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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.

Academic Year
Composed of four terms of ten weeks- a fall term (September to December), winter term (January to March), spring term (April to June) and a Summer Term (June to August).

Certificate Program (non-credit)
A certificate program consists of a number of compulsory and elective courses totaling up to 120 hours. For specific certificate program requirements, please visit the program page of your program of interest. 

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

Course Exemptions
Exemptions based on academic learning may be granted for courses if the request meets certain conditions.  

Course Waivers
Waivers for pre-requisite courses to CCE programs may be granted if the candidate demonstrates prior acquired knowledge that matches the learning outcomes of the course. 

Diploma Program (non-credit)
A diploma program consists of a number of compulsory and elective courses totaling above 120 hours. For specific diploma program requirements, please visit the program page of your program of interest.

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

Non-credit
Concordia Continuing Education offers courses and programs that are non-credit that may not be transferred to credit academic programs at the university. CCE program requirements are based on the successful completion of elective and compulsory courses per diploma and certificate.

Prerequisite Course
You must pass course x before taking course y. A prerequisite course may be waived if the candidate demonstrates prior acquired knowledge that matches the learning outcomes of the course. 

Validation of Competencies 
Process by which candidates may be awarded a course if they successfully demonstrate their prior learning meets the learning objectives of this course. Assessment is based upon a portfolio, a defense interview and other assessment methods if required.

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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