3.0 Glossary Of Terms


In this calendar “Marine Institute” or simply “Institute” refers to the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.


1.   Academic School refers to the academic unit responsible for administering a program. The Marine Institute consists of three academic schools; the School of Fisheries, the School of Ocean Technology, and the School of Maritime Studies.


2.   Academic Standing is an enrolment status normally determined each semester by a regular evaluation procedure used to assess whether students are meeting the standards prescribed for continuance in their program.


3.   Academic Year runs from September 1 to August 31 of each year.


4.   Advanced Diploma programs provide in-depth training in a specific technical area to graduates of at least a first degree or three-year technology diploma program. These are normally one academic year in length, however, work terms or job placement requirements may extend programs beyond this time. Program duration in years is shown on the Diploma.


5.   Appeal is the challenge of, or the request for review of, a judgment regarding the application of the calendar regulations. 


6.   Award refers to the type of certificate or diploma to be conferred upon candidates completing a Marine Institute Program who are approved by the Marine Institute Academic Council. Awards are issued upon the successful completion of a program of study which has been approved by the Academic Council of Marine Institute. Awards include Advanced Diplomas, Diplomas of Technology, Post-Graduate Certificates, Technician Diplomas, and Technical Certificates. Awards are conferred once a year only, regardless of when program requirements are completed. This occurs during the Institute’s annual graduation ceremony held in June.


7.   Challenge Examination is written by a student who wishes to seek credit in a course by a procedure other than normal class instruction or transfer of course credit from another post-secondary institution.


8.   Course is a unit of work in a particular subject which normally carries credit towards the fulfillment of the requirements for a particular certificate or diploma and for which achievement of the established learning objectives are formally measured and recorded.


9.   Co-requisite course is a course which may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.


10.  Credit is awarded for each course completed in which the student obtains at least the minimum passing grade.


11.  Certificates of Achievement are issued upon successful completion of an academic program of less than one academic semester, or its equivalent, in length, or upon completion of an academic course for which learning is measured and evaluated.


12  Certificates of Participation are issued upon completion of a non-formalized course or workshop or program, lasting from a few hours to several days for which specific learning or performance is not measured or evaluated.


13.  Diploma of Technology programs are designed to prepare graduates for employment as technologists. These programs are normally three academic years in length. However, some programs may extend beyond this time as a result of work term or job experience requirements.


14.  Graduate is someone whose academic degree, diploma, or certificate has been previously awarded.


15.  Graduation is the awarding of an academic degree, diploma, or certificate. No formal in-person ceremony is necessary although this often occurs at the graduation ceremony.


16.  Online course is credit course delivered remotely. Examinations may be written at exam sites or online. Students access course materials and participate in course activities through Memorial University of Newfoundland's learning management system.


17.  Prerequisite course is a course which must be successfully completed prior to registration in the course for which it is required.


18.  Program refers to an academic program forming a coherent unit of study including a series of courses, the completion of which, if other requirements are met, qualifies the candidate to receive the appropriate award.


19.  Program Chair refers to the faculty member who is responsible for overseeing the students in a particular program.


20.  Post Graduate Certificate program is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is less intensive than an advanced Diploma or Master’s Degree. A certificate program represents a focused collection of courses that when completed affords the student a record of academic accomplishment in a given discipline.


21.  Registration is the process of selecting, enrolling in, and being assessed fees for courses.


22.  School Head refers to the head of the academic unit responsible for delivering and administering a program of study.


23.  Transcript is the complete and unabridged report of a student's academic record.


24.  Transfer credit is academic credit granted for work completed at the Marine Institute or at an institution other than the Marine Institute.


25.  A Term or Semester means a period of approximately fifteen weeks during which regular classes are held and, for diploma of technology, technician diploma and advanced diploma programs, in which there are approximately 65 teaching days. Normally, the fall semester begins in September, the winter semester in January and the summer semester in May.


26.  Technical Session is a period of study which is normally six weeks in duration, but may range from three to eight weeks, depending on the program of study. The Technical Session normally follows the Winter semester or may precede the summer session for programs which normally have a scheduled summer session. Technical session typically begins in April of each year.


27.  Technician Diploma programs are designed to prepare graduates for employment as technicians. These programs are normally two years in length but may extend beyond this time as a result of work term or job experience requirements.


28.  Technical Certificate programs provide training in specific technical areas. Programs may be modular and of variable duration, but not less than two academic semesters but may extend beyond this time as a result of work term or job experience requirements.


29.  Waiver is the permission granted by the appropriate authority for exemption from a particular program requirement and/or regulation.


30.  Workterm is a period of experiential learning used to satisfy program requirements.