Planning for a Successful First Term
Students may request that AP, A-Level, IB, CEGEP and university-level credits earned at another institution be applied toward their Quest degree. Coursework must meet the standards of the Transfer Credit Evaluation Committee for the educational quality of the learning experience, and for the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience to that offered at Quest.
For a course to transfer, it must be in a discipline, or closely aligned with a discipline, taught at Quest (e.g., a course in Marine Biology would be acceptable, but SCUBA diving would not; a course in Geology would be acceptable, but a course in rock climbing would not). It must also have been graded for credit (e.g., a non-credit art course would not count), and the student must have received a high mark in the course, which typically translates to a B or equivalent. Finally, the course must have been at the college level (remedial work is not transferrable).
Ordinarily, no more than eight blocks of credit for coursework completed prior to admission to Quest may be transferred, and at least 50% of a student’s total credits must be taken at Quest.
Your first two Blocks at Quest are Cornerstone and Rhetoric.
The Cornerstone Block is the first course all students take upon entering Quest. Its purpose is twofold: to introduce students to Quest, and to investigate a significant question through a variety of academic perspectives. The question for Cornerstone is: what is knowledge? By investigating this question, we explore the unexamined principles and assumptions that underpin our views on science and culture. When we classify something as knowledge, we are implicitly appealing to a system of values: what is knowable is worthwhile, if not for its own sake, at least for its utility. For example, we believe that astronomy expands what we know, but astrology does not. Why? To respond that the former is science while the latter is nonsense merely reiterates the view that the one is knowledge and the other not, and so fails as an answer. We make progress on this question by investigating three sub-questions: (i) what assumptions do we have about knowledge; (ii) what is scientific knowledge; (iii) what is knowledge itself? In answering each of these, we are better able to say what knowledge is.
After the Cornerstone Block, all students take a required Block in Rhetoric. The theme for the Rhetoric Block varies according to the individual Tutor, but all sections of this Block are designed to give students the opportunity to work intensively on good writing and effective public speaking at the outset of their Quest career. The skills involved include research and professional requirements for documentation, the uses and abuses of academic research, an introduction to quantitative reasoning, as well as techniques for writing cogent, persuasive, university-level papers. Throughout the entire class, we focus on improving students’ critical thinking skills. Students are given the opportunity to make and then improve upon several presentations in front of their peers and to learn to deliver effective talks, reports, and speeches. The lessons of cogent writing and speaking will serve students throughout their university career—indeed, throughout their lives.
As an incoming student, you are already registered for your first two Blocks: Cornerstone and Rhetoric. You will register for the last two Blocks of the Fall term during your Rhetoric Block on October. Spring registration for first-years will be in December.
Each term, students register for courses online through Self-Service. Prior to registration, students must submit a Re-Enrolment Commitment Form along with a $500 enrolment deposit. Please see the Academic Calendar for university policies related to registration.
Health and Counselling Services
Campus Counsellors are available by appointment for short-term confidential counselling. We offer both urgent and regular one-on-one sessions Monday-Friday and Saturdays as well as educational and therapeutic groups. There is no charge for our services. The counselling team is a great resource for referring you to community counsellors for those in need of more long-term support throughout the year.
The Quest on-campus Health Clinic is open one morning and one afternoon per week. Individual medical appointments can be booked online. Medical doctors are available by appointment for all types of medical consultation. Medical appointments are confidential between the doctor and the patient and will not be disclosed in any way to Quest staff. Students can access doctors for all types of illness, including STI testing, psychiatry referrals, injury, etc.
Guard.Me Health Plan
All students are required to have valid health insurance. All international students (non-Canadians) will be automatically enrolled in the guard.me health plan. For a summary of the plan, click here. For more information, visit the Portal.
International students with alternate health insurance may choose to opt out of the guard.me plan, by completing the Health Insurance Opt-Out Form through the Portal. International students also have the option of enrolling in the BC Medical Service Plan (BC MSP) after a three-month waiting period; however, this is set-up independently by the student and is not coordinated through Quest. For more information on BC MSP, visit the Portal.