courses and map out the remaining unfinished courses with semester courses. Although the "transition to semesters" degree audit is up and running, it is not fully loaded with the courses needed to make a complete and accurate audit. These problems will eventually be corrected early in 2012. Everyone who started under quarters and is graduating after Spring Quarter 2012 will need a "transition to semesters" degree audit, and this should be done before registering for either Summer Semester Term 2012 or Autumn Semester 2012 classes.

University "Checklists" are a way for degree granting colleges (Business, Nursing, Arts and Sciences etc.) to communicate with their students through the "To Do" list on the Student Center about what they want their students to do in regards to the conversion to semesters. You may be familiar with other "To Do" items, like requirement like foreign language, or having an overdue balance. The checklist related to semesters will say something about a TAP plan, or Transitional Academic Plan or important information about semesters. When you open the link, the "Checklist" will be displayed with more detailed directions on what your college office wants you to do in planning future classes and graduating under semesters. Some colleges are requiring their students to do a TAP plan and some are not. The "Checklist" message at the Mansfield campus will summarize what everyone should be doing to prepare for semesters, which would include finding out if your degree-granting college is requiring a TAP Plan. Mansfield Campus Checklist

Transitional Academic Plan (TAP)
A Transitional Academic Plan will be referred to as a "TAP plan." It is a program in your Student Center that allows you to view a future plan of classes that you worked out with your academic advisor, who enters your plan into this data base for viewing by you and other advisors. Some degree granting colleges with OSU are requiring all of their students to meet with their advisor and write out a TAP. They would post the message: "TAP Plan for Semesters Required" in the "To Do" list on your Student Center and provide a "Check List" behind the "To Do" directive explaining what they wanted you to do. You might call it a mandatory advisor meeting. Not all colleges at OSU are requiring their students to write up a TAP plan. It is a good idea to write up a future plan of courses even if this is not required. Its intention is to help make sure you take the correct classes, understand the conversion to semesters, and graduate as early as possible. You could ask your academic advisor for a TAP plan, even if your college office does not require this. If you are making a campus change, it would be nice for you to have a TAP plan in place for your Columbus advisor to view. The following links are for worksheets to begin writing up your TAP plan before seeing your advisor.

Questions and Answers

How many classes would I take in a semester as compared to a quarter?

To ensure timely graduation, it is very important to remember that, in most cases, you will need to take five courses each semester.

1. Over the longer span of a semester you will have more time in which to read and write and learn (and you may have a bit more flexibility in trying to catch up if you fall behind).

2. Most classes will meet two or three times per week, for slightly longer class periods than they now do.

3. More classes will meet on Fridays.

4. You will need to carry more classes during a semester (typically, five three-hour classes, for students in programs that will require 120 credits) if you intend to complete a degree in four years. Taking more classes may well require more discipline in balancing competing academic demands and in effectively using the longer times between classes and assignments.

5. Scheduling more classes over the course of a term may present a challenge if you are trying to schedule all of your classes on the same days, to leave open blocks of time for a job. It will be best to plan to work a reasonable number of hours, distributed over the week (and weekend), especially during your first couple of semesters.

6. As you review these sample schedules, think about how you might fit a work schedule into your week. Q: How will registering for classes under Semesters be different? A: There will be a number of procedures (scheduling, for example) that you will only need to do twice, rather than three times, during the regular academic year. This also means, however, that you will have fewer opportunities to choose the correct classes, compensate for a misstep (a failed or dropped course, or a change in your major), or take the electives you most want. It will, in consequence, be as important as ever to take advantage of your assigned priority for scheduling by enrolling early during your enrollment appointment.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor or Attend a Semester Planning Workshop
It is important that you have an accurate curriculum plan and semester transition degree audit completed before you schedule your summer or autumn semester classes. The academic advisors will be offering a series of semester planning workshops for the majors that they advise as the information becomes available. Keep checking the advising page of the Mansfield web site, bulletin boards and your email for announces regarding these workshops. Individual appointments with your advisor are also an option for getting this information. You may have to wait longer for an appointment due to an anticipated larger volume of students needing appointments.

Advising Web Site Workshop Announcements

Student Life Appointment Phone Number: 419-755-4317

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