Aviation - General Arts and Science Fast Track

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 05891
Engineering & Technology

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

COVID-19 and 2021-22 Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

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.

Welcome

Welcome to the School of Engineering & Technology.

Conestoga offers a full range of engineering and 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 & Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.

Sincerely,

Tony Thoma, MBA, PEng
Executive Dean

Program Academic Team

​​​Program Administration

Program Chair
Joni Jean
Woodworking Centre Room W3-1 - Doon Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 6122
jjean@conestogac.on.ca

Program Manager
ATS Room 101 - Doon Campus
519-748-5220 

Administrative Assistant
Woodworking Centre Room W3 - Doon Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3214

Program Faculty

Program Coordinator

Kerry Townson
ktownson@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 these faculty members will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

Additional Contacts

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
Sarah Finch
Sfinch@wwfc.ca

519-648-2213 ext.127

Great Lakes Helicopter
Dwayne Henderson
dwayne@glheli.ca
519-650-4542

College Support Services

Financial Aid / OSAP / Student Awards

Financial Aid Office
Welcome Centre - Doon Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3378
financialaid@conestogac.on.ca

Technical Support

IT Service Desk
Main Desk - Room 1E12 - Doon Campus / Various Campuses
519-748-5220 ext. 3444
itsdesk@conestogac.on.ca

General Education Elective

Jennifer Matthews, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
jmatthews@conestogac.on.ca

Program Overview

​​​​​​Welcome to the only Ontario diploma program that offers you a choice of fixed wing or rotary wing training. At Conestoga College, you can achieve a college diploma while earning all the flying credentials required to become a professional pilot. The focus on student success is evident through the college's student services, resources, and faculty, as well as the supportive atmosphere at both flight centres. This intensive program will assist you to develop your skills, reputation, and networking capabilities so that your career can take flight!

Program Description

This pilot training program is the only collaborative diploma program that offers students a choice between flying airplanes at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre or flying helicopters at Great Lakes Helicopter. Through pilot training at one of the flight centres and classes at Conestoga College, students can complete the Aviation - General Arts and Science diploma in only two years as well as the pilot training to allow them to undertake the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot License testing. Students must be available during the summer between first and second year to complete their flying hours.​

Program Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop and apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and analyze and interpret different and competing perspectives in academic context.
  3. Research and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  4. Communicate competently at the required level for business and the aviation industry, showing flexibility and clarity of thought and expression.
  5. Exhibit positive behaviours and attitudes in relation to risk management, safety culture, policy and procedural compliance in all flight operations.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate skills as a commercial pilot.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate skills in the area of multi-engine instrument rating for the Fixed-Wing Option only.

Program Curriculum Sequence/Design

The following is the anticipated sequence of the program over its two years of implementation beginning in September 2021. Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes. For example, the order in which some academics are scheduled may serve the student's development more appropriately if the semester is changed. On other occasions new courses are developed and integrated into the program as a result of recommendations from industry or student representatives during Program Advisory Committee meetings.

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal. Log in to Student Portal, Click on "My Courses" tab and select "View Progress Report" button. Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can 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 Course".

Fixed Wing Option - Program Design – 2021

Fall (1) Winter (2) Summer Fall (3) Winter (4)
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM1085Professional Writing Skills For Business COMM1380 

Geography and International Law     AVIA2030

Applied Organizational Behaviour   LIBS1690
Algebra MATH1380Exponents and Trigonometry MATH1390 Aircraft Aerodynamics AVIA1020Human Factors in Aviation AVIA2011
Student Success for Higher Learning LIBS1540Electrical Fundamentals ELEC1150 Career Management CDEV8130
Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development  AVIA2040
Physics for Aviation PHYS1180

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

 

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

General Education Elective

AVIAE1008

Flight Management
– Basic   AVIA1055

Flight Management – Intermediate
AVIA1065 **
 

Flight Management
– Advanced AVIA2085

Flight Management
– Airline AVIA2090

Flight Training I -  Part A: Post Solo    AVIA1100

Flight Training I
– Part B: Private License   AVIA1110

Flight Training II: Night Rating/ Time Build AVIA1120*
Flight Training III:  Commercial Flight Test AVIA2120Flight Training IV: Multi-Engine Instrument Rating AVIA2130
Flight Lab I – Part A AVIA1075
Flight Lab 1- Part B   AVIA1080

Flight Lab II
AVIA1095*

Flight Lab III AVIA2105Flight Lab IV AVIA2115
* T​hese are required courses that are completed during a "non-semester." ** This course starts after the winter break and finishes in June.


Note: Courses shaded in blue are normally delivered at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. All other courses are delivered at the Doon Campus.

Rotary Wing Option - Program Design – 2021


Fall (1) Winter (2) (Summer)   Fall(3)  Winter (4)
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM1085Professional Writing Skills For Business COMM1380  Geography and International Law     AVIA2030Applied Organizational Behaviour LIBS1690
Algebra MATH1380
Exponents and Trigonometry MATH1390 Aircraft Aerodynamics AVIA1020Human Factors in Aviation AVIA2011
Student Success for Higher Learning LIBS1540Electrical Fundamentals ELEC1150 Career Management CDEV8130Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development  AVIA2040
Physics for Aviation PHYS1180

General Education Elective

AVIAE1007

 

General Education Elective AVIAE1007

General Education Elective AVIAE1008

Helicopter Flight Management – Basic AVIA1135Helicopter Flight Management – Intermediate AVIA1175  Helicopter Flight Management – Commercial Pilot Safety AVIA2220 Helicopter Flight Management Advanced AVIA2165

Helicopter Flight Training I – Part A: Pre-Solo AVIA1140

Helicopter Flight Training I – Part B: Post Solo AVIA1180 

Helicopter Flight Training II - Pre-Commercial Flight Test
AVIA2140

Helicopter Flight Training III:  - Commercial Flight Test
AVIA2195

Helicopter Flight Lab I –
Part A AVIA1150

Helicopter Flight Lab 1- Part B AVIA1160Helicopter Flight Lab II AVIA1190*
Helicopter Flight Lab III AVIA2150
Helicopter Flight Lab IV AVIA2170
    

 Helicopter Flight Training IV - Winter Survival AVIA2200*

*These are required courses that are delivered during a "non-semester". Helicopter Flight Lab II is delivered during the summer and Helicopter Flight Training IV - Winter Survival  will occur during the Winter Student Success week.


Note: Courses shaded in blue are normally delivered off-campus at Great Lakes Helicopter.

 Fast Track - Fixed Wing Option - Program Design -  2021

Fall (1) Winter (2) Summer Fall (3) Winter (4)
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM1085Professional Writing Skills For Business COMM1380  Geography and International Law     AVIA2030Applied Organizational Behaviour LIBS1690
Algebra MATH1380
Exponents and Trigonometry MATH1390 
Aircraft Aerodynamics AVIA1020Human Factors in Aviation AVIA2011
Student Success for Higher Learning LIBS1540Electrical Fundamentals ELEC1150 Career Management CDEV8130Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development AVIA2040
Physics for Aviation PHYS1180

General Education Elective AVIAE1008

 




General Education Elective

AVIAE1007
Flight Management – Intermediate AVIA1065**

Flight Management
– Advanced AVIA2220

Flight Management
– Airline AVIA2090

General Education Elective AVIAE1009 

Flight Training I
– Part B: Private License AVIA1110

Flight Training II: Night Rating/ Time Build AVIA1120*
Flight Training III:  Commercial Flight Test AVIA2120Flight Training IV: Multi-Engine Instrument Rating AVIA2130

Flight Lab II AVIA1095*

Flight Lab III AVIA2105
Flight Lab IV AVIA2115
​* T​hese are required courses that are completed during a "non-semester." ** This course starts after the winter break and finishes in June. 

Note: Courses shaded in blue are normally delivered at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. All other courses are delivered at the Doon Campus.

Program Information and Standards

Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues.  The program coordinator and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, academic standing, etc. Students can also access the Student Success website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including learning skills (study strategies, note taking, time management and exam preparation), tutoring, math and writing support.

Conestoga College is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for students with disabilities. Accommodating disabilities at the College is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and administration. Students are responsible for providing relevant and up to date documentation of their disability to Accessibility@Conestoga, when they first register. This documentation will allow the student to be considered for accommodations and access to available services.

​​​​Deferral, Discontinuance, or Probation

While both flight centres and Conestoga College work together to help students achieve success, decisions regarding continuance in the program are made separately. The college has no authority to interfere in rules and regulations established by the flight centres and Transport Canada, and neither does WWFC or GLH interfere with policies established by the college. While this can create some challenges for students when benchmarks are not being met on one side of the program, there are several options for students.

  1. When students have been deferred for one year on the flight side of the program, this means that they cannot return to flight training for one year as of the beginning of the semester in which they failed to reach their benchmarks. (See Student Guide from WWFC or GLH for deferral and probation policies). There are several options for students but these should be discussed with the coordinator of the program before any decisions are made.

    • The student may consider continuing to take the required academic courses at the college and reapply to the flight centre at a later date as determined by a contract issued by  WWFC or GLH.  Readmission to the flight side of the program at the time of application, however, is still at the sole discretion of WWFC or GLH based on fulfilling the requirements of a previously negotiated signed contract.
    • The student may transfer into another diploma program and continue at either flight centre as a private student. (Please note that many of the academic courses in the Aviation program are specific to the field and cannot be used as transfer credits in other programs; however, some transfer credits may apply.) This process requires that the student schedule an appointment with the coordinator to complete a withdrawal from Aviation and transfer to a regular General Arts and Science or other program.
    • The student may voluntarily withdraw from the Aviation program and reapply through OCAS (Ontario College Admission Services)​ ​for the next fall semester; however, conditions for acceptance must still be met.  The student may also consider applying to another college program.

  2. A student may be discontinued from the program for any of the following reasons:

    • Failure of the same course twice 
    • Failure of three courses in one semester 
    • Failure of four courses in the same year of the program
    • Failure to meet probationary or deferral conditions of either flight centre or college

  3. Probation may be considered at either the college for academics or one of the flight centres when a deferral has already been used and discontinuance is not reasonable.  Please refer to the handbook section on Academic Probation and Standing for further details.

  4.  If a student is discontinued, the following options are available to this student:

    • Continue at the flight centre as a private student
    • Consider another program
    • Reapply to the program in a year. All failed Conestoga-delivered courses must​​ be cleared and students must comply with flight centre conditions​ before re-admission to this program will be allowed.​

Students who wish to terminate their studies must officially withdraw from their program in writing by completing the Withdrawal Form located on the Student PortalStudents who do not officially withdraw are still liable for outstanding fees and may not be eligible for a refund. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal and academic records may reflect failures.

​Student Services

Refer to the Student Guide for information on student services including Counselling, Student Financial Services and Student Engagement.
Students can also access professional and confidential counselling support through  Good 2 Talka free, confidential 24/7 post-secondary student helpline. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868. ​ The How to Ask for Help at Conestoga guide  is also available to students.

​​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 Colleges and Universities (MCU). This Student Experience 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: the Early Course Check-in and Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in 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 faculty menber and their academic manager. 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.

Transfer Pathways

Advanced standing is the admission of a student into a program in a semester beyond semester one of their program based on previous post-secondary learning and/or life and work experience. 

In some cases, students may transfer from another post secondary Aviation program and qualify for the Fast Track program.  The Fast track is available for fixed wing students only who have completed the qualifications for their Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) which has been verified by WWFC.   Students who wish to receive advance standing as a result of past training may be eligible to enter Semester Two of the program provided space is available.   Any student who has already completed a Commercial Pilot's Licence will not be eligible for the program.  As a result, there will be no direct transfers into Year Two of the program.

Credits may be transferred for students who have proven that they have comparable or equivalent learning in a formal educational environment. Grades obtained and course learning outcomes will be the criteria for determining exemptions, which includes an assessment as to the currency of the content taken previously, as determined by the academic team. The notation of "G" is used for the grade.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the method to establish eligibility for a credit in a given course for students who have proven that they have comparable or equivalent learning through significant life and work experience.

The maximum credits allowed through credit transfers and credits obtained through PLAR is 75% of the program credits. Therefore, at least 25% of the program credits must be taken under the direct supervision of Conestoga College faculty. Please note that PLAR and credit transfers can result in a status change to 'part-time', which could impact OSAP and other services offered through the Financial Aid office. In addition, students will not receive any tuition refunds or reduced tuition costs. Visit the Credit Transfer Office and PLAR webpages for more information.

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

​Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements

Students are responsible to ensure they have fulfilled the program design requirements necessary to graduate. If for any reason a student is concerned about their academic progress, they should arrange to meet with the program coordinator.

Failure of ground school or inability to meet benchmarks in flying could result in a deferral process at either flight centre. In this case, the student may have the option of continuing with academics and then returning to the flight portion of the program with the next cohort the following year. In order to graduate, the program MUST be completed within a 3 year period.

Academic Probation

Academic probation could occur in the following circumstances:
  • one or more acts of academic misconduct (See Academic Offences Policy).
  • lack of attendance/lack of effort in more than one course which result in two or more failures within a year
  • documentation of inappropriate conduct within the classroom
  • lack of progress in the program due to inability to complete required academic courses
Academic probation sets out an agreement between the student and the academic team which outlines the criteria that must be met in order to succeed. The contract could outline a time frame for completion, expected attendance, timely submission of assignments, or other criteria deemed important for student success in the program.

(Please note that probation guidelines also exist with WWFC and GLH (See WWFC Student Handbook or GLH Student Handbook) and should be discussed with the coordinators at these centres).

​​​Clearance of Academic Deficiency  ​

Students who have failed any courses may request a supplemental assessment (a "make-up"). It is the student's responsibility to check the grade postings. It is not the responsibility of the professor to contact the student and offer a supplemental. Only one supplemental assessment will be permitted per semester in the core courses.​ Supplemental assessments may be approved by the program team, if the course is supplemental-eligible.  Course eligibility for supplemental assessment is listed on the course outline. The following academic criteria must be met by the student: ​

  1. Failing grade must be no less than 50%. 
  2. Attended 80% or more of the specific course.
  3. Passed at least one formal evaluation in the course.
  4. Has no registered academic offence in the course in which the supplemental is being requested. (Warnings do not constitute an academic offence.)

The test must be completed within three weeks from the end of the semester. To register for a supplemental, the student must meet with the applicable faculty and complete an Authorization for Supplemental form and submit the appropriate non-refundable fee ($40.00) to the Registrar's Office. The student must provide proof of fee payment at the time of the supplemental exam.

Failure of the supplemental will result in no change to the original course grade. Successful completion of the supplemental evaluation will result in the minimum passing grade being awarded. The final grade as a result of the supplemental will be automatic and is ineligible for appeal. 

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. 

Supplementals for flight-related courses are at the discretion of both WWFC and GLH.  Please check the handbook for the appropriate flight centre for futher information.


Re-admission Requirements​

Students who withdraw or leave the program may reapply one year following their departure. They may re-enter the program at the beginning of the semester that was not completed (i.e. If a student left in March they could reapply to return the following January) if space is available.  Each student must be deemed eligible for acceptance by the respective flight centre.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

  • Written Assignments: All written assignments should comply with format and organization guidelines given by your instructor, as well as demonstrate clarity and good writing mechanics. Poor writing skills and/or failure to follow instructions could adversely affect a student's final grade.
  • Any assignment is expected to be handed in on time unless prior arrangements have been negotiated with the instructor. Late assignments will be penalized 20% for the first week. Any assignment that is more than one week late will not be accepted and the student will receive a "0".
  • Academic Offences Policy and Procedure: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/about/corporate-information/policies 
  • In-class and On-line Activities: Regular attendance and participation in course activities is vital to your success. This experiential learning will have a positive impact on your understanding of course material and, therefore, cannot be replaced by make-up assignments.
  • Missed Tests:  For information on missed academic evaluations, please refer to the Attendance at Evaluations section below.
  • ​​Courses Outside of Aviation: Other courses such as electives and communication courses may have specific guidelines on the above issues.  Faculty will hand out or post these guidelines at the beginning of the semester and these should be followed.​​​​​​
  • Please note that WWFC and GLH may have their own guidelines regarding evaluations. Please refer to the WWFC Student Manual or the GLH Student Manual. 

Attendance - Program Standard

Attendance in all classes, regardless of format, is strongly recommended to support student success. In the case of unforeseen circumstances that result in late arrival or early departure, whenever possible, students are expected to communicate this in advance with their faculty. Otherwise, students who arrive late for a scheduled class may be counted as absent after 20 minutes from the start of the class. Students who leave more than 20 minutes before the end of class may be counted as absent.

Students run the risk of being ineligible for supplemental assessment opportunities due to poor attendance as well as possible discontinuance in the program.

Please note that WWFC and GLH may have their own guidelines regarding attendance. Please refer to the WWFC Student Manual or the GLH Student Manual. ​​

Course Add/Drop

Information on the course add / drop process can be found on the website Students should consult the program coordinator prior to completing the Course Change Request Form located on the Student Portal under the Services tab.


​​​Program Completion Policies

When students are accepted into the Aviation General Arts and Science program (or Aviation, General Arts and Science Fast Track), the expectation is that they will graduate at the end of the two-year program. The following outlines the policies surrounding completion of these programs:

  1. Program Design.  This program is designed as a two-year delivery beginning in the fall semester (September) of year one and finishing in the winter semester (April) of year two. The expectation is that students would be convocating in June of year two. In addition, there are two "non-semestered" courses offered at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) and Great Lakes Helicopter (GLH). At WWFC, these two courses are offered in the summer between year one and year two. At GLH, one course is offered in the summer between year one and year two, and the other is offered during Student Success Week in the fourth semester. While these courses are not part of the four academic semesters stipulated by Conestoga, their successful completion is still required in order to complete the program.

  2. Flight Courses and Benchmarks.  Those students who do not reach their flying benchmarks or successfully complete their Flight Management or Flight Lab courses by the end of each semester, may be deferred to the following year and will complete the program with the next cohort. (See WWFC or GLH Student Guidelines Handbook). They can, however, continue to take academic courses that fit their timetable.

  3.  Academic Completion. 

    Students are required to complete all academic courses within 36 months from the start of the program. If a student is on track to completing their flight benchmarks, but still needs to complete academic courses, they can return on a special timetable to complete their program requirements. 

  4. Convocation Eligibility.  A year two student who has not completed flying hours or successfully passed their flight tests in time to graduate in June may be allowed to continue into the summer with approval from their respective flight centre. This may often be the case where weather has prevented them from completing on time.  Once program requirements have been met, students will have the opportunity to participate in the next available convocation.  

Graduation

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study. Students are expected to respond to their invitation to graduate through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the Winter, 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 have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate. Rules surrounding graduating with merit are outlined on the academic recognition section of Conestoga's website.

Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which is comprised of industry and academic representatives as well as current students. They meet twice a year to discuss industry trends 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 to represent their class at committee meetings. One student from each year of the program will be selected, if applicable. 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 appropriately and engage in discussions.


​​Awards​

Apply using the online General Application available through your Student Portal to be considered for awards, scholarships and bursaries available through Conestoga.

Notifications and instructions to complete the application will be sent to all full-time Conestoga 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 for more information.  In addition, there may be industry-sponsored awards available throughout the year and students will be notified of the application process as these opportunities arise. Conestoga College also has two faculty nominated awards for students who have successfully entered their final semester. These are normally presented in April of the graduating year. Other awards are also available through WWFC and GLH.  Check with the appropriate Flight Centre for further information.

Co-Curricular Portal

Activities within Conestoga's Co-Curricular Portal (CCP) enhance students' growth and development outside the classroom. The Co-Curricular Record is an official document, complementary to an academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that has been achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College.

Student Representation – Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI)

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student and/or faculty meeting provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.​

Facility Information

Refer to the Student Guide​ for facility information, including hours of operation and closure practices.

 

College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Effective January 2022: Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

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

Safety Information

​​Refer to the Student Guide​ for Conestoga’s Safety and Security Services and procedures.

Safety

The respective flight centres will train all students in applicable flight safety requirements. Students are expected to follow safety rules and regulations at all times including to those that relate to substance use.

Conestoga's Substance Use Guidelines were developed to ensure that the college is in compliance with provincial and federal legislation regulating the use of both legal and illegal substances.   In situations where an individual's behavior, whether or not it is suspected to be the result of substance use, is deemed to pose a risk to their own safety or the safety of others, the individual's faculty member the right to limit participation in academic activities.  The college recognizes the risks associated with substance use and is committed to providing education on harm-reductive use and prevention as well as individualized support for members of our college community. 


Conestoga Policies and Procedures

​​Student Protection Acknowledgement

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 Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & 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, fulfil 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 / Interdisciplinary Electives

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary 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 Interdisciplinary​ 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

Web-based Tools

​Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

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. During the pandemic, on-campus Test Centres will be closed.
  • 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.

Program Handbook Revision Log

​​Last revised: July 2021​

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 accommodations 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-accessibility focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accommodations rests with the program chair.

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