Course Classification Number (CS Number)

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Course Classification Number or CS Number identifies a particular mode of instruction for a resource segment activity.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Other Reports:
Data Custodian
Academic and Centralized Scheduling
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Field Name:OBI_XLATLONG
Census Process:No
Logical Transformation / Calculation
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"Academic Class"
Column Heading:"Course Classification Number"

The Course/Supervision Classification defines course characteristics norms based on the mode of instruction and the level of instruction. A course may have more than one mode of instruction. Each such component is assigned a C/S classification number according to the type of instruction required which determines the normative class size for that kind of instruction at the level of instruction indicated, the number of contact hours required per course credit unit per week of instruction, and the weighing factor for computation of faculty workload; see Course Classification System for more detail.


Examples of CS Numbers and corresponding modes include:

  • 1 to 4 (lecture)
  • 5 (seminar)
  • 6 (seminar/demonstration)
  • 7 to 14 (activity)
  • 15 to 16 (laboratory)
  • 17 to 21 (activity)
  • 77 (non state supported instructions, e.g. ROTC)
  • 78 (non traditional instruction , e.g. examination or evaluation, 78 modes are state supported)
  • S5, S4, S3, S2, S1 (S stands for Supervision)

Note: "00" is used to identify a resource segment that operates as an extension of its immediately preceding master segment (CS Number greater than zero). Such "00" segments are commonly referred to as dependents and serve to contain additional information about the master segment, such as a team teaching pair of instructions, or non-continuous (split) meeting hours.

See Also

Definition Source

"This data element identifies a particular mode of instruction for a resource segment activity."[1]


  1. CSU. APDB Data Element Dictionary. Transaction Data Elements. Retrieved from: (Requires login).