Wireless Network Infrastructure

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1474
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 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
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

Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519.748.5220 ext. 4573

Program Chair
Pejman Salehi, PhD
W3, Wood Skills Building
519.748.5220 ext. 3251

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair
Kim Black
W3, Wood Skills Building
519.748.5220 ext. 3214

Program Assistant
Ryan Huckle
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519.748.5220 ext. 3363

Program Coordinator
Michael Phillips
A3206 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x2284

Program Faculty
Huda Al-Ali
A3212 - Cambridge Campus

Salah Ameer
A3212 - Cambridge Campus
Sameer1@conestogac.on.caSalah Ameer

Jon Doll
A3212 - Cambridge Campus

Igor Pustylnick
A3212 - Cambridge Campus

Zafar Taha
A3212 - Cambridge Campus
519.748.5220 ext. 2254

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 program integrates a hands-on, practical approach that augments the theoretical knowledge a student has coming into the program. Applied projects and lab work, along with industry opportunities in Capstone Projects help prepare graduates for a career in the wireless industry.

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 Wireless Network Infrastructure (WNI) 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 Wireless Network Infrastructure 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.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Failed Courses

A passing grade for a course is 55%. If a student fails a course they can repeat the course next semester.

Students may take other courses for which they have the required prerequisites in the same semester they are repeating a failed course. If there is a scheduling conflict between the courses they are repeating and other courses the student must take and attend the failed course and wait until the next semester to take courses missed due to scheduling conflicts.

Often this means that a student making up missed courses must graduate with a cohort that graduates a semester later than their original graduation. Students graduating with a different cohort are responsible for having passed the same courses as those in the new cohort. This means that students graduating in a later cohort will be responsible for any new or additional courses added to the program.

Students that withdraw from a course before the withdrawal deadline will have a W recorded on their transcript. Students can make up withdrawn courses the next semester.

Note: While repeating courses a student will often be classified as part-time status. This may affect student study permits/work visas. International students are encouraged to discuss the implications with their Student Services Officer in the international office.


An incomplete mark may be assigned in accordance with the college policy. The work required to change the incomplete mark to a grade must be done within the limits specified in the college policy.  Incomplete grades will be changed to a Fail if the work is not completed satisfactorily within the time limit.


Pre-requisites are stated on the course outlines.


Students may be eligible for a supplemental opportunity. According to the Clearance of Academic Deficiency policy, supplemental work or examination will be granted on the conditions outlined in the College Policy.

Students are eligible for a supplemental if they have failed only one course with a grade between 50% and 54% in a semester. Students that have failed a single course must have passed at least one evaluation.


Academic probation does not apply to the Wireless Network Infrastructure program.

Discontinuance and Re-admission

Failing The Same Course Multiple Times

A student that fails the same course twice will normally be discontinued. Special extenuating circumstances may be considered to allow a student to repeat a course for the third time.

Reference the Discontinuance Policy and Procedure for more details.


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 work terms if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.


Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with 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.


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:

  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.


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.

Equipment, Supplies and Texts

The technology tool room is in A2212. Tool room support staff will supply you with program parts kits, equipment that may need to be signed out and can supply you with replacement parts for a fee.

Parts kits are needed for your labs beginning in the first week.

Students will be required to purchase textbooks and learning packages as outlined on a list in the bookstore for this program.

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.


The college takes plagiarism very seriously. The policy for plagiarism is outlined in the Student Guide under the Student Responsibilities section.

Plagiarism is the act of submitting the work of others and claiming it as one's own work.

Other forms of academic dishonesty are also not tolerated and taken very seriously. Examples of academic dishonesty are outlined on page 1 of the Academic Integrity Policy.

Cheating during exams and quizzes

Cheating is a very serious offense. Exams are purely individual efforts and students may not speak at all to one another during a test.  Any questions and clarifications are to be addressed to the instructor alone.  The policy for cheating is outlined on page 28 of the student guide under the Student Responsibilities section.  If students are caught cheating during an exam, the student is ejected from the exam hall and receives a mark of 0 for the particular evaluation.

Missed Work or Classes

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. It will be the student's responsibility to do the work required to make up for the missed class.

Normally a missed test, quiz or exam results in a grade of 0 unless it is considered a valid absence. A valid absence would be an absence that occurred due to circumstances beyond your control such as medical emergencies or car accident. A valid absence requires supporting evidence such as a Doctor's/Police note indicating you could not write the test, complete an assignment due to illness/accident and must be dated.


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. 

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.

Lab Rooms

All WNI labs contain computers for your use. In addition, there are open labs through-out the Doon campus that contain Office and internet access software but likely will not the specialized software required for the program.

Lab Rules

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Students must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
  3. For safety reasons, two students must be present in the lab at all times.
  4. 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.

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.

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. 


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All students are required to have CSA approved (green patch) safety footwear, hardhat, safety vest and safety glasses. This will be required to be worn during field work activities and as required during field trips.

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 26, 2017

Type of Revision:  Minor Revisions 

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.