Course-related terminology used at the University of Otago
Course: The collection of papers for which a student
is enrolled in a particular semester or year.
Paper: The smallest individual academic components of a course (and thus of a Programme).
Papers are characterised by:
- being recorded as separate entities on an academic record
- having some form of result attached to them
- generating a definable portion of the tuition fees payable.
Thus the Otago term 'paper' is equivalent to the US term 'course'.