Welcome

Welcome to Conestoga College, the next step in your pursuit of post-secondary learning. The School of Liberal Studies is your gateway to a variety of other college programs in the fields of Health Sciences, Community Services, Business, Information Technology, Engineering, and Media and Design.  It can also be your gateway to degree-level academic learning at either colleges or universities, if that is your goal. In particular, the General Arts and Sciences programs are designed to offer you a firm academic foundation in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and to help you define your academic or career path by discovering your passion, developing your creativity, enhancing your professionalism, and augmenting your post-secondary academic achievements.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program specific details and other important information needed, while studying in the School of Liberal Studies. 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 changes as required through the Conestoga email system. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

This handbook must be read in conjunction with general information about Conestoga College found on the website and in the student guide. The information in the Student  Guide and on the college website applies to all students, regardless of program, and will be referred to in Phase II Orientation at the beginning of the first semester in a program.

It is the responsibility of each student to review and understand this document. The School of Liberal Studies is here to educate students on how to manage their college experience, navigate the college systems, make informed decisions, and assume responsibility for their academic success. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the content of this document, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Conestoga Mission

To CHAMPION innovation in education and research.

To SERVE community needs and priorities.

To EMPOWER individuals to achieve their potential.

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 Academic Team

Chris Buuck

Dean – School of Liberal Studies and School of Language and Communication Studies
cbuuck@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748 - 5220 ext. 3675

Jen Matthews
Administrative Assistant to Dean
jmatthews@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3265

Andrew Schmitz
Academic Chair Ph.D.
aschmitz@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748 - 5220 ext. 2319

Jen Matthews
Administrative Assistant to Academic Chair
jmatthews@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3265

Laura McAlister
Program Coordinator
lmcalister@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2713

Program Faculty

Rick Mitchell

Therese Morgan

Laura Quirk

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 general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of academic focus.

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

Program Overview

Program Description

This one-year certificate program is designed for students who wish to acquire a general education in the arts and sciences while exploring educational or vocational options within the college or other institutions. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in  three major disciplines: humanities, applied mathematics and science, and social and behavioural sciences. Students have the opportunity to select courses based on interest and will participate in a course focused on career goals.

After successful completion of the one-year certificate, students may wish to transfer into year two of the General Arts and Science Diploma program or transfer to another post-secondary program.

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Program Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Develop insight into both self and society through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order that he/she may develop communication competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem-solving techniques.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.

Program Curriculum Sequence/Design

The following is the anticipated program sequence for the 2016-17 academic year. Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes.  .  Course sequence and load can be adjusted through arrangement with the coordinator. 

Level One:

  • CDEV1121 Career Options
  • COMM1085 College Reading and Writing Skills COMP1076 Computer Software Applications
  • LIBS1540 Student Success for Higher Learning MATH1400 Essential Mathematics
  • 1  General Education Elective (minimum 42 hours)

Level Two:

  • BUS1070 Introduction to Human Relations LIBS1520 Introduction to Social Sciences
  • LIBS1560 Our Domain:  Introduction to World Geography
  • SCIE1060 Understanding Science
  • 2  General Education Electives (minimum 84 hours)

NOTE:  If you choose to take a required course early to count towards your General Education elective, you must take another elective in place of that course.  For example, taking BUS1070 in level 1 will count as a Gen Ed elective, but once you arrive in Level 2 you must take another Gen Ed to replace it.  6 courses are required in total for each level.  

Student Services Information

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's student services information.

Career Services – Program Specific

Some students seek admission to more specific vocational/educational programs at Conestoga College or elsewhere following completion of one, two or three semesters. Those graduating after the fourth semester often find employment relating to their choice of vocational discipline. Some graduates continue their education at university.

Co-Curricular Record

The CCR is an official document, complementary to your academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that you have achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College. For more information and how to be involved with the CCR, please email ccr@conestogac.on.ca.

Several General Arts and Science students participate in the annual College Fair to develop their CCR.

Co-op Services – Program Specific

Not required for this program.

Orientation – Program Specific

Program orientation activities are conducted at Conestoga College.

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. 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

Refer to the college website for academic dates.

Academic Probation – Program Protocols

Academic probation could occur in the following circumstances:

Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Protocols

In order to graduate, all academic requirements for the program must be completed. 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.

Attendance – Program Protocols

Regular attendance by each student is essential for successful timely completion of the program.

The normal protocol is to inform your teacher of any absence prior to the missed class.  If it is a missed test or assignment, then a medical certificate or other written documentation may be required to validate the absence. 

Awards – Program Specific

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 for more information.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency – Program Protocols

The following policy is in addition to the college-wide policy for the Clearance of Academic Deficiencies.

In order to qualify for a supplemental exam or for supplemental work, a student must:

  1. Have achieved no less than 50% as a final grade for a diploma-level course; and
  2. Have completed all scheduled tests/in-class assignments and handed in all other assignments during the semester.

In addition, the student's work must be free of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

In order to write a supplemental, students must apply at the Registrar's Office and pay the required fee. This must be done within 5 business days after the final grade is posted. The student must complete the supplemental evaluation as established by the responsible course instructor within 15 business days after the final grade for the course is posted.

It is the student's responsibility to check the grade postings on the student portal.

Communication – Program Standard & Emailing Protocols

All faculty use eConestoga as their method to communicate with the students. Students are expected to regularly check this account. Many faculty will post review notes, power points, assignments, and general announcements on this site. This should be checked daily to stay up-to-date. All students also have a Conestoga College email account that should be checked daily. Students should be able to have all Conestoga email forwarded to their personal email accounts if desired.  

Course Add/Drop – Program

You can add, change and drop courses from your portal depending on the dates and which program you are in:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal
  2. Click on the "My Courses" tab
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listing.
It  is   strongly   recommended   that   students   consult   their program   coordinator/academic   advisor prior  to   dropping  a   course.  Adding and dropping courses can affect tuition fees and OSAP eligibility.  

Visit the Credit Transfer Office for information on credit transfers and exemptions.

Transfer/Pathway Opportunities

Conestoga's General Arts and Science Certificate has transfer/pathway opportunities to:

Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo and Brantford, Ontario)
University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario)
University of Waterloo (Waterloo)
University of Guelph-Humber (Toronto, Ontario)
Griffith University (Australia)
Davenport University (Michigan, USA)
Other pathway options are also available

There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways to help you meet your goals. Conestoga Pathways information is available on Conestoga's website.

Completion Policies

When students are accepted into the General Arts and Science program, 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 one-year delivery beginning in the fall semester (September) or winter semester (January) of year one and finishing in the winter semester (April). The college will also offer fulltime program levels during the Spring semesters for those starting in the Winter. 

  2. Academic Completion. If a student is on track to completing their program, but still needs to complete academic courses, they can return on a special timetable to complete these courses. 
     
  3. Convocation.  In the case of  students who have not completed in time to graduate in June, the students may be allowed to continue into the summer. In these cases, students may be allowed to convocate in the fall rather than waiting until the following June on condition that they complete by the end of August.  This option is not an automatic right but is only granted in exceptional cases. It was never designed to be a normal time to graduate from the program.

Deferral, Discontinuance, or Probation

Academic probation is a term used when a student's academic progress is being monitored. Academic decisions are based on a student's academic achievement and follow the promotion guidelines of the program. An academic decision is assigned to the student record indicating progress/promotion at the end of each unit/module/semester or at the end of the academic year.

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and assignments) – Program Protocols

Prior notification of absences for tests or assignments is required and must be approved with your professor in advance of the test date or due date. Late submission of assignments will receive a late penalty of 10% per day.

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 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.

Maintaining Student Files

Information on students is confidential and cannot be shared with other students or family members without the direct permission of the student.  This is normally provided in writing by completing and signing a "release of information" form.  (See "student forms" at http://www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms/)

Program Transfer Protocols

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 courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.

Program Progression

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.

Standards of Conduct

Students are expected to adhere to all college policies regarding code of conduct.  This includes academic and student code of conduct.

PAC – Program Advisory Committee

Program Advisory Committees (PACs) provide the necessary link between Conestoga and the community it serves. PACs operate in an advisory capacity to Conestoga administration with the objective to keep Conestoga responsive to current and future workforce needs, trends or opportunities in industry and the marketplace.

The system of PACs connect the community with Conestoga administration, faculty and students. Advice from PACs is critical for the administration of Conestoga to make decisions which uphold Conestoga’s mission and commitment to career-oriented programming.

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.

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.

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.

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

Note: Students are required to sign a CCITAL Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form (if applicable to program).

Emergency Program Protocols 

Refer to your Student Guidefor Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Machine Operation and Safety

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Student Protection Acknowledgment

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.

Conestoga 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

Revised Spring 2015

Revised Spring 2016  

Revised Spring 2017

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.