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Lakehead 2012-2013 Continuing Education and Distributed Learning
Continuing Education and Distributed Learning

Lakehead University offers part-time students an extensive selection of flexible, year-round programming. Students may choose from a variety of day or evening courses taught on-campus, or through Distributed Learning online or independent study (print-based), if they prefer the convenience of studying at home. A selection of degree and certificate programs is offered entirely through distance education.


Information regarding admission requirements to undergraduate degree programs at Lakehead University may be found in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this calendar.

Special conditions apply to mature students and applicants who have been away from formal education for at least 2 years (see II Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs, General Admission Requirements - Mature Student and Extraordinary Admissions, of the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this calendar).

Since admission to a program is required prior to registration, students are encouraged to access forms and details from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment: http://admissions.lakeheadu.ca

Part-time students in the fall/winter session are those who are registered in the equivalent of 3.5 full courses or fewer.

Students who have maintained at least a "B" average in their last 5 courses may take 3 full courses in combined spring and summer sessions. This constitutes the equivalent of a full-time program. No more than 2 full course equivalents may be taken during the spring session and no more than 2 full course equivalents may be taken during the summer session.


Following admission to the university, students are assigned individual PIN (personal identification number) which can be used to register online. Students should consult the web calendar (http://mycoursecalendar.lakeheadu.ca) for regulations, program and course descriptions. They should also check the current timetable on the Web before registering online through myInfo.


A timetable listing of all courses being offered, including times and locations, is available on the University's website starting at the homepage http://www.lakeheadu.ca. In certain circumstances, the University may find it necessary to cancel a course due to the unavailability of an instructor or enrolment considerations.

For information regarding academic terms, registration dates, and examination schedules, students should consult the Academic Schedule section of this calendar. Late registration fees apply after specific deadline dates. Students are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment/penalties.

Students are responsible for notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing of any changes to their Registration status: dropping, adding, and/or withdrawing from courses. This may be done by making the changes online in myInfo. However, students who are unable to make these changes online should use the Request for Change in Registration Form available on the Registrar's webpage (http://registrar.lakeheadu.ca/) or from the Office of the Registrar. All charges and outstanding fees accrued to the date of notification will remain due and payable on the students' accounts.

Stop payment on cheques, non-attendance at classes, or notification of withdrawal to the instructor does not constitute official withdrawal from classes or from the University.


Part-time students are required to pay their fees in full on or before registration (see the Fees section of this calendar).

Part-time students requiring financial assistance are encouraged to contact the Student Awards and Financial Aid website or office for information. (See the Part-time Student Financial Assistance section of this calendar.)

No refund of tuition fees is given to students withdrawing from courses after the specified deadline dates. (See Fees Refund Schedule).

For courses shorter than three weeks, there is no refund after the second day of classes. No withdrawal without academic penalty will be allowed after the second day of classes.


Courses are offered on-campus during the day and evening year-round. During the spring and summer session, courses are offered in convenient, condensed formats ranging from 3 to 6 weeks.

Community-Based Programming
Courses and programs may be offered in off-campus locations. Instructors may utilize the traditional classroom format, or they may link their classes to one or more sites using audioconferencing, videoconferencing or mediastreaming in combination with classroom delivery. Off-campus courses may be enhanced with an online (web-based) component. More information is available from the Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.

Distance Education
For convenience, accessibility, and flexibility students should consider distributed learning through distance education. A course offered through distance education may use one or more delivery modes to enhance the teaching and learning. These modes or approaches include: online, mediastreaming, videoconferencing and print-based packages. Details regarding the delivery approaches for courses may be obtained from the Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.

It should be noted that courses with online (web-based) components are delivered over the Internet through a secure course website, available to registered students and the instructor. With mediastreaming courses, students will be able to participate synchronously over the Internet. Lectures will be archived for viewing asynchronously and will be made available for a short period following the lecture. Students interested in taking a mediastreaming or online course must verify that they have the required hardware, software and Internet access resources prior to registration in these courses. Details are available from the Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.

Students are encouraged to "meet" with their instructor(s) and classmates to gain added insight into course content. These meetings may be audioconferencing, videoconferencing, or online (web-based interaction). The frequency of these meetings varies. The audio or video conferences are generally held at Contact North sites located across Northern Ontario. Other arrangements for conferencing are made for students not living within close proximity to a designated site. Some restrictions apply. Details are available from the Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.

Textbook and course kits for distance education courses may be obtained in person from the Lakehead University Alumni Bookstore, or they can be ordered online at http://bookstore.lakehead.ca/. Textbooks and course kits should be ordered early to guarantee shipment prior to the start of courses.

Invigilated final examinations are standard for most courses and are held at centralized exam sites.


Bachelor of Arts (General Program) Degree*

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (for Registered Nurses)*

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Dementia Studies*

Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate*

Master of Education

Master of Public Health*

Joint Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

Programs marked with an asterisk (*) are offered entirely through distance education.

For information on other programs offered through Distance Education, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.


The Bachelor of Arts (General Program) degree overcomes the restrictions of traditional programs by giving students as much flexibility as possible when choosing their courses. The following are some of the independent study and online courses that are offered on a rotating basis:

Anthropology 3811 - Special Topic I*
Biology 2030 - Introductory Human Physiology
Chemistry 1210 - Organic and Biochemistry for Health Sciences
Classics 2105/English 2105 - Classical Mythology
Classics 2201/History 2201 - Greek History
Classics 3701/Women's Studies 3701/History 3703 - Women in Classical Antiquity
Economics 1100 - Principles of Economics
English 1011 - Composition
English 1031 - Rhetoric
English 3811/Women's Studies 3811 - Women's Poetry and Drama
English 3812/Women's Studies 3812 - Women's Prose
English 3911 - Special Topics*
Environmental Studies 3471/Geography 3471 - Environmental Assessment and Management
General Science 2010 - Introduction to Meteorology
General Science 2310 - Astronomy I
General Science 2330 - Astronomy II
Gerontology 2010 - Introduction to Palliative Care
Gerontology 2110 - Overview of Dementia Studies
Gerontology 3111 - Special Topics*
Gerontology 3230 - Dementia Care: A Case Study Approach (formerly SOWK 4253)
Gerontology 4770/Social Work 4770 - Psychosocial Palliative Care
History 1100 - An Introduction to Historical Studies: Europe and the Modern World
History 2301 - Canadian
History 2313 - Canadian Military History to 1919
History 2315 - Canadian Military History Since 1919
History 2317 - History of Women and the Law in Canada
History 2611 - Chinese
History 3140 - The Hitler State
History 3701 - International History in the 20th Century
Indigenous Learning 4302 - Indigenous Peoples and the World
Kinesiology 2015 - Introduction to Biomechanics
Kinesiology 3030 - Introductory Statistics
Library & Information Studies 2051 - Special Topics*
Library & Information Studies 3050 - Special Topics*
Mathematics 0212 - Quantitative Methods for the Health Scientist
Nursing 2139/Gerontology 2139/Women's Studies 2139 - Gerontology
Nursing 2410 - Health in Chronic and Terminal Conditions
Nursing 3250 - Community Cancer Care
Nursing 3450/Gerontology 3450/Social Work 3450/Women's Studies 3450 - Introduction to Case Management
Philosophy 1100 - Introduction to Philosophical Thought
Philosophy 2413 - Critical Thinking
Philosophy 2511/Gerontology 2511 - Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy 2517 - Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy 2571 - Moral Issues
Philosophy 3319/Women's Studies 3319 - Philosophy of Love
Philosophy 4715 - Ethics for Caring Professionals
Political Science 1100 - Introduction to Political Science
Political Science 1301 - Introduction to Law
Political Science 2212 - Canadian Government
Political Science 2213 - Canadian Political Processes
Political Science 2617 - International Law and Organizations
Political Science 3217 - Local Government in Canada
Political Science 3332/Environmental Studies 3332 - Environmental Policy
Psychology 1100 - Introductory Psychology
Psychology 2002 - Introduction to Child Psychology
Psychology 2003 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Psychology 2101 - Statistical Methods for Behavioural Research
Psychology 2211 - Introduction to Health Psychology
Psychology 2801 - Social Psychology
Psychology 3001 - Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 3081 - The Exceptional Child
Psychology 3401 - Behaviour and Drugs
Religious Studies 1100 - Introduction to World Religions
Religious Studies 2501 - Introduction to the Bible
Religious Studies 3705 - Special Topics*
Social Work 3415 - Treatment Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Social Work 3630 - Social Work Practice Children and Family
Social Work 4411/Indigenous Learning 4411 - Social Work Practice and Aboriginal People
Social Work 4610 - Social Work Practice with Diverse Groups
Sociology 1100 - Introduction to Sociology
Sociology 2221 - Criminology
Sociology 2501/Women's Studies 2501/Gerontology 2501 - Family Sociology
Sociology 3505 - The Sociology of Work
Women's Studies 1100 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Women's Studies 2317/History 2317/Political Science 2317 - History of Women and the Law

*Students should consult the Course Timetable for topic titles of interest or contact the Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning for more information.


Students should consult the School of Nursing section of this calendar for more information about program requirements and course descriptions.

Students should consult the Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology section of this calendar for more information about certificate requirements and course descriptions.

Credits obtained within this program may be transferred as elective courses to other Lakehead University programs, subject to the regulations governing those programs.


Students should consult the Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology section of this calendar for more information about certificate requirements and course descriptions.

Credits obtained within this program may be transferred as elective courses to other Lakehead University programs, subject to the regulations governing those programs.


Lakehead University offers a Master of Public Health degree. Courses are offered in the evening on-campus and through distance education. To find out more students should visit the website http://mph.lakeheadu.ca/.


The Joint PhD in Educational Studies is offered by Brock University, Lakehead University, and the University of Windsor. The designation "home university" is applied to the home university of the student, and his/her dissertation supervisor. Fields of study include: Cognition and Learning, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education. The program features flexibility in delivery of courses, with a residency requirement.

Deadline for applications is January 15.
For more information, conact the Faculty of Education at (807)343-8706, e-mail med@lakeheadu.ca, or visit the website: http://education.lakeheadu.ca/graduate.


Each year, the Faculty of Education offers the four Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses, a number of Additional Qualification (AQ) courses and short-course Professional Development courses via the World Wide Web, on-campus and through independent study. To find out which courses are being offered each term and the delivery mode visit our website:


The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed to meet students' professional and academic goals and interests. The MEd degree involves a combination of coursework and completion of either a Master's Thesis or a Professional Portfolio. The Master of Education program can be completed in two years full-time or four years using the flex-time schedule. A selection of online and distance delivery courses in addition to late afternoon and evening face-to-face courses are offered to accommodate working professionals and students geographically located outside of Thunder Bay.

For further program information, contact the Faculty of Education at (807)-343-8706, e-mail med@lakeheadu.ca or visit the website: http://education.lakeheadu.ca/graduate/.


Part-time students are welcome to use any of the resources and support services provided by Lakehead University.

The distance education textbook and course materials may be purchased in person from the Lakehead University Alumni Bookstore or ordered online at http://lakehead.bookware3000.ca. Textbooks and course kits should be ordered early to guarantee shipment prior to the start of courses. Course materials are shipped on receipt of order. This does not imply and/or guarantee course registration.

Summer Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Extended hours for September, January and May will be posted on the website.

Financial Aid
A variety of financial assistance is available to part-time students. Please see Financial Aid to Students, for details.

Food Services
The Main Cafeteria is open for meal service during the Spring/Summer Session, Monday to Friday:
May/June from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
July from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
August from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hours subject to change. Updates will be posted outside dining hall and on the food services website:

Health and Counselling Services
The Student Health and Counselling Centre's services are available to part-time students (see University Community - Facilities and Services - Student Health and Counselling Centre). Students should contact the Student Health and Counselling Centre at 343-8361 if they have questions regarding services or visit the webpage: http://healthservices.lakeheadu.ca.

The Lakehead University Libraries provide a full range of resources and services for students. For details readers should visit http://library.lakeheadu.ca. For information on obtaining a student/library card, contact 343-8225 or circdesk@lakeheadu.ca.

All parking lots require a parking permit. Information on rates and regulations can be found on the Security Website (http://security.lakeheadu.ca/). Term parking permits are purchased online on the Website and then picked up at the Security Office (Room UC 1016). Daily parking passes may be purchased at the Pay & Display machines at the Oliver Road and Balmoral Street entrances as well as at the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse.

Lakehead University is not responsible for loss of or damage to any vehicle or its contents, however caused, while operated or parked on University property.

Residence Information
Thunder Bay Campus Residence facilities are available for accommodation during the spring and summer months. The Residence is situated on the banks of McIntyre River within easy walking distance of all facilities: the University Centre, cafeterias, swimming pool, tennis courts, and recreation trails that connect the University to the City.

Students should contact the Residence Office (see Contact information below) for information about available accommodations and services.

Spring and Summer Session 2012 Residence Rates are as set out below:

Apartments without meals
(max. 4 people per unit)
$202.65 per week/per person*

*If length of stay is less than four weeks, applicable taxes will be assessed.

Please inquire about eligibility for discount spring and summer rates.

A printable application and contract is located at http://residence.lakeheadu.ca. (See Thunder Bay Residence/Applying to Residence/Spring-Summer Students.)

Contact Residence
For further Residence information, please contact:
Email - resaccnt@lakeheadu.ca
Telephone - (807) 343-8060 or (807) 343-8097
FAX - (807) 343-8521
Website - http://residence.lakeheadu.ca

Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services offers academic support to students (tutoring, student success workshops, assistance with essay writing) and provides services and support for students with disabilities. See the University Community - Facilities and Services - Student Accessibility Services section of this calendar for details.
For more information: visit the website at http://learningassistance.lakeheadu.ca/
Contact information: phone 807-343-8047, TTY 807-343-8906, fax 807-346-7733, email lacentre@lakeheadu.ca

Student Union
The Lakehead University Student Union fee automatically entitles the student to membership in the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU). The funds of the union help subsidize student publications (Argus and handbook), Orientation, the Aboriginal Awareness Centre and Aboriginal programming, the Food Bank, the Gender Issues Centre, the Multi Cultural Centre, Pride Central, Foot Patrol, the International Student Advisor, the Ombudsperson, student clubs, and many more services.

In addition, students are represented by the union in such areas as Senate and Senate Committees, and the Board of Governors (two voting members and one observer). LUSU also has external affiliation with the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).

The Executive Committee of LUSU consists of the President, Vice-President of Finance and the Vice-President of Student Issues. The LUSU Executive Committee is responsible to the LUSU Board of Directors, which is an elected body of twenty student representatives from all schools and faculties in the university.


Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning
telephone: 1-807-346-7730
fax: 807-343-8008
e-mail: cedl@lakeheadu.ca
website: http://cedl.lakeheadu.ca