Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 510

Non-Program Student Orientation (Revision 1)


Delivery Mode: Paced study; online

Credits: 0 (This course will appear on the transcript as a zero credit course)

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: None

This course is available only to non-program students once they have been approved to take a course. You do not need to register in this course. Access will be provided automatically as part of the non-program orientation.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology

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This course provides non-program students entering the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (GCAP) graduate courses with additional information about the programs as well as the GCAP courses. The GCAP 510: Non-Program Student Orientation course is designed to familiarize students with the tools, resources, and procedures that they will draw on throughout their graduate course(s), as well as the roles and expectations of both students and program staff. We recognize that distance learning and online communication are new to many GCAP students. However, by the end of this course, students should feel more confident in this virtual academic environment and be ready to begin their first GCAP course.

As part of the Non-Program Student Orientation, all students will also be required to complete GCAP 550: Introduction to Mastering Professional Writing and Navigating APA Format. All lessons are to be completed at the students leisure but prior to the start of their first GCAP course.


  • Lesson 1: Foundations of the GCAP Graduate Experience
  • Lesson 2: Expectations and Resources for Graduate Students
  • Lesson 3: Preparing for Your Graduate Course Work

Course Evaluation

There is no credit assigned to GCAP 510. Students will be assigned a pass/fail evaluation based solely on completing the tasks involved in the various study units. Students are required to complete the course prior to taking any other GCAP courses.

Course Materials

All course materials are available online.

Other Information

Students with a disability, who require academic accommodation, need to register with the Access to Students with Disabilities Centre at Athabasca University. Notification of the need for academic accommodation must normally be provided to the program office no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class. It is the student's responsibility to register with the Disability Centre to request academic accommodation if required and to notify the instructor that such accommodation has been requested. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate individual student needs. However, because GCAP courses are paced, all student are required to participate weekly in the online discussion forums. There are also several courses where online exams are required.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.

Opened in Revision 1, April 2010.