Disciplinary Credit

Disciplinary Credit Applied Studies offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit for discipline specific learning gained through employment or volunteer experiences related to their field of study. Explore, apply and/or test academic theories and principles relating specifically to elements within your Applied Study placement.

Disciplinary Credit Applied Studies are available in all disciplines and may be registered as, for example:

  • APST 2010, 2011
  • BIOL 2980–4980
  • RELS 2980–4980
  • SOCI 2980–4980
  • MGT 3980-4980

Basic Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Second-year standing (a minimum 30.0 credit hours)
  • Work (paid/volunteer) a minimum of 10 hours/week for 12 weeks (120 hours)
  • Submit monthly reports to the Coordinator on due dates as outlined in the your Course Information Email (Refer to report guidelines below)
  • Participate in on-site Monitor Visit
  • Placement Supervisor’s submission of Student Performance Evaluation

Faculty Supervisor

All Disciplinary Credit Applied Studies courses are completed in conjunction with a faculty supervisor. Please approach a faculty member whose research relates to your course objectives.

Role of Faculty Supervisor

  • Discuss with and approve learning objectives
  • Discuss the job (paid or volunteer) description and learning objectives
  • Discuss an appropriate final project format and length
  • Indicating willingness to support an Applied Studies course by signing the Applied Studies Disciplinary Course Registration Form in the student's application package.
  • Acting as a resource to the student throughout the project grading and evaluating the final project

Learning Plan

This document details learning objectives, a comprehensive paper/project proposal and list of potential resources. This must be signed by the your faculty supervisor (see Learning Plan Form). The due date for your learning plan is specified in the your Course Information Email

Monthly Report Guidelines

  • 2-5 pages in length
  • Summary of hours completed
  • Reflect on progression of Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate analysis of skill development (provide examples)
  • Make connections between academic training and practical experience (provide examples)
  • Reports should be edited for appropriate grammar and spelling

Final Paper/Project

You are required to consult relevant literature and relate theoretical (academic) concepts to practical experience. Thus, the paper/project ordinarily contains two complementary parts:

  • Substantial research component based upon academically acceptable sources
  • Demonstration of your practical experience as a critical tool in the evaluation of the research

The length of the final paper/project will vary depending on the level of credit sought and must be discussed with, and approved by, your faculty supervisor. You may propose an alternative project format, which must also be approved by your faculty supervisor.

The paper/project is due on the date specified in the your Course Information Email. This can be extended with special permission, up to 30 days following completion of placement hours.


Grading and Evaluation

Upon completion of a Disciplinary Credit Applied Studies course, you will be assigned a letter grade.

Grading Breakdown

  • 70% Research paper/project- assigned by Faculty Supervisor
  • 20% Placement Supervisor evaluation- assigned by Placement Supervisor
  • 10% Monthly reports- assigned by Applied Studies Coordinator

Grading Scale

The Applied Studies Program at the University of Lethbridge uses the following grading scale:

Percentage Letter Grade
94-100 A+
87-93 A
81-86 A-
74-80 B+
69-73 B
64-68 B-
61-63 C+
56-60 C
51-55 C-
50 D
0-49 F

Note: You must receive a passing Student Performance Evaluation, complete the minimum amount of placement hours, and submit all the required reports/projects in order to receive a final grade. If course requirements are not fulfilled within the approved time frame, a grade of “F” will appear on your transcript.

If you are completing a second Applied Study at the same placement, you may opt to have 100% of the grade awarded for the research paper/project (assigned by Faculty Supervisor).