New PhD and non-thesis MA programs in social/cultural anthropology were approved, and the Department of Anthropology established a student exchange program between University College Dublin and Memorial's Archaeology Unit (Irish Wetlands Project and Port au Choix Archaeology Project).
With the collaboration of the Faculty of Arts, Career Development and Experiential Learning (Student Affairs and Services) and the provincial government, the Public Policy Arts Internship Program for arts graduates was developed in October 2000.
The Marine Institute's e-learning allows students to complete a bachelor degree or take courses leading to Transport Canada certification. The institute's Offshore Safety and Survival Centre will soon make its basic survival recurrent training course available through the Internet. The MI is also developing a new Internet-based masters program in coastal zone management.
To address the worldwide shortage of marine engineers, the School of Maritime Studies is developing a bridging program for mechanical engineering technologists to move into a marine engineering career. The new certificate - a technical certificate in marine engineering is to be offered in September 2001 - will prepare students for fourth-class certification by providing them with the necessary practical skills and at-sea training.
In 2001-02 the MI School of Fisheries will launch a bachelor of technology in food technology. The new degree, which was developed with extensive input from the food industry, will provide graduates with strong technical and managerial training for positions as quality assurance managers, new product developers and production managers.
The Marine Institute has been designated a training centre for Algoma Central Marine. Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Algoma Central Marine operates 33 vessels on Canada's Great Lakes. Students in the nautical science and marine engineering diploma programs will work with Algoma Central as marine cadets during their work placements, with the possibility of joining the company after graduation.
Through MI International's Global Internship Program, 33 Marine Institute students have been placed in Malawi, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Africa and Norway to address their aquatic and coastal environmental management challenges.
The Department of Anthropology established two Ph.D programs: in prehistoric and historic archaeology of northeastern North America and the Arctic and in historical anthropology and ethnography of Newfoundland and Labrador and Western Europe.
The departments of Sociology, French, Women's Studies and Anthropology(social/cultural) introduced MA programs without thesis. Anthropology and Sociology will require a master's research paper, while Women's Studies will offer this option as well as one with a major project and one requiring an internship.
The Department of Geography added a new diploma program: Geographical Information Sciences. There are now four diploma programs offered in the Faculty of Arts.
The Department of Economics established the first full co-operative program in the Faculty of Arts. Political Science established an internship program to provide their students with experiential learning.
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A new interdisciplinary minor program, European Studies, was approved by Senate. It is designed to increase the knowledge of and contact with Europe and to increase the use of Memorial's Harlow campus. Plans are in the works for a major in this discipline as well.
December 2000 saw the completion of the Canada-Caribbean distance education scholarship program in the Faculty of Education intermediate/secondary B.Ed program. In March there was a graduation ceremony in Dominica for students from Dominica who had completed the program.
The Department of Chemistry offered the M.Sc. (Instrumental Analysis) program for the first time. This is the only course of its kind offered in Canada.
Senate gave approval in principle to the inaugural master of music programs, which will commence in September 2002. These programs will allow for concentrations in conducting, performance and performance/pedagogy. Memorial will be the only university in Atlantic Canada offering graduate instruction in music. Its performance program, with internship opportunities in the professional community will be unique in Canada. And its new program in conducting will fill a lacuna in the national scene.
A new complement of courses on the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador was introduced. These three courses (one each on traditional fiddling, folk song and accordion) offer music students and those from other disciplines the opportunity to explore the legacy of music from Newfoundland and Labrador and to gain some hands-on experience in performance. The courses are being taught by such noted traditional musicians as Christina Smith, Anita Best and Jim Payne.
Montreal-based composer and jazz-man Roddy Ellias was composer-in-residence at the School in March of 2001 under a grant from SOCAN. While at Memorial he performed, gave master classes in jazz guitar and composition, and supervised a performance of his works, which included a concerto performance of Whale Spirit Rising with faculty member Paul Bendzsa as soloist with the MUN Chamber Orchestra, and the premiere of a newly commissioned piece.
Senate approved the following changes to Memorial's grading system effective Sept. 1, 2001:
September 2000 marked the launch of the master of education (information technology), a joint initiative of Memorial University and the University College of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. The program grew out of earlier discussions within the education faculty about developing a graduate-level program with a specialization in the area of educational technology outside the traditional versions of such programs. The program is aimed at a broad range of educators: K-12, post-secondary and industry training. It is fully deliverable on the Web, and is primarily intended as a part-time offering. Information technology, within the context of the program, encompasses computers, communications, networking and multi-media in a wide variety of educational settings.
- Grade point averages will be calculated on a four-point scale and all student records will be converted accordingly.
- Grades will no longer be recorded in multiples of five; instead, integer grades earned will be recorded
- Only the highest grade obtained in repeated courses will be included in the cumulative numeric average and grade point average.