Embedded Systems Development
2017/18 Program Handbook
Program Code: 1416G
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
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.
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
519-748-5220 ext. 3212
Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
Pejman Salehi, PhD
W3, Wood Skills Building
519.748.5220 ext. 3251
Administrative Assistant to Program Chair
W3, Wood Skills Building
519.748.5220 ext. 3214
A2205 - Cambridge Campus
519.748.5220 ext. 3363
Program Coordinator and Faculty Member
519.748.5220 ext. 3832
Program Coordinator and Faculty Member
519.748.5220 ext. 3271
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.
Embedded Systems Development (ESD) is a four semester program with two program designs - three academic semesters, with one semester devoted to work-integrated learning (non-coop design) or a coop semester (optional coop design), aimed at providing the student a solid understanding of the embedded systems industry, gaining hands-on skills in the development (design and implementation) of both hardware and software for embedded systems.
The program integrates a hands-on, practical approach to augment the theoretical knowledge a student should already have coming into the program. Applied projects and lab work, along with hands-on opportunities in the work-integrated learning semester help prepare graduates for a career in embedded systems development.
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 by of sets of specified learning attributes.
Program Outcomes are located on the Embedded Systems Development webpage the left side navigation bar.
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
Students may be eligible for a supplemental opportunity. According to the Clearance of Academic Deficiency policy located on the Conestoga Policy webpage, supplemental work or examination will be granted on the conditions outlined in the policy. Students are eligible for a supplemental if they have failed only one course in a semester. Students that have failed a single course must have passed at least one evaluation
Students who fail to meet the specified academic program standards may be discontinued from the program. Students may also be discontinued for failure to meet the standards of conduct set by Conestoga. Discontinuance policy located on the Conestoga Policy webpage
Discontinuance and re-admission of students will be done on a case-by-case basis. Faculty in consultation with the chair and program coordinator will examine cases and if needed prepare a remediation plan for re-admission.
Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op placements if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. 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 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.
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.
During your time at the college (or in your co-op position) you may find yourself struggling to master some of the material. There is help available to you.
First, make sure you have adopted good work and study habits as this is an important factor in your success. Read your notes nightly and place comments/questions in the margins of your notes. Bring questions to your professor as soon as it is possible. Often e-mail is the fastest way, though you certainly can choose to meet your professor in person if you prefer. Meeting your professor may require you to first set up an appointment.
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).
You are expected to attend all labs and theory classes. If you know you will be absent from a class inform your professor at least two weeks before.
If you have an unexpected absence let your professor know as soon as possible. Students are responsible for all content and material covered during an absence. Be sure to get all missed material (including lecture notes) from a classmate and confirm with your professor that you have all missed material.
Note that an absence may require you to complete missed work at another time. Refer to the section on Missed Tests, Late or Incomplete Assignments, Reports and Labs.
If a student fails a course and appeals the grading decision, attendance is examined and factors into the decision of whether an appeal should be granted.
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 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:
- All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process. 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 3.75 SWA (80% session weighted average) and no failed or dropped courses in Level 1.
To participate in a co-op work term, students must:
- Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation course (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 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.
- Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any 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.
- 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 discontunued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
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
- 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
Information will be made available in class or on the instructional plan.
Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)
Evaluations are designed to assess students' achievement of learning outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to assignments, tests, exams, quizzes and projects. Feedback will be provided to students on their performance. This feedback may be written or verbal providing guidance to students on both assessed and non-assessed activities.
General Education Electives
In your program, you are required to complete 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 'Announcements'. 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 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.
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 at the conclusion of each 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 the 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.
Vandalism includes but in 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 the hardware.
During the laboratory class, the operation and integrity of the computer and associated equipment at each laboratory bench location is the responsibility of the students assigned to that location.
Before the scheduled laboratory class, computer set-ups shall be checked for proper operation, on a random basis, by the instructor and/or laboratory technician.
After checking, the laboratory shall 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. P
roblems shall be documented by the students on a "Yellow" card and placed with the equipment. Tagged equipment shall be fixed during class if possible, but at least by the next scheduled laboratory session.
At the end of the laboratory, the computer set-ups shall be checked again for proper operation, on a random basis, by the instructor and/or laboratory technician.
Students assigned to a workstation identified as having a vandalized computer and/or peripherals shall not be permitted back into the laboratory for the remainder of the term unless specifically authorized by the instructor, in writing, to resume participation in the laboratory classes. A failure by any student to complete the laboratory work shall result in an incomplete status for the course.
Appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken by the College against the identified group of students unless the specific individual(s) carrying out the vandalism is (are) identified.
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.
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. Students are expected to wear eye-protection when using power tools, soldering or while clipping the leads of components. Students are expected to wear eye-protection when in the vicinity of others using power tools, soldering or while clipping the leads of components.
When etching circuit boards, students are expected to wear relevant ppe (Aprons, gloves, splash shield).
- 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.
Date: July 3, 2017
Type of Revision: Minor revisions
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.