Inactive students. An Athabasca University student
is considered "inactive" if he or she does not register
in a course:
1. within 12 months of the last course contract date or date of
2. within 12 months of the most recent admissions entry term;
3. on a Letter of Permission within 12 months of either of the
Independent labs. You may register in the laboratory
component of certain science courses without taking the remaining
instructional component, provided you meet strict prerequisite requirements
and have professor approval before registering in the lab. Each
lab is worth one credit. Should you decide to take the instructional
portion of the Athabasca University course, the additional credit
earned for lab module will not be recognized, thereby maintaining
the designation of the 3- or 6-credit course.
Students attending other institutions must receive approval in writing from their home institution indicating it will grant credit. Students using an independent lab course to update laboratory skills (e.g., teachers, instructors), must provide evidence of having previously taken an equivalent science course. Science lab
Individualized study describes
the most common print-based method of course instruction at Athabasca
University. The course comprises a learning resources package that
may include textbooks, workbooks, audio and videotapes, computing
resources, project kits, study guides, and manuals. Students set
their own schedule within the time allowed to complete a course.
A computer is not required to complete an individualized study course.
When a computer is required to complete the course, the method of
delivery is referred to "Individualized study online"
Individualized study online
courses require students to have access to a computer to complete
the course. The amount of online interaction is course-specific.
In undergraduate nursing courses, for example, students receive
a letter outlining how to access their course online. One or more
textbooks may accompany the letter. The balance of course interaction
is conducted online with the student logging in at the start of
each session. Students are responsible for their own ISP connection.
Intellectual honesty. The acknowledgement of the scholarly contributions of others. Failure to do so is academic misconduct.
Invigilator. An individual authorized by AU to oversee the writing of an exam by an AU student.
International students are those students who do not hold Canadian citizenship. J
Junior courses (designated by a course number in the 200s) are
usually introductory or survey courses and are equivalent to first-year
courses at most universities. K L
Lab-component only courses. Students may take
the laboratory component of certain science courses without taking
the remaining instructional component. There are, however, strict
prerequisite requirements and professor approval is required before
registration can occur. Each lab-component-only course is worth
one credit. For current lab information, contact the Centre
science courses are courses that contain a substantial
amount of work including exercises, techniques, and equipment and
the course discipline. The lab portion
of these courses is usually site-specific and supervised. For
current lab information, contact the Centre for Science.
Letter of Certification is an official
confirmation of information extracted from a student's record
that is not available on a transcript.
Letter of Permission is a document
permitting a credential student to take
one or more courses at another post-
secondary institution to be used for
credit toward an Athabasca University degree or university certificate.
Levels describe preparatory (100),
junior (200), or senior (300 or 400)
Major. A designated program of study within a
program discipline such as the Bachelor of Arts, Anthroplogy major
or the Bachelor of Science, Human Science major.
No area of study indicates the designated course
cannot be used to fulfill an area of study requirement in a program.
The course can, however, fulfill part of the overall degree requirements
if it is appropriate to the program.
Non-Academic Misconduct Policy. Non-academic offences attempted or committed by students on University premises or during University-sponsored activities shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the University under the Non-Academic Misconduct Policy.
Non-credit courses do not fulfill any requirement
toward a credential.
Not-to-take will be awarded when
equivalent knowledge of a particular course has been identified
student's assessment. Athabasca University awards the credit and uses
the course, if it is required, to fulfill
Nursing transfer is
a special program developed in cooperation with another
university whereby students may complete courses through Athabasca
and use these courses to fulfill the
requirements of a post-degree program. O
Online-enhanced is an optional component meaning the course uses
the Internet to augment course material.
Open admission means admission to the University
and registration in courses (except where a prerequisite is needed)
is not based on prior academic achievement. A student must be 16
years of age, unless specifically exempt from the age requirement.
Options. One or more courses chosen from any
discipline to complete degree requirements. Students should be cognisant
of the level and area of study requirements, if either have not
already been met.
Paced study courses: Refer to Grouped study courses.
Paced lab students are required to attend an on-site lab component
with a group of students at set times. Parchment. Document issued by Athabasca University that communicates the nature of the degree and date of conferral. This document is signed and sealed by University officials.
Part-time students are those with less than a
60 percent course load with Athabasca University or those who complete
less than two credits per month, for example.
Plagiarism is the wilful act of presenting another person's work as one's
without the proper academic
acknowledgement and recognition.
PLAR. Refer to Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition.
Practicum courses (usually in the Applied Studies
area) require a substantial amount of supervised, discipline-related
time in actual work settings.
Precluded courses describe courses currently (or formerly) offered
at Athabasca University where the curriculum overlaps the course
being described to the extent that students would be duplicating
course work if they completed both courses. Students cannot receive
credit for both the course being described and the course listed.
Precluded courses are usually the result of a course revision, course
renumbering or cross-listing.
Preparatory courses are designated by a number
in the 100s. These courses prepare students for university-level
study in disciplines that require a high-school background. A maximum
of six credits at the preparatory level may be applied to the completion
of the BA or BGS degree at Athabasca University. The Challenge for
Credit Policy does not apply to preparatory, 100-level courses.
Preparatory/alternative courses are courses
a professor may suggest a
student register in if the student is
experiencing difficulties in a more senior-level course. Preparatory/
courses are not necessarily prerequisite courses but rather provide
the student with a more solid subject-matter
foundation before he or she advances
to the more senior-level course.
Preregistration is the act of registering for
a course with a start date up to 6 months in the future. Preregistration
is considered a registration and guarantees a particular start date.
Prerequisites ensure that students have the required background
to complete the course successfully. All prerequisites are expressed
in terms of specific Athabasca University courses. Students who
have fulfilled the prerequisite by completing an equivalent course
at another post-secondary institution should complete the Prerequisite
Prerequisites. Many senior-level courses require
a knowledge of the material covered in junior or other senior courses.
Prerequisites ensure that a student has the required background
to successfully complete the course. Students who have fulfilled
the prerequisite by completing an equivalent course at another post-secondary
institution should complete the Prerequisite Waiver Declaration
Form so their course registration can proceed without delay.
Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR). Refer to Calendar Web site.
Professor approval. The term "Professor approval required" is usually associated with
prerequisites. It applies when students do not have credit in one or more of the
prerequisites for a given course. In such cases, the professor has the
discretion to waive the prerequisite requirement, after a discussion with
Program director is the academic member responsible
for overseeing the specific degree, certificate, or diploma program. R
Reading courses are offered at the senior (usually
400) level and involve a specialized field of study.
Registration. The process of selecting and undertaking specific courses at AU.
Rejection of submitted work. Refusal of academic work that has been submitted to fulfill all or part of the course or program requirements; or an assignment grade of zero (0) to any academic work that has been submitted to fulfill all or part of the course or program requirements; or a grade of zero (0) as a course composite grade on a particular course.
Reprimand. Written notification to a student outlining the
nature of his or her misconduct and the implications of further
misconduct. A student who has received a reprimand is permitted
to continue at Athabasca University.
Residency. Specified courses or credits from Athabasca University
may be required to obtain a credential.
Residency requirements are part of a program's regulations.
Science. This area of study normally comprises courses based on a knowledge of facts, phenomena, laws, and proximate cause (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Nutrition, and Physics).
Science labs. Some science labs can be conducted from your own home. Others are supervised and taken in a group at a specific time and location. Science lab
Semesters are time periods during which many grouped-study
courses are offered. Fall semester courses typically run from September
winter courses are usually offered from January through April.
Senior courses (designated by a course number in
the 300s or 400s) assume
a background of university learning
and usually specify a junior course
as a prerequisite.
Social Science. An area of university study that normally comprises anthropology, economics, geography, labour studies, political science, psychology, sociology, and women's studies courses.
Student Assessment Letter (SAL) is a specialized document issued
by the Office of the Registrar that indicates the courses approved
degree or university certificate program and all remaining requirements.
The SAL includes transfer credits, completed courses, courses in
completed on letters of permission,
and preregistered courses. The SAL is normally sent to students
when the evaluation of their previous education is completed, when
notified of a final
grade, or at the student's request. The SAL may also be obtained
from the Learning Centres but not without a request.
Students Finance Board is the official agency in
each province that is responsible for supplying loans and bursaries
bursaries are dependent upon need and require the
student to maintain full-time status.
Student, full-time. For taxation or Alberta Students
Finance purposes, for example, a
full-time student is one who is actively registered in a minimum
of two credits per month. Students must complete nine credits over
four months to be considered full time.
Student, part-time. A part-time
student is one who has less than a 60 percent course load with
Athabasca University or is not completing more than nine credits over
Supervised labs describe compulsory course learning activities in some of our science courses that take place in person at specified times and locations.
These lab sessions concentrate a great deal of work in a short period of time, from two days to more than a week. The sessions are conducted in teaching laboratories in buildings owned or leased by Athabasca University.
Supervised labs usually involve field as well as lab work. Some supervised lab activities are held at various times throughout the year in Calgary, Edmonton, and, occasionally, in other localities within Alberta. Certain supervised labs are held only once per year in one location in Alberta.
Students are required to book their attendance at these sessions.
Athabasca University retains the right to postpone or cancel scheduled
lab sessions due to insufficient registrations. Costs for travel,
accommodation, and food are the responsibility of the student.
Please check the specific course
syllabus for details.
Supplemental exam. An additional exam written by a student to improve the grade received on the original exam.
Syncronous communication T
Transcript. An official document issued by Athabasca
University that communicates the courses completed and the final
grades achieved in those courses. Transcripts are prepared by the
Office of the Registrar, recording of students' academic performance
and bear the University seal. A transcript is not released to anyone
without the student's permission. A fee is charged for each
Transfer credit is credit granted for the successful completion
of course work at another accredited institution.
Tutor. Most individualized-study students are assigned a tutor to assist students throughout the course.
U V W
Unclassified students. Students who are not enrolled
in an Athabasca University degree, diploma, or certificate program.
Video component. Some Athabasca University courses
include videotapes that are required viewing to complete the course.
Other courses use videotapes to enrich the course content. Some
courses have required viewing that is broadcast throughout Alberta
on ACCESS, The Education Station. Students who are unable to view
the television broadcasts in their area may borrow videotapes from
Athabasca University Library.
Visiting students are enrolled at other higher
learning institutions, and take courses for credit at Athabasca
University. More than 6,000 visiting students a year take one or
more courses at Athabasca University to complement their studies
at their home institution.
Withdrawal. The voluntary exit from an Athabasca
University course by a student. Students can withdraw from a course
any time during the period of active study provided the final exam
has not been deemed written. Withdrawal
time frames are important!