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Aviation - General Arts and Science

2018/19 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 0589
School of Liberal Studies

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Welcome

Welcome to Conestoga College, the next step in your pursuit of post-secondary learning. The School of Liberal Studies is your gateway to a variety of other college programs in the fields of Health Sciences, Community Services, Business, Information Technology, Engineering, and Media and Design.  It can also be your gateway to degree-level academic learning at either colleges or universities, if that is your goal. In particular, the General Arts and Sciences programs are designed to offer you a firm academic foundation in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and to help you define your academic or career path by discovering your passion, developing your creativity, enhancing your professionalism, and augmenting your post-secondary academic achievements.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program specific details and other important information needed, while studying in the School of Liberal Studies. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of changes as required through the Conestoga email system. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

This handbook must be read in conjunction with general information about Conestoga College found on the website and in the student guide. The information in the Student  Guide and on the college website applies to all students, regardless of program, and will be referred to in Phase II Orientation at the beginning of the first semester in a program.

It is the responsibility of each student to review and understand this document. The School of Liberal Studies is here to educate students on how to manage their college experience, navigate the college systems, make informed decisions, and assume responsibility for their academic success. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the content of this document, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Conestoga Mission

To CHAMPION innovation in education and research.

To SERVE community needs and priorities.

To EMPOWER individuals to achieve their potential.

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

Program Academic Team

Chris Buuck
Associate Vice President - Academic Administration and International Education
cbuuck@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748 - 5220 ext. 3675

Andrew Schmitz Ph.D.
Academic Chair
aschmitz@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2319

Jen Matthews
Administrative Assistant to Academic Chair
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3265

Kerry Townson
Program Coordinator
ktownson@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3856

Program Faculty

Kerry Townson, Aviation General Arts and Science Coordinator

David Springford, Faculty – Engineering

Jessica Wilhelm, Math and Science

Kyle Green, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre Training Manager

Nick Booth, Great Lakes Helicopter Coordinator

Shane Chambers, Great Lakes Helicopter and Faculty, Electrical Fundamentals

Other Faculty

In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program. These include faculty from other schools for breadth and/or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus.

Contact information for this faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

Program Overview

Welcome to the only Ontario diploma program that offers you a choice of fixed wing or rotary wing training. At Conestoga College, you can achieve a college diploma while earning all the flying credentials required to become a professional pilot. The focus on student success is evident through the college's student services, resources, and faculty, as well as the supportive atmosphere at both flight centres. This intensive program will assist you to develop your skills, reputation, and networking capabilities so that your career can take flight!

Program Description

This program is a collaboration between Conestoga College and the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre and Great Lakes Helicopter. Students in this program will take classes at Conestoga College as well as at the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre or Great Lakes Helicopter, depending on whether they have chosen the fixed-wing or the rotary-wing option. Graduates will receive a diploma in General Arts and Science, as well as the pilot training to allow them to undertake the Transport Canada commercial pilot licence testing. Students must be available during the summer between first and second year to complete their flying hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order that he/she may develop communication competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem-solving techniques.
  4. Demonstrate his/her skills as a commercial pilot.
  5. Demonstrate his/her skills in the area of multi-engine instrument rating for the Fixed-Wing Option only.
  6. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.

Program Curriculum Sequence/Design

The following is the anticipated sequence of the program over its two years of implementation beginning in September 2016. Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes. For example, the order in which some academics are scheduled may serve the student's development more appropriately if the semester is changed. On other occasions new courses are developed and integrated into the program as a result of recommendations from industry or student representatives during Program Advisory Committee meetings.

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal. Log in to Student Portal, Click on "My Courses" tab and select "View Progress Report" button. Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the "Program Course".

Fixed Wing Option - Program Design – 2018

Fall (1) Winter (2) Summer Fall (3) Winter (4)
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM1085 Workplace Writing and Presentation Skills COMM1800   Our Domain: Introduction to World Geography LIBS1560 Applied Organizational Behaviour LIBS1690
Algebra MATH1380 Exponents and Trigonometry MATH1390   Aircraft Aerodynamics AVIA1020 Human Factors in Aviation AVIA2011
Student Success for Higher Learning LIBS1540 Electrical Fundamentals ELEC1150   Aviation Career Preparation AVIA2020 Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development  LIBS1710
Physics for Aviation PHYS1180

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

 

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

Flight Management
– Basic   AVIA1055

Flight Management – Intermediate
AVIA1065 **
 

Flight Management
– Advanced AVIA2085

Flight Management
– Airline AVIA2090

Flight Training I -        Part A: Post Solo    AVIA1100

Flight Training I
– Part B: Private License AVIA1110

*Flight Training II: Night Rating/ Time Build AVIA1120 Flight Training III:  Commercial Flight Test AVIA2120 Flight Training IV: Multi-Engine Instrument Rating AVIA2130
Flight Lab I – Part A AVIA1070 Flight Lab 1- Part B AVIA1080

Flight Lab II
*AVIA1095

Flight Lab III AVIA2105 Flight Lab IV AVIA2115

* These are required courses that are completed during a "non-semester." ** This course starts after the winter break and finishes in June.

Note: Courses shaded in blue are normally delivered at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. All other courses are delivered at the Doon Campus.

Rotary Wing Option - Program Design – 2018

Fall (1) Winter (2) (Summer)   Fall(3) (3) Winter (4)
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM1085 Workplace Writing and Presentation Skills  COMM1800   Our Domain: Introduction to World Geography LIBS1560 Applied Organizational Behaviour LIBS1690
Algebra MATH1380 Exponents and Trigonometry MATH1390   Aircraft Aerodynamics AVIA1020 Human Factors in Aviation AVIA2011
Student Success for Higher Learning LIBS1540 Electrical Fundamentals ELEC1150   Aviation Career Preparation AVIA2020 Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development  LIBS1710
Physics for Aviation PHYS1180

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

 

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

Helicopter Flight Management – Basic AVIA1135 Helicopter Flight Management – Intermediate AVIA1175   Helicopter Flight Management – Commercial Pilot Safety AVIA2185 Helicopter Flight Management Advanced AVIA2165

Helicopter Flight Training I – Part A: Pre-Solo AVIA1140

Helicopter Flight Training I – Part B: Post Solo AVIA1180  

Helicopter Flight Training II - Pre-Commercial Flight Test
AVIA2140

Helicopter Flight Training III:  - Commercial Flight Test
AVIA2190

Helicopter Flight Lab I –
Part A AVIA1150

Helicopter Flight Lab 1- Part B AVIA1160 *Helicopter Flight Lab II AVIA1190 Helicopter Flight Lab III AVIA2150 Helicopter Flight Lab IV AVIA2170
       

* Helicopter Flight Training IV - Winter Survival AVIA2200

*These are required courses that are delivered during a "non-semester". Flight Lab II is delivered during the summer and Flight Training IV will occur during the February "reading" week.

Note: Courses shaded in blue are normally delivered off-campus at Great Lakes Helicopter.

 Fast Track - Fixed Wing Option - Program Design -  2018

Fall (1) Winter (2) Summer Fall (3) Winter (4)
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM1085 Workplace Writing and Presentation Skills COMM1800   Our Domain: Introduction to World Geography LIBS1560 Applied Organizational Behaviour LIBS1690
Algebra MATH1380 Exponents and Trigonometry MATH1390   Aircraft Aerodynamics AVIA1020 Human Factors in Aviation AVIA2011
Student Success for Higher Learning LIBS1540 Electrical Fundamentals ELEC1150   Aviation Career Preparation AVIA2020 Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development  LIBS1710
Physics for Aviation PHYS1180

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

 
General Education Elective

AVIAE1007
Flight Management – Intermediate AVIA1065**

Flight Management
– Advanced AVIA2085

Flight Management
– Airline AVIA2090

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007 

Flight Training I
– Part B: Private License AVIA1110

*Flight Training II: Night Rating/ Time Build AVIA1120 Flight Training III:  Commercial Flight Test AVIA2120 Flight Training IV: Multi-Engine Instrument Rating AVIA2130

Flight Lab II
*AVIA1095

Flight Lab III AVIA2105 Flight Lab IV AVIA2115

* These are required courses that are completed during a "non-semester." ** This course starts after the winter break and finishes in June.

Note: Courses shaded in blue are normally delivered at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. All other courses are delivered at the Doon Campus.

 

Student Services

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's student services information.

Career Services – Program Specific

Embedded in the course design.

Co-Curricular Record

There are often opportunities to volunteer for events such as presentations on the Aviation program, open houses, career fairs, etc. that will be recognized. It will produce a record of volunteer hours that can be used on your resume.

Co-op Services – Program Specific

No co-op in this program.

Orientation

Orientation is scheduled the week before the first fall semester of the program. Information will be given regarding policies, procedures, timetables, and services provided by the college to assist you in the program.

Program Information and Protocols

Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The program coordinator and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information. Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through  Accessibility Services. Access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including Learning Skills, Peer Services, Math and Writing assistance.

Academic Dates

Refer to the college website for academic dates.

Academic Probation

Academic probation is seldom required in this program but could occur in the following circumstances:

  • one or more cited instances of plagiarism (See Academic Offences Policy).
  • lack of attendance/lack of effort in more than one course which results in multiple failures within a year
  • failure of three or more academic courses within a one-year period
  • failure to complete pre-requisites after two attempts
  • lack of progress in the program due to inability to complete required academic courses

    Academic probation sets out an agreement between the student and the academic team which outlines the criteria that must be met in order to succeed. The contract could outline a time frame for completion, expected attendance, timely submission of assignments, or other criteria deemed important for student success in the program.

    (Please note that probation guidelines also exist with WWFC and GLH (See WWFC Student Handbook or GLH Student Handbook) and should be discussed with the coordinators at these centres.

Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements

Failure of ground school or inability to meet benchmarks in flying could result in a deferral process at either Flight Centre. In this case, the student may have the option of continuing with academics and then returning to the flight portion of the program with the next cohort the following year. In order to graduate, the program MUST be completed within a 3 year period.

Attendance

 The normal protocol is to inform your teacher of any absence prior to the missed class.  If it is a missed test or assignment, then written documentation may be required to validate the absence.  Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre and Great Lakes Helicopter have their own policies regarding missed classes.  Please refer to the appropriate Flight Centre Student Handbook.

Reporting of Absences

The Student Portal contains a mechanism for recording student absence(s) from class. This method of recording absence(s) must be used if the student is not present for an assessed item or does not meet the submission deadline. Assessed items that contribute to final grades are defined as the following:

  • Assignments
  • Tests/exams
  • Labs/quizzes
  • Practical skill evaluations
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Other, as defined by faculty

Students are encouraged to also record their absence when there is no evaluation. The Student Portal will provide a list of all absences from scheduled classes.

Awards

Apply using the online General Application available through your Student Portal to be considered for awards, scholarships and bursaries available through Conestoga.

Notifications and instructions to complete the application will be sent to all full-time Conestoga students' email accounts in the Fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and Winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February).  Visit the Financial Aid and  Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website for more information.  In addition, there is a peer nominated award sponsored by Porter Airlines and two scholarships offered by JAZZ airlines for students about to graduate. Conestoga college also has two faculty nominated awards for students who have successfully entered their final semester.   These are normally presented in April of the graduating year.

Other awards are also available through WWFC and GLH.  Check with the appropriate Flight Centre for further information.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency  

The following policy is in addition to the college-wide policy for the Clearance of Academic Deficiency.

In order to qualify for a supplemental exam or for supplemental work, a student must have achieved no less than 50% as a final grade for a diploma-level course.

In addition, the student's work must be free of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

In order to write a supplemental, students should contact their coordinator and then apply at the Registrar's Office and pay the required fee. This must be done within 5 business days after the final grade is posted. The student must complete the supplemental evaluation within 15 business days after the final grade for the course is posted.

Supplementals for flight-related courses are at the discretion of both WWFC and GLH.  Please check the handbooks for the appropriate flight centre for futher information.

Communication – Program Standard & Emailing Protocols

All faculty use eConestoga as their method to communicate with the students. Students are expected to regularly check this account. Many faculty will post review notes, power points, assignments, and general announcements on this site. This should be checked daily to stay up-to-date. All students also have a Conestoga College email account that should be checked daily. Students should be able to have all Conestoga email forwarded to their personal email accounts if desired.  Also, a new "Aviation Students" platform is available on eConestoga with ongoing announcements to assist both Year One and Year Two students.

Students should also have regular contact with their "flight" instructors and faculty to keep themselves informed.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U (MCT4C or MHF4U or MCV4U), or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Technology & Apprenticeship (MATH1385)
  • Applicants with MAP4C or MDM4U will only be considered after writing the College Mathematics Pre-Admissions test. Minimum grade cutoffs will apply.
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

In addition to the college admission requirements, prospective students will be asked to attend an information session for either Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre or Great Lakes Helicopter.  Also, prior to admission students will need to obtain a Category 1 Aviation medical and have a valid Canadian passport.  Once these conditions have been met the flight Centre will notify the college. (Please note that students whose first language is not English may need to pass a mandated proficiency test as directed by Transport Canada).

Course Add/Drop

Courses may be added or dropped within the first two weeks of each semester.   While in most cases, this can be done through the Student Portal, it could impact your status as a full time student. The results can vary in that the student could lose their eligibility for OSAP or it could generate a partial refund.    It is best to contact your coordinator before taking any such action.   See Student Forms on the Conestoga website to download and complete a form.  You can then arrange to see your coordinator.

Transfer Pathways

Students who were enrolled in other post secondary programs may take their transcripts and course outlines to the Credit Transfer Office to apply for credits toward the program.  In some cases, students may transfer from another post secondary Aviation program and qualify for the Fast Track program.  The Fast track is available for fixed wing students only who have completed the qualifications for their Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) which has been verified by WWFC. 

Program Completion Policies

When students are accepted into the Aviation General Arts and Science program (or Aviation, General Arts and Science Fast Track), the expectation is that they will graduate at the end of the two-year program. The following outlines the policies surrounding completion of these programs:

  1. Program Design.  This program is designed as a two-year delivery beginning in the fall semester (September) of year one and finishing in the winter semester (April) of year two. The expectation is that students would be convocating in June of year two. In addition, there are two "non-semestered" courses offered at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) and Great Lakes Helicopter (GLH). At WWFC, these two courses are offered in the summer between year one and year two. At GLH, one course is offered in the summer between year one and year two, and the other is offered during "student success" week in the fourth semester. While these courses are not part of the four academic semesters stipulated by Conestoga, their successful completion is still required in order to complete the program.

  2. Flight Courses and Benchmarks.  Those students who do not reach their flying benchmarks or successfully complete their Flight Management or Flight Lab courses by the end of each semester, may be deferred to the following year and will complete the program with the next cohort. (See WWFC or GLH Student Guidelines Handbook). They can, however, continue to take academic courses that fit their timetable.
  3.  Academic Completion. If a student is on track to completing their flight benchmarks, but still needs to complete academic courses, they can return on a special timetable to complete these courses. Once completed, they should be finished all courses by the end of April in Year three and will be able to graduate in June.
     
  4. Convocation.  In the case of a year two student who has not completed flying hours or successfully passed their flight tests in time to graduate in June, they may be allowed to continue into the summer based on approval from their respective flight centre. In these cases, students may be allowed to convocate in the fall rather than waiting until the following June on condition that they complete by the end of August.  This option is not an automatic right but is only granted in exceptional cases. It was never designed to be a normal time to graduate from the program.
  5. Summary.  The Aviation General Arts and Science program (and Fast Track program) has been designed as a two year program but students are allowed to continue in the program up to three years. Whether on a deferral for failure to meet flight benchmarks or repeating required academic courses, the student must complete the program within this time frame in order to graduate. This means that it must be completed by the end of August of the third year in the program.   This policy is consistent with those established at both flight centres.

Deferral, Discontinuance, or Probation

While both flight centres and Conestoga College work together to help students achieve success, decisions regarding continuance in the program are made separately. The college has no authority to interfere in rules and regulations established by the flight centres and Transport Canada, and neither does WWFC or GLH interfere with policies established by the college. While this can create some challenges for students when benchmarks are not being met on one side of the program, there are several options for students.

  1. When students have been deferred for one year on the flight side of the program, this means that they cannot return to flight training for one year as of the beginning of the semester in which they failed to reach their benchmarks. (See Student Guide from WWFC or GLH for deferral and probation policies). There are several options for students but these should be discussed with the coordinator of the program before any decisions are made.
    • The student may consider continuing to take the required academic courses at the College and reapply to the flight centre at a later date as determined by a contract issued by  WWFC or GLH.  Readmission to the flight side of the program at the time of application, however, is still at the sole discretion of WWFC or GLH based on fulfilling the requirements of a previously negotiated signed contract.
    • The student may transfer into a regular General Arts and Science program and continue at either flight centre as a private student. (Please note that many of the academic courses in the Aviation program are specific to the field and cannot be used as transfer credits in other programs.  Some transfer credits will apply, however.) This process requires that the student schedule an appointment with the coordinator to complete a withdrawal from Aviation and transfer to a regular General Arts and Science program.
    • The student may voluntarily withdraw from the Aviation program and reapply through OCAS (Ontario College Admission Services) at the following web site http://www.ontariocolleges.ca/portal/page/portal/ONTCOL/Home in the next fall semester. Conditions for acceptance must still be met, however.  The student may also consider applying to another college program.
  2. If a student fails three academic courses within a semester, they may be discontinued from the program.  If this occurs, they must wait one year to reapply to the program. The following options are available to this student:
    • retake the failed courses through part-time studies or continuing education and then reapply to the program
    • continue at the flight centre as a private student
    • consider another program
  3. Probation may be considered at either Doon campus for academics of one of the Flight Centres when a deferral has already been used and discontinuance is not reasonable.  Please refer to the section on Academic Probation and Standing for further details

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

  • Written Assignments: All written assignments should comply with format and organization guidelines given by your instructor, as well as demonstrate clarity and good writing mechanics. Poor writing skills and/or failure to follow instructions could adversely affect a student's final grade.
    • Any assignment is expected to be handed in on time and in class unless prior arrangements have been negotiated with the instructor. Late assignments will be penalized 20% for the first week. Any assignment that is more than one week late will not be accepted and the student will receive a "0".
  • Plagiarism: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/policies/academics.jsp
  • In-class Activities: Regular attendance and participation in class activities is vital to your success. This experiential learning will have a positive impact on your understanding of course material and, therefore, cannot be replaced by make-up assignments.
  • Missed Tests:  A student is not automatically eligible to write a missed test.  In most cases, a rewrite can only be granted when written verification  can be provided by the student.  If there is no such documentation, a test can only be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor and only to achieve a passing grade. (N.B. Rewrites of tests or assignments will NOT be allowed merely to improve a grade).
  • Courses Outside of Aviation: Other courses such as electives and communication courses may have specific guidelines on the above issues).  Faculty will hand out or post these guidelines at the beginning of the semester and these should be followed.
  • Attendance Policies: Please note that in addition to the above,  WWFC and GLH may have their own guidelines regarding attendance. Please refer to the WWFC Student Manual or the GLH Student Manual. 

 

Graduation

While academic courses should be completed by the end of April in time for June convocation, many aviation students may still need to complete flying hours and ratings.  An extended time is normally provided so that students can complete in May in time for graduation in June.  If this is not possible, students may continue (at the discretion of the flight centres) to complete their benchmarks over the summer until the end of August in order to convocate in the Fall.

Maintaining Student Files

While Conestoga has a Student Information Systerm (S.I.S) to maintain grades and promotional decisions, each flight centre will have their own methods of maintenance. 

Information on students is confidential and cannot be shared with other students or family members without the direct permission of the student.  This is normally provided in writing by completing and signing a "release of information' form.  (See "student forms" at http://www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms/

Program Transfer Protocols

Use Program Application Form located on the website.

Program Progression

While this is a four semester program, there is a summer "non-semester" between Year One and Year Two of the program.  During this time, the student will be completing flight training that is necessary for continuing into the third semester of the program in the Fall.  

Re-admission Requirements

Students who withdraw or leave the program may reapply one year following their departure. They could re-enter the program at the beginning of the semester that was not completed. (e.g., If a student left in March they could reapply to return the following January).

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

When attending classes or flight instruction at either flight centre students are required to follow the established dress code and demonstrate professionalism at all times.

While at the college uniforms are not required, but the same degree of professionalism is expected.

PAC – Program Advisory Committee

Program Advisory Committees (PACs) provide the necessary link between Conestoga and the community it serves. PACs operate in an advisory capacity to Conestoga administration with the objective to keep Conestoga responsive to current and future workforce needs, trends or opportunities in industry and the marketplace.

The system of PACs connect the community with Conestoga administration, faculty and students. Advice from PACs is critical for the administration of Conestoga to make decisions which uphold Conestoga’s mission and commitment to career-oriented programming.

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT form gives teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process occurs in the last one-third of the semester. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term, and each has two courses selected by their academic managers for appraisal. All teachers have a SAT review at least once every two years. The SAT process is managed by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning using an online survey system specifically designed for course/teacher evaluations.  After all marks for the semester have been submitted, a summary of results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.

Student Representation – Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI)

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student and/or faculty meeting provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

Facility Information

Refer to the Student Guide for facility information, including hours of operation and closure practices.

 

College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday,  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame to accommodate course, program, and college requirements.

Safety Information

Services Offered

For general inquiries, contact Security Services at:

Cambridge (Fountain Street): Main Foyer, 519-748-5220, ext. 4557
Doon (Kitchener): Main Building, Room 2B10-6, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Guelph: Room A5, 519-824-9390, ext. 6357
Waterloo: Room 1B02, 519-885-0300, ext. 5357

Safety and Security Services provides 24-hour security at the Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo and Cambridge (Fountain Street) campuses, and daytime/evening/weekend security at the Guelph campus. Concerns or offences may be reported to Safety and Security Services.

Emergency Number While on Campus: ext. 5555 - for all medical, fire situations, and police assistance from all campuses (Cambridge [Fountain Street], Doon [Kitchener], Guelph, Waterloo, and Stratford).

Safety and Security Services provides the following services: first aid, personal safety education/plans, general information, emergency response, investigations, self defense training, mobile and bike patrol, crime prevention education, parking - sales, assistance and enforcement, security at residence and campus events.

Emergency phones and alarm systems emergency phones are available throughout the Cambridge (Fountain Street) and Doon (Kitchener) campuses.

Check out our new Mobile Safety App available free for download on any phone system.

For more information on emergency  response and what to do, go to the Security Services webpage.

Refer to the Student Guide for Conestoga’s Safety and Security Services and procedures.

Note: Students are required to sign a CCITAL Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form (if applicable to program).

Emergency Program Protocols 

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Machine Operation and Safety

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Student Protection Acknowledgment

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Credential Procedure 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Honours Policy & Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct Policy
  • Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

Conestoga Policies and Procedures

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 
  
Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Credential Procedure       
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Honours Policy & Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct Policy
  • Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program, General Education and Degree Breadth elective courses help develop the critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.

 

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.  
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  
In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
  • Tests will be made up in the Conestoga Test Centre in the following week, or by individual arrangements with course faculty member.
  • If the evaluation is to be conducted in the Conestoga Test Centre, students will be asked to show their ONECard* before permitted to write the test.

* Students taking part-time courses or in programs where OneCard is not provided such as Apprenticeship may be asked to show alternate ID.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Revised Spring 2014

Revised Spring 2015

Revised Spring 2016 

Revised Spring 2017

Revised Spring 2018

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility @ Conestoga are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility @ Conestoga please drop in or visit our website.

We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.