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Glossary of terms

This glossary explains some of the academic and administrative terms you will come across in the program and course information outlined in this calendar.

Certificate Program (non-credit)
A certificate program consists of two (2) to four (4) courses totaling eighty hours (80) of study in a specific career-related area and results in the awarding of a Continuing Education certificate upon the successful completion of the courses. In some programs, the successful completion of three (3) eighty (80) hour certificates can be laddered into the awarding of a Diploma (240 hrs)

Compulsory Courses
These identified courses must be completed in order to receive a diploma or certificate in a specific program area.

Diploma Program (non-credit)
A Diploma program consists of a number of compulsory and elective courses totaling two hundred and forty hours (240) of study in a specific career-related area.

Elective Courses
Unlike compulsory courses, you can choose from a selected group of courses to complete your diploma or certificate.

Course Exemptions
Students may request to be exempted for certain courses in a program area. These courses do not have to be replaced.

Prerequisite Course
You must pass course x before taking course y. A prerequisite course may be waived if the student demonstrates specific academic/professional experience.

Workshops
These are courses delivered over a short period of time (1 or 2 days) and do not require students to write exams or assignments. These courses cannot be counted towards a diploma or certificate

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