Academic Resources

Welcome to the UBC School of Nursing Academic & Learning Resources where our focus is on serving you in order to empower you in your pursuit of academic excellence.


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As nursing students you are responsible for being prepared for and actively engaging in all learning activities, seeking and utilizing feedback throughout the learning process, integrating the skills and competencies required for entry level practice in nursing, and internalizing the values and behaviours upheld in the Standards for Nursing Practice in British Columbia. We believe that a healthy learning climate requires recognition of and support for the value of diversity as well as resources to meet diverse learning needs and styles. 

Preparing for the demands of academic life can present many challenges. The links and resources provided here are simply a few of the available resources through UBC and beyond that can help support you to achieve success with your academic endeavours.

Need to Request Academic Concession?

BSN Students who miss in-term work or who miss a final exam for courses offered by UBC School of Nursing and are requesting academic concession must submit this form within 48 hours of their absence. This form is only available for theory based courses at this time. If you are requesting academic concession for multiple courses you will be required to make a separate submission for each course. There is no limit to the number of times you can submit this form. Academic concessions are generally granted when students are facing an unexpected situation or circumstance that prevents them from completing graded work. Students may request an academic concession for unanticipated changes in personal responsibilities that create a conflict, medical circumstances, or compassionate grounds.

Request for Academic Concession (In-Term Work)

Request for Academic Concession (Final Exam)

Once submitted your course leader will automatically receive your request.

UBC Library Orientation 

The UBC Library has a wealth of information to assist you in being academically successful. Learn more about what the UBC Library can provide for you! 

Course Related Resources and Materials

eLearning at the School of Nursing The application of learning technology has become a significant component of the teaching and learning environment in the School of Nursing (SoN). There are a variety of ways technology has been integrated including as a primary means of delivering courses and programs (distance learning), to support and enhance face-to-face learning experiences (blended learning) and to support the self-directed and self-regulated learning of students and faculty. This site is designed specifically for current students and faculty in the SoN.

Other Resources:

Writing & Learning Resources

Improve your writing skills University writing may be somewhat different from what you've done previously at school or work. Navigating the basics of writing, combined with the various forms of writing and assignments that are expected from you in your nursing courses can present many challenges. Follow the links on this page as a starting point to help you build your knowledge and skills related to academic writing

Take courses at the UBC Writing Centre through Continuing Studies

Improve your study skills from coaching and learning assessments to videos and workshops, UBC offers a range of services and supports to help develop your personal study skills. Whether you are in the thick of exam preparation or just want to improve your time management, UBC has resources to help you.

Improve your English UBC welcomes students from all over the world, many of whom speak English as an additional language. If you want to improve your English, there are a range of programs that will help meet your needs.

UBC Learning Commons is located on the third floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Learning Commons offers study space, resources, toolkits, and a range of programs to enhance your learning. You can also go to the Learning Commons for:

  • Technology Support
  • Tutoring
  • Writing support
  • Study skills workshops
  • Peer Academic Coaching

The Chapman Learning Commons has computers, study space for group work, comfortable individual study areas, and space for workshops and events.

Resources to Help Avoid Plagiarism 

Please review the information provided on the UBC Learning Commons website to help you avoid plagiarism.

As stated in the UBC Calendar, plagiarism is "a form of academic misconduct in which an individual submits or presents the work of another person as his or her own." The Faculty of Arts Booklet and/or Website offer examples of plagiaristic behaviours, including:

  • Copying entire works or blocks of material from another source such as journals, articles, books, other students' work, the Internet, and presenting it as your own work. (complete plagiarism)
  • Submitting the same work (presumably your own) for two different assignments, even if the assignments were carried out at different institutions ('dovetailing'; reckless plagiarism)
  • Taking bits of work such as phrases or sentences from other sources and putting them together in an essay/paper presented as your own ('piecemeal'; reckless plagiarism)
  • Paraphrasing or rephrasing the words of others into your own work without acknowledging the original source(s) (reckless plagiarism)
  • Taking another person's idea, without your own critical analysis added and without acknowledging the original source (reckless plagiarism)
  • Submitting work with inaccurate text references, or incomplete references/bibliographies (reckless plagiarism)

Students are responsible to review the following related policies:

Research Resources

The Peggy Sutherland Site aims to support students, researchers and practitioners in the nursing and allied health professions. Anyone considering a nursing or allied health career or researching health topics will find extensive information and links to websites here.

UBC Library is much more than just books. In addition to over six million volumes, the Library offers instructional sessions, research help, tutorials, online real-time chat support, and a range of quick reference guides to help you find the resources you need. AskAway Chat Support offers real-time chat support with a librarian so you can get help with research, citations, finding materials, and more.​ Connect to the UBC Library from home - UBC students, faculty and staff can access licensed Library resources including EJournals, Electronic Indexes & Databases, and other resources from off-campus computers. 

UBC Library Research Guides - Subject Resources for Nursing

Find Scholarly Papers A guide describing scholarly journals and using tools to locate scholarly journal articles.

Submission of Undergraduate Student Assignments

Students are responsible to make every effort to complete assignments on time. Assignment submissions are expected on the date determined by faculty. If extensions are necessary, they may be requested up to 48 hours prior to the assignment due date, and should be submitted in writing to the faculty member involved. In exceptional situations, extension requests within the 48 hour period may be considered.

Please review the UBC School of Nursing Policy Submission of Undergraduate Student Assignments

Practice e-Portfolio (PEP) - Instructor Tutorials 

Need to learn how to use PeP as an instructor? Follow the video tutorials below: 

Practice e-Portfolio (PEP) Login


Canvas is UBC's primary learning platform for delivering online course content. In Canvas, instructors can share materials (text or multimedia), enable student collaboration and discussion, manage assignments and quizzes, and assign grades.

UBC's Canvas website for students includes an FAQ and links to training and support resources, as well as a Canvas blog, written by students on UBC's Learning Technology Environment Renewal project team.

Framework for Nursing Practice

There are four core nursing concepts that guide nursing practice in the UBC School of Nursing  Undergraduate Program.The Framework for Nursing Practice and the Needs Assessment Framework for Nursing Practice guide in understanding the four concepts and use in the assessment of the clients’ needs.