101 (term)

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The term 101 (pronounced "One-oh-one") often indicates an introductory level of learning.

Origin[edit]

The term originates from use in American university course numbering systems, designed to make transfer between colleges easier. In theory, any numbered course in one institution should bring a student to the same standard as a similarly numbered course available elsewhere within the same state.[1]

The standard generally adopted was that the first number refers to the academic level, whilst the following numbers indicate particular speciality within the field of study. 101 is normally a general course at beginners' level.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forest, J.J.F. (2002) Higher education in the United States: an encyclopedia p.73. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-57607-248-7. Retrieved October 2011