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Natural Justice and Academic Appeals MOOC 0131

Massive Open Online Courses Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course introduces participants to the principles of Natural Justice – the rule against bias (nemo iudex in causa sua) and the right to a fair hearing (audi alteram partem). More and more Natural Justice is being referred to the “duty to act fairly”, or the “duty of fairness”, but the end goal is the same: The principles of natural justice exist as a safeguard for individuals in their interactions with the state. These principles stipulate that whenever a person’s “rights, privileges or interests” are at stake, there is a duty to act in a procedurally fair manner. Throughout this course, the principles are introduced and applied, in a a case approach, throughout the lifecycle of an academic appeal within a fictitious post-secondary institution bound, by law, to enable students to appeal decisions which affect their academic standing. *Note: Thank you for your interest in a BCIT – Free Online Learning course. You are about to register for the course. If you are new to BCIT, you will first need to create a BCIT ID. Then, log in with your ID and password to register. Once registered, log in to with your BCIT email address and password to access your online course. If you are new to BCIT, it may take up to 24 hours for your course access to become active. Because these are not credited courses, and you are not paying a fee, there may be student resources you come across that you are not entitled to access. This would include Student Aid and other financial assistance. Enjoy your learning and we’re happy to support your lifelong learning journey.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of MOOC 0131 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 67713


Start any time

  • 52 weeks
  • CRN 67713
  • Domestic fees $0.00
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 52 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the principles of Natural Justice.
  • Discuss the benefits of Natural Justice over legal proceedings.
  • Explain how the duty to be fair and procedural fairness can benefit our world.
  • Describe the benefits of stakeholder dispute resolution.
  • Explain how administrative law applies to post-secondary educational institutions.
  • List academic appeal stakeholders.
  • Describe a four stage academic appeal process.
  • Apply the principles of natural justice as they apply to academic appeals.
  • Differentiate between bias and the perception of bias.
  • Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  • Describe the codes of conduct for tribunal members during appeals.
  • Write a tribunal decision.
  • Explain freedom of information implications for academic appeals.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021


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