Bachelor of Engineering - Electronic Systems Engineering

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1094C
School of Engineering and 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

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 – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Julia Biedermann, PhD, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3212
jbiedermann@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean
Rebecca Dougherty
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
rdougherty@conestogac.on.ca

Program Chair
Ig Kolenko, P.Eng.
Centre for Smart Manufacturing, Doon Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2280
ikolenko@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair
Tammy Bernard-Reed
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4502
tbernardreed@conestogac.on.ca 

Program Assistant
Ryan Huckle
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3363
rhuckle@conestogac.on.ca

Program Coordinators

Nancy Nelson, P. Eng.
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3724
nnelson@conestogac.on.ca

Jim Smith, P. Eng.
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2261
jsmith@conestogac.on.ca


Program Faculty

Michael Galle, P.Eng.
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2283
mgalle@conestogac.on.ca

Monzur Kabir, P. Eng.
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3857
mkabir@conestogac.on.ca

Peter Roeser, P. Eng.
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2230
proeser@conestogac.on.ca

Bill Stefanuk
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2323
bstefanuk@conestogac.on.ca

Ali Tehrani
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3275
atehrani@conestogac.on.ca

Alex Tugulea
A3223 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2289
atugulea@conestogac.on.ca

Other Faculty

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

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

Program Overview

Program Description

The Bachelor of Engineering - Electronic Systems Engineering program (ESE) is a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)-accredited engineering program, allowing students to start on the path to becoming a professional engineer. It is a unique project-based co-op program that allows students to apply the high level of theory they learn to interesting, real-world projects. It is geared to motivated individuals looking for challenging careers in the dynamic and fast-paced world of digital and analog electronics, embedded systems, software, and communications.

As a Project Based Learning (PBL) program, projects form the main and dominant component of the ESE curriculum. The material studied is determined by the demands of a series of projects each with a different focus. As students' progress, they will gradually develop and build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed and advance in the high-tech electronics industry.

Every accredited engineering program in Canada is regularly assessed by CEAB to ensure that its graduates are academically qualified to begin the process to be licensed as a professional engineer. There are four major criteria for a program review:

  1. graduate attributes
  2. continual improvement
  3. student related policies and support systems
  4. quality curriculum

Graduate attributes ensure that a graduating engineering student is technically prepared with the knowledge and skills required to work as a professional engineer. They also ensure that graduates are prepared for the professional responsibilities required of an engineer, and that they are employable. Students in the ESE program are regularly required to demonstrate these attributes in the series of projects they complete each semester.

As part of the continual improvement process, feedback is regularly gathered from ESE program stakeholders, including students. This feedback is reviewed at the end of each semester and academic year to ensure both student success and academic and operational quality.

As documented in the rest of this Program Handbook, both Conestoga and the ESE program have numerous policies, procedures and support services in place. Students are made aware of these during Orientation activities.

Engineering curriculum is required to ensure a foundation in mathematics and natural science, a broad preparation in engineering science and design, and an exposure to non-technical complementary studies. The quality and balance of a program is assessed using a tally of Accreditation Units (AUs) as defined by CEAB. The ESE program is designed to ensure students receive more than the minimum curriculum components required for accreditation.

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. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Program Outcomes

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 by of sets of specified learning attributes.

Program Outcomes are located on the Electronic Systems Engineering program webpage on the left side navigation bar.

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.

Promotion from one semester to the next requires a program grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and two (2) or fewer un-cleared failures from that semester and all previous semesters.

Students who are promoted but have un-cleared failures may not be able to take courses for which the failed course is a prerequisite. A chart showing ESE's prerequisites and corequisites is shown in Appendix A.

The promotion diagram
Appendix A. - Prerequisites.

A grade of 60% is considered the minimum level of achievement for successful completion of a course.

A student with a program GPA of less than 1.0 will be discontinued from the program.

Normally there will be no academic decision made at the end of semester one. However a student may be discontinued at the end of semester one based on a unanimous recommendation of the program's Academic Promotion Committee.

The official promotion policy can be found on the college website. 

Graduation from the program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and completion of all courses and modules including the three (3) required Co-op semesters.

A flow chart showing how ESE promotional decisions are made is shown in Appendix B.

The promotion diagram
Appendix B. - Promotion Diagram.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Incomplete Work

A student will only be granted an incomplete in a given subject area if the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has accumulated a grade of at least 50%
  2. The student is not in a position to be discontinued (as specified in the official promotion policy for degree programs)
  3. The student has passed the theory portion of the course 
  4. The student has not had any academic offences reported in the given course

Supplemental

A student will only be granted a supplemental in a given subject area if the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has accumulated a grade of at least 50%
  2. The student is not in a position to be discontinued (as specified in the official promotion policy for degree programs)
  3. The student has not passed the theory portion of the course 
  4. The student has not had any academic offences reported in the given course

Failures

A course that has been failed will be considered un-cleared until the student receives a passing grade for it.  A previously failed course or module must be cleared through one of the following methods (as defined by the professor):

  1. Repeat the course or module
  2. Take a supplemental examination
  3. Enter into and complete a learning contract

If a student successfully passes a previously failed course through either a supplemental examination or a learning contract, the previously awarded grade for the course will be changed to 60%. If a student repeats a course or module, the grade earned on the repeated course will be recorded and used to calculate cumulative average and Grade Point.

Probation

A student with a program GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 and two (2) or fewer failures will be placed on academic probation. Failures must be cleared and the student's GPA must be raised in order to return to normal academic status. Students on academic probation are eligible to continue in the program with academic conditions as defined by the prerequisite and coorequisites for the program and to apply for co-op placements as long as they meet the academic requirements specified in Co-operative Education Eligibility .

Discontinuance

A student with a program GPA of less than 1.0 OR who has failed the same course three (3) times will be discontinued from the program. Normally there will be no academic decision made at the end of level one. However a student may be discontinued at the end of level one based on a unanimous recommendation of the program's Academic Promotion Committee.

Re-admission

Students that have been discontinued form the program may apply to be readmitted subject to the following requirements:

  • Readmission will not be granted sooner than one year after the discontinuance decision.
  • Student must complete one of the following academic upgrading activities during the one year absence from the program:
    • Successful completion of two full-time semesters (minimum of five courses per semester) in one of Conestoga College's electronic engineering technology diploma programs (Computer Engineering Technology or Electronics Engineering Technology) with no final grade less than 65% in individual courses. It is the applicant's responsibility to identify appropriate engineering technology programs if not attending one of the above mentioned Conestoga College programs.
    • Re-take all failed courses. 
    • If the discontinuance was solely the result of failing the same course three (3) times then all failed courses must be cleared within a year.
  • All readmitted students will be on academic probation for one year after their readmission. Performance will be assessed under the probation requirements.
  • Students are permitted only one readmission into the program.

Graduation

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including three co-op work terms. Students are expected to respond to their invitation to convocation 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.

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/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.

Academic Dates

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

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all assigned classes. Any student who will miss a class must inform the professor by telephone or by e-mail before the class takes place. Any student who, for legitimate reasons, will miss a scheduled evaluation must inform the professor by telephone or by e-mail before the evaluation takes place. Absent students are responsible for content covered during missed classes. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that information they receive is correct.

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.

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.

Co-operative Education

The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows:

  • Minimum 2.5 SWA (65% session weighted average) in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
  • Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any 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

To participate in a co-op work term, students must:

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation course (CDEV71050).  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 the course more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program (exceptions may be granted for degrees).
  • 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.

For additional information please refer to the Co-op Policies, Procedures and Support Handbook found by:

  • Login to MyCareer
  • Select Co-op
  • Select Co-op Resources
  • Select Co-op Policies
  • Select Co-operative Education Policies and Procedures for Students

Please Note:

  • 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.

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.

Advanced Standing

The admission of a student into a program in a semester beyond semester one of that program based on previous post-secondary learning and/or life and work experience.

Exemption

Exemption is the waiving of a course for students who have proven that they have comparable or equivalent learning. Course learning outcomes will be the criteria for determining exemptions. The notation of "G" is used for the grade.

Comparable learning denotes that the learning outcomes of the course in question are equivalent to the course under review. Equivalent learning denotes that the learning outcomes in one course are comparable to the learning outcomes in another course.

Exemptions are not granted to Information Technology (IT) related courses completed more than two years previously. For all other courses the time limit is seven years, unless otherwise noted in the Program Data Pack under Admission Requirements.

The maximum credit allowed through Transfer of Credits is 50% of the program credits. Therefore, at least 50% of the program credits must be taken under the direct supervision of Conestoga College faculty.

Transfer of Credits

The granting of course credits (exemptions) to students who have previously achieved the learning outcomes through learning obtained at another post-secondary institution or another post-secondary program within Conestoga College.

Note: When a student moves from one Conestoga College program to another and where course numbers are identical, automatic credit is given if program passing grades are met. The course grade from the original course will stand.

Equipment, Supplies and Texts

Sign-outs

There will be times when students sign out equipment, parts or resources. Each student is responsible for anything signed out and is expected to return the item in a timely manner in its original condition. Deposits may be required.

Books

Each year students are required to purchase a number of text books. The faculty team has made every effort to select texts that will help students learn the concepts required to succeed in the program. A full book list for this academic year will be provided during the first week of courses.

Assigned reading lists are provided for many classes. Most of these readings will be from the specified text books. Each student is responsible for completing this reading before class.

Parts and Project Kits

In year one each student is required to purchase a parts kit and a leads kit. This kit is used throughout the four years of the program. It is each student's responsibility to maintain their own parts kit. Students are given five days from the date of purchase to ensure that all specified parts are included.

Each semester each student is also required to purchase a number of project kits. These will contain the specific parts required for a given project. Any projects built with a student-purchased project kit remain the property of the student.

Parts and project kits are paid for at the bookstore and picked up in the ESE Support Staff Office. Any questions about the kits should be addressed to the staff in the ESE Office.

A list of parts and project kits required for this academic year will be provided during the first week of classes.

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

Missed evaluations

Any student who, for legitimate reasons, will miss a scheduled evaluation must inform the professor by telephone or by e-mail before the evaluation takes place. Documentation such as a Doctor's note or police report may be requested by the professor. At the discretion of the faculty team a student may:

  • Be granted the opportunity to write the test
  • Have their mark based on an alternate evaluation(s)

Projects

Each project has a clearly defined set of dates for its deliverables. If, for a legitimate reason, any student who does not believe that a project cannot be completed on time, must formally request an extension to the due date from the project leader at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled end of project. Approval of the request for extension will be considered by the faculty team, but is not automatic.

Academic Dishonesty

Work submitted by a student must be the product of his/her effort. Claiming the work of others as one's own constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Please refer to the section on Academic Dishonesty in the college's Student Procedures Guide for more information.

Assignments and Labs

Work is normally due one week from the date assigned. Any exceptions will be clearly stated. Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all submitted and marked assignments. A penalty of 20% is automatically deducted for late assignments.

Marking

All project work is evaluated using a set of predefined rubrics. Depending on the specific outcomes for the week, student performance will be evaluated and recorded. Each student will receive a copy of this marked rubric identifying specific areas of strength and/or weakness. These rubrics should be kept as of a record of performance.

Interdisciplinary Electives

In the ESE program, you are required to complete two (2) Interdisciplinary Electives.  These courses are chosen by the student in the academic term indicated by the program design.  These elective 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 Interdisciplinary Elective 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 'Announcements'.   For additional information regarding Interdisciplinary Elective courses, please contact the School of Liberal Studies.

Maintaining Student Files

As part of the College's quality initiative, the ESE program is required to maintain academic evidence showing the achievement and progression of students through the program. Within the first few weeks of the program all students are required to sign an Authorization to Retain and Use Student Material form.

Students will also be asked to sign a Consent Form for Use of Personal Information. Signing the form grant the College permission to use the student's name, program, photo and project information for the purpose of promoting the college, and/or the ESE programs and courses.

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. 

Resources

ESE Support Staff

The Technologist in the ESE Support Staff Office is there to support the electronics degree program. He is a valuable resource for both faculty and students. To keep things moving smoothly, identify what is needed before going, fill out the required sign-out forms properly, and return all items promptly. Remember 'Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for anyone else!'

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.

ESE Teaching Lab

General Rules

All of the learning takes place in a teaching lab. This lab is well equipped and must be adequately maintained. The following general rules have been established to ensure it is kept that way

  • Equipment is not to be removed from the lab
  • Students must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times
  • For safety reasons, two students must be present in the lab outside regular college hours (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Proper safety equipment, including eyewear, must be worn when working at your lab bench or in the manufacturing facilities
  • There shall be no eating or drinking at any of the lab benches
  • There shall be no eating in the teaching lab
  • There shall be no microwaves or cooking in the lab at any time
  • When possible, all food, food wrappers and food containers should be discarded in a garbage bin outside the room
  • There shall be no games loaded onto or played on the lab computers
  • The video display unit and front computer are for faculty use only
  • All screen savers must be professional
  • Use of digital devices (ex. phones, tablets, computers, etc.) during class is restricted to program related activities

Equipment

No equipment is to be removed from the lab for any reason. Each lab is assigned the required equipment. Mention any concerns or problems to your professor.

Equipment that does not function properly should be brought to the attention of your professor. He or she will fill out the appropriate repair tag and assign an alternate piece of equipment for you to use. If the professor is unavailable, fill out the repair tag yourself describing the problem in as much detail as you can. If the equipment does not get tagged, it will not get fixed! Under no circumstance is a student allowed to remove the cover from any computer or piece of lab equipment. All lab equipment is specially marked and is traceable by the police.

After Hours Access for ESE Teaching Labs

There are times when students may require access to the lab outside of scheduled time. Access is available currently enrolled ESE student during these off hours. Students must sign in at security and present their student card. The lab must have two or more students present at all times. If one of the students is female, there must be three students present in the lab at all times. It is the students' responsibility to close and lock the lab door when leaving.

Lab Deposits

A lab deposit may be required when signing out program specialized program parts or equipment. This deposit is refunded when a student leaves the college assuming that all borrowed parts and equipment are returned. Anything that is not returned will be charged against the lab deposit. Any costs over and above the deposit will be charged to the student.

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

All ESE students are trained to safely use all machinery available in the ESE labs. Each student must demonstrate safe operation before being allowed access. Each student will also be trained and tested on WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) each academic year.. Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All ESE students are required to follow the PPE requirements specified for each of the ESE labs. Instruction is given during the Foundation module and students are routinely monitored by both faculty and staff to ensure compliance. Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

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

Date: June 2017

Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date:  June 2016 

Type of Revision: Annual updates

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.