Statement of Academic Purpose

The Fisheries and Marine Institute has a number of academic roles described in the legislation establishing the Institute as a component of the University. It provides degree, diploma, certificate and other programs in the areas of fisheries and marine science and technology; it provides for the upgrading and enhancement of the fisheries and marine labour force in cooperation with the College of the North Atlantic, and it provides for applied research and technology transfer.

All programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for success in the workforce. The advice of industrial program advisory committees is sought in the ongoing development of longer programs, while short courses are designed to meet specific industry needs. Whenever appropriate, programs are submitted for national accreditation, providing graduates with mobility in professional employment

Three year and two year programs include the Provincial Common First Year for applied science and engineering technologies, developed and introduced by the Fisheries and Marine Institute in 1990. The Common First Year reflects the need for technology program graduates to possess an understanding of core science and mathematics concepts, which are fundamental to technology specific knowledge and skills. Technologists graduating from three year programs will have developed the ability to apply their learning to the solution of technological problems.

Overall, the Institute is committed to providing a learning environment in which students can achieve to their full potential. It endeavors to design and deliver programs that provide graduates with highly competitive skills and abilities. It encourages excellence in teaching and learning, and seeks to provide the industrial community with relevant, high quality, applied research and technology transfer.

Non-Degree Programs

Students admitted to diploma of technology (diploma) programs with transfer credits or exemptions as a result of attendance at another institution will be admitted to these programs with advanced standing. Any students admitted to these programs with advanced standing who intend to pursue one of the degree programs and register for degree credit courses and diploma courses concurrently may declare themselves according to the Degree Program section below.

Details of the non-degree programs and courses of the Institute are contained in a separate Fisheries and Marine Institute Calendar.

Degree Programs

The Marine Institute offers a Bachelor of Maritime Studies degree, with two options: Marine Engineering Technology and Nautical Science Technology and a Bachelor of Technology degree. It also offers a Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) program and, together with the Faculty of Science and the Ocean Sciences Centre, a Master of Science in Aquaculture, both through the School of Graduate Studies.

Students admitted to diploma programs with advanced standing who intend to pursue either the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology program and who wish to register concurrently for degree credit courses and diploma courses, should apply for general admission to Memorial University of Newfoundland, indicating either pre-Bachelor of Maritime Studies or pre-Bachelor of Technology, under the Fisheries and Marine Institute section of the Undergraduate Application for Admission/Readmission to Memorial University of Newfoundland form. This application should be accompanied by a Fisheries and Marine Institute Application for Admission for either the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology program.

This application is in addition to the application for admission to the diploma program and will be accepted only from students admitted to a diploma program and intending to pursue either degree. Students in this category who have been accepted for general admission to the University and have indicated one of the Institute's pre-programs, will be considered as either pre-Bachelor of Maritime Studies or pre-Bachelor of Technology. Such students will be permitted to register for degree-credit courses subject to normal availability and prerequisites.

Upon successful completion of the requirements for the diploma, students must formally apply for admission to the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology program using the Fisheries and Marine Institute Application for Admission for either the Bachelor of Maritime Studies or Bachelor of Technology program.

General Regulations

Regulations and fees for the non-degree programs of the Institute which differ from those governing the University's degree programs are described in the separate Fisheries and Marine Institute Calendar.

Beyond the regulations and requirements specific to the Degree Programs at the Fisheries and Marine Institute, students will be governed by the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) as laid down in this University Calendar.

Candidates declared as Pre-Bachelor of Maritime Studies or pre-Bachelor of Technology, as described in the Degree Program section above, will be governed by the regulations as outlined below:

1. Student Classification

Subject to the  UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) governing Classification of Students, section 1.1, and the regulations governing the respective diploma programs, students who have been declared under the above regulations in a pre-degree program will be deemed as full-time if they are registered for either: three (3) diploma courses and a minimum of 3 degree credit hours, or two (2) diploma courses and a minimum of 6 degree credit hours.

2. Course Load

The normal course load for pre-program students will be the number of courses normally scheduled for the respective semester or session of the diploma program in which the student is registered OR 15 credit hours in degree credit courses.

Otherwise, any of the following combinations is recommended as the maximum course load for pre-program students. Students should consult with the Chair of the diploma program in which they are registered if they wish to register for a number of courses that is beyond the recommended course load.
Diploma Program Course Load Maximum Degree Credit Hour Load
2 12
3 9
4 6
5 3

3. Continuance and Readmission

Where a student is classified as full-time under either the appropriate degree regulations or diploma regulations, the student will be subject to the continuance and readmission regulations governing either the degree or diploma program in which they are deemed to be a full-time student.

Students who are registered in both degree and diploma courses and classified as part-time according to both the  UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) of this Universityand the respective diploma regulations, but who are full-time according to the above Student Classification definition, will be subject to the readmission and continuance regulations governing the respective diploma program in which the student is registered.


Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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