Bachelor of Applied Technology (Honours) - Architecture - Project and Facility Management (APFM)

2022/23 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1099C
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.

The Student Guide provides details regarding Student ServicesSafety and SecurityStudent Rights and Responsibilities and more. 


​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.
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

Executive Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty​
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573

Program Chair

Karen Cain, Ph.D., P.Eng.
School of Engineering & Information Technology
A2205-6 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2244​

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair:

Amber White
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4555    

​​Program Coordinator

Jeff Elliott
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2277

​​Program Faculty

Ron Bean
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
591-748-5220 ext. 2276
Education:     B. Tech. (Architectural Science), Ryerson University, Toronto
B. Arch. Dalhousie University, Halifax (formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia)
M.A. (Planning), University of Waterloo
Industry Related Experience:  30 years working in architectural firms; member of the Ontario Association of Architects;  member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants

Andrew Chatham
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2263
Education:     B.E.S. (Environmental Studies), University of Waterloo
M.Arch., University of Waterloo
Industry Related Experience:  Shim Sutcliffe Architects, 3rd Uncle Design and Brook McIlroy Inc., Set Design and Architectural Practices

Jeff Elliott
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2277
Education:     B.E.D.S., (Environmental Design Studies) Dalhousie University*, Halifax
M.Arch., Dalhousie University*, Halifax *formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia
Industry Related Experience:  Over 20 years of working experience in architectural firms-including overseas experience in Hong Kong and Germany and currently in private practice.  Member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Konstantinos Karanasios
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2242
Education:     Ph.D., M.B.A., M.A.Sc.
Interested in renewable energy, conservation of energy in buildings, construction methods for the wood building sector, lean construction, and prefabricated houses. Experienced in business management, manufacturing, residential construction, residential energy efficiency, and residential energy auditing.

Catherine Kilcoyne
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2243
Education:     B.A. (Honours), Mount Allison University
B.E.S. (Environmental Studies), University of Waterloo
B. Arch., University of Waterloo
M. Arch., University of Waterloo
Industry Related Experience:  10 years in Architectural Practice including Carruthers Shaw & Partners and The Ventin Group, intern member Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), 10 years adjunct faculty at University of Waterloo School of Architecture and School of Urban Planning, Master's thesis committee member and external reader at University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Ronnie Magar
A3219 - Cambridge Campus

Michael J. Smith
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
Education:  BA Recreation Leisure Studies (University of Waterloo), MBA (Royal Roads University), PMP (Project Management Institute)
Industry Related Experience:  Over 25 years of working experience in facility and project management.  Member of the International Facility Manager's Association and a member of the Project Management Institute.

​​Program Faculty (Emeritus)

Jim Bechard
Education:     Diploma, Construction Technician, Niagara College
M.Sc. in Facility Management (Distinction), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology in Business Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Industry Related Experience: 30 years in the operations, management and construction of educational facilities; member: International Workplace,  Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM), International Facilities Management Association (IFMA); and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); retired from membership: OACETT and as a licensed 4th class stationary engineer.

Raymond Chung
Education:     B.Sc. (1st class), Lakehead University
B.Arch., University of Toronto
M.Arch., University of Toronto
PMP, Project Management Institute
FMP, Facility Management Professional
SFP, Sustainability Facility Professional
Industry Related Experience:  30 years in Architecture, Facility and Project Management experience in architectural, engineering, municipal, real estate, construction and large commercial institutions. Member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Other Faculty

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.​

Program Overview

​Program Description

Architecture – Project and Facility Management (APFM) is a unique interdisciplinary program combining knowledge and skills of architecture, engineering, project management, facility management, and business for the development of better buildings and environments. The program emphasizes a holistic approach to the built environment considering the full building life cycle, including strategic planning, pre-design, design, construction, occupancy and re-use, taking into account the owner, the occupant, and the environment. A significant aspect across the four-year coursework is a focus on managing teamwork and the ability to effectively communicate, including written, verbal and graphic content.

Through their coursework and co-op experiences, an APFM graduate is uniquely equipped to guide and manage the decision-making process across the life cycle of a building. The APFM degree fosters a graduate who has the agility to contribute to an organization and the building industry in a meaningful way across a wide range of stakeholders and phases of a building project. This agility provides breadth, flexibility and transferable skills to their future careers, as well as the opportunity to pursue further graduate studies in related fields.

The opportunity exists for students who have completed a related advanced three-year diploma program to bridge or transfer into the third year of this program.
For more information contact the Program Coordinator at

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 specified learning attributes.​

Program Outcomes are located on the Architecture - Project and Facility Management webpage on the left side navigation bar.​

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'.


APFM has been accredited by ABET's International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Degree Minors

Conestoga College's degree students may be able to apply their interdisciplinary electives toward a minor within their degree program. A minor acknowledges additional learning within a specific discipline that a student achieves while completing their degree. A minor can help recognize the additional interests a student may have and can help differentiate a job seeker from their competitors. Successful completion of a minor will be identified on the student's official transcript.

For more information, please click here:

Program Academic Achievement

​Academic Promotion Decisions

Refer to the College website 'Baccalaureate Degree Promotion and Graduation Policy' for specific information regarding this policy.

These policies are defined to meet the requirements of the Post-secondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB).  Should the Board revise its requirements these College policies will be reviewed. In addition, changes may result due to decisions made by Academic Forum.  Any changes will be reflected in this web document.​

Academic Decisions

The Academic Team meets at the conclusion of every semester, and at the call of the Program Coordinator, to make academic decisions.  Academic decisions are made with respect to promotion, probation, learning contracts, supplemental work and discontinuance.

The academic record of students who fail to meet program/course standards will be reviewed by the Academic Team.  This would include the following reasons:

  • Failure of theory course and/or studio course
  • Patterns of absences from class or co-op which may affect achieving program standard

A student who has not met the program/course standards will be subject to one, or a combination of, the following as determined by the Academic Team:​

  1. Complete supplemental work relating to specific course failures.
  2. Repeat the course at the earliest opportunity.
  3. Repeat the entire semester/year.
  4. Be placed on probationary status.
  5. Enter into a Learning Contract relating to achievement across more than one program course.
  6. Be declared ineligible to participate in co-op terms.​ 
  7. Be discontinued from the program.

Students who are promoted but have un-cleared failures may not be able to take courses for which the failed course is a prerequisite.

A grade of 60% (2.0-grade points) is considered the minimum level of achievement for passing a course, however, students must maintain a minimum program GPA of 2.5 (65%) to avoid probation, repeating the same level or discontinuance. This means that achieving 60% in a few courses will be okay however many courses with final marks of 60% will result in an overall GPA of less than 2.5.

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 may be allowed entry into a course for which they are missing a prerequisite only in special circumstances with the permission of the program coordinator and with the approval in writing of the course Professor. In addition to prerequisites and co-requisites, it may not be possible to take courses out of sequence to preserve the links between courses and curriculum projects at any level.

Incomplete Work

A student will only be granted an incomplete in a given course if the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has accumulated a grade of at least 50%
  2. The student is not in a position to be discontinued (as specified in the official promotion policy for degree programs)
  3. The student has passed the theory portion of the course (if applicable).
  4. The student has not had any academic offences reported in the given course. 

​Clearance of Academic Deficiency

The following information is in addition to the College 'Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy' available on the College website.

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. Supplemental work is an academic privilege, not an academic right. The privilege may be extended to students who meet the criteria for the granting of supplemental work.  The criteria provides academic objectivity in making decisions about which students will be granted the privilege.

Opportunities for the clearance of an academic deficiency will arise after the submission of a final failing grade for a student in a course. The student must indicate an intention to clear an academic deficiency within five working days after the final grade is posted for the course.  Reference the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Procedure for the full process. 

Students with one (1) failed or dropped a course are expected to successfully complete the failed or dropped course within 1 academic year.

Students with two (2) failed or dropped courses are expected to schedule a meeting with the Program Coordinator and determine a plan of action to complete the failed or dropped courses.

Students with three (3) failed or dropped courses are "required" to meet with the Program Coordinator and establish a "learning contract" to complete the failed or dropped courses.

Students who have four (4) total failures and dropped courses, or 3 failures and dropped courses plus an uncleared academic violation will be discontinued from the program.  See requirements under "Discontinuance".

If the Academic Team determines that the failed courses will not prevent the student from continuing in the project-based learning environment, then the student is eligible to continue into the next level but is required to pick up and clear failed or dropped courses as soon as possible.  In some cases, this may result in the student having to drop a course in order to pick up a failed course.

If the Academic Team determines that the failed courses will prevent the student from continuing in the project-based learning environment, then the student is eligible to continue in the program but must repeat a specified semester.  This may result in the student being out of school for a semester.

Criteria for the opportunity to clear an academic deficiency:

  1. To be eligible for a supplemental opportunity, the student's final grade can be no less than 10 marks below the minimum passing grade for the course.  The minimum passing grade for courses in this program is 60%; therefore, the threshold for a supplemental opportunity would be a mark of 50% or greater. 
  2. There must be evidence of passing at least one (1) evaluation in the course.
  3. There shall be only (1) supplemental opportunity granted for a course.
  4. There must be no registered academic offence in the course for which a supplemental evaluation is granted. 
  5. No more than two (2) supplemental opportunities will be allowed in a given semester.
  6. If granted, the supplemental will take the form appropriate to the failed course.  It may be comprehensive in nature or require the student to repeat particular aspects of the course.  Students will be required to pay the supplemental fee as established by the Registrar's Office. 
  7. If the supplemental receives a passing grade, the final grade for the course will be the minimum passing grade for the course. 
  8. If the supplemental receives a failing grade, it will result in no change to the original course grade. 
  9. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the student has one semester in the academic year to clear the probation by supplemental work.


The following information is in addition to the College 'Baccalaureate Degree Promotion and Graduation Policy' available on the College website.

The conditions of Academic Probation will be determined by the Academic Team and will be one of the following:

  1. A student with a program, or sessional, GPA less than 2.50, or has committed an academic violation, may be placed on probation.
  2. The Academic Team may determine that a student be placed on probation or is to be discontinued from the program.  This decision will depend upon overall academic achievement to date and/or the nature of the academic violation.
  3. If placed on probation, the student may be eligible to continue into the next level or may remain at the current level of the program.
  4. If placed on probation the student may be declared ineligible to participate in co-op placement terms until the probation is cleared.
  5. The student shall enter into a "learning agreement" authorized by the Program Coordinator indicating a time frame for clearance of the probationary period.


Students will be discontinued if:

  1. There is no progress in clearing missing courses and maintaining a 2.5 GPA while on probation.
  2. They have failed the same course three (3) times.
  3. They are carrying more than four (4) core subject failures and their GPA is between 1.0 and 2.0.
  4. They have a GPA that is below 1.0 (Average below 50%).
  5. They have had 3 academic offences and/or a student responsibility violation necessitating discontinuance.

Normally there will be no academic decision made at the end of level one. However, a student may be discontinued at the end of level one based on a unanimous recommendation of the program's Academic Promotion Committee.


A student who wishes to appeal an academic decision, probation, or discontinuance from the program should refer to the Conestoga College Student Guide.


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:

  1. The student may apply to be re-admitted to the program by contacting the Program Coordinator.
  2. Re-admission will be subject to the availability of space in the related semester.
  3. Re-admission will only be permitted for the start of a semester. 
  4. The student shall be required to clear "all failed courses and/or dropped courses" as a condition of re-admission to the beginning of a semester.
  5. The student may receive credit for successfully-completed previous coursework.  These credits will be evaluated on an individual basis, in relation to the semester of re-admission and any program design changes made since the student left the program.
  6. A student who leaves the program during the first year may be required to repeat the Foundation Module so as to integrate with their new classmates.

In addition to the above, a student who has been discontinued from the program will be required to:

  1. Meet with the Program Coordinator to discuss reasons for previous Discontinuance and outline their strategy for academic success if granted re-admission.
  2. If granted re-admission, enter into a Learning Contract and/or be placed on Probationary status for one academic year.​


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.


Students 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.

Program Information

Academic Dates

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. 

​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 Student Sucess Advisor/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.

Co-operative Education

The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent unless otherwise noted):

  • Minimum 65% session weighted average in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term.
  • Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any 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 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.
  • 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 in degree programs may only fail/defer each work term in their program design once. 
To participate in a co-op work term, students must (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent unless othewise noted):
  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR/CDEV71050).  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 (exceptions may be granted for degrees).
  • 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 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.
The following rules apply to back-to-back work terms: 
  • Eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term. 
  • 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. 
For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations & Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Supports 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
Please Note:
  • 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.
  • Students who are not eligible for co-op or​ do not secure the first work term by the start of the work term semester will be offered the option to enrol in the 15 credit Career Management in Canada GCM70000 co-op alternative.  This co-op alternative involves guided activities involving approximately 3 hours of time per week and additional project work.
  • If GCM70000 is selected, students cannot transfer back into the co-op stream and cannot complete a co-op term for their first work term.
  • GCM70000 is delivered online.
  • GCM70000 is only an alternative for the first co-op work term of the program, students will still complete at least one mandatory co-op work term if they choose GCM70000.

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: 

The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website.

For more information, visit the Credit Transfer webpage and the PLAR webpage.

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.

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.

Copyright at Conestoga 

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.

​Evaluations (deadlines, tests, and examinations)

General Information

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.

Regular appointments may be arranged between the student and faculty at which time the student's progress is reviewed, and advisement is given for improved student learning.

Evaluation Methods​

In-School Semesters:

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
  • design and/or construction of projects
  • lab assignments

Co-op Semesters:

Co-op assignments must be completed competently and within the allocated time unless other arrangements have been made with the faculty/Co-op advisor.

Sources of Evaluation and Feedback

Students will benefit from the input of many people who will evaluate their work and provide feedback.  The final grade is a compilation from many sources including:

  • evaluation by course faculty of the student's performance (team and individual)
  • external review panels
  • self-evaluations
  • peer evaluations
  • business associates (CO-OP experience, thesis external advisors, etc.)

Results of Evaluation

Faculty maintains their own student tracking records.  You and your academic team should review these records on a regular basis.

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 will be progressively reduced as follows:

Within 24 hours of the due date/time – mark reduced by 10%

Within 48 hours of the due date/time – mark reduced by 20%

The above timeframes for late submission will be applied in relation to business days, excluding weekends and statutory holidays. Without a request for extension of submission approved by relevant course faculty (refer to Extension of Submission of Student Work below), student work submitted after that window may be marked as "missed" and valued at zero toward the final grade. 

This is a faculty decision made in consultation with the student.

Extension of 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, with the following general guidelines:

  • Students are required to submit all assignments on or before the date specified and should anticipate problems that might necessitate an extension of time. If an extension of time is required, students will make this request to the appropriate faculty.
  • An extension of time will be given only if arrangements have been made with the faculty prior to the due date. Requests for an extension must be made by email to the relevant course faculty, from the student's Conestoga e-mail address. Extensions will not typically be given if the request is made the day the assignment(s) is due.
  • In general, extensions for submission of student work will be considered only in the case of extenuating circumstances (illness, accidents, bereavement, etc.). Course faculty may require documentation of the proposed extenuating circumstances – such as a doctor's note in the case of illness; the decision to accept this documentation is determined by the faculty responsible for the related work.
  • Where a student has requested an extension and provided relevant faculty with accepted documentation of extenuating circumstances in advance of due dates or with a medical certificate upon return to classes, efforts will be made to accommodate the student without penalty and within the timeframe set by the College for completion of term work.

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
  • The deferment of a test, assignment or exam may be granted at the discretion of individual course faculty where the student has:
    • made the request to the relevant faculty prior to the date of the originally scheduled evaluation, and
    • ​​has provided faculty with acceptable documentation of the circumstances generating the request.

Provided the above conditions have been met, efforts will be made to accommodate the student requests for deferment without penalty and within the timeframe set by the College for completion of term work.​

​General Education Electives

In the APFM program, you are required to complete General Education (Gen Ed) courses. Gen Ed courses can either be included as a specified course in your program and must take when scheduled by the program or they can be elective courses chosen by the student in the academic term indicated by the program design.  These elective Gen Ed course requirements are listed at the bottom of each student's progress report, which is found on the Student Portal.  The progress report indicates the level/semester and the minimum hours that are required for the program.  Students are responsible for adding the elective Gen Ed course into their schedule, during the designated semester. Eligible courses are approved and posted each semester on the college website. Visit Current Students | Conestoga College and click on 'Announcements'.   For additional information regarding Gen Ed courses, please contact the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.​

​​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.​​​

Student Engagement

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.

​​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 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.

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).

College Hours

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.*​​

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.

​ APFM Students

Facility access protocols are subject to change and will be communicated by College staff, faculty and campus signage.   Students must comply with access controls and safety measures for the protection of all persons and property. 

Prior to after-hours access: visit the Cambridge Campus Security desk in the Atrium BY 4:30 PM- present their student photo I.D. and sign the appropriate paperwork.

During after-hours access: ensure that there are a minimum of three students in the area at all times (if less than three students remain, then all must leave):

  • respect posted conditions for use of the area and comply with security and custodial staff as required
  • clean up after their work is complete, so the area is ready for class use the following day
  • the last group of students to leave the area must ensure all doors to the studio facilities are locked

Security of Property

The program studio facilities are equipped with keyless entry. The punch code access is provided to each student registered in the program at the outset of each semester.

All individuals permitted access to the studio facilities will be provided with the code by program faculty/administration.  In order to maintain the security of property and persons, it is critical that this access code is not shared with students outside of the program.

Within the studios, each student is provided with a storage cabinet for securing their personal equipment and supplies.  Students are advised to purchase a lock for their individual storage cabinet to ensure the security of their property when they are absent from their work area.

Program Physical Space

The dedicated physical space of the program includes:

  • a multi-purpose room (A3116)(Shared with Bachelor of Interior Design Program)
  • a plotter/printer room (A3122)(Shared with BID)
  • a model room (A3132) (Shared with BID)
  • a product library room (A3126)(Shared with BID)
  • faculty offices (A3219)
  • and studios: (A3130), (A3120), (A3102)

During each semester of the program, each class is assigned one of these studios to act as their 'homeroom' or base of operations for the execution of their studio and course work.  Within their studio, each student is provided with a designated workstation and a storage cabinet.

The Studio and Classroom Learning Environment

Your Studio is your 'Base of Operations'.

This is a space that we share as a faculty and student body. This is where we will come together to explore the material of your Studio work, and other curriculum, in each semester of the program.  This exploration will range from lectures to seminar discussions, to the development of group and individual project work, to formal reviews and informal discussions.

You should think of the Studio environment as somewhat of a 'crucible' – a place where there is ongoing iteration, synthesis, and recombination of the various aspects of your studies.

For the first year of the program, your studio space will be A3102.

The Role of the Studio

Your work in Studio represents your ability to digest and synthesize various aspects of all coursework in each semester of study.  While various courses in the Semester outline particular discrete aspects of the program curriculum, it is in Studio where you have the opportunity and responsibility to evaluate and integrate these concerns into a comprehensive project. Remember that Studio is only one of the courses in each semester.  Allot your time so that you give appropriate attention to the other courses.

The Role of Feedback and Reviews

Formal reviews of student's work are a long-established and highly valued part of an education in architecture.  Formal reviews will take place in various components of the curriculum.

While approaches may vary, in its essence it is a public discussion of the work, rather than the person.  It thus sets out to be an objective and focused discussion of the work itself.  Although certain of the merits and shortcomings of the work will be addressed, there is no attempt to be comprehensive and exhaustive, and many aspects may not be even mentioned.  Certain points often will have already been discussed at an earlier critique or desk review.  It is common for the review panelists to consider certain questions to be more significant or fertile.

It is therefore not an evaluation as such.  It is an investigation and a debate.  The tone of a particular review may thus not be a reliable indication of the project's final grade.  Evaluation of Studio work will take place in a confidential session by the studio faculty, in which the critical aspects of each project will be considered.

Feedback and the Desk Review

Informal discussion sessions in Studio and other courses are quite different from formal reviews.

Desk reviews are best understood as private consultations.  Advice is offered based on the work presented.  Suggestions are made to promote the development of the project.  They are not objective debates or evaluations, but opportunities to receive advice specific to each student/group and each project.  The comments will tend to reflect more personal and candid views and should be understood as such.  It is quite common to receive differing, if not conflicting, opinions from different teaching staff.  The project and the decisions are your responsibility.  What you do with the advice and how skillfully you apply it is up to you.  To cite misunderstood advice as the reason for poor work is typically an evasion of this responsibility.

Approach to Studio and Classroom work in the Program

The project-based environment is a learning atmosphere that will be new to most first-year students of the program.  Following are some tips of 'do's' and 'don'ts' which will be helpful:​

Do this:

  • Attend all scheduled classes.  Desk reviews and lectures are essential components of the education process.
  • Take notes during lectures and presentations.  What will be discussed contains useful material for your project work as well as for your general education. If you miss a class be sure to get notes from a classmate.
  • Take notes during, or immediately after an informal/desk review.
  • Enlist a classmate to take notes for you during a formal review.
  • Obtain a 3-ring binder to hold all course printed material and to collect your individual and group research.
  • Maintain a sketchbook to record your ideas as they develop.  Take this with you everywhere.
  • Start your design ideas to scale early.
  • Exchange ideas with your classmates.  Attend your classmates' formal reviews.
  • Know when to keep your head down and avoid useless distractions.  Ensure that others respect this.
  • Spend time familiarizing yourself with the wider world of the built environment in the Learning Resource Centre and beyond.  If faculty suggests you study a specific building or the work of a particular architect, look it up and keep a record of your research.
  • Do the project.  The objective is to explore the limits of any particular project, to discover those forms and strategies which give the project its meaning and its interests.  An urge to step outside the limits of a particular assignment may well jeopardize the success of your projects as a design, and as a learning experience. 
Do not do this:
  • ​Don't skip classes.
  • Don't be late for classes.  Most lectures and project introductions take place at the start of class time.  Missing these will obviously constrain your ability to successfully develop projects. It also shows a lack of respect for faculty and classmates.
  • Don't ever be late for a scheduled review, test, or presentation.
  • Don't make all-nighters a habit.
  • Don't sleep in the studio.
  • ​Don't use your classmates' desks or equipment in their absence.
  • Don't make excessive noise in class or Studio at any time.  Respect your classroom or Studio as a shared atmosphere of collective and collaborative work.  Faculty will shut down any disturbance deemed to be a nuisance. The use of the studio outside of class time is a privilege, not a right.​

Safety Information


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.​​ 

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.

Interdisciplinary Electives

Students are required to complete interdisciplinary elective courses. Interdisciplinary elective 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 interdisciplinary 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 Questions regarding interdisciplinary electives can be directed to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies:

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

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances, such as brief illness, do arise during the term. As a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary or possible, we do not ask you to provide a doctor's note except in exceptional circumstances. If you are absent from a scheduled evaluation, you must:                  

A. Report the Absence on the Student Portal prior to scheduled class time: See the Student Responsibilities section above.    

B. Make Alternative Evaluation Arrangements 

i. Reach out to your professor to ask how the evaluation will be made up. Your professor will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.  

If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example it is an experiential activity, lab, or a group presentation) your professor may allocate its marks to another evaluation item. This will be communicated to you by email to your eConestoga or college account OR discussed and documented in an interview and then signed off by both you and your professor.

Program Handbook Revision Log

​Date: June 2022
Type of Revision: Annual update 

​Date: July 2021
Type of Revision: Annual update 

Date: July 2020
Type of Revision: Annual update 

Date: July 2019
Type of Revision: Annual update

Date: July 2018
Type of Revision: Annual update / Attendance at Evaluations addition

Date: June 2017
Type of Revision: Annual update

Date: June 2016
Type of Revision: Annual update

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 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.

Bachelor of Applied Technology (Honours) - Architecture - Project and Facility Management (APFM)