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Cluster Credit

The term 'cluster credit' is used in the BC Transfer Guide to indicate when two or more courses at a sending institution must all be transferred to receive credit for a single course at the receiving institution. The entry in the BC Transfer Guide looks like this:

Course

Receiving
Institution

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CNC PHIL 101 (3)

UVIC

UVIC PHIL (1.5) 100 lev; CNC PHIL 101 & CNC PHIL 102 = UVIC PHIL 100 (3)

Sept/95 to -

In this example, the College of New Caledonia's PHIL 101 (Moral Philosophy) transfers to the University of Victoria as one-and-a-half unassigned 100-level Philosophy units (three credits). However, if the student transfers both CNC's PHIL 101 and PHIL 102 (Theory of Knowledge) they will receive credit for UVIC's three-unit (six-credit) PHIL 100 (Introduction to Philosophy) course.

Awarding unassigned discipline-specific credit for single courses, as UVic has done in the above example, allows students to earn transfer credit even if they have not completed both courses needed to receive credit for a single course at the receiving institution.

However, if transfer credit is not possible unless two or more courses are taken, this should also be clearly stated, as in the following example:

Course

Receiving
Institution

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

COLU BUSN 272 (3)

UBC

COLU BUSN 272 & COLU BUSN 273 = UBC COMM 292 (4). No credit if taken alone.

Sept/98 to Aug/07

Another type of cluster credit occurs when several courses at the sending institution cover outcomes similar to a year-long course at the receiving institution. This appears in the BC Transfer Guide in this format:

Course

Receiving
Institution

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

DOUG PHIL 1102 (3)

UBC

Any two of DOUG PHIL 1102, DOUG PHIL 1103, DOUG PHIL 1151, DOUG PHIL 1152, DOUG PHIL 1250 = UBC PHIL 100 (6)

Sept/04 to -

A course at the sending institution may also be evaluated as equivalent to more than one course at the receiving institution, or as suitable for credit towards two or more different programs. This appears in the BC Transfer Guide in this format:

Course

Receiving
Institution

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

NVIT MATH 100 (3)

UBCO

UBCO MATH 125 (3) or UBCO MATH 126 (3)

May/04 to -

A sending institution may decide to break a single course's content into two semesters, in order to assist students with deficiencies in their academic backgrounds (for example, without Grade 12 Math) to achieve mastery of the content. In such cases, a receiving institution may assign the same number of transfer credits to the two courses that their own students earn for covering the same content in a single semester. In other words, the two courses may collectively be worth six credits at the sending institution, but will collectively only receive three credits for a single course at the receiving institution. The BC Transfer Guide entry will look like this:

Course

Receiving
Institution

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CAP BFIN 141 (3)

UNBC

CAP BFIN 141 & CAP BFIN 142 = UNBC COMM 210 (3)

Sept/96 to -

CAP BFIN 142 (3)

UNBC

CAP BFIN 141 & CAP BFIN 142 = UNBC COMM 210 (3)

Sept/96 to -

There may also be instances where a sending institution offers two distinct courses that cover similar but not identical content to the content of a single course at the receiving institution. For example, the content of a Geology and a Physical Geography course at one institution may be covered in a single course at another institution. In this case, it is likely that the two courses will have covered more material, or the same material in more depth, than the single course. Therefore, it is appropriate that this extra learning be adequately credited. An option in this situation is to assign three credits for the most similar course at the receiving institution, plus three unassigned credits. The entry in the BC Transfer Guide would look like this:

Course

Receiving
Institution

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CNC ENGL 214 (3)

SFU

SFU ENGL 101 (3) - B-Hum; CNC ENGL 213 & CNC ENGL 214 = SFU ENGL 101 (3) - B-Hum & SFU ENGL 1XX (3)

Sept/04 to -