The Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) uses a distributed learning format and online technologies to enable students to complete most of their course work at a time and place that is most convenient for them, and to schedule the number of courses per semester that works best for them.
The main exception to this is the introductory course for the Bachelor of Disability Management (WHDM 102), which requires students to complete the first two weeks at the Port Alberni campus during the summer months. Students who have been granted sufficient Transfer or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits in the BDM, at the discretion of the VP Academic, may be exempted from this requirement and instead complete an online introductory course along with students who are registered for the Advanced Certificate in Return to Work
Subject to demand, the University can offer additional on campus courses in the summer months in a compact, intensive, full-day format.
The learning management system utilized by PCU-WHS is Moodle. This is an educational software platform that is the focal point for learning activities used by the University.
The learning frame for a course will generally include a manual and text, or a book of readings and, in some cases, samples and examples, audio and video. Throughout each course, students are expected to participate in online discussion forums that are based on scenarios, case studies, issues or questions. Written contributions can be posted at any time while the discussion forum is open. Each course has at least one short, medium and longer assignment as well occasional quizzes. From time to time, students will be asked to participate in real-time, web-based audio conferences with their instructor and other students.
The duration of a course depends on its credit value. A 3 credit course generally has a 12-week duration and a 1.5 credit course is scheduled over 6 weeks. An additional week is allowed after a course for submission of assignments.
Students are expected to provide their own hardware, internet connection, internet browser and word processing software. Once admitted to the University, students requiring assistance in finding and installing publicly available software, should contact Student Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org