Academic Plan

What is an Academic Plan?

An Academic Plan is designed to aid students and their academic advisors in determining which degree requirements have been met, and the requirements that still need to be completed.

The Academic Plan is also designed to ensure students register in the correct units required for graduation.

An Academic Plan is not an official statement of work completed at ACK. The transcript is the official record of a student’s academic work.

Why you should register using your Academic Plan only

  • The fastest mode for online registration is through your Academic Plan.
  • Registering this way will help prevent you from registering in a course that will not fulfill a requirement in your program.
  • If you are unsure of how to register using your Academic Plan, click here to view the ‘how to’ video.

Understanding an Academic Plan

As a registered student, you can log into PowerCampus, view your Academic Plan and check progress towards your qualification at any time.

The following is a summary of how to understand the symbols and information displayed on your Academic Plan.

A – Your curriculum code, the number of units required, the number of units completed and the number of units not yet completed.

Under the Status column:

B – You have completed this unit.

C – You are currently registered in this unit.

D – You have not yet taken this unit.

Under the Sequence column:

E – The numbers 001, 002, 003 and 004 will appear.  These are the semesters the unit belongs to. 001 is Semester 1 002 is Semester 2 003 is Semester 3 004 is Semester 4

F – you need a passing grade to complete the unit.

G – the unit is required to be completed to obtain your qualification.

Adding Courses
Students who have completed their initial registration during the designated registration period may add courses up to the ‘Last day to add courses’ period published in the Important Dates.   The College sets a deadline for adding courses to ensure a student does not join a course too late in the semester to complete it successfully. Students wishing to take an over-load should check the associated conditions.
Dropping courses during the Drop/Add period

Students may drop courses during the advertised Drop period as published in the Important Dates. However, students must ensure they maintain a load determined in accordance with the terms of the Student Academic Load Policy.  Courses dropped during this period are not noted on student transcripts.

Can I drop a course if I have a scholarship?

Dropping a course may affect a student’s scholarship status and inquiries should be directed to the Scholarship Unit.

Students wishing to take a reduced academic load should check the associated conditions.

Repeating Failed Courses

Students who fail a course are required to repeat the course and pass for eligibility to graduate.

Regulations on Repeating Courses

All repeat courses are noted in the transcript.

Students can repeat courses in which they received an “F”, “D”, “D+”, or “C-“.

If a course is repeated once:

  • Only the new grade for the course is counted in the cumulative GPA
  • The previous grade for the course will remain in the Semester GPA of the semester that the course was first attempted in.

If a course is repeated more than once:

  • The first grade is not counted in the cumulative GPA
  • All subsequent grades for the course will be counted in the cumulative GPA
  • The Semester GPA of each semester that the course was repeated in remains unchanged.


A student who fails a course during a repeat attempt, but has passed that same course during a previous attempt, will still need to repeat the course until receiving a pass grade.

For a student who does not repeat a course that has been previously failed and hence who does not successfully complete a qualification, the fail result will be included in the GPA calculation.