Practicum Course Regulations
Practicum Participation Requirement
To receive credit for a practicum course a student must attend and actively participate in a minimum of 80 percent of classes for the course*. When full participation is not possible, accommodation agreements may be reached with the practicum instructor (complete classes missed on a different date, individual testing etc., dependent on the practicum instructor).
The following absences are allowed:
- 24 hour course, 2 hours week/12 weeks: students allowed a maximum of 4 absences
- 24 hour course, 4 hours week/6 weeks: students allowed a maximum 2 absences (S1 & S2 Term PKINs)
- 16 hour course, 3 hours week/8 weeks: students allowed a maximum 3 absences
- 12 hour course, 2 hours week/once per week/12 weeks: students allowed a maximum 2 absences
- P Terms – 80% of hours must be completed: students allowed to miss a maximum 20% absences
* Please note that ANY practicum that certification is part of the course, 100% attendance is MANDATORY. Without 100% attendance then you will not come away with certification.
Cumulative Grade Point Average and Credit Weights
Practicum courses have no academic weight and are not included in the total of 120 academic credits required for the Honours degree. There is no tuition fee for practicum courses, although some practicum courses may have additional charges for consumables such as printed material and supplies.
Where courses are offered consecutively in the same area (example: Volleyball I, Volleyball II) students must have achieved at least a B in the preceding course in order to take the subsequent course, unless otherwise stated. Qualified students may be admitted directly into an advanced level course with the permission of the instructor. In these cases no credit is awarded for the lower level course.
Priority enrolment is given to Kinesiology and Health Science Honours standing students. Students are responsible for enrolling, adding, and dropping courses. The add/drop dates for the practicum courses are the same as those published for the academic courses. Students requesting to drop a practicum course off of their transcript must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evaluation – Grades and Pass/Fail Option
Evaluation of a student’s competence in a practicum is based on skill execution and skill theory (oral and/or written). The practicum grading scale is A, B, C, F or Pass/Fail option.
Students may take practicum (PKIN) courses on a pass/fail basis provided that they apply to do so within the first two weeks of classes, that they obtain the signature of the course director on the applicable form and that the completed form is submitted to the Kinesiology and Health Science Undergraduate Office.
* If a student opts for the Pass/Fail Option, they will not qualify to be a part of the Kinesiology and Health Science Honour Roll or Tait Mckenzie Honour Society.
Note: Practicum courses and grades are listed on the official transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average.
Varsity Sport Practicum Credits
Students who complete a season as a member of a York University varsity team are eligible to receive 1 PKIN course credit allowance per year to a maximum of 3 practicum course credits. To receive this credit students must complete a PKIN Equivalency Request Form for Varsity Sport Participation available at the Kinesiology and Health Science Academic Office, 341 Bethune College.
1) Religious Observance: Students who request absences from class based on the Senate’s Religious Observance Policy may be accommodated. In order to receive Religious Observance, students must submit the Religious Accommodation Agreement form to the Practicum Course Instructor by the date outlined in the Senate Policy: (https://w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm.woa/wa/regobs). Students are considered on a case-by-case basis.
2) Disabilities: Instructors must accommodate students who have a documented learning, mental health, physical, sensory, and/or medical disability. Appropriate documentation must be provided and accommodations must be arranged by the student with the Practicum Course Instructor directly. Students are considered on a case-by-case basis.
3) Temporary Illnesses and Injuries: Many students experience temporary illnesses and injuries. Students may be accommodated by instructors such that they are able to satisfy practicum requirements. Appropriate documentation must be provided and accommodations must be arranged by the student with the Practicum Course Instructor directly. Students are considered on a case-by-case basis.