Software Engineering Technology

2023/24 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1132
Applied Computer Science & Information Technology

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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

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

​​Welcome to the School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology! 

You are embarking upon a journey into the innovative world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), an exciting field that plays a leading role in shaping our present and future worlds.

Conestoga offers a wide range of programs to empower your professional journey in a rapidly growing sector. Our diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees​ will prepare you for your future by providing you with experiential and hands-on learning opportunities.

The School offers an unparalleled opportunity to advance your education. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a cutting-edge educational experience in the heart of a uniquely advantageous location: Silicon Valley North (Waterloo Region). Our strong connections to local industry enable us to provide project-based learning and work-integrated learning, where you can solve real-world problems and engage in new technologies. Our faculty team maintains strong ties to Waterloo Region’s innovation sector, bringing fresh and relevant content to our programs.

What you do here…counts out there; and what you do in our School will prepare you for an exciting future in the dynamic world of ICT.

Sincerely,

Pejman Salehi, PhD
Executive Dean, School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology

Program Staff Contact Information

Executive Dean - Applied Computer Science & Information Technology and Creative Industries
Pejman Salehi
psalehi@conestogac.on.ca

​Dean – Applied Computer Science & Information Technology
James W. Edwards

Chair – Applied Computer Science & Information Technology

Program Manager – Applied Computer Science & Information Technology
Zemar Salim
zsalim@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant
Archna Walia
awalia@conestogac.on.ca

Student Success Advisor
Lesley Lukacs 
llukacs@conestogac.on.ca

Program Coordinators
Carlo Sgro (on sabbatical September 2023 to September 2024)
csgro@conestogac.on.ca
Office : Waterloo 4G26

Norbert Mika 
nmika@conestogac.on.ca
Office: Waterloo 4G26

Program Faculty
Sean Clarke
sfclarke@conestogac.on.ca
Office: Waterloo 4G26

Ed Barsalou
ebarsalou@conestogac.on.ca
Office: Waterloo 4G26

Darryl Poworoznyk 
Dpoworoznyk@conestogac.on.ca
Office: Waterloo 4G26

Tushar Upadhyay 
Tupadhyay1@conestogac.on.ca
Office: Waterloo 4G26

Other Faculty

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

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

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.  Please note that neither faculty, nor administration, will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses. 

College Hours

The College is open and offers classes seven days a week.

Program Overview

Program Description

Conestoga's Software Engineering Technology and Technician programs (SET) are recognized as some of the top programs of their kind in the province. It is ideally suited for someone desiring a dynamic career in the fast-paced, continually growing software industry.

Working with a large variety of computer languages and environments, students will develop skills and knowledge that will qualify them for employment or entrepreneurship in the software industry. With a strong focus on topics that are modern and relevant, the heavily hands-on approach provides an experience that spans many aspects of the software industry.  Courses cover areas as diverse as database development, Internet development, embedded systems, smartphone/tablet development, computer graphics, computer security, software quality, and game programming. There is also an opportunity to work on real-world projects for industry clients.

Students who meet specific performance criteria in Year 1 will be eligible to transfer to the co-op version of the Software Engineering Technology program for Year 2.

Please note that the use of the term "program" in the remainder of this document may refer to all three SET programs unless otherwise indicated.

Please check the Conestoga College website for SET program descriptions.​

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are developed with the expectations and requirements of external regulatory/accrediting bodies and consultation with Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and related industry experts.  These outcomes are coordinated and articulated in a manner designed to result in the achievement of sets of specified learning attributes.​

Please check the Conestoga College website for SET program outcomes. They are located on the left-side navigation bar of the individual program pages.​

Current 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. Please be aware that General Education/Interdisciplinary electives are listed at the bottom of the student's progress report and indicate the specific level/semester in which they are to be completed.  ​

General Education Electives

Students 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: genedfaq@conestogac.on.ca

Program Technology Requirements

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. 

Co-operative Education

Applying to the Co-op Stream:

  • 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 78% weighted average in Year 1 with no dropped, failed courses.

To participate in a co-op work term, students must:

  • 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 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 70% weighted average during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term with no dropped or failed courses.

For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations and Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Supports found by:

  1. Login to MyCareer 
  2. Select Co-op 
  3. Select Co-op Resources 
  4. Select Co-op Policies 
  5. 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. 
  • In order to participate in a WIL experience/Co-op work term, students must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Academic 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 with the Program Coordinator prior to dropping a course.

  • 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.

Continuing Education and OntarioLearn courses are not included in student full-time fees. Students wishing to take these part-time courses are required to pay the full fee for the individual course(s). Students may add these or other courses under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal.

Credit Transfer, 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: credittransfer@conestogac.on.ca. 

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.

​​Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the Student Success 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.  Program transfers are not guaranteed, and are subject to program capacity, suitability and other criteria. Additional information for career or academic advising is available from faculty, program coordinators or career advisors in the Welcome Centre or on the Conestoga website. ​​


Awards

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

Attendance and Program Expectations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters!  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 or an assessment, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members prior to the class/assessment and access any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. It is your responsibility to attend all evaluations (e.g. test, exam, presentation, etc.). 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, commuting, or vacation plans.  

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate the dates of each evaluation at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • As per the Religious Holy Day and Spiritual Observance Procedure, provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • To provide all accommodations requested by Accessible Learning.
  • To consider alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine the unique circumstances (e.g., unexpected family obligations, personal emergencies, etc.) and collaboratively determine an appropriate solution.
  • Note, do not request doctor's notes from students.

Student Responsibilities

  • To review the instructional plan and familiarize with the dates of evaluation.
  • As per the Religious Holy Day and Spiritual Observance Procedure, inform your faculty member in writing that the religious holiday defined by the College Employer Council will occur during the semester and may require considerations for evaluations to be rescheduled.
  • If you must 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.
  • As soon as possible, email the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed and arrange for appropriate follow-up. 

Documentation for Absences

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 the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (e.g., experiential activity, lab, or a group presentation) your professor may provide you with a revised assignment or allocate its marks to another evaluation item, so long as the combined total does not exceed 40% of the course grade. This will be communicated to you by email.

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

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

Assignment Submission Standards

Student success is dependent on meeting evaluation criteria set out in course outlines. Students are expected to complete assignments per faculty instruction. Unless otherwise specified, students are expected to submit assignments in eConestoga on the due date in the appropriate assignment submission folder.  Assignments submitted in alternative formats or contrary to the submission standards communicated by faculty will not be accepted.

Course evaluation criteria and weighting is specified in the course outline and due dates are communicated via the course instructional plan.

Unless otherwise specified, the student is expected to submit assignments in eConestoga on the due date in the appropriate dropbox. 

  • The standard time for submitting assignments is 11:00 p.m. on the due date.
  • One hour of grace will be given on this submission time (e.g. if submitted at 11:59 p.m., it is late without penalty).
  • The assignment dropbox will remain open until 11 p.m. the following day (i.e. 24 hours after the assignment was due).  Submitting between one and 24 hours late will result in a penalty of 40% of the total assignment marks).
  • Assignments will not be accepted after 24 hours late. Weekends and holidays count as normal days.

It is the student's responsibility to have proof of successful upload to eConestoga.  eConestoga does send an e-mail upon successful submission to a dropbox. Proof should not be submitted unless there is a problem.

Final Grade of Incomplete

With approval by a Chair, a final grade of Incomplete will only be given in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of faculty and program coordinator and per applicable School and College policies. 

If a student has been given an Incomplete for a course, it is expected that the student shall complete the remedial work by the agreed-upon deadline. Failing to do so may result a failing mark of F.

Projects

Each project has a clearly defined set of dates for its deliverables. If, for a legitimate reason, any student who does not believe that a project cannot be completed on time, must formally request an extension to the due date from the project leader at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled end of project. Approval of the request for extension will be considered by the faculty team, but is not automatic.

Equipment and Facility Information

Labs and Virtual Infrastructure

Your study may involve the use of networking equipment housed in our school data center and our private cloud infrastructure. These resources are shared with students in your program and with students in other programs in the school.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your shared resources are available in good condition for use by other students. This includes cleaning up your lab environment before leaving at the end of class and utilizing cloud resources responsibly.

Your faculty will provide detailed instructions regarding proper use of resources. You must follow those instructions and let your faculty know any reason you are prevented from doing so.

Please review for full information, with further updates providing by your School and Program Coordinators as required through the academic year. An extensive environment of virtual and cloud resources is used throughout your program courses which is accessible remotely; your faculty will explain this during your courses.

Academic Progress Through the Program

Academic Progression

The college's approach to academic progression is governed by the Promotion Decision Procedure.

A student's academic achievement results in a promotion decision, such as eligible to continue, graduate, and discontinued.

Progress from one level to the next in a program is dependent upon the successful completion of courses and/or meeting program promotion standards.

Academic Promotion Decisions

Academic Probation

Students who fail a course or drop two or more courses in a given level are placed on Academic Probation. It is important that all students be aware of their academic standing and work with faculty members to find ways to quickly clear academic deficiencies.

A student who is on Academic Probation who fails a course will be discontinued.

A student who is on Academic Probation will be restored to non-probationary status if they have no failed or dropped courses in a subsequent semester. For the purposes of this policy, courses that they are not registered in due to missing prerequisites do not count as dropped courses.

Discontinuance

For all programs, students who hold THREE (3) or more failures will be discontinued from the program.

A student will also be discontinued if they fail the same course twice if it originates in the SET programs.

Students actively registered in 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. 

Students must complete the program of study within a period that is twice the length of the program. 

For the purposes of this Discontinuance Program Standard, any enrollment in any of the three SET programs can contribute towards discontinuance (e.g. if you have two failed courses in the Technology program and switch to the Technician program and fail one additional course, you will be discontinued), unless there is a gap of at least twelve months between enrollment in any SET program.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Incompletes

Where a student is assigned an "Incomplete" in a course, the requirements for clearing the incomplete will be communicated to the student by the faculty responsible for the course.

Pre-requisites

Courses may only be taken where the student has the necessary pre-requisites, as defined in the Program Design.

​Supplemental

Students may be allowed to take a supplemental if all the following criteria are met:

With respect to the failed course(s), the student:

  • ​Must have achieved an overall minimum 50% final course grade.
  • Must have maintained regular attendance in the course(s) failed with a minimum of 75% attendance in all scheduled classes and labs. Please note, a logged absence in the student portal prior to the missed class will be counted as an “attended class” in the minimum 75% attendance criteria for supplemental.
  • Must have passed (minimum 55%) in at least one scheduled evaluation in the course worth a minimum of 15% of the total course grade.
  • Must not have received an academic offense in the course they are seeking a supplemental. An academic incident resulting in a warning is not considered an academic offense for supplemental evaluation purposes.
  • Must request a supplemental opportunity within five working days after the final grade is posted for the course. It is the student's responsibility to demonstrate that the eligibility requirements are met.

If successful, the failing grade can be upgraded only to the minimal passing grade of 55%.

Students shall be granted only ONE supplemental opportunity per term, subject to all criteria being met for the course. Students will be required to pay the supplemental fee as established by the Registrar's Office.

For more information, visit the College Policies Procedures, Practices and Guidelines webpage then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled "Clearance of Academic Deficiency".

Special Timetable

When students require a modified timetable to accommodate missed or failed classes, we refer to this as a "Special Timetable". The Special Timetable Rules for these programs are as follows:

  • With respect to scheduling courses, priority must be given to courses failed or missed in the previous semesters. Registration for these courses is subject to availability.
  • New courses may be taken if there are no timetable conflicts and the necessary prerequisites have been attained.
  • Registration of students in courses for their special timetable is based on course capacity and is not guaranteed. Registration for part-time and out of sequence courses normally occurs after full time in-sequence student enrolment has been competed.

Readmission

If a student is discontinued or withdrawn from the program with outstanding failed courses, they must be out of all SET programs for a year before they can reapply for admission. It is advisable for students to make up the lesser of all or two failed course(s) on a part-time basis (students cannot be enrolled in these course(s) before the first week of the semester and enrollment depends on prerequisites being met and the course(s) not being full) before attempting readmission.

Readmission is not guaranteed. Previous course performance will be considered in evaluating the request.  In addition, the Program Standard regarding Admission with Advanced Standing must be adhered to.

Graduation

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

Withdrawal

Students considering withdrawing from a program should communicate with their Student Success Advisor prior to withdrawing.  In order to formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Program Withdrawal form and submit it to the Registrar's Office via LaserFische. Deadlines for withdrawing from a program with/without an academic penalty or with/without a refund are posted on the website under Academic Dates.

Student Engagement

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.

​​Student Feedback

​Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Ontario College Student Experience Survey

All college programs in the province are evaluated using the Ontario College Student Experience Survey. This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes - every student is invited to participate in each year of their program. 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 the Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in is 8-12 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. 

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.

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.​​ 

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.

Accommodation Disclaimer

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

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

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing accessibility@conestogac.on.ca or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

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

Program Handbook Revision Log

Date: June, 2023

Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: June, 2022

Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: July 2021
Type of Revision: Annual revisions

DateJuly 2020
Type of Revision: Annual revisions

Date: August, 2019
Type of Revision: Annual revisions

Date:  July 5, 2018
Type of Revision: Annual revisions, update to Attendance

Date:  July 3, 2017
Type of Revision: Minor annual updates/revisions

Date:  June 6, 2016
Type of Revision: Contact information updates, Minor updates in various information​​

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