Information Access and Protection of Privacy Foundations

    EXIAPP 8171 is offered this spring:

Pro­vides an intro­duc­tion to the his­to­ry, the­o­ries, and key con­cepts rel­e­vant for the appro­pri­ate admin­is­tra­tion of access and pri­va­cy leg­is­la­tion. Access and pri­va­cy con­cepts and prin­ci­ples are exam­ined using fed­er­al, provin­cial, and munic­i­pal leg­is­la­tion. All course mate­ri­als and read­ings will be made avail­able online via eClass.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at individuals interested in pursuing a career in access and privacy, and professionals in a wide range of areas, such as federal, provincial, and municipal government employees; human resources professionals; lawyers and legal professionals; publicity and marketing staff; and records management professionals.
What you will learn

  • Courses in the IAPP program equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to help them become effective information rights administrators, including access and privacy administration, best practices, and exercising sound judgement.


Apr 19, 2021Jun 25, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

40 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

James FranksID: james-franks

Jim Franks has been with the IAPP certificate program since its inception. He authored a portion of the original IAPP Foundations course and assisted in its overall course curricula and delivery. Jim has been involved with IAPP legislation in varying capacities throughout his professional career. His primary responsibilities as an Access and Privacy Advisor at the University of Alberta encompassed the implementation of the Alberta FOIP Act and the ongoing application and maintenance of the Act. In 2016, Jim received the IAPP Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Access & Privacy in Alberta and Canada. He is also a recipient of the Faculty of Extension's Leadership in Lifelong Learning Award.

Class info
  • 40 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until April 19, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • This course is composed of six modules; each module is guided by an expert instructor over a two-week period.
  • Assessment activities include a mid-term exam, an academic paper, and a final written piece where students summarize what they have learned.
  • All learning materials are provided through eClass at no additional cost.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXIAPP 8171 is offered this spring: