Units are the units by which CMU classes are measured. Most colleges and universities give each course a value in "credits". Credits usually represent the number of hours each week that a student in that course will spend in class. CMU however, uses "units", which are sometimes advertised as the number of hours each week that a student in that course will spend both attending class and doing work related to the course. A course at another institution that would be "worth" 3 credits is worth 9 units at CMU. The naive will assume that "units" are merely 3 times the number of credits. That is probably wrong. One might also naively assume that "units" will actually correspond to the amount of work one will put in each week. That is almost certainly wrong.
That whole "units are time spent working" thing is actually written in the course catalog. That's one of the vendettas I never got around to making trouble about. For fun, try taking OS or BVW, and complain that you're spending more than the "correct" number of hours per week. -- Creidieki 03:08, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
Some popular units include:
- kilometers (fuck you, miles)
- a sweater
- trogdors of awesomeness