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Fall 2021 Term Information

Modalities of Instruction - Definitions

As of Fall 2021, six different modalities of instruction are being offered at Cal Poly.

Synchronous

Synchronous courses are fully online with established meeting days/times.

Asynchronous

Asynchronous courses are fully online with NO established meeting days/times. Course requirements are completed in a self-guided manner.

Sync/Async Hybrid

Synchronous/asynchronous hybrid courses are fully online, but the meeting pattern is a combination of established days/times (for the synchronous online component) and student self-guided work (for the asynchronous online component).

In Person

In person courses are offered at on-campus or off-campus physical locations with established meeting days/times.

In Person/Sync Hybrid

In person/synchronous hybrid courses include in-person and online course content. These courses have established meeting days/times.

In Person/Async Hybrid

In person/asynchronous hybrid courses include in-person and online course content. The meeting pattern is a combination of established days/times (for the in-person component) and student self-guided work (for the asynchronous online component).

Modalities of Instruction - Schedule Builder Details

Students can use the Schedule Builder Modality of Instruction global filter to search for course offerings that fit their specific needs:

Students can search for course offerings using the Modality of Instruction filter in Schedule Builder.

Frequently Asked Questions

The instructor has added me to the class Canvas or PolyLearn. Does this mean I am now officially enrolled in the class?

No. If an instructor adds you to the class PolyLearn or Canvas, you are not officially enrolled in the class. You must complete the registration process through your Student Center if and when there is an open seat or you are given a permission number to enroll.

Where can I find term dates?

Visit the Office of the Registrar Calendars webpage for complete information. Helpful resources include the Planning Calendars and the 2021-22 Academic Calendar.

The Planning Calendars include information about the Add/Drop deadline, permission numbers, wait listing, and more.

How long do I have to add a class?

  • Please review the Fall 2021 Planning Calendar.
  • The Add/Drop deadline for the fall term is:
    • Fall 2021: Wednesday, September 29, 7:59 p.m.
  • To add a class after the Add/Drop deadline, you must submit a Late Add Appeal to the Office of the Registrar. The Late Add Appeal deadline is a firm deadline:
    • Fall 2021 Late Add Appeal Deadline: Wednesday, October 6, 5:00 p.m.
  • Click here to access the Late Add Appeal Form.

How long will I have to change the grading basis of a class? (for example, changing to Credit/No Credit)

  • You will have the option to change the grading basis of your class in your Student Center until the Add/Drop deadline:
    • Fall 2021 Grading Basis Deadline: Wednesday, September 29, 7:59 p.m.
  • Students are highly encouraged to speak to their advisor before changing their grading basis to Credit/No Credit.

What does taking a class "Credit/No Credit" mean?

Selecting Credit/No Credit grading means that you are choosing to complete the class on a pass/fail basis. The grade received (either "CR" for Credit or "NC" for No Credit) is not factored into your GPA.

Please Note: Units earned in a class for which the grade was "NC" do not count toward the satisfaction of degree requirements.

What grade must I earn to receive Credit if I select Credit/No Credit grading?

Undergraduate students will need a C- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit in a Credit/No Credit course. Graduate students will need a B- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit.

I don't remember which grading basis I selected when I registered for my classes. How can I review my grading basis selections?

You can review your grading basis selections in your Student Center.

In your Student Center, Select "Class Schedule" from the drop-down menu:

Select the "Class Schedule" option from the drop-down menu to the left of your Weekly Schedule.

Select "List View" as the display option.

In the "List View" of your schedule, you can find your grading basis selection for each class in the "Grading" section of the class listing:

The grading basis selection for a class can be found in the "Grading" section.

If I am taking a class for grade forgiveness, can I select Credit/No Credit grading?

No. If you are taking a class for grade forgiveness, you must enroll in the class on a graded basis.

I want to select Credit/No Credit grading. Will I be held to the normal 2.0 GPA requirement?

Yes. As stated in the Cal Poly catalog, an "applicant for a Credit/No Credit grade must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in cumulative Cal Poly work."

Will taking a GE course or a Minor course (that is normally a graded course) as CR/NC in fall quarter count towards typical Credit/No Credit limits?

Yes. Any Credit/No Credit-selected courses you complete during fall 2021 will count toward the following limitations:

  • The 16-unit overall limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take during your career at Cal Poly
  • The 4-unit limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take in GE courses
  • The maximum of one-third of Credit/No Credit-selected courses allowed in a minor.

Previous COVID-19 allowances will be honored, and courses taken during terms with COVID-19 allowances will NOT count toward the Credit/No Credit limitations listed above.

In previous quarters with COVID-19 allowances, I selected Credit/No Credit grading in the number of major/support units my major allowed. Will I be able to select Credit/No Credit grading for the same number of major/support units in fall 2021? Is there a cap on the cumulative total of major/support units I can take as Credit/No Credit?

During the quarters with COVID-19 allowances, you were allowed to continue selecting Credit/No Credit grading for the number of units your major or graduate program specified each quarter. There was no cap on the cumulative total of units you could take as Credit/No Credit (so long as that grading basis selection was permitted by your major or graduate program).

However, as of fall 2021, all COVID-19 Credit/No Credit allowances have been suspended. You will now be held to the Credit/No Credit limits outlined for your major or graduate program in the Cal Poly Catalog you are following.

In the Cal Poly Catalog I am following, my major indicates that I can take "Up to 4 Units" of major/support courses as Credit/No Credit. How do I know if I already used my major/support course CR/NC allowance?

This will depend on your major and the COVID-19 Credit/No Credit allowances they created.

Scenario 1: Your major created specific COVID-19 allowances from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. You did not take a major/support course as Credit/No Credit prior to Spring 2020, thus you didn't use your normal major/support course allowance. You now have the option of taking "Up to 4 Units" of major/support courses as Credit/No Credit.

Scenario 2: Your major created specific COVID-19 allowances from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. However, you DID take a 4-unit major/support course as Credit/No Credit prior to Spring 2020, thus you DID use your normal major/support course allowance.

Scenario 3: Your major opted to allow for normal major Credit/No Credit allowances for at least one term from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. During one of the terms in which normal major allowances were in effect, you took a 4-unit major/support course as Credit/No Credit. Because your major opted for normal major Credit/No Credit allowances instead of specific COVID-19 allowances, you used your normal major/support course allowance. 

For your convenience, major-specific Credit/No Credit allowances have been copied directly from the 2021-2022 Cal Poly Catalog and listed on the Credit/No Credit Allowances by Major/Graduate Program webpage. The Credit/No Credit Allowances by Major/Graduate Program webpage also archives COVID-19 Credit/No Credit allowances from previous terms (Spring 2020 through Summer 2021).

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