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Unassigned Credit

If a transfer credit request involves a course which is appropriate for credit in the discipline, but which does not closely match the topic, structure, content, or format of the courses in the department at the receiving institution, then unassigned discipline-specific transfer credit can be awarded. This type of credit verifies that the course is taught at the expected level and standard for the program it is being awarded credit in; that it conforms to the norms of the discipline; and that it is suitable for meeting elective credit requirements within a degree program. However, the course does not transfer with direct credit for a course at the receiving institution. The entry for unassigned transfer credit in the BC Transfer Guide will look like this: 



Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CAPU HIST 207 (3)



Jan/11 to -

CAMO HIST 102 (3)



Sept/01 to -

NIC HIS 250 (3)


UVIC HIST 200 lev (1.5)

Sept/95 to -

Capilano University's HIST 207 (Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance) has a value of three credits. It transfers as three unassigned second-year History credits at Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning. Camosun College's HIST 102 (World Civilizations 1, Pre-1450) transfers as three unassigned History first-year credits at the University of Northern British Columbia. North Island College's HIS 250 (History of Women in Canada, 1600-1920) is a three-credit course, but transfers to the University of Victoria as one-and-a-half 200-level unassigned History units (equivalent to three credits).

Note that in each case, the course receives unassigned credit at the first or second year level, but the credit is coded differently at each receiving institution. Coding is often based on the conventions of computerized registration systems, so when requesting or recording credit, it is important to follow the standards in use at each institution.

Unassigned credit could also be awarded when there are discrepancies between the date when a student took a course and the effective date of a transfer agreement involving that course. For example, a course at the receiving institution may be newer than the course at the sending institution (e.g., the sending institution's course started in 2001 but the equivalent course at the receiving institution was created in 2005), so the effective date of the transfer agreement may start when the receiving institution's course was created. In this situation, students who took the course at the sending institution before the transferrable course was created at the receiving institution may be awarded unassigned discipline-specific level credit (e.g. HIST 1XX) for that course.