I am looking for a noun to describe an individual meeting of a course, as in a course of study at a university. Class is not an option in this case. Thoughts?

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    Let me guess: you're looking for an identifier for individual classes, but your programming language and naming convention preclude you from using class.
    – Jon Purdy
    Jan 11, 2011 at 4:09
  • @Jon Purdy Yes, however I also have to account for different logical components, all of which could be referred to as 'class'. I've settled on 'course', 'schedule' and 'meeting'. Jan 12, 2011 at 2:59

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Here are several options, depending on the nature of the course. I have provided examples in each case:

  • Class [meeting/period]

    Are we going to have music theory class tomorrow?

  • Course meeting

    Your professor will determine course meeting times.

  • Lab [session]

    • We have lab twice a week.
    • How many lab sessions must we attend for Organic Chemistry?
  • Lecture

    Yesterday's real analysis lecture was so boring!

  • Recitation

    You must attend daily recitations for psychology.

  • Seminar

    The bioinformatics course offers two mandatory seminars each week.

  • Tutorial session/meeting

    • What time is the physics tutorial [session]?
    • My music analysis tutorial meeting was so much fun!
  • @Adam Lassek: No problem! Sorry, I couldn't resist including class, as I wasn't too sure what your reason for its exclusion was :)
    – Jimi Oke
    Jan 11, 2011 at 18:46

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