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Communication Requirement

Graduates from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems are expected to collaborate and communicate effectively and professionally as members of diverse stakeholder teams. To develop this competency, students in the Faculty must complete LFS 150 or ENGL 112. SCIE 113, WRDS 150, ENGL 100, APSC 176, Science One, Arts One or Coordinated Arts can also be used to satisfy this requirement. These credits may not be earned through Credit/D/Fail standing. All students admitted to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems must take immediate steps to satisfy the Communication Requirement.

Satisfactory completion of the Language Proficiency Index Requirement for First-Year English (LPI) examination or exemption is prerequisite to LFS 150 (score of 4 or greater on the LPI essay section required) and all first-year English courses at UBC (score of 5 or greater on the LPI essay section required). Students who have not successfully completed the LPI Requirement by the time they have completed 30 credits will normally have access to registration for the following academic session blocked, and may be prevented from taking additional courses in their program until the LPI Requirement has been met. Students unable to enrol in a first-year ENGL course because of an unsatisfactory LPI score are advised to take a non-credit writing course through the UBC Writing Centre.

Students admitted to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems on transfer from another post-secondary institution and receiving 3 or 6 credits of first-year English at UBC, may be permitted to meet the Communication Requirement if a minimum grade of 70% is achieved. Students who complete the International Baccalaureate program or Advanced Placement courses and are awarded 6 credits of first-year English by UBC Undergraduate Admissions have met the Communication Requirement. Students with questions about the completion of this requirement are encouraged to contact LFS Student Services.

Students who have not completed the Communication Requirement by the time they have completed 54 credits will normally have access to registration for the following academic session blocked, and may be prevented from taking additional courses in their program until the Communication Requirement has been met.

Opportunities to engage in, and improve reading, writing and oral communication exist in all courses.

Student performance on written work in all courses within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems may be evaluated in part on grammar and syntax.

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