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Software Quality Assurance and Test Engineering

2019/20 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1447
School of Applied Computer Science & 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 Applied Computer Science & Information Technology! You are embarking upon a journey into the innovative world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), an exciting field that plays a leading role in shaping our present and future worlds.

Conestoga offers a wide range of programs to empower your professional journey in a rapidly growing sector. Our diplomas, advanced diplomas, and graduate certificates will prepare you for your future by providing you with experiential and hands-on learning opportunities.

The School offers an unparalleled opportunity to advance your education. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a cutting-edge educational experience in the heart of a uniquely advantageous location: Silicon Valley North (Waterloo Region). Our strong connections to local industry enable us to provide project-based learning and work-integrated learning, where you can solve real-world problems and engage in new technologies. Our faculty team maintains strong ties to Waterloo Region’s innovation sector, bringing fresh and relevant content to our programs.

What you do here…counts out there; and what you do in our School will prepare you for an exciting future in the dynamic world of ICT.

Sincerely,

Pejman Salehi, PhD
Dean, School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology

Dean - Applied Computer Science & Information Technology and Creative Industries
Pejman Salehi
519-748-5220 ext. 3251
psalehi@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant
Kyla Frankowsi
Waterloo, 3G25-1
519 748 522 ext. 5177
kfrankowsi@conestogac.on.ca

Program Manager
Brian MacDowall
Waterloo 3G28
519-748-5220 ext. 2309
bmacdowall@conestogac.on.ca

Program Coordinator
David Allison
Doon 2A605/Waterloo 3G26
519-748-5220 ext. 2525
dallison@conestogac.on.ca

Program Faculty
Meyer Tanuan -  mtanuan@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

This program will deepen students' understanding of the testing paradigms, methodologies and tools utilized throughout the software development process. Software quality assurance requires an awareness of what constitutes quality software from the point of view of an end user, a developer, and a business, and how to create a process that can lead to quality software. Software quality control requires an awareness of how to most effectively and efficiently test the results of a software development project. As a comprehensive program, this graduate certificate will cover a wide range of topics, but ready students for the in-demand field of software quality assurance and software quality control.

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 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 program page.

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. 

Discontinued students cannot graduate from this program without first applying and being granted re-admission to the program.  Readmission requires successful completion of all failed courses as a part time student.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

As per program policy if a student has failed a course or dropped one or more courses in an academic level (also known as an academic deficiency), the student will be placed on academic probation and will - at a minimum, be required to pass the failed or dropped course before being cleared.

It is important that all students be aware of their academic standing and work with faculty members to find ways to quickly clear academic deficiencies. 

The following establishes the standards associated with clearance of the academic deficiencies.

If available in a semester the student is enrolled, a previously failed or dropped course must be ahead of any other available courses available that semester.  This includes giving missed or dropped courses priority in the case of timetable conflicts with other courses.

Incompletes

Where a student is assigned an "Incomplete" in a course, the requirements for clearing the incomplete will be communicated to the student by the faculty responsible for the course.

Pre-requisites

Courses may only be taken where the student has the necessary pre-requisites, as defined in the Program Design.

Supplemental

A student may be eligible for a supplemental opportunity if all the following criteria are met:

With respect to the failed course(s), the student:

  • Must have a minimum 50% average, including assignments.
  • Must have maintained regular attendance in the course(s) failed with a minimum of 75% attendance in all scheduled classes and labs.
  • Must have passed at least one assessment.

If successful, the failing grade can be upgraded only to the minimal passing grade of 55%.

Students shall be granted only ONE supplemental opportunity per term, subject to all criteria being met for the course.
A supplemental evaluation will not be granted for a course in which a student has received an academic offense. An academic incident resulting in a warning is not considered an academic offense for supplemental evaluation purposes.
For more information, visit the College Policies Procedures,Practices and Guidelines webpage then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled “Clearance of Academic Deficiency”.
Students that fail a course, or drop two or more courses in a given level are placed on academic probation. It is important that all students be aware of their academic standing and work with faculty members to find ways to quickly clear academic deficiencies.

Probation

Students that fail a course, or drop two or more courses in a given level are placed on academic probation. It is important that all students be aware of their academic standing and work with faculty members to find ways to quickly clear academic deficiencies.

Discontinuance

You will be discontinued from the program if you have two failed courses in a level, or fail additional courses while on academic probation.  You will also be discontinued if you fail the same course twice

You must also complete your program within 4 years of starting the program or you will be discontinued.

Once discontinued you may not take courses in the

Software Quality Assurance and Test Engineering program (including through part-time studies) for one semester following the discontinuance.

Re-admission

Please check the Conestoga College website for policies.  


Graduation

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.

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 Registrars Office.  Deadlines for withdrawing from a program 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 and 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 and math and writing assistance.

Academic Dates

Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop, withdrawal and refunds are located in your student portal. 

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 website for more details.

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/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.

Co-operative Education

Applying to the Co-op Stream (starting with the 1801 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 the number of 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 SWA of 3.75 (80% session weighted average) in Level 1 with no dropped or failed courses.

To participate in a co-op work term, students must (starting with the 1801 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.

For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations and Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Supports found by:

  1. Login to MyCareer 
  2. Select Co-op 
  3. Select Co-op Resources 
  4. Select Co-op Policies 
  5. Select Co-operative Education Regulations, Procedures and Supports for Students

Please Note:

  • Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op webpages for more details. 
  • 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.


Evaluations - deadlines, tests and examinations

 In order to successfully complete this course the student is required to meet the following evaluation criteria (example only):

Midterm Exam
30%
Assignments
40%
Final Exam
30%

100%  (% is subject to change)

To encourage attendance, there may be in-class assignments some weeks.

Assignment Program Standard

Assignment requirements, weighting, deadlines etc. will be specified by the faculty in each course.

Missed Work or Classes

Refer to Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook.

Test and Examination Program Standard

Test requirements, weighting, dates, etc. will be specified by the faculty in each course.  


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 or visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR website. 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 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.

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. 

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


Student Feedback

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

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). 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 forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: Quick-SAT and Full-SAT. The Quick-SAT is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their 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.


College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday,  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame to accommodate course, program, and college requirements.

Safety 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: Front Desk, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Waterloo: Front Desk, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Brantford: Wellington and Dalhousie Buildings, 519-748-5220 ext. 3357

Safety and Security Services provides 24-hour security at the all our campus locations. Any Concerns or offences may be reported to Safety and Security Services in person, via email at securityservices@conestogac.on.ca and through the Mobile Safety App.

Emergency Number While on any campus is: ext. 5555 – please call for all medical, fire situations, threats, critical violence acts, reporting suspicious activity or require police assistance

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 are available 24 hours a day throughout the various campuses and available on any internal collage phone.

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.



Student Services

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

College-wide Policies and Procedures

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 

  • Academic Credential Procedure
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities 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.

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills.
Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

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,  diploma General Education and degree Breadth elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.

 

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.  
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
  • Tests will be made up in the Conestoga Test Centre in the following week, or by individual arrangements with course faculty member.
  • If the evaluation is to be conducted in the Conestoga Test Centre, students will be asked to show their ONECard* before permitted to write the test.

* Students taking part-time courses or in programs where a OneCard is not provided may be asked to show alternate ID.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Date: October 29, 2019
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's  Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accomodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing  accessibility@conestogac.on.ca or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessiblity focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accomodations rests with the program chair.