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Renewable Energy Techniques

2018/19 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1044
School of Engineering & Information Technology

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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

Introduction

Welcome to Conestoga!

This program handbook has been designed to provide you with information specific to Renewable Energy Techniques #1044.  It is a companion document to the Student Guide.
We are proud of the programming we offer and the pathways that are available here at Conestoga.  We work with industry representatives in order to provide timely, employment-ready training options for all of our students.
Our faculty members are chosen not only their subject matter expertise, but also for their passion for adult learning through the sharing of their knowledge and experience.  Whether it be in a face-to-face, mixed, hybrid or online environment, our faculty have the teaching expertise to help you succeed in your educational goals.
I wish you the best in your studies and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the program.

Sincerely,

Sandra Schelling,
Executive Dean, Workforce Development, Continuing Education, and Online Studies

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.

Staff Contact

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

Program Chair
Michael Diamond, C.E.T.
Doon Campus, ATS Building, Room 100
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3370
mdiamond@conestogac.on.ca

Program Administrator
Tannis Gayler
Doon Campus, Welcome Centre
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3371
tgayler@conestogac.on.ca

Program Faculty

Contact information for this faculty will 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.

Graduates of this program will find employment in a number of areas related to Renewable Energy. Sample jobs would include:  Solar Photovoltaic Designer and Installer, Solar Thermal Designer and Installer, Sustainable Living/Green Building Consultant, Sales and/or Marketing of Renewable Energy Equipment and Products, Wind and Solar Farm, installation, maintenance, and repair.

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 Information and Requirements

Academic Assistance

Students are advised to seek academic assistance directly from their faculty, Coordinator or program administrative contact if concerns arise. Students are also encouraged to access the various support services available that will enhance their learning experience at Conestoga College. For further academic and student assistance please review the links below:

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.

Academic Dates

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of various important academic dates throughout the year. These academic dates are posted on the college website. Please note: Continuing Education courses may have different start dates and exam dates for courses.
 Students also have access to review their start/end date and the drop/refund deadlines through their Student Portal under the 'My Courses' tab. 

Bad Weather Conditions and Testing

If the College is closed due to extreme weather, all assessments to be administered during a regularly scheduled class will be postponed until the next class. 
If the College has to be closed in an examination week, the examinations scheduled for that day will be added to the end of the examination schedule, which will be extended by an additional day.
Students who cannot travel to the College due to extreme weather (eg. travel advisories or road closures) in their local area are responsible for notifying their faculty of their inability to write on the day of the assessment. The notice must be provided by email or telephone prior to the time of the scheduled assessment. Students who fail to provide this notice will receive a grade of zero. Students must make arrangements to write the assessment immediately upon their return to the College. 
Notice of College closure will be posted on our website by 6 am the day of. Notice of cancellation of evening classes, will be posted on the website by 3 pm the day of (see College/Campus Closure Practice for more information)
 The safety of our College community is a top priority. Conestoga services a large area and it is recognized that conditions can vary widely within the region. Always exercise your best judgement with respect to travelling during extreme weather, based on your individual circumstances. Public transportation, where appropriate, may be the safest option.

Supplemental Exams

A supplemental exam is an opportunity for a student to clear a failing grade. Not all courses are eligible for a supplemental exam. Supplemental exams are comprehensive and students are expected to cover all the material as listed in the course outline. Students must meet the mandatory conditions listed below to write the exam and they must register for the exam within the posted deadlines. A student who completes a supplemental exam and receives a passing grade (55-100%) will have their final grade changed to a passing grade of 55%. Those students who do not pass the supplemental exam will retain their original grade. Students will have to pay to retake the course to achieve a passing grade.
 Information relating to the time and date of the supplemental exam will be emailed to all students through their Conestoga College email accounts each semester. It is the student's responsibility to verify with their faculty to determine their eligibility for a supplemental exam. The student must follow the supplemental exam registration process and exam rules.

Supplemental Exam Rules

Within twenty days (20) after the final grade for a course is posted, supplemental exams are administered. This may vary for the fall semester due to the semester breaks. Students must check their college email for scheduled dates and times. Exams are pre-assigned to students and no extra copies are available at the time of writing. No alternate dates for supplemental exams are permitted. The maximum grade for a supplemental in a certificate course is 55%.  

Mandatory Conditions for Supplemental Exams

Supplemental work or examination will be granted on the following conditions: 

  • A failing grade of not less than 50%. 
  • Limit of one supplemental opportunity per semester. 
  • Passed at least one major test or exam. Passing group work is not sufficient. 
  • There must not be any registered academic offences in the semester. 
  • Complete the process by the required deadline. 

Failure to complete the registration process correctly will result in not being allowed to write the supplemental. 

The supplemental exam process is documented in the Clearance of Academic Deficiency policy.  Students must fill in and complete the supplemental form (RO479) and ensure payment is made to the Registrar’s office.  Once this form is complete, please contact your Program Administrator. 

Academic Standing and Promotion

Students are required to successfully pass all courses by meeting the specified minimum requirements, as stated in each course outline, in order to continue with the program.

Attendance Rules

Attendance in all classes is strongly recommended and is required for completion of any in-class assessments. Courses that are delivered in a classroom or lab setting, as opposed to online, will discuss theories and concepts that all students are responsible for, regardless of their attendance. This section is in addition to the College Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook. 

Absence for Other Reasons

Compassionate Leave
Request for leaves of absence to attend to family illness, death or family problems are usually granted. These requests will be submitted to faculty who will consult with the Continuing Education Program Administrator/Program Chair if necessary.

Jury Duty

Any student who receives a summons for jury duty must bring the document to their respective faculty as soon as possible. The faculty will consult with Program Support to determine what arrangements can be made to have the student excused from submission of assignments, if such duty interferes with the progress in the program. Students may also be required to engage in activities in the evening or weekends using eConestoga.

Other Absence(s)

Student absence(s) must be supported by formal, original documentation.

Religious Holiday(s)   
Students are permitted by Conestoga Religious Holiday Policy to be absent from class to observe a recognized religious holiday. Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in an examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day or days because of religious beliefs will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or do alternate work/examinations subject to timely notification.  

Conestoga recognizes all religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council  

It is the responsibility of the student to: 
a. Plan ahead and be aware of the dates of all examinations and other course obligations; 
b. Advise the faculty member that he/she will be seeking accommodation to observe a recognized religious holiday and make a request in writing to your Program Coordinator within the first three weeks of the semester and prior to the date of assessment that falls on the religious holiday. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair. 

Class Cancellations due to Faculty Absence

Faculty, who are absent, may or may not be informing students of class cancellations through college email and/or eConestoga in addition to the Student Portal. Students should check their college email and eConestoga for possible assigned work.


Awards

Visit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website for more information.

College Email Communication Requirements

College email must be used to contact faculty, Chair, academic support, etc. The information within the email must be kept professional. Students are required and expected to check their college email regularly. All students are assigned a college email during their active time at Conestoga College.

Please note that eConestoga email is course specific only, and may not be available for all courses. Therefore, college email must be used to contact faculty or other students.

If there are any issues accessing college email, please contact the IT department at: itsdesk@conestogac.on.ca or by telephone at 519-748-5220, ext. 3444. For further assistance, access the help desk located outside of door 3, or the IT department in room 1E12 (Doon) or 2B21 (Waterloo).  Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses. 

Registering in Courses

Students can register in a course under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal. 

Dropping Courses

Students should consult their faculty/Coordinator/Program Administrator prior to dropping a course on the Student Portal. Dropped courses will appear as "W" (withdrawal) on transcripts if the student withdraws before the deadline date. If the course is dropped after the deadline, the student will receive an "F" (fail) on their transcript.

Students can drop a course on their own from the Student Portal, under the 'My Courses' tab. Students are able to drop all courses but the last one on their own, as that would be considered withdrawing from the program.

Withdrawal from Program

Please note Continuing Education students are not required to complete a withdraw form if they choose to discontinue.

Credit Transfer/Exemptions

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.

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-Specific Pathways

There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. For more information regarding program-specific pathways contact your program coordinator or administrative contact. 

Discontinuance

A student may be discontinued from the program on either academic or behavioural grounds, as set out in the Discontinuance Policy and Procedure. Discontinuance decisions on academic grounds are made at the end of each academic year. This will occur when a student has five or more outstanding failed courses in the program in which they are currently registered.

Equipment Supplies and Texts

For the most current listing of the required textbook for each course please visit the college bookstore.

On occasion you may be required to attend a practical lab. Standard safety rules must be adhered to when visiting any lab. Your instructor will inform you of the safety rules well in advance so that you can be prepared.

Where there are practical labs, students will be required to review and sign an Acknowledgement of Safety and Responsibilities form (See appendix A).

Personal protective equipment is the responsibility of the student. CSA approved safety glasses and CSA approved safety shoes are required for all practical labs. Proper attire is also required. Your instructor will discuss these requirements with you in advance. 

Graduation

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op placements 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.

Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

This program has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which is made up of industry and academic representatives as well as current students. They meet twice per 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.

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 Progression

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses resulting from changes in the program of study.

Student Feedback

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

Student Appraisal of Teaching 

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 Services

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

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 Protocols

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

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

Revision Date Summary of changes
01/08/2014 Original handbook creation.
01/07/2015 Updated per CCQI.
04/12/2016 Updated for the 2016/17 academic year
07/2018 Updated for the 2018/19 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 @ 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.