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2017-2018 Academic Year
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Academic AdvisorA faculty member who will help you plan your program and select your courses.

Academic Appeals ProceduresAn orderly opportunity for students to question interim grades, final grades and other academic decisions related to their coursework.

Academic OffencesPlagiarism, cheating and any misrepresentations related to your academic work.

AlumnaA former student or graduate of the University; plural is alumnae.

Application to Graduate Form

Students must complete this form when enrolling in their final session of coursework. The form indicates when you intend to graduate (either spring or fall convocation), the program you are completing and the name wanted on the parchment. The Application to Graduate form is available at the Registrar’s Office.

BursaryA monetary grant based on demonstrated financial need.

Calendar (Undergraduate and Graduate)An annual publication listing key dates in the academic year, admissions requirements, program requirements, rules and regulations and courses. Course information changes from year to year but the degree requirements described in the Calendar in the year of your admission to the degree remain in force as you complete your program. Available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office, Deans’ Offices, Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Assisi Information Desk. The Graduate Calendar is available online.

Course Change FormThe form must be completed if registration changes (adding/dropping courses) are made, including section changes, and submitted to the Registrar’s Office.  See Academic Course Add/Drop Dates.

Cross-listed CourseA cross-listed course can be offered entirely at the graduate level or at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and carries all department or level names. If the courses are graduate courses, the courses are listed on the transcript (e.g., GCRD 6325/GLIT 6732). If a graduate course is cross-listed with an undergraduate course, only the graduate course is listed on the transcript (e.g., a graduate student who completes GAHN 6414/NUTR 4414 will have GAHN 6414 listed on the transcript).

Data FormUpon admission, each graduate student receives a data form which lists individual data, degree requirements and anticipated completion date. Any departures from the courses listed on the data form must be approved by the Program Coordinator. Copies are kept and updated by the department and the Registrar’s Office.

DeanThe head of a faculty within the University. At the Mount, we have a Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, a Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies, a Dean of the Faculty of Education, and a Dean of Graduate Studies.

DEFA course notation meaning Deferred, given through the Registrar’s Office in exceptional cases when a student is unable to complete course requirements due to medical or other reasons during the time frame provided for completing an INC (Incomplete) grade.

Degree RequirementsListed in the Calendar and outlined on graduate program data forms, degree requirements outline the courses needed to complete the degree.

Directed Study

These courses are normally opportunities for a student to explore, in greater depth, a topic that is covered in another course or a topic that is not covered in an existing course. Directed Study courses are normally offered at the 4000, 5000, 6000 or 9000 level. A maximum of 2.0 units of Direct Study courses can be countered towards a credential. Program may set a lower limit.

ElectiveAn optional course or subject not required for your particular program of study.

Exam ConflictAn exam conflict might be: overlapping exam times, a work commitment that cannot be changed, or scheduled to write three exams in three consecutive writing times.  An Exam Conflict form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to the deadline.

Exam Schedule (When) and Seating Plan (Where)The exam schedule tells when an exam will be written. A detailed schedule listing each course, the date and time for the exam is posted outside the Registrar’s Office and the Seton Auditorium and online at msvu.ca/exams in October and February.  The seating plan is posted outside the Registrar’s Office, the Seton Auditorium and online.

F*A course notation meaning Failure resulting from an academic offence.

FeesFees are the costs associated with various aspects of attendance at the University.  See Money Matters.

Full-time StudentsFull-time students are enrolled in 3.0 or more units during the September to August graduate academic year. Graduate students enrolled in the Thesis or Thesis Continuation are considered full-time students.

Grade Point Average (GPA)The total of grade points averaged over the number of units contributing points of 0.0 and greater. Final grades with “neutral” points do not effect GPA. GPA, also called cumulative GPA, is based on all coursework completed from September 1996 onward.

Grade PointsThe value (ranging from 0.0 to 4.3) given to each final grade (e.g., A+= 4.3, F = 0.0).

Grade ReportAvailable at the end of each academic term/session, a grade report lists the courses taken during the term and the grades earned, including withdrawals and failures. Any fees owing to the University for the term/session must be paid in full before receiving grade reports or to view grades through myMount.

Graduate StudentA student enrolled in a graduate program.

Harassment and Discrimination Advisor

An advisor who provides information and assistance, including mediation, of complaints under the Harassment and Discrimination Policy, on behalf of students, faculty and staff. Awareness raising and training sessions are provided by the Advisor. The Advisor can be reached at 902-457-6766.

INCA course notation meaning Incomplete, given instead of a grade when an arrangement exists between the professor and the student indicating requirements for the course shall be completed by a predetermined date or when a final exam or other course requirements have not been completed due to medical reasons. If these arrangements are not completed in the specified time, the INC notation shall be changed to F (failure). 

Independent Study

Any course in the calendar, with the exception of Directed Study courses, can be offered as an Independent Study course, subject to the approval of a Chair or Director and the appropriate Dean. Independent Study courses are normally offered when a student requires a course to meet graduation requirements or needs to maintain progression in a program of study and cannot register for a scheduled offering of the course due to scheduling conflicts or course unavailability in a particular semester. There is no limit on the number of Independent Study courses that can count towards the requirements for a credential.

IPA course notation meaning In Progress. A final grade notation of IP is given in seminars, independent and directed studies at the graduate level, students must complete the required work within four months of the month the notation is given in lieu of the final grade. See section 2.2.5 Thesis Requirement.

LaboratoryRegularly scheduled meeting times in addition to lecture times for many courses in the timetable. Lab times are published in the timetable and when registering for a course students are required to sign up for a lab time.

Letter of Permission (LOP)

An official document granting prior approval to take a course at another university for credit at the Mount.  See Registrar's Office Forms.

Local AddressIf a student’s address changes while attending the University, the Registrar’s Office must be notified. Failure to do so could result in not receiving correspondence and other important information.

MoodleMoodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a course management system used by the University. Faculty may use Moodle to distribute course notes, communicate with students, set and grade quizzes, create assignments, discussions, and much more.

myMountmyMount allows Mount students to access the Registration Centre, Moodle and E-Mail along with student specific news, events and information both on and off campus, through a secure environment. 

Non-degreeA student enrolled in coursework but not working towards a specific degree program.

NXMA course notation given in 1.0 unit courses for which no December grades are given.

OrientationA program providing academic and social information to introduce new students to the University environment.

Part-time StudentsPart-time students are enrolled in 2.5 or fewer units during the September to August graduate academic year.

Permanent Address and “Other” AddressesStudents must notify the Registrar’s Office of any changes to the permanent address in order to receive correspondence and other important information. Change of address for Christmas, summer vacations or co-op work terms should also be given.

PrerequisiteA course or combination of courses that must be completed before registration in another course is permitted. Students registering in courses do so on the understanding that they will meet/complete course prerequisites. Failure to do so could result in deregistration and academic and/or financial penalty.

ProgramA basic plan of study or coursework in a specific field; also called a curriculum.

Resident AssistantA full-time undergraduate student whose major function includes interpreting and enforcing policy to students living in residence.

ScholarshipA monetary award based on academic achievement.

Student Judicial SystemA student judicial system for non-academic infractions is in effect. The definitions of misconduct include, among others: conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of any member of the University community on or off campus; use of abusive or obscene language or gestures at any university sponsored functions or operations; obstruction or disruption of any university or Students’ Union sponsored function; failure to comply with the instructions of university or Students’ Union officials acting in the performance of their authorized duties; and violation of any law of Canada.

A copy of the student judicial code is available from the Secretary of Senate, the Office of Student Experience, and the Students’ Union.

Student Identification CardThe Student Identification Card has your picture and other personal identification information on it. These are produced by the Library. Student ID cards are needed to use the Library, Computer Labs, to display when writing exams and to participate in many student and other activities on campus and in the metro area.

Term Grade Point Average (TGPA)The grade point average achieved at the end of each academic term, calculated on the final grades for each academic term.

Thesis SupervisorThe faculty member responsible for guiding and supervising an individual student’s thesis research and the development of the written thesis.

TimetableThe timetable lists all the courses and labs offered for the academic year or session—includes course ID, course number, name, time, classroom location and faculty for each course and lab offered. The timetable is available online via myMount.

TranscriptAn official document prepared by the Registrar’s Office recording the entire academic history of a student. Complete the Transcript Request form. Transcripts can be requested in writing to the Registrar’s Office. See section 2.2.10 Transcripts.
Transfer CreditsMay be granted to students who attended another university before being admitted to the Mount. Transfer credits are courses taken at the other university and counted toward the program here. See section 2.1.7 Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants.

Tuition StructureTuition fees are assessed on a per 1.0 unit course cost. The number of units of credit which a student is taking will drive the tuition calculation.

UndergraduateA student who is working toward a first credential.

Unit

The term used for the Mount’s credit system. 0.5 unit is the equivalent to three semester hours of credit and 1.0 unit is equivalent to six semester hours of credit. 

Visiting StudentsStudents from other universities taking coursework at Mount Saint Vincent University with formal approval from their home university.

WA course notation meaning withdrawal without academic penalty; deadline driven.

WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor allows prospective students to search the class timetable.

WFA course notation meaning withdrawal with academic penalty; deadline driven.

WPA course notation meaning withdrawal after the deadline without academic penalty; deadline driven.


Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the current 2017-2018 academic year which runs from September 01, 2017 to August 31, 2018.  

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