Renewable Energy Techniques

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1044
School of Trades and Apprenticeship

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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

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 Staff Contact Information

Welcome

Welcome to the School of Engineering and Information Technology

Conestoga offers a full range of engineering and information technology programs to suit your interests and career aspirations. Within these there are one year certificate (both foundational and post-diploma), two and three year diploma, and four year bachelor's degree programs. Pathways exist within these allowing for students to reach their full potential.

All of our programs incorporate active learning that may include project-based learning, co-operative education, case studies and capstone projects. Active learning allows students to apply theory to practice during their studies and results in a graduate who is better prepared for the real work world. Employers like this, which is why the School of Engineering & Information Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.

Sincerely,

Julia Biedermann, PhD, PEng
Executive Dean

Program Administration and Faculty

Executive Dean, Access, Online and Flexible Learning
Sandra Schelling
Doon Campus, Welcome Centre
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3221
sschelling@conestogac.on.ca

Program Chair
Sheila McGlashan
Doon Campus, ATS Building, Room 100
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2399
smcglashan@conestogac.on.ca

Program Administrator
Tannis Gayler
Doon Campus, ATS Building Room 100
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3371
tgayler@conestogac.on.ca

Program Faculty

Other Faculty

Throughout the program other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program.  These include faculty from other schools for breadt , 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

Program Description

This program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge needed to effectively create, install and maintain functional renewable energy systems. Students are introduced to the different sectors of the renewable energy field. Both theoretical and practical applications in solar power, wind, solar thermal technologies and other forms of alternative energies will be explored.  

Program Design

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button
Courses are listed by level/semester.

Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website  Renewable Energy Techniques #1044. To find these courses, scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze technical problems through the application of the theoretical principles of renewable and clean energy systems and technologies.
  2. Analyze electrical and/or mechanical components, processes and systems through the application of renewable energy principles and practices to construct various types of energy systems.
  3. Interpret and prepare blue prints, drawings and other technical documents using industry-specific tools, practices and procedures.
  4. Use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to identify problems with electrical and/or mechanical components of conventional, renewable and clean energy technologies.
  5. Assemble sustainable energy systems and subsystems to meet job requirements, functional specifications and relevant standards.
  6. Adhere to all legislation, industry standards, codes and safe practices as they apply to renewable energy technology.
  7. Analyze techniques, approaches, materials and technologies used in creating greener buildings and communities.
  8. Use assessment tools to evaluate locations and select appropriate applications of sustainable energy technology.
  9. Appraise how conservation and sustainable living can improve human and environmental health.

Program Academic Achievement and Requirements

Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Standard

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have fulfilled the program design requirements necessary to graduate. If for any reason a student is concerned about their academic progress, they should arrange to meet with a full-time faculty member or the program coordinator.

Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 55 per cent in all core courses. Failure or withdrawal from any course(s) may result in the student not being promoted to the next academic level.

If a student withdraws from the program for any reason, they have a maximum of five years from their original start date in order to complete the program requirements and earn the related and current certificate or diploma. If the program design changes significantly during this timeframe it may be necessary to fulfill additional program requirements.

Common Academic Decisions

At the end of each level / semester, the program team reviews students' grades through a promotion meeting which includes the program chair, program coordinator and relevant faculty. Below are the most common academic decisions issued by the program team determined during this meeting:

Eligible to Continue

Students that pass all courses, are eligible to continue in the program.

Decisions (Pending)

 Students that have not successfully completed all of the required courses for the level or the program and who may be eligible to complete work or write a supplemental assessment in order to complete the requirements of the level or program.

Supplemental Assessment: Students who have failed one course may request a supplemental assessment (a "make-up"). It is the student's responsibility to check the grade postings. It is not the responsibility of the professor to seek out the student and offer a supplemental. Supplemental assessments may be approved by faculty, or the program team, if the student meets the following academic criteria:

  1. No more than one failed course (F grade) in the semester.
  2. The failed course (F grade) was within 5 marks (5 percentage points – 50 per cent to 54 per cent) of the required passing grade of 55 per cent.
  3. Attended 80 per cent or more of the classes in the course in question.
  4. No more than one other supplemental assessment over the duration of the program.
  5. Must have passed at least one formal evaluation in the course.
  6. Not have been assessed an academic offence during their period of study within the program.

The test must be completed within three weeks from the end of the semester. To register for a supplemental, the student must have an Authorization for Supplemental form completed and signed by the program coordinator and submit the appropriate fee ($40.00) to the Registrar's Office. The student must provide proof of fee payment at the time of the supplemental exam.

Failure in the supplemental will result in no change to the original course grade. Successful completion of the supplemental evaluation will result in the minimum passing grade being awarded. The final grade as a result of the supplemental will be automatic and is ineligible for appeal.

Discontinuance, Withdrawals and Probation

If a student fails a core course, i.e. non-elective, they may be discontinued in the program. Students may also be discontinued from a program based on misconduct, or in some sponsored programs, for lack of attendance.

For further information on discontinuance, withdrawals and probation, visit the Admissions section of the college website.

Discontinuance: Registered but Did Not Attend (DNA)

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

During a student’s academic career, there may be occasions when the student’s performance results in a failing grade for a course. Conestoga grants students the opportunity to raise this grade to the minimum passing grade under specific circumstances.

For more information visit the  College Policies, Procedures and Guidelines webpage then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled Clearance of Academic Deficiency.

Graduation

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including educational work terms if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate. Rules surrounding graduating with merit are outlined on the academic recognition section of Conestoga's website. 

Withdrawal

Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their program coordinator/academic advisor prior to withdrawing.  In order to formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Program Withdrawal form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. Deadlines for withdrawing from a program with/without an academic penalty or with/without a refund are posted on the website under Academic Dates.

Program Information

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 such as adding / dropping courses, special timetabling, etc. Students can also access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including learning skills, peer services, math and writing assistance.
Conestoga College is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for students with disabilities. Accommodating disabilities at the college is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and administration. Students are responsible for providing relevant and up to date documentation of their disability to Accessibility Services, when they first register. This documentation will allow the student to be considered for accommodations and access to available services. 

Student Services

Refer to the  Student Guide for information on student services including Counselling, Student Financial Services and Student Life.

Academic Dates

Follow the link for a listing of important  academic dates for the current school year, including a list of holidays when classes are cancelled. Students should be aware that programs within the School of Trades and Apprenticeship do not necessarily follow all of the listed dates. Speak with the program coordinator regarding program-specific dates, including Study Week, if applicable.

Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add / drop and withdrawal are located on the college website. Course changes (add / dropping) may also be made through the Student Portal under the 'My Courses' tab. 

Attendance - Program Standard

Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality, attendance and safety as would be required by the business or industry in which they are or expect to be employed.
Attendance for each course will be monitored. If a student knows in advance that they will miss one or more classes (authorized absence), they must contact the faculty involved and let them know before the occurrence.
An authorized absence is defined as, but not limited to, illness requiring the care of a doctor, death of an immediate family member, or severe weather. All other absences are considered unauthorized. Regardless of explanation, if a student is absent they must contact the appropriate faculty or leave a message with the office services assistant.
In the event of an absence, it is the student's responsibility to make up the missed work. Due to limited shop / lab availability missed labs may result in a zero mark at the discretion of the faculty. 
Students that arrive late for a scheduled class will be counted as absent after 20 minutes from the start of the class. Students that leave early, 20 minutes before the end of class, will also be counted as absent.

If a student is to be absent from class due to a religious holiday, arrangements must be made in advance in accordance with Conestoga College's Religious Holiday Policy and Procedure.

Awards

Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders.  To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal.  Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time 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.

The criteria and monetary value for each award will be determined either by program faculty and/or the donor(s) providing the funding.

Communication - School Standard

Conestoga College and eConestoga student email accounts are used to communicate with students.  Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts.  Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.  

Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal.
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab.
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.

It is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Assistant prior to dropping a course.

  • If a course withdrawal is processed prior to the deadline date, a dropped course will be recorded as a "W" (withdrawal) on the transcript.
  • If a course withdrawal is processed after the deadline, an "F" (fail) will be recorded on the transcript.

Continuing Education and OntarioLearn courses are not included in student full-time fees. Students wishing to take these part-time courses are required to pay the full fee for the individual course(s). Students may add these or other courses under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal.

Credit Transfer

Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions.

To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

Assignment Program Standard

Assignment requirements, weighting, deadlines, etc., will be specified by the faculty in each course.  See also Attendance - Program Standard section.

Missed Work or Classes

Refer to Attendance - Program Standard section and any requirements specified by the faculty in each course.

Test and Examination Program Standard

Test requirements, weighting, dates, etc., will be specified by the faculty in each course.  See also Attendance - Program Standard section. 

 

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, education (informal/ formal), non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measured to meet the required course outcomes and grading standards. This policy applies to candidates who wish to earn academic credit for a course in acknowledgement of significant life and work experience. PLAR is not to be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies and/or to improve grades.

Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR. 

For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure. Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Advisory Committee

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is made up of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. They meet several times a year to discuss the direction in which that industry is heading and any improvements that can be made to keep the program current. This helps to ensure that students are learning material that is relevant to their industry.

At the beginning of each year, the coordinator of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator will decide which students will represent years one and two.  The student representatives are expected to attend the meetings. Students must prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator which will be presented at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in business attire and engage in discussions.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor.  Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the registrar's office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where course numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.  Additional information for career or academic advising is available from faculty, program coordinators or career advisors in the Welcome Centre or on the Conestoga website. 

 

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 at the conclusion of each Continuing Education course.

Facility Information

After Hours Access

Conestoga hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Conestoga recognizes that in some programs of study, students may require after-hours access to classrooms and labs. After-hours access is maintained in accordance with the academic needs of individual programs. The after-hours access is a privilege, not a right.

If after-hours access is required, faculty must contact security in advance, with the student(s) name, ID number, and program information, along with signed paperwork approving access. The student must follow these guidelines: 

  • Be in the designated room with another approved person
  • Inform security immediately of any out-of-the normal situations
  • Have student identification card available
  • Notify security upon departure
  • Not move furniture

Refer to the Student Guide for more information.

 

Safety Information

Services Offered

For general inquiries, contact Security Services at:

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

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.

Basic Safety

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

Note: Students may be required to sign a Conestoga College ITAL (CCITAL) Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form depending on program requirements.

Emergency Telephone Messages

It may be necessary for family members to contact a student in an emergency situation. Family members need to know the student number, program name, school, and campus the student is registered in, to aid Security in locating the student. This information will be required when the family member calls. Please have family members contact Security directly at 519-748-5220, ext. 3357 - only if it is an emergency. 

Machine Operation and Safety

Machine operation and safety requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Students will sign-off after they have received safety training relevant to the machinery in use. Students must not use any equipment for which they have not received training or which they do not feel comfortable using.

Students are invited to download  Conestoga’s free mobile safety app which features emergency contacts, safety tips, a personal safety toolbox and maps. 

Physical Protection / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

For classes with a shop component, the following are the minimum PPE requirements:

  1. CSA-approved (Omega Symbol recommended) steel toe work boots or shoes
  2. CSA-approved clear-lensed safety glasses

Other physical protection requirements in the shop include:

  1. Long pants must be worn (shorts or capris are not permitted)
  2. No loose coats or clothing items
  3. Long hair must be tied back
  4. No rings, bracelets or loose jewelry

Any additional personal protective equipment requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course.

Cell phones and other electronic communication devices may not be used in classrooms and labs without prior permission from the instructor or staff member.

Student Services

Student Services information can be found in the Student Guide and or on Conestoga's website.

College-wide Academic 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 Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Academic Credential Procedure
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms 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 Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy

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 General Education and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed both professionally and in their own personal lives. Working collaboratively with your program, General Education and Degree Breadth 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.

Program Handbook Revision Log

 06/26/17 Update for 2017/2018 academic year

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 Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services 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.