a. Our Students
Registration in online BCS core courses is open to students from all UArctic member institutions; those who do not belong to a member institution can register as an Open Learner. See below for information on credit transfer.
b. Course Delivery
Online offerings of the BCS core courses are delivered on the internet in a global online classroom using Moodle (an online course management system). Courses are mostly asynchronous; however, some scheduled meeting times may be arranged by your instructor.
If applicable, tuition will be paid only to your home institution at the same rate as other courses offered by your home institution. Your UArctic Site Coordinator or the IAO can advise you further.
d. Course Withdrawal
To assist students in avoiding academic penalties, the International Academic Office (IAO) may act on your behalf to withdraw you if you have failed to log on to your class website for 14 days (without prior approval from their instructor). To prevent financial and academic penalties at your home institution, you must immediately inform your UArctic Site Coordinator and the University Coordinator at the International Academic Office when you have withdrawn or intend to withdraw from a BCS course.
Each online BCS course is worth 6 ECTS, or 3 credit units at most North American institutions.
f. Credit Transfer
UArctic is not a credit granting institution; therefore, the IAO does not issue transcripts. The IAO forwards your transcripts from the institutions that offered your UArctic courses to your home institution. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure you will receive credit for the successful completion of online BCS courses. You should contact your Site Coordinator for confirmation of credit transfer to your home institution. Students should be aware that interpretation of grades upon transfer is at the discretion of their home institution.
g. Language Requirements
All online BCS courses and web discussions are held in English. English language skills must be at a level to enable a student to comprehend readings and participate fully in the course. In some cases, arrangements may be made with your Site Coordinator to deliver assignments and write exams in your native language.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and it will not be tolerated. It is intellectual theft and is punishable by a grade of zero on the assignment, a grade of zero in the course, or more severe academic penalties. Depending on your instructor, additional information regarding plagiarism is sometimes posted on your course site and/or within your BCS course outline.
Plagiarism includes copying phrases, sentences, paragraphs, pictures, illustrations, maps, etc., from any source, including books, web pages, magazines, articles, radio, television or cinema, etc., and presenting it in your own work without acknowledging the original author. Acknowledgement of words requires that you indicate the quoted material with quotation marks or blocked paragraphs and a reference to the original source. Recognition of images requires a source note and reference in a caption or in the text.
A related academic offence is handing in a paper or assignment you prepared for another course, or submitting a paper you bought or had someone else write. However, it is not an academic offence to have someone else read and edit your work. Indeed, having other people read drafts of papers is an accepted part of academic work.
Course Description Information
Instructors for the international online delivery of the Circumpolar Studies program for your BCS core course will provide in the course outline and/or on your course webportal all relevant information for the course description, course outcomes, course format, texts and materials, the working syllabus (weekly modules), assessment details – including online participation, midterms, research assignments and/or essays, and final exam – along with course policies and due dates for assignments and weekly discussion forums.
Circumpolar Studies Faculty