Regardless of the online program or course you choose, you are not learning alone; you go through each program or course with your course mates. You benefit from a successful university-level curriculum that has been researched and developed by UBC educators and subject matter experts. Each curriculum continues to be updated as business strategies and technologies evolve.
Your online curriculum, consisting of lectures, case studies, resource lists, research papers and more, is delivered through Moodle, an open source learning management system. Moodle presents interactive learning activities and up-to-date content in a secure learning environment that you can access through your Internet browser.
Online Tutoring Supports Your Efforts
UBC's online tutors are business professionals experienced in online adult education. They are charged with the online instruction and guidance of students on a one-to-one and group basis. The online tutors guide and grade through continuous email communication as well as online discussions, assignments and projects to make sure that you get the most out of your learning experience.
Your online study and research can happen at any time during the day or night -- you choose when and how often you need to schedule your time, since Moodle is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Note that there will be assignments and projects that will have completion dates throughout the program or course. You will have advanced notice of those due dates so that you can plan your study accordingly. In some courses there may be an online chat component that requires you be online once or twice during the course, at a specified time.
Both students and tutors can choose any combination of communication options including email, online discussion, online chat sessions and the occasional phone call.
Since most of the courses include grades, you will be assessed via a number of assessment tools, including assignments, individual projects or exams. These typically have scheduled completion dates and are graded by the online tutor. Please check the course or program descriptions in our course catalog or program handbook for more specific details.
Each online course has a specific start and end date. On the day your online course starts, you will be sent an email (prior to 4 pm PST) providing you with the URL (where Moodle resides), as well as a username and password to allow you to log into the course. On your first log-in, the system will prompt you to choose a private password. UBC will never ask you for this password; a password reset feature resides on the Moodle homepage.
Moodle is an online learning management system for supporting your learning efforts by providing orientation, schedules, grades, instructor contact information, resources, and curriculum overview pages.
If you are having problems logging onto Moodle please contract our client services department.
To be successful in our courses, you are expected to spend a minimum of 6-10 hours per per week on the subject matter. This includes reading the content and participating in the discussions. You may need additional time to complete any assignments or do further research.
No, you must also register for the course(s) you wish to take.
No, all students pay the same tuition fee.
If you choose a part-time program that comprises a series of courses (such as the UBC Certificate in Business Analysis), you must pay the $175 CDN administrative fee to be enrolled as a certificate student, and then pay for each course separately as you proceed. Certain courses may include additional material outside of the online content, such as a textbook, but unless stated otherwise in the fee description, the cost of these materials is included in the tuition fee.
Some courses do require that you purchase books. Visit the program curriculum page to obtain further information.