The term course derives from the Latin word cursus, which can be translated into Spanish as “career”. It is a word that refers to the period of time established annually for the teaching of classes in an educational institution. For example: “Last year I passed four subjects”, “The current year will end around Christmas”, “I have never faced such difficult students as in this year”.

The study on a subject, structured as a unit, is also identified with the name of the course: “Miguel signed up for a photography course”, “The boss recommended that I enroll in a graphic design course to broaden my field of action within of the company”, “Tomorrow I cannot go to the court since I have to attend the English course”.

Another use of the concept is linked to the group of students who attend the same grade or are at the same academic level : “This week I will go to the museum with my classmates”, “I think I know that girl… she is a classmate of my sister”, “The director has just assigned me another course: I already have a full day”.

Structured training that revolves around a particular theme is called a course.

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The course as a journey

It is also worth mentioning that the term refers to the direction that a circumstance has or the line that runs through a river or a means of transport.

The so -called water courses are those that are formed by running water that advances through the same channel. A course can be made up of the torrents and streams that act as tributaries of a river that, in turn, flows into the sea.

The characteristics of the watercourses are determined by the way they are fed and the particularities of their bed (ie layout, width, etc.). It is important to note that the bed tends to change shape almost constantly due to erosion and alluvium. It is also worth mentioning that there are three types of water courses: high course, middle course and low course, and that according to the flow and the speed with which the aquifer mass moves, it will be determined which of these denominations it belongs to.

The course of a river is known as course.

Succession of phases of a disease

On the other hand, the course of a disease is known as the different phases of the patient’s process, that is, its evolution. Scientists know each of these stages by the symptoms that the patient presents, in this way as they change they can know the point of the process in which the disease is.

For example, the course of a normal wound can be divided into the following phases: First stage (inflammatory process, vasodilatation process, leukocyte infiltration, neocapillary formation), Second stage (appearance of fibroblasts) and Third stage (appearance of the collagen and complete healing).

The concept of course in different phrases

Some phrases can have this term but mean different things, here are some examples:

* Let things take their course : Do not get more bad blood for something and let circumstances show the way, without worrying too much about things that seem to have no apparent solution.

* Take the course or the reins of your life : Make decisions about existence and choose the right path for our lives. It is usually used to indicate to someone, who has been overcome by different events, to stop “doing nonsense” and “get your batteries” with respect to the path you want to follow.

* Give course to something : Start. It is usually used to refer to the beginning of a procedure that can take a certain time. Also to talk about the opening of a local, school year or other similar event.