Lab exemptions for BIOL 345* Field Ecology Workshop may be granted if:
If you meet these criteria, you may decide to arrange for a ‘Lab Exemption Request Letter’ to be sent to me from the college or university you previously attended.
Please note that the ecology course and labs you have previously taken may not yet have been evaluated and determined to be equivalent to the AU BIOL 345 FEW. Therefore, in the ‘Lab Exemption Request Letter’, we may also need to see a complete list of the experiments performed in the lab, and a description of the evaluation system used in the lab, in order to determine equivalence.
Important: you will not be exempted from doing the home labs, many of which are parts of the assignments! A FEW exemption means you are only exempt from the 4 day workshop and lab report associated with it.
Please see below for the detailed steps towards obtaining an exemption. If you have any further questions, please ask the Lab Coordinator.
The quickest/cheapest way to obtain a ‘Lab Exemption Request Letter’, is to contact the Ecology Lab Coordinator/Course Professor at the college/university you previously attended and ask her/him to forward the necessary information to me via e-mail (see web page above).
Please be aware that we do not need to receive the ‘Lab Exemption Request Letter’ from your current/previously attended college or university before you register or start in the course, but only before your course contract end date.
The ‘Lab Exemption Request Letter’ sent by the Coordinator/Professor to AU needs to contain the following information:
Once your letter is sent to us, it will be forwarded to the Course Professor for BIOL 345 for his review and consideration.
We will use the average lab grade for the lab portion of the student's AU grade, so if the student has 50% in their lab reports and 70% in their lab exam, they would get a mark of 60% entered for their lab grade at AU and this will count 20% towards the student's final grade.
|Lab Exempted Student
Imported Average Lab Grade (%)*
|Final Exam||40||Final Exam||40|
|Lab Report||20||Average of imported marks||20|
*There is no difference between the exams given to FEW exempted and non-FEW exempted students and when a student is FEW exempt, no mention of this appears on your course transcript. Instead, it will look like you completed a course that has a compulsory supervised lab component.
Important: A student will NOT be exempt from doing the home labs, many of which are parts of the assignments!
Please note that the lab exemption mark will be entered into our system last, after all other components of the course.
Updated September 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services