Academic program: A program of study, usually involving theoretical
knowledge and research, and usually leading to a certificate, diploma, associate
degree, or bachelor’s degree.
Admission Requirement(s): Prerequisites that must be complete to
qualify for admission to a program.
Aegrotat: An unclassified degree which a student may receive based
on satisfactory term marks but which the student has been unable to complete due
to demonstrated exceptional circumstances, e.g. illness, death in the family, etc.
Application: The formal way of notifying a post-secondary institution
that you want to be a student there.
Apprenticeship: paid, work-based training usually combined with
post-secondary education. Typically, about 80-85% of an apprenticeship is made up
from work-based training and the other 15-20% is made up from technical training
taken in a classroom and shop setting. Apprenticeship lengths can range from one
to five years, but most require four years to complete.
Assessment: An evaluation of a student’s ability in a particular
Associate Degree: The degree awarded after a two-year period of
study which can be either terminal (vocational) or transfer (the first two years
of a bachelor’s degree).
Articulation: The system used by post-secondary institutions to
determine which courses at one institution are effectively the same as those offered
at another. This helps students move throughout the BC post-secondary system. (For
example, NIC’s English 212 articulates with UVic’s English 202.)
Audit: Taking a course for interest, and not for credit. Auditing
students usually don’t do assignments or exams, and don’t get a grade. Full fees
must be paid and college admission requirements and course prerequisites must be
Awards: Financial entrance awards, bursaries and scholarships.
Bachelor’s Degree: The degree awarded upon completion of approximately
four years of full time study in the liberal arts or sciences or professional subjects.
online educational service that connects students and online courses across British
Columbia. NIC students, as well as students from other institutions in BC, may register
in NIC and other BC post-secondary institution courses through BCcampus.
BCCAT: The British
Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
is responsible for the management of BC Transfer Guide and Education Planner.
Bursary: Funds designed to assist students who meet specific eligibility
criteria and demonstrate financial need.
Calendar: The book of rules, regulations, policies, programs (and
requirements), and courses for a particular post-secondary institution.
Certificate: Recognition of successful completion of a program
of study, of varying lengths, often one year.
Continuous Entry/Exit: These courses and programs are self-paced.
Students regularly attend North Island College for instruction, but proceed through
course materials at their own pace, subject to completion deadlines.
Co-op Education: Cooperative Education is the integration of academic
studies with paid periods of relevant work experience.
Co-requisite: A course that must be taken at the same time as the
course listed (if not already completed successfully). Knowledge gained in the co-requisite
course is considered essential to success in the companion course.
Course: A formal, organized learning experience, usually taught
by an instructor from a prepared outline of content and learning outcomes.
Credential: The official document acknowledging completion of a
program or course of study.
Credit: The value assigned to a course. For example, many NIC courses
are valued at 3 credits.
Dean: The educational leader of one of the education program areas
at the college.
Deferred Fees: Fees which have been postponed or delayed. These
are possible for qualified students through application to an NIC Financial Aid
Advisor. Such approval must be obtained prior to payment deadlines.
Degree: Recognition of successful completion of a program of studies
(usually about 40 courses or 120 credits), often with a specific Major, Minor or
Department: Faculty and administrators associated with a particular
discipline or program (e.g. the English Department).
Department Chair: The head of a program or department. “Coordinator”
is sometimes used synonymously with “Chair.”
Deposit: A non-refundable fee that is applied to tuition and is
due at or prior to registration to affirm the student’s intent to attend the College.
Diploma: Recognition of successful completion of a program of study,
usually two years in length. Post-degree diplomas are often one year in length.
Distance Courses: Courses where curriculum is offered through one
or more of a variety of media, including online and correspondence. Some components
may be offered on campus. Typically the autonomy of the individual learner is what
distinguishes “distance” learning from “distributed” learning.
Distributed Education: Learning opportunities that extend the reach
of the traditional classroom. Typically, this involves one or more kinds of electronic
delivery, including Interactive Television (ITV), online discussions, and streaming
videos. Distributed Learning allows us to simultaneously teach, study, and interact
with groups of individuals on one or more other campuses.
Education Planner: Managed by BCCAT, Education Planner provides
information on programs, admission requirements, tuition fees and application dates
for all of BC’s 27 public postsecondary institutions.
formerly known as ApplyBC, is a free, centralized online educational planning resource and
application service where students apply for admission to public post-secondary institutions in BC.
Elective: An elective is normally a university transfer course
that students select outside of their major area of study, to fulfill program graduation
Entrance Awards: Funds awarded to first-time NIC students that
are applied toward tuition fees.
Faculty: The teachers at a post-secondary institution. In many
institutions, “faculty” also refers to a grouping of departments and programs in
a similar area (e.g., Faculty of Arts).
Full-Time: For BC Student Loan purposes, full-time is considered
enrolment in at least a 60% course load for their program of studies. Some external
agencies may set different requirements and guidelines. Full-time definition may
vary for other purposes at North Island College.
Grade Point Average (GPA): A weighted average of a student’s performance
in credit courses. “Weighted” means that the calculated average puts proportionately
more “weight” on courses with more credits.
Graduation: The process of receiving formal recognition, usually
by the granting of a credential (certificate, diploma, associate degree or bachelor’s
degree) for having completed a program of study.
Industry Training Authority (ITA): the government agency that governs
and develops the BC industry training
Interprovincial Red Seal (Accredited) Training Programs.
Institution: A college, university or university-college established
for the purposes of delivering higher education and authorized to confer recognized
Interactive Television: Scheduled classes may be offered through
Interactive Television (ITV). ITV allows students to interact with a scheduled class
at another location via live video linkage. ITV classes are listed on the campus/centre
Laddering: A process which allows you to build upon previously
earned credits or credentials, either from secondary or postsecondary institutions.
Lock Step: Students in Lock Step courses must complete exams and
assignments on a fixed four month schedule with fixed deadlines that parallel scheduled
classes. Rules for scheduled classes apply to Lock Step distance courses as detailed
in the Academic Schedule. Lock Step works
especially well if clear timelines help you get the work done.
Minimum Course Load: Required number of credits or courses to be
eligible for a student loan (usually 60% of a full course load).
Online Learning: Online learning is an option for students who
wish to learn in their own environment using technology and/or the Internet.
Part-time: Attending less than full-time. In the case of university
transfer, usually fewer than three courses.
Placement Testing: Testing English and/or math skills that allows
the institution to accurately place students in courses.
Plagiarism: The presentation of another person’s or source’s words
and/or ideas as one’s own. Plagiarism ranges from an entire assignment that is not
the student’s own work to specific passages within an assignment taken from a source
Practicum: Practice experience in the community that is related
to students’ program of study.
Preceptor: An individual approved by the College who provides daily,
on-site supervision for students participating in a Preceptorship.
Preceptorship: a period of field experience in which the student
performs actual clinical or other professional procedures under the direct supervision
of a preceptor.
Prerequisite: A prerequisite
is an educational level that must be achieved in order to register in a higher level.
A prerequisite course is a course that must be taken before a student can take more
advanced courses in the discipline.
Prior Learning Assessment: Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a
process that enables people to gain recognition and credit for what they already
know and can do. It involves the identification, documentation and assessment of
learning acquired through informal or independent study, work experience, volunteering,
non-credit courses and other life experiences.
Program: A program is a definite plan of studies that may result
in a certificate, diploma or degree.
Receiving Institution: The institution to which you are transferring.
Registration: The process of enrolling in individual courses after
completion of all required admission procedures.
Residency: The number of courses or credits (or percentage of the
program) that must be completed at the institution granting a credential.
Scheduled Courses: Many courses offered at NIC campuses are offered
as scheduled classroom instruction. Instructors teach course content through lectures,
laboratories, seminars and other forms of direct face-to-face contact at regularly
set days and times.
Scholarships: Funds awarded to students for high academic achievement.
Section: A specific offering of a particular course.
Self-paced Courses: Delivery of course curriculum in a manner suited
to the students learning needs.
Sending Institution: The institution from which you are transferring.
Student Services: The department that is responsible for maintaining
all student records, admitting all students, maintaining the registration system,
administering financial assistance, etc.
Term: A period of study during which all course material is covered
and exams are completed.
Timetable: Published several times each year, the timetable lists
all the courses and labs offered each academic term or session. Includes the course
code, name, time, location and instructor for each course and lab offered.
Transcript: The formal document provided by the post-secondary
institution that verifies the student’s enrolment and achievement in the institution.
The transcript records course titles and numbers, dates of enrolment, grades, and
any credential(s) received.
Transfer: Consists of the granting of credit (transfer credit)
toward a credential by one institution, for programs or courses completed at another.
Tuition: Instructional fees.