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Athabasca University

Admission and Registration

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

At AU, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process designed to recognize credit for your previous life experience, job training and other experience through portfolio assessment.

The maximum credit that can be awarded through PLAR is 30 credits for the BSc CIS, BSc CIS (post diploma) degrees and 6 credits for the UC CIS certificate.

For further information on the PLAR process please visit the Centre for Learning Accreditation.

Technical Requirements

In order to take an SCIS program or course each student must own or have access to a computer.

It is also highly desirable for students to own, or have access to, a printer and word-processing software that can read and write Microsoft Word documents.

Students are responsible for all computer communication charges in the form of long distance telephone charges, subscription to an Internet node, or any other communications service requirement.

Applications for program admissions will be considered only if the applicant has full and unrestricted access to the World Wide Web.

You will need, at the very least, a computer with 1GB memory (RAM) and a hard disk (at least more than 10 GB of free hard disk space for office automation and compilers software). You will also need Windows (2000, XP, or Vista), a CD-ROM drive, a printer and a connection to the Internet. (Note that if you are running an older version of Windows such as 2000, you will need to ensure your required software will install on that version.) If you are buying a new computer, we recommend purchasing a computer with a MINUMUM of 2 GB of memory, and a 100 GB hard disk with Windows Operating System (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7).

You may use alternative platforms, such as Linux or Mac, for a number of courses. The requirements for the CD-ROM, hard drive, printer and connection to the Internet remain the same. To use the Linux platform, you will need to have an X Windowing System.

Contact the Virtual Helpdesk for more information.

How to apply

Athabasca University offers flexible, focused courses to help you achieve your educational goals. Undergraduate program admission and course registration is offered year-round so that you can start and finish your education in a way that fits with your lifestyle. Apply today!

Note: If you are unsure that you have the basic skills or understanding of computers, before beginning your program you may want to view 'Are You Ready To Start A SCIS Program Or Course?'.

Updated June 10 2014 by FST Technical Staff

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