Computer Engineering Technology
2022/23 | Conestoga College
Program Code: 1060
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 Academic 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 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.
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.
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.
Tony Thoma, MBA, P.Eng.
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
Executive Assistant to Executive Dean:
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
Rafik Guindi, PhD, P.Eng.
A2205-8 Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x 4618
Administrative Assistant to the Chair
A2205 Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x 4606
Hameed Al-Aubodah, PhD.
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
Mehrdad Hajivandi, PhD, P.Eng.
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
A3206 - Cambridge Campus
Hamood-Ur Rehman, PhD
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x 3801
A3204 - Cambridge Campus
Program Support Staff
A2112 - Cambridge Campus
A2112 - Cambridge Campus
In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you during this academic program. These include faculty from other Schools for the breadth and or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific focus areas.
Contact information for each faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.
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. 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.
Welcome to Electronics Engineering Technician (EETcn), Electronics Engineering Technology (EET), and Computer Engineering Technology (CET) programs at Conestoga College. Graduates from our program are highly regarded by industry. Our technology students have won best student paper presentations when competing against the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph for their third-year projects many times in recent years.
Electronics is a rewarding area of study for those who make the commitment to it. This handbook has been prepared to orient you to policies, procedures, and rules used within the department.
We hope the coming year will be successful for you and that the time you spend here is rewarding and brings you closer to your goal of a career in electronics.
See program pages listed below:
Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:
- Log in to Student Portal
- Click on 'My Courses' tab.
- 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 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 left side navigation bar on the program pages listed below:
Program Academic Achievement and Requirements
It is the student's responsibility to be aware of various important academic dates throughout the year. These academic dates are posted on the college website.
Please note that Continuing Education courses and Apprenticeship programs may have different start dates and exam dates for courses.
Academic Promotion Decisions
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.
Clearance of Academic Deficiency
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.
It is the responsibility of the student to indicate to the course professor their intent to clear the deficiency. This must be done within five (5) working days after the final grade was posted. Within this time, the course professor, coordinator, and the student must complete the 'Supplemental Authorization and Terms' Form (RO 479) and the student must take this completed form to the Registrar's Office and pay the required fee.
Since the marks for the Fall semester are not released until just before the Christmas break, it may not be possible to give formal permission for the supplemental until the beginning of the Winter semester. In this case, Form (RO 479) must be completed by the student and submitted to the Registrar's Office, and fees paid within five (5) working days from the beginning of the Winter semester.
The OSAP Problem: A student who fails a supplemental may be forced to drop courses. It is important that courses are dropped before the course refund deadline. If a student drops back to part-time status because of the failed courses, OSAP will want money returned.
In light of the above, and to treat all students equally, supplementals for failed Fall semester courses must be completed, marked and the result communicated to the Registrar's Office no later than 10 working days from the beginning of the Winter semester. Scheduling the supplemental is at the professor's sole discretion in order to allow time for marking.
For Winter semester courses, supplementals are administered within 15 working days after the final grade for the course is posted.
To be eligible to write a supplemental the student must meet the criteria outlined in the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure and the following conditions:
- A failing grade of not less than 50% in the course.
- Limit of one supplemental opportunity per semester.
- One supplemental opportunity per course.
- Passed at least one test/exam in the course. Passing group work is not sufficient.
- Must have attended at least 80% of the classes.
- Must have submitted all deliverables by the final assessment date.
Successful completion of the supplemental will result in a final grade mark of 55% according to the College policy. The full details are outlined within the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure.
You will be discontinued at the end of any semester if any of the following apply to you:
- You are a full-time student and have 3 outstanding failed core courses (does not include General Education electives).
- Your course load is less than 5 courses and you fail 50% of your core courses.
- You fail the same core course twice.
You must complete the program within a set number of years from the start of the program. For the Technology programs (CET and EET) it is seven years and for the Technician program (EETcn) it is five years.
Students discontinued from the Electronics Programs Cluster must wait one academic year before re-applying to the program.
Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study. For students enrolled in co-op programs, this includes completion of all mandatory co-op work terms. 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.
WithdrawalStudents considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor prior to withdrawing. To formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Withdrawal form located in the Student Portal under the "Services" tab. Click the "My Forms" to locate, complete, and submit the 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.
Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The program coordinator/academic advisor and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc. Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Student Success Services and 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.
What to do if you're experiencing difficulties:
- See your instructor immediately. Don't wait – rarely do things get better with time. Write down what you don't understand. Often, this process will lead you to the answer or clarify the concepts you're struggling with.
- Visit the student center for their excellent services. They assist students with academic, career, financial, and personal problems hindering learning or personal development. Student services can also provide you with a Peer Tutor. Peer Tutors are students trained to provide one-to-one tutoring help for students with subject-specific academic difficulties.
Study Tips and Advice
The successful study of electronics and computer technology requires the desire, dedication, and determination to succeed. Managing your time effectively is key to your success in this program. Form study groups to work on homework and assignments.
Discuss your assignments with other students and attend all tutorial sessions. Also, the Conestoga IEEE Student Branch provides support to all students.
Review your lectures notes nightly and make notes in the margins to reinforce your understanding. If you have questions after reading your lecture notes, write them down in the margin and present them to faculty or peer tutors.
Resources, homework assignments, and other material will be posted on eConestoga or to the K-drive under the professor's name. You are expected to check eConestoga daily to keep current with any updates. Read relevant chapters of the course textbook before the lecture.
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 Student Financial Services - Awards Office on Conestoga's website.
Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)
Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:
- Log in to Student Portal.
- Click on 'My Courses' tab.
- Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.
- 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.
Applying to the Co-op Stream (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):
- All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process to apply for the Co-op Stream. Labour market conditions determine the number of co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Not every student who meets academic eligibility requirements will be admitted to the co-op stream.
- To be considered for the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum overall 65% weighted average in Year 1 and no failed or dropped courses.
To participate in a co-op work term, students must (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):
- Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR/CDEV1020). Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term. Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program.
- Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.) Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a co-op work term.
- Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
- Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until the conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
- Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event, a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
- Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
- Meet program specific co-op work term eligibility requirements.
- Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term. If this term is also a co-op work term, then work term eligibility will be based on the student's achievement during the preceding academic term.
- In the case of back to back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term.
- Where two or more work terms occur back to back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term.
- Students may only defer one work term regardless of the reason(s) (e.g. failed or missed work term).
- Students who do not successfully complete their deferred work term will be removed from the co-op stream.
- Since only one work term may be failed/deferred regardless of the reason(s), should a subsequent work term be missed/failed/unsecured (not successfully completed for any reason) the student will be immediately removed from the co-op stream.
- Students who are discontinued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
- To be eligible for a co-op work term, students are required to achieve a minimum 65% session weighted average and maximum one failed or dropped course during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.
For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations & Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Support found by:
- Login to MyCareer
- Select Co-op
- Select Co-op Resources
- Select Co-op Policies
- Select Co-operative Education Regulations, Procedures and Supports for Students
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn money while you apply what you've learned in a real workplace environment. Visit Co-operative Education for more information.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
Credit Transfer, Pathways & PLAR
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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website.
If you are currently a Conestoga student and want to continue studying at Conestoga, there are a number of different pathway opportunities available to you.
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 College has articulation agreements with many domestic and international institutions. These agreements allow students to transfer into a specific program with advanced standing. Students must meet the academic requirements stated in the agreement.
For more information regarding pathways at Conestoga, contact the Credit Transfer Officer at 519-748-5220 ext. 2166.
Equipment, Supplies, and Texts
Facility access restrictions, protocols, and rules must be followed by all students. When individuals are given permission to access these facilities and equipment, the following rules must be followed. Additional restrictions, protocols, and rules may be communicated by the college or faculty to protect individuals, equipment, and facilities and support a positive learning experience.
No equipment is to be removed from a laboratory for any reason - each lab room has been assigned a certain amount of required equipment. Mention any concerns or problems to your professor or the support staff in the Tool Room (A2112).
Equipment that does not function properly should be brought to the attention of your professor. They will fill out the appropriate repair tag and assign an alternate piece of equipment for you to use. If faculty is unavailable, fill out the repair tag yourself giving as much detail of the problem as possible, and leave it on the faulty equipment - remember if it's not tagged it will not get fixed!
Under no circumstances are students to remove the covers from lab equipment.
Students do not have access to the inside of computers. Students should not attempt to load any software on any computers unless they first check with the staff of the Tool Room.
All lab equipment has been specially marked and is traceable by the police.
For your first-year courses, you will need to purchase the following parts kits: (see the notice board outside of room A2112, the Tool Room, for more details):
Technology first-semester kit (contains electronics parts and leads). If you do not have these yet, they should be obtained as soon as possible. You are expected to have your parts kit for your first scheduled lab.
Parts kits are paid for at the bookstore. Faculty will provide instructions as to how you will secure your Parts kit and address additional questions.
Do not start any construction of the kits until you are told - you will be given full instructions shortly.
It is your responsibility to maintain your parts kit. You are given five days from the day you receive your parts kit, to check for missing or incorrect parts
Signing Out Equipment or Kits
You may need to visit the Tool Room to sign out equipment manuals, course-related lab equipment and to purchase replacement parts for your parts kit. Facility access restrictions, protocols and rules must be followed by all students. Fuses for your digital multi-meters may be purchased from here. We reserve the right to limit quantities. The present policy dictates that only third-year electronics students are able to sign out parts for third-year project use.
The Tool Room does not sign out basic hand tools/parts/soldering irons etc - you are expected to have them in your kit.
Students may be asked to produce their student card when signing out lab equipment.
Equipment may be signed out for the time period of 24 hours only unless faculty have indicated to tool room staff that equipment is required for longer periods of time (e.g. for the semester).
Late returns are subject to fines of up to one dollar per day (make sure you read the sign-out sheet that you sign!). Students will not be allowed to sign out additional equipment until all overdue items have been returned and fines paid.
Any student who has signed out equipment is responsible for damage, theft, or loss of that equipment. All equipment must also be returned at the end of the current semester. Losses will be assessed by tool room staff and the student will be invoiced accordingly.
Under no circumstances should students attempt to repair College equipment.
A list of the parts and equipment that are overdue will be posted on the bulletin board outside the labs and outside the Tool Room (A2112). Sign-outs not returned by the required date will be subject to fines as indicated on the sign-out sheets. Students will not be allowed to sign out additional equipment until all overdue items have been returned and fines paid.
Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)
Refer to the Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook.
Each project has a clearly defined set of dates for its deliverables. If, for a legitimate reason, any student believes that their project cannot be completed on time, they must formally request an extension to the due date from the project coordinating professor at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled end of the project. Approval of the request for extension will be considered by the faculty team but is not automatic.
Assignments and Labs
Work is normally due one week from the date assigned. Any exceptions will be clearly stated. Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all submitted and marked assignments.
All project work is evaluated using a set of predefined rubrics. Depending on the specific outcomes for the week, student performance will be evaluated and recorded. Each student will receive a copy of this marked rubric identifying specific areas of strength and/or weakness. These rubrics should be kept as of a record of performance.
What is Academic Integrity?
Having academic integrity means acting fairly and honestly when engaging in academic activities.
By having and applying an Academic Offences Policy and Procedure, Conestoga ensures graduates complete their studies fairly and honestly through hard work and dedication, and thus are well-prepared for their future careers.
Conestoga facilitates access to print, media, and electronic resources to support and enrich learning, teaching, and research in compliance with the following:
Plagiarism is submitting or presenting work of another person(s)/organization in whole or substantial part as one's own without proper citation and referencing.
Program Advisory Committees (PACs)
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.
All post-secondary education programs of study at Conestoga, both full-time and part-time, which lead to an employment related credential, or are approved by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), will be associated with a PAC, with the exception of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. For any program not leading to an employment related credential, such as foundation programs, PACs are optional.
At the beginning of each year, the coordinator(s) of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator(s) will select which student(s) will represent the program at PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at all meetings and are responsible for preparing and submitting a report based on guidelines provided by the program coordinator.
Students who participate in PACs will receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) . Your 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.
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.
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 10 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 43 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the faculty member 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.
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.
Electronics labs may be used to augment your learning. It is important that these labs be well-equipped and adequately- maintained. When individuals are given permission to access these facilities, the following rules must be followed. Additional safety and access requirements, protocols, and rules that are communicated by faculty, staff, and campus signage must be followed by all students.
- Equipment is not to be removed from the lab to which it has been assigned. Concerns about any lack of equipment should be addressed to your instructor for that course.
- Students must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
- For safety reasons, two students must be present in the lab at all times.
- There shall be no eating or drinking in any lab area.
- No sandals or open-toed shoes may be worn in any lab. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
- All long hair must be tied back when soldering or working on rotating machinery.
Lab Practices GuidelinesDuring the day, labs are tightly scheduled. Please clean up your area and be prepared to leave the lab 10 minutes before the next scheduled class. All lab chairs must be pushed back under the tables before leaving the lab.
Vandalism is not tolerated. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, any willful and unauthorized: reconfiguration of computers and/or peripherals, alteration of computer files and/or programs, deletion of computer files and/or programs, physical damage to equipment.
Students shall be assigned to a specific laboratory bench location. Students are not to switch assigned bench locations without written authorization from the instructor.
During the laboratory class, the operation and integrity of the computer and associated equipment at each laboratory bench location is the responsibility of the student assigned to that location.
Before the scheduled laboratory class, computer set-ups may be checked for proper operation, on a random basis, by the instructor and/or laboratory technician. After checking, the laboratory may be locked prior to and after the scheduled class.
Students shall report immediately to the instructor and/or laboratory technician any system failures as soon as they are discovered. In case the faculty is not available, students shall tag the faculty equipment with the "Electronic Technology Repair Tag" (yellow card).
Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours
Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2022
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2022 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.
Back on campus
We look forward to continuing to welcome students back in person and on campus for the fall term. There are three ways in which programs will be delivered:
Hybrid: You will be required to attend in-person classes at your assigned campus. Most class hours will be delivered in person, with a few hours delivered remote/online.
On campus: You will be required to attend in-person classes at your assigned campus. All class hours will be delivered in person.
Remote: Remote programs will be delivered fully online. There will be no in-person classes.
Details regarding classes and delivery formats will be provided in your program schedule (timetable).
Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Students are required to comply with additional PPE requirements and safety measures that may be communicated by faculty, building signage, and or college staff. All students are required to follow the PPE requirements specified for each lab, shop and or other campus space. Other rules may be set by supervisory faculty/staff in shops and labs.
Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.
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 Expectations for Online Engagement
- Student Feedback Policy
- Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
- Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & 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.
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 ElectivesStudents are required to complete General Education elective courses as part of their program requirements. General Education elective course requirements are listed at the bottom of the progress report, which is found on the Student Portal under My Courses. The progress report indicates the level/semester in which the course must be taken. Students are responsible for adding General Education electives into their schedule for the designated semester. Eligible courses are posted each semester by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies on the College's elective website. For more information and to view the current elective course offerings, visit https://www.conestogac.on.ca/electives/diploma. Questions regarding General Education electives can be directed to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies: email@example.com
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:
- 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.
- 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
- Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
- 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).
- Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
- Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
- 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: June 16, 2022
Type of Revision: Annual Revisions
Date: July 16, 2021
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Date: July 10, 2020
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Date: July 2, 2019
Type of Revision: Annual Revisions
Date: July 5, 2018
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Date: June 26, 2017
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.