Computer Engineering Technology
2018/19 | Conestoga College
Program Code: 1060
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
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 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.
Julia Biedermann, PhD, PEng
Program Administration and Faculty
Executive Dean – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Julia Biedermann, PhD, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
Pejman Salehi, PhD
W1, Wood Skills Building, Doon Campus
3G28-1, Waterloo Campus
Administrative Assistant to Chair
W3, Wood Skills Building, Doon Campus
Brian MacDowall, PhD
W1, Wood Skills Building, Doon Campus
3G28-1, Waterloo Campus
A2205 - Cambridge Campus
Hameed Al-Aubodah, PhD.
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
Mehrdad Hajivandi, PhD, P.Eng.
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
A3206 - Cambridge Campus
Hamood-Ur Rehman, PhD
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x 3801
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
Michael Toll, PhD
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
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 Support Staff
A2112 - Cambridge Campus
A2112 - Cambridge Campus
A2112 - Cambridge Campus
Welcome to Electronics Engineering Technician (EETcn), Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) and Computer Engineering Technology (CET) programs at Conestoga College. Graduates from our program are highly regarded by industry. Our technology students have won best student paper presentations when competing against University of Waterloo and University of Guelph for their third year projects many times in recent years.
Electronics is a rewarding area of study for those who make the commitment to it. This handbook has been prepared to orient you to policies, procedures and rules used within the department.
We hope the coming year will be successful for you and that the time you spend here is rewarding and brings you closer to your goal of a career in electronics.
See program pages listed below:
Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:
- Log in to Student Portal
- Click on 'My Courses' tab.
- 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. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.
Program outcomes are developed with the expectations and requirements of external regulatory/accrediting bodies and consultation with Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and related industry experts. These outcomes are coordinated and articulated in a manner designed to result in the achievement of sets of specified learning attributes.
Program Outcomes are located on the left side navigation bar on the program pages listed below:
Program Academic Achievement and Requirements
Academic Promotion Decisions
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 that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.
Clearance of Academic Deficiency
A student who has failed a course may apply for a supplemental in order to pass provided the student meets the eligibility requirements to complete the supplemental as outlined below.
It is the responsibility of the student to indicate to the course professor his/her intent to clear the deficiency. This must be done within five (5) working days after the final grade was posted. Within this time, the course professor, coordinator, and student must complete the 'Supplemental Authorization and Terms' Form (RO 479) and the student must take this completed form to the Registrar's Office and pay the required fee.
Since the marks for the Fall semester are not released until just before the Christmas break, it may not be possible to give formal permission for the supplemental until the beginning of the Winter semester. In this case, Form (RO 479) must be completed by the student and submitted to the Registrar's Office and fees paid within five (5) working days from the beginning of the Winter semester.
The OSAP Problem: A student who fails a supplemental may be forced to drop courses. It is important that courses are dropped before the course refund deadline. If a student drops back to part-time status because of the failed courses, OSAP will want money returned.
In light of the above, and to treat all students equally, supplementals for failed Fall semester courses must be completed, marked and the result communicated to the Registrar's Office no later than 10 working days from the beginning of the Winter semester. Scheduling the supplemental is at the professor's sole discretion in order to allow time for marking.
For Winter semester courses, supplementals are administered within 15 working days after the final grade for the course is posted.
To be eligible to write a supplemental the student must meet the following conditions:
- A failing grade of not less than 50% in the course.
- Limit of one supplemental opportunity per semester.
- One supplemental opportunity per course.
- Passed at least one test/exam in the course. Passing group work is not sufficient.
- Student must have attended at least 80% of the classes.
- Must have submitted all the assignments.
A successful completion of the supplemental will result in a final grade mark of 55% according to the College policy.
You will be discontinued at the end of any semester if any of the following apply to you:
- You are a full time student and have 3 outstanding failed core courses (does not include General Education electives).
- Your course load is less than 5 courses and you fail 50% of your core courses.
- You fail the same core course twice.
You must complete the program within a set number of years from the start of the program. For the Technology programs (CET and EET) it is seven years and for the Technician program (EETcn) it is five years.
Students discontinued from the Electronics Programs Cluster must wait one academic year before reapplying to the program
Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op 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.
Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with the 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.
Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The program coordinator/academic advisor and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc. 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.
What to do if you're experiencing difficulties:
- See your instructor immediately. Don't wait – rarely do things get better with time. Write down what you don't understand. Often, this process will lead you to the answer or clarify the concepts you're struggling with.
- Visit the student center for their excellent services. They assist students with academic, career, financial and personal problems hindering learning or personal development. Student services can also provide you with a Peer Tutor. Peer Tutors are students trained to provide one-to-one tutoring help for students with subject specific academic difficulty.
Study Tips and Advice
The successful study of electronics and computer technology requires the desire, dedication and determination to succeed. Managing your time effectively is key to your success in this program. Form study groups to work on homework and assignments.
Discuss your assignments with other students and attend all tutorial sessions. Also, the Conestoga IEEE Student Branch provides support to all students.
Review your lectures notes nightly and make notes in the margins to reinforce your understanding. If you have questions after reading your lecture notes, write them down in the margin and present them to faculty or peer tutors.
Resources, homework assignments and other material will be posted on eConestoga or to the K-drive under the professor's name. You are expected to check eConestoga daily to keep current with any updates. Read relevant chapters of the course textbook before the lecture.
Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop, withdrawal and refunds are located in your Student Guide. Course changes (add/dropping may also be made through the Student Portal under the "My Courses" tab.
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.
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:
- Log in to Student Portal.
- Click on 'My Courses' tab.
- Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.
It is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Assistant/Program Coordinator 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.
Applying to the Co-op Stream (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):
- All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process to apply for the Co-op Stream. Labour market conditions determine co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Every student who meets academic eligibility requirements may not be admitted to the co-op stream.
- To be considered for the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum overall 2.5 (65% weighted average), in Year 1 and no failed or dropped courses.
To participate in a co-op work term, students must (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):
- Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR/CDEV1020). Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term. Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program.
- Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.) Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a co-op work term.
- Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
- Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
- Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
- Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
- Meet program specific co-op work term eligibility requirements.
- Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term. If this term is also a co-op work term, then work term eligibility will be based on the student's achievement during the preceding academic term.
- In the case of back to back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term.
- Where two or more work terms occur back to back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term.
- Students may only fail/defer one work term regardless of the reason(s).
- Students who do not successfully complete their deferred work term will be removed from the co-op stream.
- Since only one work term may be failed/deferred regardless of the reason(s), should a subsequent work term be missed/failed/unsecured (not successfully completed for any reason) the student will be immediately removed from the co-op stream.
- Students who are discontinued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
- To be eligible for a co-op work term, students are required to achieve a minimum 2.5 SWA (65% session weighted average) and maximum one failed or dropped course during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.
For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations & Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Support found by:
- Login to MyCareer
- Select Co-op
- Select Co-op Resources
- Select Co-op Policies
- Select Co-operative Education Regulations, Procedures and Supports for Students
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
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.
Equipment, Supplies and Texts
No equipment is to be removed from a laboratory for any reason - each lab room has been assigned a certain amount of required equipment. Mention any concerns or problems to your professor or the support staff in the Tool Room.
Equipment that does not function properly should be brought to the attention of your professor. He/she will fill out the appropriate repair tag and assign an alternate piece of equipment for you to use. If faculty is unavailable, fill out the repair tag yourself giving as much detail of the problem as possible and leave it on the faulty equipment - remember if it's not tagged it will not get fixed!
Under no circumstances are students to remove the covers from lab equipment.
Students do not have access to the inside of computers. Students should not attempt to load any software on any computers unless they first check with the staff of the Tool Room.
All lab equipment has been specially marked and is traceable by the police.
For your first year courses, you will need to purchase the following parts kits: (see the notice board outside of room 2A305, the Tool Room, for more details):
Technology first-semester kit (contains electronics parts and leads). If you do not have these yet, they should be obtained as soon as possible. You are expected to have your parts kits for your first scheduled lab.
Parts kits are paid for at the bookstore and picked up from the Tool Room. Any questions about the kits should be addressed to the staff in the Tool Room.
Do not start any construction of the kits until you are told - you will be given full instructions shortly.
It is your responsibility to maintain your parts kit. You are given five days from the day you receive your parts kit, to check for missing or incorrect parts
Signing Out Equipment or Kits
You will often need to visit the Tool Room for signing out equipment manuals, course related lab equipment and for purchasing replacement parts for your parts kit. Fuses for your digital multi-meters may be purchased from here. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Present policy dictates that only third year electronics students are able to sign out parts for third year project use.
The Tool room does not sign out basic hand tools/parts/soldering irons etc - you are expected to have them in your kit.
Students may be asked to produce their student card when signing out lab equipment.
Equipment may be signed out for the time period of 24 hours only, unless faculty have indicated to tool room staff that equipment is required for longer periods of time (e.g. for the semester).
Late returns are subject to fines of up to one Dollar per day (make sure you read the sign out sheet that you sign!). Students will not be allowed to sign out additional equipment until all overdue items have been returned and fines paid.
Any student who has signed out equipment is responsible for damage, theft or loss of that equipment. All equipment must also be returned at the end of the current semester. Losses will be assessed by tool room staff and student will be invoiced accordingly.
Under no circumstances should students attempt to repair College equipment.
A list of the parts and equipment that are overdue will be posted on the bulletin board outside the labs and outside the Tool Room (2A305). Sign-outs not returned by the required date will be subject to fines as indicated on the sign-out sheets. Students will not be allowed to sign out additional equipment until all overdue items have been returned and fines paid.
Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)
For in-class submission: Assignments should be submitted to the faculty member at the beginning of scheduled class time. Students are responsible for maintaining a copy of all assignments until they receive their grade for the assignment.
eConestoga based assignments must be submitted on or before the designated time and date.
You are expected to know how to use a personal computer to perform common academic tasks. For example, it is expected that you know how to:
- move files,
- copy files,
- rename files,
- create subdirectories (folders),
- scan flash drives and CDs,
- create, save and print documents using a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word, WordPad, … etc.
- change margins,
- number pages automatically,
- use headers and footers,
- create footnotes.
- create and edit documents that contain:
- multiple columns,
- simple graphics. (e.g. Arrows, circles, blocks),
- multiple fonts,
- text sections from other documents,
- create documents that contain:
- jpg/gif/tiff etc. images,
- graphs from a spreadsheet,
- text callouts,
- the Greek letters α Α ω Ω, etc.
- formulas using an equation editor.
- jpg/gif/tiff etc. images,
You should know how to:
- save files to a flash drive or CD,
- save files in older version formats,
- save files as text files,
- spell check documents,
- Grammar-check files.
You should know how to use a spreadsheet program such as Excel, and be able to write formulae that:
- use absolute cell references,
- use relative cell references,
- create a series of increasing or decreasing values,
- average a column of values,
- find the sine of a number,
- sum a column of values,
- sum a non-contiguous range of values,
- calculate the area of a circle,
- use powers of 10,
You should be able to create:
- formulae by pointing to cells,
- line graphs from a column of values,
- line graphs with more than one set of values (lines),
- a graph of x values vs y values,
- bar graphs,
- grid lines,
Create spreadsheets that contain:
- Equation editor equations,
- Graphs on the same page as the spreadsheet,
- Images from other sources.
You should be able to copy, resize, and edited images in a variety of file formats. You should know how to use a scanner to scan an image for use in a document. You should know how to copy an image off a web page to a flash drive or CD.
Students without the above skills are encouraged to enroll in an evening computer literacy course offered at the college.
Along with computer literacy, students are required to maintain a backup of all their electronic work. Failure to maintain a backup may result in a loss of marks.
Why are we here?
You are being educated as a Technologist or Technician. In addition to learning Electronics, you have to learn to think critically in a disciplined manner and you have to learn to communicate. These things are critical to your professional success.
Why do we do the labs?
Theory is an academic exercise until you actually use it to create something that works. There are many benefits to be gained in the labs from hands-on experience and recording your measurements and observations.
Laboratory exercises form an integral component of any related course. The labs complement the theory portion of the course and offer the student an opportunity to:
- verify theory (helps you to understand the theory better)
- develop practical skills ( build circuits, learn to use equipment to make measurements, apply math)
- develop problem solving and troubleshooting skills
- develop technical documenting and writing skills (be able to record and report on what you did, describe what you saw, explain what happened).
A proper lab book shall be used to journal all the work done in a lab or project at the time the information is obtained. A lab book is considered to be a legal document and it provides traceability for the work performed. If the work is not documented, it is considered to not to have been done. Sufficient information shall be recorded so that the work can be repeated and the results verified by an independent reviewer. It is not to be used to summarize work that has been previously performed.
- Each student shall have his/her own lab book for each laboratory course.
- Each student shall bring and use his/her lab book at each laboratory session.
- The lab book shall be a hard or soft covered (not spiral) bound book with pages that cannot be easily removed.
- The pages may be ruled or squared or a combination of both, depending on personal preference.
- The front of the lab book shall clearly identify ownership and designate the journal's Subject Material (i.e. Electronic Devices).
- The first two pages shall be left blank for the Table of Contents. Table of Contents shall indicate the lab exercise performed by date, lab number, lab title and starting page where lab data can be found.
- All pages shall be consecutively numbered starting with the first page of the book.
- All entries shall be in indelible ink. The use of different colours is encouraged for clarification, verification, etc.
- All work shall be dated and time stamped.
- All entries shall be legible and neat
- Entries for a new lab exercise shall: start on a new page (ideally the right hand page - like a new chapter in a book),
- Clearly identify the lab being performed, by title, the people involved and the date(s) the lab was performed (see the Lab Book Rubric for further details).
- No pages or page sections are to be left blank; a "Z" should be drawn in blank page/sections. The "Z" should be initialed and dated along the diagonal.
- Any mistakes shall have only a single line drawn through them, and all changes legibly entered. Changes are both initialed and dated.
- Large sections that are in error shall be "Z-ed" out as described above.
- The use of white out and scribbling is NOT allowed.
- Lab book entries shall be done by hand. However, some work may be cut and pasted in, so that it is permanently affixed to the pages of a lab book (i.e. graphical output from a logic analyzer or program listing). Any pasted-in material shall contain a signature and date across the edge of the material to ensure material is not removed at a later date. Any additional material cannot be affixed to the book by stapling. Only glue or tape (single sided or double sided) are permitted.
- A lab book shall not contain: data sheets, actual reference materials, or loose pages of any kind. These items can be contained in a separate folder, binder or electronic folder.
When a lab report is required, it is used to summarize the work done in lab. Although students may work in groups and have common group data, students shall prepare individual reports for submission.
- Report shall be the student's own original work.
- Written software programs shall be properly documented with title, author(s) and date(s).
- Source code shall be properly commented.
- Reports shall be word processed for submission.
- Reports shall contain the following sections:
- Title Page: including lab title & number, author name, student number, date lab was performed, date submitted, partner name (partner student number not required).
- Objectives: Repeat objective given in lab procedure document. If one is not provided, generate an objective related to the laboratory.
- Equipment: Refer to lab procedure document by title and revision number.
Do not use the file path shown in the footer as the document name and revision.
- Pre-work: Any assigned pre-work shall be entered here.
- Procedure: Refer to lab procedure document by title and revision number. If no procedure is provided, the author must summarize and document the procedure he/she followed during the performance of the lab.
- Observations or Results: Experimental results and observations shall be presented in an organized manner and identified so that the reader can follow the report without needing to refer to the lab procedure document.
- Discussion or Analysis: The discussion shall contain an: analysis of the results, comparison with theoretical or expected results, discussion of any deviations noted along with possible causes for these deviations.
- Questions: All questions posed throughout lab procedure doc shall be answered either separately, or as part of the discussion.
- Conclusion: The conclusion shall be a summary statement for the lab and should tie back to the lab objectives.
- References: Sources (books, journals, web sites, etc.) used for information in the preparation of the lab report shall be cited using the appropriate citation format.
Reports: A formal presentation, in printed form, of theory, lab results, work completed or research.
Labs: Practical application of theory done in lab rooms and recorded in lab notebooks.
Missed Work: Absent students are responsible for content covered during missed lectures/labs and the work assigned during missed lectures/labs. It is the student's responsibility for making sure that information regarding missed work is correct.
Refer to Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook.
Due dates for assignments, reports and labs are needed in order to evaluate them in a timely manner. What's more, meeting deadlines demonstrates that you have the ability to organize your time, prioritize tasks and is a trait that employers demand of our graduates.
Late assignments or reports, may be subject to the following: (Refer to guidelines below for clarification.)
- A mark of zero,
- An evaluation that includes a penalty.
- Required submission, but with only a passing grade granted providing the assignment is of pass quality.
- Required submission, with no grade assigned.
Note that assignments may not be accepted if the assignment has been taken up in class or returned to the class. All labs must be completed to obtain a passing grade for the lab portion of any course.
Guidelines for Assigning Late Penalties
An instructor may decide to assign a penalty to a late assignment if, through their observation and experience, they assess that the student submitting the late assignment is exhibiting poor time management and organizational skills. Extenuating circumstances will factor into an instructor's decision. Please check the instructional plan for each course for late penalty policy.
Work submitted by a student must be the product of their own effort. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students are referred to the Academic Offences Policy and Procedure listed here on the website
In some courses, with respect to work done in pairs or larger groups, it is clear that the results of the labs, research, coding, homework and other assignments, might contain common data. However, the recording, interpretation, sequencing, and presentation of your group results must be done individually unless clearly indicated otherwise by your assigning instructor. If in doubt, ask for clarification.
It is the student's responsibility to confirm course specific policy with the instructor.
General Education Electives (only if applicable to the program)
In (CET, EET and EETcn) programs, you are required to complete three General Education (Gen Ed) courses. Gen Ed courses can either be included as a specified course in your program and must take when scheduled by the program or they can be elective courses chosen by the student in the academic term indicated by the program design. These elective Gen Ed course requirements are listed at the bottom of each student's progress report, which is found on the Student Portal. The progress report indicates the level/semester and the minimum hours that are required for the program. Students are responsible for adding the elective Gen Ed course into their schedule, during the designated semester. Eligible courses are approved and posted each semester on the college website. Visit Current Students | Conestoga College and click on the appropriate item under the Announcements Heading. For additional information regarding Gen Ed courses, please contact the School of Liberal Studies.
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.
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 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 casual business attire and engage in discussions.
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 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.
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.
Much of your learning outside of class will take place in one or more of our electronics labs. It is important, therefore, that these labs be well-equipped and adequately- maintained. To preserve their integrity, the following rules have been established to govern laboratory use.
- Equipment is not to be removed from the lab to which it has been assigned. Concerns about any lack of equipment should be addressed to your instructor for that course.
- Students must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
- For safety reasons, two students must be present in the lab at all times.
- There shall be no eating or drinking in any lab area.
- No sandals or open-toed shoes may be worn in any lab. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
- All long hair must be tied back when soldering or working on rotating machinery.
Lab Practices GuidelinesDuring the day, labs are tightly scheduled. Please clean up your area and be prepared to leave the lab 10 min. before the next scheduled class. All lab chairs must be pushed back under the tables before leaving the lab.
Vandalism is not tolerated. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, any willful and unauthorized: reconfiguration of computers and/or peripherals, alteration of computer files and/or programs, deletion of computer files and/or programs, physical damage to equipment.
Students shall be assigned to a specific laboratory bench location. Students are not to switch assigned bench locations without written authorization from the instructor.
During the laboratory class, the operation and integrity of the computer and associated equipment at each laboratory bench location is the responsibility of the student assigned to that location.
Before the scheduled laboratory class, computer set-ups may be checked for proper operation, on a random basis, by the instructor and/or laboratory technician. After checking, the laboratory may be locked prior to and after the scheduled class.
Students shall report immediately to the instructor and/or laboratory technician any system failures as soon as they are discovered. In case the faculty is not available, students shall tag the faculty equipment with the "Electronic Technology Repair Tag" (yellow card).
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.
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 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.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.
College-wide Policies and Procedures
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
- 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).
- Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
- Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
- 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
Date: July 5, 2018
Type of Revision: Annual Revisions, Update to Attendance
Date: June 26, 2017
Type of Revision: minor updates
Date: June 8, 2016
Type of Revision: minor updates
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.