Glossary of Terms used in Graduate Studies
- ideas, results, and words of others are properly cited;
- academic work is completed without unauthorized assistance;
- students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and
- students report their research and/or accomplishments accurately.
Refer to Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeals Regulations. (see also Academic honesty)
Academic honesty. The acknowledgement of the scholarly contributions of others. Failure to do so may result in an academic misconduct charge. Refer to Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeals Regulations. (see also Academic integrity)
Academic violations. Intellectual dishonesty includes such offences as falsifying information, plagiarism, cheating, collusion, bribery, unauthorized use of AU materials, misrepresentation of facts and fraud, and participating in an offense.
Active status and continuation. In some graduate programs, in order to maintain active student status, students must successfully complete at least one course or comprehensive examination in their program within a 12-month period (if a student has been inactive for six months, he or she has only six more months to remain active). Students who do not maintain active status will be deemed to have withdrawn from the program.
Advance standing. At the time of admission, the student may be awarded exemption from specific courses in the AU program, depending upon successful completion of previous coursework, certification, or training.
Calendar. This is the document containing the University’s regulations. The online Calendar is the official Calendar. In the event of any discrepancies between program websites and the online Calendar, the online Calendar will be binding.
US = catalogue
UK = prospectus
Candidacy examination. A requirement in the doctoral programs after completion of coursework. It consists of an oral examination at which the student must demonstrate adequate knowledge of the subject matter relevant to their doctoral research and an ability to pursue and complete original research at an advanced level.
Cohort based program. When students start the program with other students at the same time and advance through either part or all of the program together (i.e. those students starting a cohort-based graduate program in 2020 belong to the 2020 cohort group).
Core/required course. A course that is a mandatory requirement for the completion of the program according to the program regulations in effect at the time of admission.
Course completion date. The course end date or the date that the student completes the course if earlier than the contract end date.
Deferral. When a student encounters extraordinary circumstances (e.g., medical issues, pregnancy, adoption), he/she may request a "time out" from the program. Deferrals are typically for a period of up to one year. The time of the deferral does not count towards the maximum time allowed for completion of the program.
Exemption. An exemption for a course in a program may be granted when the student has successfully completed a specific course, training, and work experience prior to the application for admission to the program.
Grade point average (GPA). The Grade Point Average is a weighted average calculated as follows: Sum of (grade point x credit hours)/(sum of credit hours). Please see the GPA calculator at AU and the Graduate Grading Policy.
Grouped study course. A course where students study as a group with common deadlines for completion of course activities.
(see also Paced study course)
Independent study course. A course taken for credit, which is arranged, planned and managed by a supervising professor in conjunction with the goals that are proposed by the student, and then refined and approved by the supervising professor and the program director. (see also Reading course)
Intellectual honesty. The acknowledgement of the scholarly contributions of others. Failure to do so may result in an academic misconduct charge. Full regulations are found at Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeals Regulations. (see also Academic honesty)
Letter of permission. A letter from a student’s home institution permitting the student to complete a course at another institution that will be counted by the home institution toward the student’s program of study.
Non-academic misconduct. Non-academic offences attempted or committed by students on University premises or during University-sponsored activities shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the University under the Non-Academic Misconduct Policy.
Official student record. A file containing documents and data, regardless of their physical medium (paper, electronic), their format, type or characteristics, created to gather, to store and to preserve information regarding a student’s entire history of learning at a post-secondary institution. The file includes courses, grades, credits and degrees pertaining to the student.
Paced study course. A course where students study as a group with common deadlines for completion of course activities.
(see also Grouped study course)
Pilot course. A course that is being offered to test, measure and assess new educational technologies, methodologies, resources, and/or course delivery methods. A pilot course is a trial that is offered for a limited period of time and has a finite number of students registered.
Plagiarism. The use of another individual’s words, ideas, images, or results without giving that individual appropriate credit. Full regulations are found at Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeals Regulations.
Practicum course. A course based on the practical application of theory to field work or research. These courses require a substantial amount of supervised, discipline-related time in actual work settings.
Precluded course. A course in which the curriculum overlaps the course being described to the extent that students would be duplicating course work if students completed both courses. Students cannot receive credit for both the course being described and the course listed. Precluded courses are usually the result of a course revision, course renumbering or cross-listing.
Professor approval. The term “Professor approval required “ is associated with prerequisites. It applies when students do not have credit in one or more of the prerequisites for a given course. In such cases, the professor has the discretion to waive the prerequisite requirement.
Reading course. A reading course is a course taken for credit, which is arranged, planned and managed by a supervising professor in conjunction with the goals that are proposed by the student, and then refined and approved by the supervising professor and the program director. (see also Independent study course)
Student, full-time. All graduate students are considered full time, unless they are taking one MA-IS individualized study course. Students registered in their final project, thesis courses, and doctoral students are normally considered to be enrolled in full-time studies.Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeal Regulations. Academic offences are identified within the Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeal Regulations.
Thesis. The final requirement for students in the thesis-route in a Master’s program. It is a substantive piece of scholarly writing that contains some original contribution to the research area and demonstrates that the student knows the background and principal works of the field of study.
Transfer agreement. An agreement between two institutions (a sender and a receiver) that specifies how the sending institution's course or program will be accepted for credit at the receiving institution.
Unspecified course. A course that will transfer towards satisfying requirements for a credential, but is not close enough in content to a receiving institution course to be given transfer credit for a specific AU course.