PBC ITM students take their courses alongside MSc IS students, and are required to complete the same activities and achieve the same standard. Courses are designed to encourage self-study either at home or in the workplace. Students will be supplied with a basic course package of print and other media, if required, and access to a course website for each course. In addition, students are expected to use computer mediated communications for the following purposes:
PBC ITM courses are delivered via online grouped study and online individualized study using distance education instructional design principles and enabling web-based technologies:
A mode of learning involving online study as part of a group, with specific start and end dates. Synchronous communication requirements are generally more central to the learning process than in individualized study courses. In the PBC ITM program, this delivery mode will be used primarily for courses which have elements of professional practice requiring that students work in various group configurations to complete assignments.
Online grouped study courses in the PBC ITM program will be offered during these sessions each year. Refer to the Academic Schedule for each session start date. All course work should be completed during the semester periods. Online grouped study delivery has the following characteristics:
Online individualized study courses begin on the first day of every month. Course registration form and fees must be received at least one month in advance of your intended start date.
Online individualized study courses comprise a self-directed learning environment. Typically learners are required to:
Online individualized study delivery has to the following characteristics:
Registration in courses is subject to prerequisite requirements or professor permission. Elective courses may be taken on completion of the core courses or concurrently with the core courses offered in any term.
Course extensions are not available for any of the core and elective courses in the PBC ITM program.
Students are allowed only one re-registration in each course. Both the initial registration and the re-registration will appear on the student’s academic record.
Students may re-register in a course only if they have received more than one final grade of B- or lower in a core course or more than one final grade of C+ or lower in an elective course, or have withdrawn from the course in good standing. In re-registering, students must complete all course requirements and pay the full course fee.
(Within 30 days of the Course Start Date)
Students may withdraw within 30 days from their course start date for a refund of the full courses fee, less the withdrawal processing fee. The registration will not appear on the transcript and will be deleted from the official record. Please refer to the refund policy for further details. Learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.
(Before the course contract end date)
Students may withdraw from a course before the course end date without academic penalty. A "W" (Withdrawal) will appear on the transcript, which means the student has withdrawn without credit and without penalty. There is no refund, and learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.
Students will not be able to withdraw from a course without academic penalty in any of the following cases:
If a student does not formally withdraw by the course end date, and does not complete the course, the official record will reflect and "F" (Failure). A grade will be assigned and calculated into the cumulative average. There is no refund, and learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.
The course end date is the scheduled end of an independent paced session for grouped study courses, and the expiry date of the course contract period for individualized study courses. We also do not automatically withdraw students and we handle re-enrolment on a case-by case basis.
Students will receive a refund of their full course fees minus the course withdrawal processing fee (refer to PBC ITM fees) if they withdraw from the course within the first month. Students should not return their learning resources. Students wishing to withdraw from a course(s) before the first day of class will receive a full refund providing all materials are returned completely unmarked and are able to be reissued to another student.
All courses will be graded using the Alpha/4.0 grading scale (effective September 1, 2004).
Information effective September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.
Updated February 20 2019 by laurab