Construction Project Management

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 0895
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 College offers a full range of engineering and technology programs to suit your interests and career aspirations. Within these, there are one-year certificates (both foundational and post-diploma), two and three-year diplomas, and four-year bachelor's degree programs. Pathways exist within these programs to empower 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 our approach to learning and student development, which is why the School of Engineering & Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.

Sincerely,​

Tony Thoma, MBA, P.Eng.
Executive Dean

Program Staff Contact Information

Program Administration and Faculty

Executive Dean – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Tony Thoma, MBA, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3212
tthoma@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
rdougherty@conestogac.on.ca

Program Chair
Karen Cain, Ph.D., P.Eng
A2205-6 Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2244
kcain@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair:
Amber White
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4555
awhite2@conestogac.on.ca 

Program Coordinator and Faculty Member
Richard Zondag, MBA, BSME
3G26 - Waterloo Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2418
rzondag@conestogac.on.ca

Faculty Member
Abdul Mohamed, Ph.D.
3G26 - Waterloo Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2428
amohamed@conestogac.on.ca

Adam Holland, CET, OALA, CSLA, MAES
3G26 Waterloo Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 8096
aholland@conestogac.on.ca​

Other Faculty
​In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program.  These include faculty from other Schools for breadth and or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus.

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

Program Overview

​Program Description

This one-year program will provide specialized and practical training in construction project management for graduates of diploma and degree programs in construction-related fields. In addition to core skills in contract administration, quality management, value engineering, project planning, scheduling and risk management, students will gain knowledge in softer skills related to leadership, communication and negotiation. Learning will be enhanced through the use of case studies, group work and the submission of a final comprehensive project.

This program is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to facilitate students who wish to take the program on a part-time basis while currently employed. Courses may also be scheduled to be delivered on Saturdays. Admission is available in both September and January.

Courses are delivered at the Waterloo Campus, 108 University Ave., Waterloo, ON N2J2W2. Occasionally, evening courses may be delivered at the Doon Campus, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4.

Program Design

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

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

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga 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 of sets of specified learning attributes.

Program Outcomes are located on the Construction Project Management webpage.​

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.

Students must successfully complete all courses as outlined in the Program Design.  All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.  A student taking longer than four years to complete the program will be responsible for meeting any changes that may result from a change in the program design.

Students who begin full-time studies in the fall semester (September) will be able to complete (graduate) from the program within two consecutive semesters (Fall and Winter, i.e., 8 months).  Students who begin full-time studies in the winter semester will have a four-month break in their studies from May to August.  Full-time studies resume in September and all courses can be completed by the end of December.

Level 1

CONS8000, Construction Risk Management, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8010, Construction Planning & Scheduling, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8020, Contract Procurement and Contract Administration, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8060, Development Economics, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8120, Quantity Takeoff and Measurement, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8210, Construction Job Site Management, 3 credits, 42 hours

Total credits: 18  Total hours: 252 

Level 2

CONS8030, Cost Estimating and Bidding Procedures, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8050, Construction Quality Management, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8070, Applied Environmental Law & Construction Safety, 3 credits, 42 hours

CONS8080, Major Project in Construction Project Management, 4 credits, 56 hours

CONS8250, Professional Exam Preparation, 3 credits, 42 hours

MGMT8200, Leadership in Project Management, 3 credits, 42 hours

Total credits: 16  Total Hours: 224

Full-time students who do not complete all required courses within the assigned program length may be able to continue on a part-time basis with approval from the program coordinator.

​​Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Incompletes

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.

Supplemental Privilege

​During a student's academic career, there may be occasions when the student's performance results in a failing grade for a course.  Conestoga grants students the opportunity to raise this grade to the minimum passing grade under very specific circumstances (i.e. eligibility criteria) outlined within the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure.   In addition to the eligibility criteria outlined in the policy, the academic team has identified the following criteria in accordance with Conestoga's policies and procedures.  A supplemental privilege may be granted to a student whose grade in a course has been affected by extenuating medical or personal circumstances. The nature of the supplemental privilege is determined by the course instructor but may include a repeated test, assignment, or comprehensive exam. A student must apply for a supplemental privilege following the procedure outlined in the Student Guide. A student must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a supplemental privilege:

  1. Must have a minimum of 50% average, including assignments
  2. Must have attended at least 80% in the course
  3. Must have passed at least one scheduled test.

If successful, the failing grade can be upgraded only to the minimal passing grade of 55%.​​  The full details are outlined within the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure.  

Discontinuance

The current policy is to discontinue a student who has failed 3 or more courses after the first semester.

Re-admission

A student who leaves the program, either by choosing to withdraw or having been discontinued and subsequently seeks re-admission to the program, should note the following:

  • The student may apply to be re-admitted to the program by contacting the Program Coordinator
  • Re-admission will be subject to the availability of space in the related semester
  • Re-admission will only be permitted for the start of a semester​

​Graduation

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

​Withdrawal

Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their program coordinator/academic advisor prior to withdrawing.  In order to formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Withdrawal Form which is located in the Student Portal ​under the "Services" tab.  Click on the "My Forms" button to locate, complete and submit the digital form 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.  Student Success Services,  Accessibility Services, and the Learning Commons are available for all students and offer a variety of services including​ tutoring, learning skill workshops, math and writing assistance, and peer support services.

Academic Dates

Program start and end dates, holidays,​ and deadlines for course add/drop, withdrawal, and refunds are located in on the Academic Dates webpage.  Course changes (add/dropping may also be made through the Student Portal under the "My Courses" tab).

Academic Participation

The program believes that the benefits of academic studies come not only from independent study and the preparation of materials for formal grading but also from participation in class and laboratory activities. Regular attendance is therefore required in all classes, labs, tests, exams, quizzes, and other scheduled academic activities. Students are expected to meet all deadlines. Lack of attendance means:

  • ​The student missed important information/skill demonstrations provided in class
  • The student has reduced time to learn and demonstrate knowledge and skills
  • Faculty may have to repeat material thus reducing the time for delivery of the remaining parts of the course
  • Fellow students are often disadvantaged by absent students/team members 
  • Lack of participation is a major safety concern 

A student cannot demonstrate competence if absent.  A significant amount of group work is required in this program. Individual students are expected to be full participants in, and contributors to each group-based project/assignment within the program coursework. Individual students who fail to meet this expectation may receive a failed grade for a given project/assignment.

Do not schedule appointments, work, or travel during scheduled classes. 

Awards

Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships, and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders.  To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal.  Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February).  Visit the Student Financial Services - Awards Office on Conestoga's website.​

​​​Program Advisory Committee

Many academic programs at Conestoga College have 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 may ask for student volunteers. The student representatives are expected to attend the meetings. Students must prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator which will be presented at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in casual business attire, and engage in discussions.

​​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 and staff will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.​

ONE Card - Student Identification Card

Conestoga's ONE Card is the College's official identification card for students. Before you can be fully registered and access your timetable, you must upload a student photo. This requirement is effective starting May 6, 2021.  Your ONE Card student photo completes your student record, confirms that you are a Conestoga College student, and gives you access to student services. When your ONE Card student photo has been uploaded and approved, your card will be mailed to you. ​​Learn more about using your ONE Card here. If you have any questions, please email the ONE Card Office.​

​Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)

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

  1. Log in to Student Portal.
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab.
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.
It is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Assistant/Program Coordinator prior to dropping a course.   Adding/dropping courses may affect a student's status, financial aid entitlement and may be limited by other factors.  

  • 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.
Students may add/drop courses through the Student Portal when timetables are available.  If a student is unable to make a course change(s) in the Student Portal, they can submit a Course Change Request Form which can be found in the Student Portal, under the "Services" tab, "My Forms" button.  

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.

​​Co-operative Education Eligibility

If applicable to your program, students must maintain the academic requirements of their program to remain in the co-op stream.  Their eligibility to participate in a co-op work term is evaluated at the end of the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op opportunity.  See the college website for information on co-op.

Equipment, Supplies, and Texts

Construction Project Management is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Laptop Program. All students are required to own, maintain and bring a laptop that meets the minimum hardware specifications outlined on the BYOD website.  The college provides registered students, while on campus, with wireless and hard-wired internet access, access to free software downloads, and server-based access to several program-specific software applications. All students must own and maintain their laptops and must come to the class with their laptops. Students will be required to purchase textbooks and learning packages from the bookstore as outlined in the specific course outline.

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

The faculty is responsible to:​

  • ​Provide to students, at the start of each course, the due dates for all deliverables (e.g., assignments, tests, reports, projects, class participation) and the respective weighting of each toward the student's final mark
  • Return tests and quizzes within one to two weeks of their administering
  • Return exams within two to three weeks of their administering
  • Return assignments and projects within two to three weeks of their scheduled submission
  • Respond to student requests for consultations to discuss their performance in respect to coursework

Students are responsible to:

  • Submit coursework, complete projects, and write exams as set out on the schedule provided at the start of each course
  • Submit coursework in accordance with format and requirements described by course faculty and project outlines
  • Attend and participate in lectures, presentations of their own and their colleagues' work
  • Fully disclose and completely reference all sources used in their work (e.g., web-based, printed, personal contacts)
  • Advise faculty of circumstances that would prevent the completion of student work as outlined in course schedules, and provide documentation

Teachers reserve the right to retain marked tests. Marked tests that the faculty chooses not to return will be made available for the students to review in the faculty member's office.

​The program and course/module learning outcomes provide the frame of reference for evaluation.  Learning experiences are planned in order that the student can demonstrate the ability to correlate theory with practice.

Evaluation is a continuous process that assesses student performance.  A variety of tools are used for evaluation including:

  • quizzes, written tests, and examinations
  • oral presentations and demonstrations
  • written assignments, such as books reports, case studies, business plans, journals, logs, portfolios
  • term projects
  • lab assignments

Results of Evaluation

Faculty maintains their own student tracking records.  You should review these records on a regular basis on Student Portal or eConestoga. ​

Late Submission of Student Work

Student work submitted after the due date/time, and without accepted extenuating circumstances, may be graded by faculty but the mark may be progressively reduced. 

Extension to Submission of Student Work

​It is acknowledged that events can happen to either faculty or students that disrupt the planned schedule.  Each incident will be addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis by course faculty.

Guidelines for Writing Tests and Exams

  • Students are required to bring their college ID cards to tests and exams.
  • The faculty/invigilator may request that books, bags, coats, caps, etc. be left in a designated area.
  • The faculty/invigilator has the authority to assign seats.
  • Students must wait until so directed before turning over and starting their test or exam.
  • Students are not permitted to talk after the test or exam has started, except to the faculty/invigilator.
  • Students may not enter the exam/test room after 30 minutes past the start nor leave the room before 30 minutes has passed after the start of the test or exam.

 

​Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition​ (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measureable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses.

Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR. 

For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure or visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR website. Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.

​​Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meets 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 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.

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.

Academic Delivery Plan and 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

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.

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Student Services

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

College-wide 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

​Date: July 16, 2021
Type of Revision: annual revisions​

Date: July 10, 2020
Type of Revision: annual revisions

Date: July 2, 2019
Type of Revision: annual revisions

Date: July 5, 2018
Type of Revision: annual revisions, updates for attendance

Date: July 3, 2017
Type of Revision: minor updates​​

Date: May 24, 2016
Type of Revision: minor updates​​

Accommodation Disclaimer

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

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