Wilfrid Laurier University Part Time, Online and Continuing Studies Calendar - Spring/Summer 2012
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Degree Credit Courses General Information

Certificates in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science

If you have completed five (5.0) full-credit courses (or equivalent) as a part-time student registered in the Faculty of Arts, Brantford Campus or Faculty of Science, you may apply for the Arts I Certificate. The completion of 10.0 full-credit courses allows you to apply for an Arts II Certificate. All courses recognized for credit toward a certificate will also be considered as credits toward a General BA degree. One Business credit may be counted toward the Arts I Certificate and two Business credits may be counted toward the Arts II Certificate. An overall GPA of at least 4.0 (C-) must be achieved on these certificate courses. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information, (519) 884-0710 ext. 6479 or apply using the Certificate in Arts Form at www.wlu.ca/roforms.

If you have received another certificate or diploma from the university, you will not be eligible for certificates in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science.

 
Areas of Study at Laurier

The university offers only three general degrees: a BA, a BSc and a BA in Contemporary Studies (available online on the Brantford Campus).
No further designation (major, option or minor) is awarded with these degrees.

 
Assignments and Tests

Normally, work such as assignments or tests, due in the last week of classes will be made known to a class at the beginning of the term. In no case, after the first half of the term, shall the assignment of such work first be made known to a class. To ensure that the workload of students is not unreasonable in the last week of classes, the university sets the following limits for the final week of regularly scheduled classes of each term:

  1. Assignments, projects, presentations and other evaluated work, to a maximum worth of 50 percent of the total marks available in the course, may be due for submission or presentation during the last week;
  2. In a course or section with a final examination scheduled in the examination period, an in-class test or examination worth no more than 20 percent of the total marks available in the course may be administered during the last week of classes;
  3. In a course or section that does not have a final examination scheduled in the examination period, no tests or examinations may be administered during the last week of classes, excepting only small quizzes and the like, worth no more than 10 percent, that are part of a weekly or biweekly series of such items.

 
Final Examinations

The university shall conduct a final examination period in each academic session for undergraduate students. Individual instructors through their academic units will determine evaluation methods for particular courses and if a final examination will be required. End of course evaluation methods may take a variety of forms, including oral presentations, take-home examinations, major assignments and proctored examinations. Individual instructors through their academic units will determine what percent of course evaluation will be based on proctored examinations and other forms of evaluation.

Examinations are randomly scheduled and students registered in evening sections may be required to write final examinations during the day. Students are strongly urged not to make any commitments (i.e., vacation) during the examination period. Students are required to be available for examinations during the examination periods of all terms in which they register. Students who register in courses from more than one academic term are responsible for any examination conflicts generated by their actions. The university attempts, as much as possible, to keep one day a week free during the final examination period.

Students are normally not required to complete more than two final examinations in a 24 hour period. In order to receive relief under this rule, the third "offending" examination must start and finish within 24 hours of the beginning of the first examination. For example, students will not receive relief under this regulation when their examinations begin at, 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on one day, and 9:00 am on the following day. To receive relief under this regulation students must notify their dean's office at least three business days before the beginning of the first of the three problematic examinations. The university reserves the right to select which examination is to be deferred.

The Deferred Examination Policy is located in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar at http://www.wlu.ca/calendars/section.phpcal=1&s=312&sp=1006&ss=1339&y=37#Deferred_Examination_Policy.

 
Academic Regulations

The academic regulations include the requirements which must be fulfilled in order to graduate with a given degree, as well as any general rules which structure the academic experience of the student. Such rules pertain to standards and procedures used in determining academic standing and progression, methods of evaluation, registration in courses, and overall conduct of the student. For non-degree students, the academic regulations for the general-level degree programs will apply except where additional requirements are specified.

The academic regulations governing a student's program shall be those in effect at the time of initial registration at Wilfrid Laurier University, except that when academic regulations are changed prior to the completion of the academic program, the student may choose to have the new set of regulations apply. Exceptions to this rule are detailed below:

Where a student requests a change in program, and the change is authorized by an official of the university (chair/undergraduate advisor of faculty), the student is bound by the requirements of the program as they exist at the time they enter the program. Students who are required to transfer from honours to general, may meet the academic regulations in effect for the general program without designation at the time of transfer or those in effect at the time of initial registration in the honours program.

If the student is not registered in any Wilfrid Laurier University course for a period of 18 or more consecutive months, the academic regulations in effect at the time of re-entry to the academic program shall apply.

Students may not hold a minor in a field in which they have an honours field of specialization or option.