Course Numbering is a system in which codes indicating various information, including the correlation among courses and levels of difficulty, are assigned to each course in order to simply and clearly represent the education curriculum so as to facilitate understanding of the curriculum structure. Tohoku University implemented this system for all faculties/graduate schools etc. from FY 2016 on.
What is Course Numbering?
Course Numbering is a system in which codes indicating various information, including the correlation among courses and levels of difficulty, are assigned to each course in order to simply and clearly represent the education curriculum so as to facilitate understanding of the curriculum structure.
In the Satomi Vision 1 Strategic Focus  "Educational reforms, aimed at fostering global leaders, centered on improving the humanities curriculum," Course Numbering is listed as an example of efforts to develop an internationally compatible educational system.
It can also be referred to simply as "Numbering."
The Purpose/Necessity of Implementation
By assigning codes and numbers to each course to clarify its difficulty level/characteristics, significance, and the sequence in which courses should be taken, students can understand which courses they should register for, the role of each course within the undergraduate/graduate curriculum, and each course's objectives.
We will be able to organize the education curriculum systematically and sequentially and familiarize the students with it, and by creating a curriculum map and other methods, it will be possible to check whether each course structure is suitable for the diploma/curriculum policy of the hosting faculty/school, whether the course subject fields are well-balanced, etc..
Also, clarification of course levels is expected to facilitate credit transfers with overseas universities.
Course Numbering at this university will be organized as follows.
As a general rule, the codes will be fixed for each course, instead of being reassigned every academic year. However, codes may be reassigned in some cases, such as when there are major revisions in the course content.
However, when the Educational Records and Programs Committee of the Academic Affairs Council has approved exceptions based on special circumstances, such cases may be handled differently.
Course Numbering Code
Grade Point Average
GPA (Grade Point Average) refers to a method of evaluating student performance by calculating performance in each class using a specified formula. It is used mainly in Europe and North America. Tohoku University implemented this system for all students entering the bachelor curriculum from FY 2016 on.
Evaluation and the GP
GP (Grade Points) derived from grade evaluation (hereinafter "Evaluation"), as stipulated within the Regulations of each faculty, faculty internal regulations on enrollment and Regulations on Tohoku University General Education Subjects, shall be as provided in the table below.
Types of GPA and Calculation Method
There shall be two types of GPA: GPA as an index of academic status/performance during a particular semester (hereinafter "Semester GPA"), and GPA as an index of academic status/performance during the entire enrollment period (hereinafter "Cumulative GPA").
The formula for the Semester GPA and the Cumulative GPA shall be as stipulated in the following Items; in the calculation results, numbers beyond the second decimal point shall be truncated.
1. Semester GPA formula
2. Cumulative GPA formula