How to Read and Use Course Descriptions

  • Course descriptions in this guide are designed to provide students and parents with all of the information required to make informed decisions about course selection. The various parts of the course description and the information are illustrated with the example course offering below:

    [COURSE NAME AND COURSE NUMBER] Video Production and Broadcast Journalism (05990952)
    [COURSE SCHEDULING CONFIGURATION AND CREDIT VALUE] 0.5 Credit; [WEIGHTING ASSIGNED TO THE COURSE] Unweighted
    [COURSE LENGTH] Length: Year; [SCHEDULING FORMAT] Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    [GRADE RESTRICTIONS (IF ANY)] Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    [PREREQUISITE, CO-REQUISITE , TEACHING RECOMMENDATION INFORMATION] Prerequisites: None
    [USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE COURSE] This course welcomes all students in grades 9-12 who have an interest in film, screenplay writing, acting for the camera, and broadcast journalism. This course will utilize the TV Studio here at RHS to its full extent. Students will produce numerous works on film, and spend time exploring each role of the process - Actor, technician, writer, director, and designer. Students will be expected to create original films, out (on location), and then editing/mastering the film in studio. In cooperation with the theater classes and RAD-TV, the class will then begin to produce segments of film within the realm of journalism and documentary.

Glossary of Terms

  • Credits

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    Each course is worth a certain number of credits. Generally, courses that meet for a single class period for the entire school year are worth 1 credit. Courses that are scheduled differently may carry different numbers of credits. Most students schedule 6.5 or more credits per academic year.

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  • Length

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    Courses are either scheduled to meet for the full year or for a semester (½ of a school year).

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  • Format

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    Radnor High School’s schedule contains a 10-day cycle. Most courses are scheduled to meet every day of the 10-day cycle. Some courses meet on alternate cycle days only.

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  • Grade(s)

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    These are the grade levels (9, 10, 11, and/or 12) that are permitted to take a given course. If there is no statement made about what grade levels can take a course, it is open to all students in the high school.

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  • Weighting

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    For the purposes of calculating GPA, some courses are weighted because they are more demanding. Generally, these are Honors and Advanced Placement courses. More GPA information is on the previous pages and in the Student Handbook.

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  • Prerequisite

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    A prerequisite is a course that a student must have COMPLETED before being eligible for another course.

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  • Co-Requisite

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    A co-requisite is a course that does not necessarily have to be completed before a student is eligible to enroll in a course, but must be scheduled in the same academic year, if not already completed.

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