Making Sense of Course Codes

Please note, for Fall 2020, all NIC courses and programs will include digital learning. Students will need access to a computer and internet.

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 DLS1B

BUS Subject area
100 Course level & number
DLS Location & delivery type
1 Section number
B 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:

023 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 Fall 2020, NIC has focused mainly on three delivery types:

  • 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 (Port Hardy)
  • On-campus. Some courses will be offered fully on-campus. They will have a location code and the letter S. Example: CRS = Campbell River campus, on-campus.
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
  • instructor may schedule optional live online meeting times
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
Other off-campus digital delivery types:

DLC: Digital Continuous Entry
  • individualized instruction and meeting times
  • student specific start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required

DLF: Digital Flexible
  • no scheduled online meeting times
  • student start dates flexible up to 6 weeks into the term, space permitting
  • student end dates vary based on start date
  • 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 may be scheduled or unscheduled
  • scheduled, on-campus meeting times
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet required
Other location code examples:
  • CR: Campbell River
  • CV: Comox Valley
  • PA: Port Alberni
  • PH: Port Hardy/Mixalakwila
  • UC: Ucluelet
  • GR: Gold River (in community)
  • BC: Bella Coola (in community)
Other on-campus delivery types:

S: Scheduled
  • scheduled on-campus classes
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to a computer and internet not required for lectures
T: Interactive Television
  • scheduled in-person classes through interactive television with other students over more than one campus
  • defined start and end dates
  • access to computer and internet not required for lectures
C: Continuous Entry/Exit
  • students attend on-campus for individualized instruction and maintain regular contact with instructor (at least once per week)
  • flexible schedule
  • student-specific start and end dates
  • access to a computer and the internet not required for instruction
1 to 9
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)

14-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


Some of the courses NIC initially planned for the fall and winter semester have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19.   Please contact an advisor if you are not finding your required courses.  Options are to email or make an appointment online here

Please talk with an Educational Advisor if need to discuss a course substitution; email or make an appointment online here.  Advisors can help manage this process, which could include a discussion with the department chair.  Formal written approval from the Department Chair is required for this. 

Some ABE courses are continuous entry (they have a “C” in their course code) and are not eligible for registration online through Student Planning.  Registration for these courses can be completed over the phone by calling 1-800-715-0914.

Students must select a section in order to register in a course.  Planning a course will add it to a particular term in Student Planning, but it’s not possible to register for this course unless a section is also planned.

Yes, courses in the fall term will run from September to December.  For the winter term, they will run from January until April. 

You need to progress in your course work and program order to maintain financial aid.  Grades may also have an impact on financial aid.  Each instructor will outline their attendance expectation as part of their course outline.  Please refer specifically to the criteria for online attendance and progression.

Check out the Learn Anywhere webpage for excellent resources.