Program and Course COVID-19 Summary

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Summary 

  • All first-year Bachelor of Science programs will be fully online (lecture and lab) this fall.
  • Astronomy – will be fully online.
  • Biology – a select few upper-level Biology elective courses (BIOL 211, 310, 333, 342, 351) have face-to-face activities planned. These activities are required and students who are unable to attend campus are encouraged to pick alternative courses.  More information can be found at Information for Biology Students
  • Chemistry – second year (CHEM 232, 241) and select upper-levels (CHEM 352 and 412) will have some face-to-face laboratories.  While there is currently no option for 100% remote participation in the laboratory component, opportunities will be provided for students who miss a specific face to face activity due to illness. Alternatives may be available to allow remote students to participate in specific courses. Students should contact the course instructor.
  • Computer Science - will be fully online.
  • Geology – In Spring Term 2021, GEOL 115 will have face to face activities. All second year Spring Term courses (GEOL 201, GEOL 202, GEOL 206) will have some face-to-face activities.   All Spring Term upper level courses, except for GEOL 412, will have some face-to-face activities.  While there is currently no option for 100% remote participation in the laboratory component, opportunities will be provided for students who miss a specific face to face activity due to illness.
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture – The following Fisheries & Aquaculture courses will have online lectures but face-to-face labs, including some labs in the field: FISH 124, 162T, 192T, 204, 222, 254, 292T, 322, 324, 391 and 453.  The Practicum courses: FISH 172T, 272T, 372 may have a face-to-face component if sponsor sites permit student visitations. The following will be fully online: FISH 127, 173T, 210, 223, 327, 327B, 372, 473.   
  • Forest Resources Technology - Forestry Diploma students, both first and second year, should be available for face-to-face activities in the Spring. FRST courses with face-to-face components are: 112, 114, 132, 152, 162, 212, 233, 242, 261, 272 & 282.  FRST courses that are online only are: 144, 352
  • Math - will be fully online.
  • Engineering - will be fully online and is exploring options for some courses to be delivered on-campus with optional in-person attendance.  Details will be shared as plans are finalized.
  • Physics – will be fully online.
  • RMAPthe RMOT diploma and BNRP degree will include on campus face-to-face activities. The face-to-face activities for 4th year students will all occur in a condensed format over a 6 – 10 day (dates not yet determined) period during the term; 1st to 3rd year cohorts will have face-to-face activities throughout the term. The exact dates 4th  year students will have to be on campus will be communicated directly with those students prior to the start of term. RMOT and BNRP students unable to come to campus may take those courses in a subsequent year (although this may delay graduation date); if requested, a one-year leave of absence from program will be supported if a student is unable to participate in face-to-face activities.

Other Information

  • As many courses will be offered in alternate delivery mode due to COVID-19, students are expected to have access to adequate technology, which include:
  • Please make sure to check your email regularly because this is the main mode of communication from the university, VIU Registration and your instructors. We recommend that you check email at least once each day while taking courses and every few days outside of school time.
  • Many instructors use VIULearn Announcements to communicate course information, which you can receive via email. However, it’s important that you set up VIULearn to send you notification emails. See instructions below.

Setting Up VIULearn Email Notifications

  1. Log into VIULearn.
  2. Click on your name at the top right of the VIULearn header.
  3. Select Account Settings followed by the Email tab.
  4. Under Forwarding Options at the bottom of the page, check the box for “Forward incoming messages to an alternate email account” and make sure that the address in the "Forwarding Email Address" box is correct and current.
  5. Select the Forward and mark read in the Inbox folder option.
  6. Click the Save and Close button.
  7. Click on your name at the top right of the VIULearn header.
  8. Select Notifications.
  9. Under Instant Notifications, make sure to check the boxes for "Announcements - announcement updated” and “Announcements - new announcement available”.
  10. You can also check the boxes for any other items for which you would like to receive email notifications (e.g. “Assignments - assignment feedback released”, “Grades - grade item released”).
  11. Click the Save button.