VIU Course Delivery Model by Program and Faculty

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many programs, courses and services at Vancouver Island University will be delivered using online technologies. This page aims to answer this question: “Am I required to come to campus for my courses?”

All face-to-face activities will follow stringent WorkSafeBC and public health guidelines to ensure the safety of students and employees. For those courses with some face-to-face activities, students will be required to come to campus for at least part of the semester. Programs and courses listed below as online can be completed from any location and do not require students to physically come to campus. Please visit our visit our Frequently Asked Questions and our Accessing Supports and Services pages for more details.

If you are interested in a program and require more information, please contact world@viu.ca if you are an international student or connect@viu.ca if you are a domestic student.

PLEASE NOTE: This guide is for the Spring (January to April) 2021 semester ONLY.

Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation

The following courses will be partially face-to-face (alternating between online and face-to-face delivery every week)

Adult Basic Education

  • Literacy Math (Math 011, 012, 013, 014, 015 and 016)
  • Literacy English (English 011, 012, 013, 014, 015 and 016)
  • Math 030 (Cowichan only)

Aboriginal University Bridging Program

  • ILRP 100 (every second week)

Workplace Essential Skills Training Program

  • CMCN 005 (Fridays)
  • CUSV 006 (Fridays)

Computer labs to support students in the Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation will be available for booking at the Nanaimo and Cowichan Campuses

  • Building 205, Room 202 at the Nanaimo Campus
  • Building 700 (Cowichan Campus), Room 115

All classes not listed above are fully online.

 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The following programs are fully online

  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Music: Private music instruction can be online or in-person; studio space will be made available to students who are unable to practice at home.
  • Creative Writing and Journalism
  • English
  • History
  • Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies: Courses will be delivered online, but there may be optional opportunities for students to connect with one another at the Nanaimo campus in Building 355, following public health guidelines.
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Studies in Women and Gender
  • Visual Arts: Students will have some pick-up/drop-off of materials but no face-to-face classes.

The following programs include some face-to-face components

  • Theatre: Theatre will include a few courses with face-to-face components. For international students, face-to-face aspects can be substituted with online versions.

 

Faculty of Education

The following programs are fully online

  • Online Learning and Teaching Diploma
  • Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership (all options)
  • Master’s of Education in Special Education (all options)
  • Inclusive Education Graduate Diploma

The following programs include some face-to-face components

  • Bachelor of Education: will be online except for the following face-to-face elements: Year 5 Practicum (starts in Fall, continuing into Spring) and Year 4 Spring Practicum
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program: will be online except the Year 5 Spring Practicum will be face-to-face.
  • Kinesiology: Courses with lab work and activity courses will have some face to face components.

 

Faculty of Health and Human Services

The following programs are fully online

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
  • Education Assistant and Community Support Worker
  • Social Services Diploma

The following programs include some face-to-face components

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Will include online, face-to-face skill labs and off-campus clinical practicums.
  • Dental Assistant: Will include online, face-to-face skill labs and off-campus clinical practicums.
  • Dental Hygiene: Year Two students will be required to attend face-to-face clinical and lab sessions as well as a community practicum. Theory courses can be delivered online.
    Year One students will be required to attend face-to-face clinical and lab sessions. Theory courses can be delivered online.
  • Early Childhood Education and Care: Theory and seminar portions will be online, practicums will be completed at an approved practicum site in BC.
  • Health Care Assistant: Will be online except for lab skills practice on campus at the Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River campuses and supervised clinical practice in community.
  • Practical Nursing: Students will be online except for lab skills practice on campus at the Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and off-campus face-to-face clinical placements.
  • Professional Development and Training Programs and Courses: Will include online, face-to-face skill labs and off-campus clinical practicums.

 

Faculty of International Education

The following programs are fully online

  • English Language Centre: ESL courses are delivered in a synchronous online format. Given the different time zones students are studying in, class times may not be ideal for some students, but every effort is made to accommodate the majority of students.

 

Faculty of Management

The following programs are fully online

  • Bachelor of Busines Administration
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management (one section of TRMT 490 will be offered in-person)
  • Event Management Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma in Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Business
  • Master of Business Administration

The following programs include some face-to-face components

  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management: Will have face-to-face skills labs (Discovery Room) for specific courses in the second year of the program.
  • Wine Business Certificate: one lab course face-to-face.
  • Aboriginal Eco-Tourism Training Program: off-campus, in-community delivery.
  • Professional Development and Training: some programs and courses will be offered fully online and others will have some face-to-face aspects.

 

Faculty of Science and Technology

For updated information on the Faculty of Science and Technology, please visit the Program and Course COVID-19 Summary.

 

Faculty of Social Sciences

The following programs are fully online

  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Global Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Master of Community Planning
  • Philosophy/Religious Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Sociology

The following programs include some face-to-face components

  • Criminology: online except for CRIM 475 (off-campus practicum).
  • Geography: online except for GEOG 326 (computer lab component only).
  • GIS Applications: online except for GEOG 591 (off-campus GIS Applications Project Practicum).

 

Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology

All Trades and Applied Technology programming will include skills-based components that require students to be on campus with the exception of Power Engineering, which will be online except for a 12-week practicum. 

  • Office Administration
  • Automotive: Foundation and Apprenticeship
  • Professional Baking: Foundation and Apprenticeship
  • Carpentry: Foundation and Apprenticeship
  • Culinary Arts
  • Esthetics
  • Forklift
  • Fundamentals of Forestry
  • Hairdressing: Foundation and Apprenticeship
  • Horticulture
  • Heavy Mechanical Trades
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Information Technology and Applied Systems
  • Motorcycle and Marine
  • Power Engineering: fully online except for 12-week practicum.
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: Foundation and Apprenticeship
  • Welding

 

To be determined

  • Electrical: Foundation and Apprenticeship