University Terminology

Here are a few things you should know before you explore Acadia webpages.

Academic Year - The eight month period from September to April broken down into a Fall Term (September to December) and Winter Term (January to April).

Admissions Office - The office responsible for responding to inquiries on the university’s programs and admission requirements. The admissions office determines acceptances to university programs and provides information on admissions procedures.

Anti-requisite courses - Courses that are considered so similar in content that a student may not receive credit for more than one of them.

Audit student - Any person permitted to attend a lecture-type course but who maynot write papers or examinations, have access to equipment or supplies, or receive course credit. No record is kept of audits. Graduate students are not permitted to audit courses.

Dismissed student - Any person required to withdraw from studies for want of sufficient academic progress. The words "may not register" appear on the official transcripts of such students.

Continuing fee - Students are required to pay this fee in order to maintain enrolment in a graduate program. This does not apply to MEd students.

Continuing graduate - Any person who, subsequent to completing the maximum two or student three years of a graduate program, or its equivalent, registers annually to maintain eligibility to complete degree requirements, or any part-time graduate student who in a twelve-month May-April period takes no graduate level courses, but registers in order to maintain eligibility to complete degree requirements.

Co-operative Education - An academic program that formally integrates academic studies with discipline specific, paid work experience. Check it out!

Co-requisite course - A course which must be taken concurrently with another course.

Course - Unit of academic instruction for which 0-9h of credit is awarded.

Credit hour - The standard unit by which the course work offered by universities is normally measured. One credit hour (1h) is assigned to a class that meets fifty minutes per week in class instruction, exclusive of laboratory, tutorial, and examination requirements, over a period of one term, or for equivalent class hours at intersession. In biology, most courses are 3h.

Department - A division of a faculty under the direction of a head. Each department offers one or more major programs of study.

Exchange student - Any student attending Acadia University through a formal agreement of exchange with another educational institution.

Faculty - A grouping of associated subject areas under the direction of a Dean. There are four faculties at Acadia: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology.

Full-time undergraduate student

  • Any person registered for at least nine hours (9h) of instruction in either the fall term or the winter term is a full-time student for that term.
  • Any person registered for a total of eighteen hours (18h) of instruction in the fall and winter terms may be defined as fulltime for the period September-April.
  • Any person registered for six hours (6h) of instruction over a six-week period during intersession is a full-time student for that period.

Full-time graduate student - Any person with a baccalaureate degree registered in the first or second year of a program of studies leading to a masters degree, or in the first, second or third year of a doctorate, and who makes a demand upon the university's resources by enrolling in courses or engaging in research requiring supervision.

Graduated student - Any person who has completed a program of study and received the resultant degree or diploma. The word "graduated" appears on the official transcripts of such students.

Independent student - Any person permitted to take courses for credit, but not towards any degree or diploma.

International student - Any person who has entered Canada on a study permit for the purpose of attending this or another educational institution.

Major subject - A formally recognized area of concentration within the BA, BBA or BSc program for which students must complete specific courses.

Minor subject- A secondary area of concentration consisting of 12-24h credit depending on the faculty and discipline. All BA and BSc students must have a minor.

Open Acadia - The university division responsible for organizing off-campus, distance, intersession, internet, CD Rom and correspondence courses. Check it out!

Part-time graduate student - Any person registered for graduate courses that form a part of the course requirements of a graduate degree program but who does not fulfill the definition of a full-time graduate student.

Part-time undergraduate - Any student registered in undergraduate courses who does not meet a student definition of a full-time student.

Prerequisite course - A course which must be completed before registering in an advanced-level course in the same or related discipline.

Seminar - A course, usually at the advanced level, where classes are normally small and where the focus is generally on independent research shared with other students through the presentation of papers.

Registered student - Any person admitted to a university program, or accepted as an independent student who has enrolled in a course, or for thesis research, by completing registration accurately and at the required time, who has had it approved as necessary, and by the Registrar, and who has paid the required fees to the Student Accounts Office.

Registrar’s Office - The office responsible for overseeing the academic life of all students currently taking classes at the university. The registrar records courses and grades on transcripts, advises students, schedules exams and classes and generally provides information on academic procedures and regulations.

Returning student - Any person who has registered for courses in the previous twelvemonth period, and who has neither graduated nor been dismissed. In the latter cases, students must have applied for re-admission and been accepted.

School - A division within a faculty which offers a professional program led by a Director.

Sessions - The approved periods within which courses are scheduled to begin and end, and subsequent to which grade reports and transcripts are issued. Sessions include the Fall term (Sept-Dec), Winter term (Jan-April), Intersession (May-Aug) and correspondence (Apr through the following Mar).

Tutorial - Instruction given to students individually or in small groups.

Academic Transcript - A document prepared by the Registrar’s Office recording a student’s entire official academic history including courses taken and grades assigned.

Visiting student - Any person permitted to take courses for transfer of credit to another college or university.

Registration Procedures - All students register in a program of study offered by one of the four faculties. Faculties are further divided into schools and departments, each with its own Head or Director, who is responsible for the academic integrity of their program, and for counselling students in academic matters. A Head/Director may refuse to grant permission for a student to register for a course more than twice. Official and binding statements as to which courses students must offer to qualify for graduation are issued only by the Registrar's Office and upon written application.

Registration consists of:

  1. Complete registration forms accurately either electronically or on paper, and at the required times,
  2. Have completed forms approved by Deans or their delegates where necessary, and
  3. Pay required fees to the Student Accounts Office.