Making Sense of Course Codes

Please note, for 2021/22 academic year, NIC courses and programs may include digital learning. Students will need access to a computer and internet. Computer labs are available at all campuses.

Note: you can register for courses after you have been accepted into an NIC program.

NIC course codes provide important information on specific details of a course.

Each course code is made up of five parts: subject, course level & number, location & delivery type, section number and special section (if applicable).

Example: BUS 100 DLU1R

BUS Subject area
100 Course level & number
DLU Location & delivery type
1 Section number
R Special Section (reserved) code

Indicates which subject the course is in. ex: BUS = Business, ENG = English

The first digit indicates the level. Second and third complete the three-digit course number:

035 Upgrading
100 First year
216 Second year
350 Third year
452 Fourth year

Location and Delivery Type provides important information. There are several options for how course content may be delivered. You can use this information to make sure you select the course that has the right location and delivery type for you. Delivery type does not include instructor office hours and other optional meeting times. This will be included in the instructor’s course outline.

For 2021/22 academic year, NIC has focused mainly on three delivery types:

  • On-campus, Scheduled. Courses that are offered fully on-campus will have a location code and the letter S. Example: CRS = Campbell River campus, on-campus.
  • Off-Campus and Digital. The DL location code identifies the course section as digital learning. Students from any location may register. There will be no in-person, on-campus classes. Disregard campus locations in all DL sections.
    • DLU courses are unscheduled, meaning they will have defined start and end dates, but not scheduled class times.
    • DLS courses will have defined start and end dates but will have online meeting times with an instructor.
  • On-Campus and Digital (Blended). These courses are identified with a location code, followed by B. For example, a blended class with its on-campus portion in Campbell River will say: CRB

Location codes

  • CR = Campbell River
  • CV = Comox Valley
  • PA = Port Alberni
  • PH = Mixalakwila campus (at Port Hardy)
  • UC = Ucluelet
SAMPLE COURSE CODES PER DELIVERY METHOD
Example: HCA 140 CRS1
Subject Level/# Location Delivery Type Section # Special Section
HCA 140 CR S 1 N/A
Other location code examples:
  • CR: Campbell River
  • CV: Comox Valley
  • PA: Port Alberni
  • PH: Port Hardy/Mixalakwila
  • UC: Ucluelet
S: Scheduled
  • scheduled on-campus classes delivered in person each week
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and internet not required for lectures
Example: BUS 100 DLS1B
Subject Level/# Delivery Type Section # Special Section
BUS 100 DLS 1 B
DLS: Digital Scheduled
  • scheduled live online meeting times with instructor
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
Example: ENG 213 DLU3
Subject Level/# Delivery Type Section # Special Section
ENG 213 DLU 3 N/A
DLU: Digital Unscheduled
  • no scheduled class time
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
Example: ENG 035 DLC1
Subject Level/# Delivery Type Section # Special Section
ENG 035 DLC 1 N/A
DLC: Digital Continuous Entry
  • individualized instruction and meeting times
  • student specific start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
Example: CHE 110L CVB1R
Subject Level/# Location Delivery Type Section # Special Section
CHE 110L CV B 1 R
L: Lab B: Blended Delivery
  • includes both digital delivery and on-campus instruction
  • digital delivery is done independently
  • On-campus (In-class) learning is scheduled
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
Example: BIO-060L-CRS1R
Subject Level/# Location Delivery Type Section # Special Section
BIO 060l CR S 1 R
L: Lab B: Blended Delivery
  • includes both digital delivery and on-campus instruction
  • digital delivery may be scheduled or unscheduled
  • scheduled, on-campus meeting times
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
1 to 9
then
A to Z
Fall, Winter, and Summer terms:

1 indicates the first course section created. 2 is the second section added of the same course, etc. Section numbers run from 1-9, then A-Z.

Spring term:

7-week Spring intersession courses are sequentially identified by a number in the section code (eg. CRS1, PAT2)

13-week Spring term courses are sequentially identified by a letter in the section code (eg. CVBA, PHTB)

Some course sections are reserved for students in a specific program. If a section is reserved, it will appear as the last letter of the course code: BUS 100 DLU1B. If you are not registered in the program, you will not be able to sign up for a special reserved section. If a course section does not include a special reserved code, then the section is open to students who meet the prerequisites.

B Business
C Computer Information Certificate
E Early Childhood Education
F Fine Arts Diploma
G High School Dual Credit
I Digital Design & Development
L Local Students (reserved for people in a particular community)
N Nursing
R Reserved for a custom group
T Tourism & Hospitality
U Human Services
V Adventure Guiding
X Electronics or Electrical
Y or Z Special Contracts