Part-time Students : ADP or B.Tech.Degree

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Can I complete the entire program through distance learning (via the Internet)?

Yes, all courses are available online.

How long will the GIS program take me to complete on a part-time basis?

This depends on your educational background and on how many courses you take each semester. It is possible to complete the ADP in two years or the B.Tech in three years as an Online student. This Online schedule commits you to at least 30 hours per week of course work between September and the end of June each year and is only suitable for a student with a part-time job. Students who are working full-time should be able to complete the part-time ADP in four years or B.Tech in five year

Program Abandonment

  • Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.
  • A student that has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms will be considered to have abandoned the program.
  • Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.
  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for the program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication will be credited towards the current credential.
BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Are there suggested schedules of courses for part-time ADP students or for part-time B. Tech students?

Yes. The following tables show sample schedules of studies.

Part-Time Student: A Four Year Schedule

This schedule is for the ADP courses and the technical B.Tech courses. B.Tech students must select GIST 8125 and must also complete other courses.

Want to follow this schedule? You can try our courses that do not have prerequisites (GIST 7010,7100,7108,7109,7128, 8118) before applying to the ADP or B.Tech program but you should apply as soon as you have decided to take a program as your admission is not guaranteed.

All courses are offered online. GIST 7100, GIST 7010 and GIST 7128 are also offered at the BCIT Burnaby campus.

1st Year (note: p. is a prerequisite course number). You can start in the Fall (September), Winter (January) or Spring (April)

If Starting in the Fall Winter Spring
GIST 7100 GIST 8128 (p. 7128) GIST 7109
GIST 7128 GIST 8118  
     

If Starting in the Winter Spring
  GIST 7100 GIST 7109
  GIST 8118 GIST 7128
     
    If Starting in the Spring
    GIST 7100
    GIST 7128

 

2nd Year

Fall Winter Spring
GIST 7010 GIST8010 (p. 7010) One of GIST 8138 (p. 8010,8128) OR GIST 8117 (p.7108). Take one as these courses are offered every other year
GIST 7108 GIST 8128 if not already taken GIST 8106 (p. 7010,8128). Take this course if available as it is only offered every other year
  GIST 8118 if not already taken GIST 7109 if not already taken

 

3rd Year

Fall Winter Spring
GIST 7130 GIST 8100 (p. 7100,7130,8010) or GIST 8132 (p. 7132). Take GIST 8100 if available as it is only offered every other year One of GIST 8138 (p. 8010, 8128) OR GIST 8117 (p.7108). Take the available course
GIST 7132 (p. 7010) GIST 8109 (p. 7130) GIST 8106 (p. 7010,8128) if not already taken

 

4th Year

Fall Winter Spring
GIST 7122 (p. dept approval) GIST 8100 (p. 7100,7130,8010) or GIST 8132 (p. 7132). Take GIST 8100 if not already taken. GIST 8110 (p. most)
TMGT 7102, TMGT 7142 GIST 8125/6 (p. most) GIST 8125/6 (p. most)
     

Advanced Diploma students have completed all courses at the end of year 4.

 

5th Year for B.Tech Students only

Fall Winter Spring
BUSA 7250 LIBS 7002 TMGT Elective
LIBS 7001
LIBS Elective
LIBS Elective

LIBS courses have a prerequisite equal to the equivalent of three credits of university/college composition B.Tech students must all complete six months of relevant GIS work experience (after completing all technical GIS courses).

Part-time Online Student:  Option for a Fast-Track two year course schedule starting September of an 'even-numbered' year.

Want to follow this 'fast-track' schedule? You must apply to the GIS ADP or B.Tech program as a part-time student.

 

Year 1 (note: p. is a prerequisite course number)

Fall (even-numbered year) Winter Spring
GIST 7010 GIST 8010 (p. 7010) GIST 7109
GIST 7100 GIST 8118 GIST 8106 (p. 7010,8128)
GIST 7108 GIST 8128 (p. 7128) GIST 8117 (p.7108)
GIST 7128    

 

Year 2

Fall (odd-numbered year) Winter Spring
GIST 7122 (p. dept approval) GIST 8100 (p. 7100,7130, 8010) GIST 8110 (p. most)
TMGT 7102 GIST 8109 (p. 7130) GIST 8138 (p. 8010,8128)
TMGT 7142 GIST 8132 (p.7132) GIST 8125 / 8126 (p. most)
GIST 7130 (p. 7010) GIST 8125 / 8126 (p. most)  
GIST 7132 (p. 7010)    

ADP students will have completed all courses at the end of Year 2.

B.Tech students must take GIST 8125. B.Tech students must complete more courses. See below:

 

Year 3 B.Tech Students

Fall Winter Spring
BUSA 7250 LIBS 7002 TMGT Elective
LIBS 7001 LIBS Elective LIBS Elective

LIBS courses have a prerequisite equal to the equivalent of three credits of university/college composition.
B.Tech. Degree Students will have completed all required courses after YEAR 3 but must also complete six months of relevant GIS work experience (after completing all technical GIS courses).

 

Can I get exemption credit for part-time courses if I take the full-time program later on?

Yes, if you have recently successfully completed the course with a good mark and the course is part of the program.

Can I get credit for part-time course tuition fees if I take the full-time program later on?

No.

Which courses should part-time students do first?

Generally you should start with GIST courses numbered at the 7 thousand level. You need to complete most 7 thousand level courses before the 8 thousand level courses. Most students start with GIST 7100 "Fundamentals of GIS" to get the GIS theory, GIST 7128 "ArcGIS 1" to get some hands-on GIS software, and GIST 7010 "GIS Programming 1"  to start practicing coding which is used in many other courses, You are responsible for planning a course schedule and registering for courses. When reviewing course descriptions, pay special attention to the prerequisites. Refer to the 'Suggested Schedules' on this page. Consult with the GIS part-time studies coordinator for additional advice.

Is there a limit on how many courses a part-time student can take in a semester?

No - but a limit of two is suggested for those students who are working full-time.

Do I need to have my own computer?

Yes. Windows, Android, or Mac and with Internet access.  A desktop or laptop computer is required.  A tablet or smart phone is not sufficient.  Our GIS program software runs in a Windows environment through a CITRIX interface, so the student needs to know how to work in a Windows environment, preferably Windows 10.

Are all courses in the program offered through part-time studies?

Yes. However, not all courses will be offered every term.

How do I register for an 8000 level course through part-time studies?

All 8000 level courses, excluding 8118, requires permission from the department.  To get permission, email your request to register for the course to gis@bcit.ca.

How do I take courses which are offered during the day at the Burnaby Campus?

Obtain a course by course registration form from Student Records. Complete it and submit it to the Program Assistant. At the beginning of the semester, your form will be processed and you will be placed in a class, space permitting.

Can part-time students switch to the full-time program?

Yes - you must email the admissions@bcit.ca generic email to request to switch from part-time to full-time with an application fee waiver. Remember to email early as the full-time programs are often filled early in the year. You will be placed on  a wait list if the program is full and you might have to wait another year. Courses you completed as a part-time student will count as credits towards the equivalent full-time course. Tuition is not credited.

How do I write my GIS online final exams?

BCIT Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Online/Distance Learners require a special exam arrangement. All GIS exams are online exams and must be written at an approved examination centre. It is your responsibility to arrange for exam invigilation. You are also responsible for any associated costs.

List of approved Examination Centres:

Information for the Exam Centre:

The Exam Centre is responsible for receiving the exam and instructions, presiding over the exam according to the instructions, informing the instructor of any unusual happenings and returning all documentation back to the Program Assistant after the student has completed the exam.

If I am at another University and I wish to take a GIS course via the Western Deans' Agreement through Part-Time Studies, how does that work?

If you pre-register in a part-time studies course in GIS you forfeit the use of the fee waiver under the Western Deans’ Agreement.  You can only apply for part-time studies courses that are offered in person, on campus.

Once you fill out the WDA application and send it to BCIT our department holds your application and: