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Physics Lab Exemptions

Exemptions are granted upon evaluation of material sent by the student. It is recommended that this be done before starting the AU course.

Laboratory fees (on-site labs, lab kits, and virtual labs) are mandatory and cannot be waived. These non-refundable fees also apply to students with lab exemptions.

Options

There are three options for the material to be sent for evaluation.

Option A:

  1. The student's (marked) lab reports.
  2. The original lab manual.

Option B:

  1. An official transcript that shows a separate grade for the laboratory component.
  2. The titles of lab experiments completed by the student plus a brief description (one paragraph) of each experiment.

Option C:

An official letter on letterhead from the Physics Department of the college or university that includes:

  1. The name and code of the physics course, and number of credits taken at at the sending institution.
  2. The date when the student took the course (e.g. Fall Term 1998).
  3. The student's lab mark.
  4. The titles of lab experiments completed by the student plus a brief description (one paragraph) of each experiment.

In certain cases the lab manual is not required. The material is evaluated and a mark is assigned which is allowed as all or part of the AU lab mark. In some cases partial credit is granted but the student will be required to do specified AU labs. There are no appeals of this decision but the student retains the option to do the AU labs for their course instead of taking the lab exemption. AU labs are home labs and students may be disadvantaged in doing further lab work with AU if their previous labs were done in a standard setting.

Updated December 11 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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