Learners may choose to repeat a course either to improve their GPAs or to gain mastery over subject matter that is important to their degree and academic goals. However, before repeating a course, students should be advised to discuss this with their Faculty. Each Faculty may have different regulations and policies about repeating courses. In any case, the grade received for the course first time around will remain on the student’s academic record.
If a learner is choosing to repeat your course, consider the following:
- Is the student aware of the regulations for his/her faculty? Refer them to: Learners’ Guide: Policies: Course Repeats.
- Have you discussed the requirements for repeating your course with the student? For example, do you plan to accept the student’s previously submitted coursework with revisions? Or, do you expect the student to complete new assignments- which you will then need to prepare? You may want to discuss this with your department head if you are unsure of departmental practice.
Learners are encouraged to inform the instructor if they are repeating in order to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to a repeat failure. It may be useful to remind students of this in your start of term communications.
Here are some links to UBC policy regarding academic advancement, for your reference: