Online Courses

How demanding are the online courses?

The online courses are graduate level study, with challenging readings and assignments.

Each online course is four weeks long and requires a minimum time commitment of 8-12 hours per week. Students receive a detailed work plan which outlines required readings, weekly assignments, online discussions and final paper details and deadlines to allow for ample planning.

Each participant receives a letter grade which will appear on your transcript.

Who teaches the online courses?

Online courses are developed and taught by the Faculty of Business’s academic coaches who are generally academic faculty at Athabasca University (AU) or other institutions or practitioners in the field. Their role is not to lecture, but rather to guide discussions and collaborations toward effective peer learning.
Students have access to their academic coaches within the online learning system and via email.

How do the online courses work?

The courses are online, asynchronous and paced.
You are never required to be online at any particular time (asynchronous), but you have a set start and end date, and assignment and discussion deadlines.
As you meet your deadlines, you can work at any time and place that suits you. Online courses are designed to be compatible with any device you choose to work with – laptop, tablet or handheld device – it’s your choice!

What materials and technical requirements are needed?

All materials are included in the online learning environment. You do not need to source textbooks for your online courses. The course environment only requires that you to be connected to the Internet. Online courses are designed to be compatible with any device you choose to work with – laptop, tablet or handheld device.

How will I be graded?

Each online course may vary slightly in proportions, but generally both discussion participation and assignments/papers are factored into each final grade. You may repeat an online course if necessary. Additional tuition fees apply and scheduling will depend on the course calendar».

What kind of assignments will there be?

Depending on the online course, there could be practical exercises, discussion forums, papers and/or case studies. There aren’t exams or quizzes in the online courses. Instead, students will apply what they are learning directly to their industry, organization or role within their organization.

What if I need more time or must withdraw from an online course?

If you feel you cannot complete the online course, you may withdraw. Unfortunately, this will result in a longer completion time as you may have to wait for the missed online course to be scheduled again. Withdrawals will not occur by default and must be requested within the regulated time frames and you must choose the applicable withdrawal as per the timing of your withdrawal as indicated below. Students needing to withdraw can send an email to ssq@fb.athabascau.ca to request a withdrawal form.

LMD Online Course Withdrawls
7 plus days prior to the course start date – no charge
7 days or less prior to course start date and up to 7 days after course start date – $350.00

What are my payment options?

If you are paying for your tuition, you will receive an email requesting payment after you register.

If your organization is paying, choose that option on the registration form.  This will prompt you to provide your organization’s name and contact person within your company and they will be invoiced. Your organization may be eligible for tuition reimbursement of up to two-thirds tuition based on the Canada Job Grant».

All Athabasca University (AU) alumni (degree holders only) are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction!

Certificates of completion

Do I need to take the online courses in a certain order?

No, online courses do not need to be taken in sequential order. However, online courses are scheduled at certain times throughout the year.

When should I register?

Generally registrations close one month prior to when an online course starts. However, in order to secure your spot in the online course and to plan your course scheduling, it is recommended that you register for all online courses necessary to earn a certificate of completion.

How do certificates of completion differ from degrees?

Online courses are delivered at the graduate level but do not lead to an academic credential without completing 18 course credits for the PBDLM or transferring up to 3 course credits into the Athabasca University online MBA.
There are no admissions requirements, no pre-requisites needed, and no application process. Simply register and begin! You may start at any time throughout the year.

What if I need more time or must withdraw from an online course?

If you feel you cannot complete the online course, you may defer. Unfortunately, this will result in a longer completion time as you may have to wait for the missed online course to be scheduled again.

If you must withdraw from an online course this must be done before the seventh day of the course to receive a refund of tuition fees (minus a $350 withdrawal fee).

What are my payment options?

If you are paying for your tuition, you will receive an email requesting payment after you register.

If your organization is paying, choose that option on the registration form.  This will prompt you to provide your organization’s name and contact person within your company and they will be invoiced. Your organization may be eligible for tuition reimbursement of up to two-thirds tuition based on the Canada Job Grant».

Alumni from Athabasca University’s MBA and DBA programs are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction in the fees from the LMD suite of courses.

Can a certificate of completion count toward a degree?

Yes, three credits may be transferred into Athabasca University’s Online MBA for executives program should you apply and meet the entry requirements.

All credits earned in a certificate of completion may be transferred into the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PBDLM).

What will my certificate of completion say?

The certificate is a statement of completion.  It will denote that you have completed the necessary online courses to earn a completion certificate. Please note that while this is a significant achievement, it is not recognized as a “University Certificate,” which is an academic qualification authorized by the Province of Alberta.

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