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Courses and Programs Overview
The British Columbia Open University (BCOU) offers courses and programs at three levels: adult basic education, college, and university. Credentials awarded include adult secondary school completion, certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and one master's degree (doctoral degrees are not available at this time). BCOU delivers over 200 distance courses of its own. Consortium partners--Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic)--deliver over 300 courses. Other courses and programs are offered in co-operation with various educational institutions, professional associations, workplaces, and community organizations. Most universities, community colleges, provincial institutes, businesses, industries, and professional associations recognize the credits earned through BCOU courses and programs.

Continuous Course Registration
Most distance courses delivered by BCOU are offered on a continuous basis, so students may register throughout the year. Labs, clinicals, selected classroom offerings, and some paced courses have fixed start dates (see below).

Varied Course Delivery Formats
BCOU-delivered courses are offered in the following formats: Print-based--Course is print-based. Some printbased courses may have optional Web content and/or Web interaction. Internet access is not required to complete the course. Web-based--Course is Web-based. Most Webbased courses have some printed materials. All Web-based courses have mandatory Web content, and most have Web student-to-student interaction. Internet access is required to complete the course. In Person--Course is delivered face-to-face in a classroom setting or as a lab, clinical, workshop, or fieldwork. Not all delivery formats are offered for each course. Course materials may include audiocassettes, DVDs, videos, or computer disks. Tutor Support/Contact Choice Students registered in courses delivered at a distance by BCOU receive instructional support from highly qualified tutors. Students can communicate with their tutor by email, phone, or regular mail for most courses and also by electronic conference for paced courses.

Professional associations recognizing credentials earned through BCOU include:
Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC Appraisal Institute of Canada, BC Association of Administrative Assistants Association of Tourism Professionals Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators Canadian Healthcare Association Canadian Institute of Management Canadian Payroll Association Certified General Accountants Association Certified Management Accountants Society of BC College of Dental Hygienists of BC College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC College of Physical Therapists of BC Credit Union Institute of Canada Institute of Canadian Bankers Institute of Chartered Accountants Institute of Chartered Secretaries Association Municipal Officers' Association Purchasing Management Association of Canada Real Estate Institute of BC Registered Nurses Association of BC

Flexible Course Scheduling
Most distance courses delivered by BCOU are designed for students to complete within a specified time frame at a place and pace that suit their needs. Some print-based and Web-based courses are offered as paced where a group of students works through the course together. Courses offered as paced have specific start and end dates. Students start the course at the same time, submit assignments (and project examinations when appropriate) by specific due dates, and write their final examination at a pre-determined session. Extensions are limited and granted only for exceptional circumstances.



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