Financial Technology

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1519
Workforce Development

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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

COVID-19 and 2021-22 Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

Introduction

​​​Welcome to Conestoga!

This program handbook has been designed to provide you with information specific to the Financial Technology #1519 program. It is a companion document to the Student Guide.

We are proud of the quality programming we offer in order to meet workforce development needs in our community and beyond.  We work with industry representatives in order to provide timely, employment-ready training options for all of our students.

Our faculty members are chosen not only for their subject matter expertise, but also for their passion for teaching and learning through the sharing of their knowledge and experience.  Whether it be in a classroom on campus, hybrid or online environment, our faculty have the industry and teaching expertise to help you succeed in your educational goals.

I wish you the best in your studies and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the program. 

Sincerely,

Sandra Schelling,
Executive Dean, Workforce Development, Continuing Education, and Online Studies

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.

Staff Contact

​​Executive Dean, Workforce Development, Continuing Education, and Online Learning
Sandra Schelling
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3221
sschelling@conestogac.on.ca

Chair, Workforce Development & Part-time Studies
Scott Dart, BSc, CPP
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning 
Doon Campus, Welcome Centre
(519) 748-5220
sdart@conestogac.on.ca

Academic Manager, Workforce Development & Part-time Studies
​Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Doon Campus, Welcome Centre
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3197

Program Faculty

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

Program Overview

Program Description

The field of financial technology is evolving as it responds to the challenges facing the 21st century financial sector. This means that professionals employed in the field must be equipped to support diverse client groups such as individuals and company-based financial institutions. If you have a background in the computer industry, finance or other related fields, and are ready to attain in-depth competencies to help consumers and businesses track, manage, and facilitate their finances, this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program will be of interest to you. Through a variety of projects, case studies and interactive learning opportunities, and using current and relevant resources to support the latest trends in financial technology, you will develop the skills needed to help individuals and businesses secure their finances. You will study topics such as applications, emerging market trends, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship and management. In just eight months, graduates will be job-ready to take the lead in the financial technology industry in various roles such as Business Analyst, Blockchain Business Analyst, Financial Technologist and other roles related to financial technology.

​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 for Financial Technology - #1519. To find these courses, click on the "Courses" tab.

7-1-7 Semester Model

This program delivery includes Student Success Week during Week 8 of each semester (Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer).

The inclusion of a Student Success Week in each semester provides students with unscheduled time to complete course work and creates opportunities for earlier and more intensive support for students who may need extra help. In addition, the break during the semester will help ease transition challenges for first-year students and reduce stress and anxiety by providing more time to relax, catch up on course work, and utilize student services. This model enhances student well-being and success.

Conestoga's Student Services departments will schedule workshops and sessions during Student Success Week for those seeking extra support.

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • refocus their studies
  • attend help sessions and study skill workshops
  • meet with groups for program assignments
  • catch up on work that has been assigned as part of the first 7 weeks of the semester
  • The expectation is that there will be no course-related academic activity (e.g. assignments due, tests, make-up classes, etc.) scheduled during Student Success Week.

Please review academic dates on the college website for the exact date of Student Success Week for each semester.

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.

Students also have access to review their start/end date and the drop/refund deadlines through their Student Portal under the 'My Courses' tab.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Design secure and regulatory compliant financial technology (Fintech) mobile and web solutions to support the financial services sector.
  2. Analyze data to inform strategic decision making when implementing Fintech decisions.
  3. Propose cryptography solutions to support secure financial transactions to manage cryptocurrencies for various stakeholders.
  4. Research web and mobile applications to design and implement new Fintech products and services. 
  5. Adhere to ethical and legal guidelines to ensure data security, integrity, and confidentiality in the delivery of Fintech applications.
  6. Analyze organizational structures and management processes to recommend improvements to organizational performance through financial technology solutions.
  7. Develop plans using principles of entrepreneurship to start up, manage, and expand a small business.
  8. Adhere to professional practices and communication to foster positive relationships with clients and stakeholders.
  9. Integrate interpersonal, teambuilding, and leadership skills to effectively participate in diverse organizational environments. 

Program Information and Requirements


​​​​Classroom Information 

Successful students will:   

  • Attend classes on time.
  • Wear appropriate business attire when required.
  • Report an absence before class begins through standard communication methods by logging in to the student portal or eConestoga. 
  • Obtain from classmates and/or eConestoga any assignments or notes that were missed.
  • Be prepared for class, ready to ask/answer questions and participate in classroom discussions.
  • Submit assignments on time that are business professional adhering to instructions.  
  • Maintain academic integrity on all assigned work and tests/examinations.
  • Behave in a polite, ethical, professional and respectful manner toward all faculty, students, employers and colleagues both on and off the campus.
  • Communicate effectively in English: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Ensure all emails sent to other students, faculty, or staff are written in professional business language. Abusive/inappropriate language will not be tolerated. 
  • Be a positive ambassador for the program and the college.

Course Outlines

Course outlines state the learning outcomes that will be covered during the course. Details about the evaluation method, the weighting of assessments, and any other specific criteria required to successfully complete the course are also listed on the course outline. Students are responsible for reviewing the outline and the requirements to pass each individual course. Evaluation requirements vary from course to course. The passing grade and specific course stipulations are listed under the evaluation section of the course outline.

Course outlines are in the Student Portal under the 'My Courses' tab and posted on eConestoga. 

Required Supplies and eText

Your program may be designated​ as an eText program.  Please access details on the program specific webpage on the Conestoga College Corporate site. 

For students where eText does not apply, any required materials for a course are listed on the course outline. Failure to obtain required materials may result in unsuccessful grades in the course.

Your program may be designated as a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  Please review this information on your program specific webpage on the Conestoga College Corporate site. Please access details regarding device specifications on the program specific webpage.

Laptop Requirements
All students entering this program must have a laptop computer that meets the minimum specified requirements​. All students must own and maintain their laptops.

The college provides registered students with wireless and hardwired internet access, access to free software downloads and server- based access to several program-specific software applications while on campus. Additionally, open access computer labs with all required software are available for all students.

During the first week of the program, students will be instructed on how to download certain software products and how to access other products through the college server.

Students must bring their laptops on the first day of classes.
 

Instructional Plans

Instructional plans will be provided to students on eConestoga. All assessment dates and deadlines will be posted on the instructional plan, including assignments, tests/quizzes, midterms, presentations, etc. This information acts as a guide to the course and is the course schedule. Students are expected to review these documents on a regular basis and note all key dates and deliverables. An instructional plan may change with Chair approval.

Practices within the Classroom

Faculty responsibilities: 

  • Provide to students at the start of each course an instructional plan, which indicates the due dates for all assessed items (assignments, tests, exams, case studies, presentations etc.) and the respective weighting of each item toward the student's final grade.
  • Return assessed items promptly and review with students – generally, students are not able to retain their tests/examinations/assignments and should review thoroughly at this time. It is the responsibility of the student to ask any questions regarding the assignment with the faculty member outside class time if required.
  • Respond to student requests for consultations to discuss performance or questions in respect to their coursework and assessed items.
  • Respond to student emails within a 48-hour period during business hours.
  • Ensure course outcomes are covered in the assessment method. 

Student responsibilities: 

  • Attend and participate in lectures, presentations, group work, field trips or other activities related to the course/program.
  • Adhere to all deadlines for assessed items, and write final exams as indicated on the schedule 
  • Submit coursework in the requested format, described by the faculty member in the rubrics or guidelines, by the specified deadline.
  • Fully disclose and completely reference all sources used in submitted course assessments and not engage in plagiarism.
  • Advise faculty of circumstances that would prevent the completion of assessments, prior to the deadline, and provide required documentation.
  • Use Conestoga email to communicate with faculty, not personal email or eConestoga, unless directed otherwise by faculty.
  • Check Conestoga email on a regular basis. 

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices may be used for learning or instructional purposes. Professors or technologists may request devices be put away when a safety issue or distraction occurs. Unauthorized devices in a testing situation will result in an academic offence.

Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of faculty and/or students. Content from the course is not to be posted on any external websites unless posted by faculty.

The use of an electronic translator is prohibited. Courses are taught in English and students must be able to communicate in English.

Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations for approved electronic devices are permitted to do so with the faculty's knowledge. 

Grading

Students can access interim grades throughout the semester on eConestoga. Final grades are submitted by faculty, approved by the Chair and posted on the Student Portal within 3-5 business days after the final examination or assignment due date.

The following grading system will be employed by faculty in reporting student achievement to the registrar's office. Specific programs/courses may require different minimum standards of achievement.

The following applies to course grading: 

  • The minimum passing grade for certificate courses is 55%, unless otherwise indicated on the course outline.
  • If a course is repeated, the most recent grade will be used to compute the program GPA. However, both grades will show on the student's academic transcript.
  • If the first course taken is a failure and the same course is repeated and it is also a failure, only the most recent failure will be used in the calculation of their GPA.

Guidelines for Submitting Assignments and Late Policy 

Each faculty member will inform students of their guidelines for submitting assignments. For example, a case study format may not be the same for all faculty. Each faculty member will inform students of their late submission policies. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the course requirements and due dates for each of their courses as listed in their instructional plan.

Exam/Test Rules for Students 

Failure to follow examination/test rules or instructions will result in immediate confiscation of the test or exam and a grade of zero may be assigned to the exam/test. The candidate may be subject to further disciplinary action as per Conestoga College academic integrity policy. 

  • Once the exam/test has begun, candidates will not be permitted to leave the room except in an emergency. 
  • In case of emergency please follow the instructor's instructions. 
  • Once you leave the exam/test room you may not be re-admitted. 
  • Please refer all questions, comments or concerns to the instructor, not classmates. 
  • Communication between students is not permitted. You will receive a warning once if you attempt to communicate with fellow exam/test takers. Subsequently you will be asked to leave the room and your test will be collected and marked only to the point to which it has been completed. 
  • Exam/test takers will be allowed to have a clear bottle of water with the label removed. No other personal items will be permitted including electronic devices (cell phones, smartwatches, MP3 players, iPods, etc.) on or near where exam/test is being taken. 
  • If scratch paper is needed for exam/test, this will be provided by the instructor, students will not be able to use their own scratch paper. 
  • All backpacks and/or bags must be kept at the front of classroom.  

Academic Integrity 

Academic Integrity means acting fairly and honestly when engaging in academic activities. Please review  ​​Conestoga’s Academic Offences Policy and Procedure. Academic Integrity is expected and required of all Conestoga students. Students are responsible for personally maintaining control of their own work at all times, so that breaches of this policy are less likely to occur. Failure to maintain academic honesty will not be tolerated, and students found guilty in any way will be disciplined in accordance with the policy. The penalty levied for an academic offence is listed under the academic offences procedure link above.

Examples of plagiarism may include but are not limited to:  

  • The work submitted or presented was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work. 
  • Parts of the work are taken from another source without reference to the original author (i.e. copying a paragraph, a page, a sentence, and/or someone's ideas). 
  • The whole work (i.e. case study, essay, business plan, etc.) is copied from another source or person. 
  • A student submits or presents work in one course, which has also been submitted in another course, (even though it is the students original work) without the knowledge of/or prior agreement of the faculty involved. 

 While it is recognized that scholarly work often involves reference to the ideas, data and conclusions of other scholars, intellectual honesty requires that such references be explicitly and clearly noted. 

Cheating gives an unfair advantage to the student over classmates and misrepresents that student's ability. There is a societal expectation that a standard has been met upon graduation and that the graduate is capable of meeting the expectations of the employing organization. 

Cheating harms the student's reputation and learning. Grades obtained in the completion of the student's program must reflect their achievement and demonstrate ethical behaviour. Any student who helps another student to cheat is just as guilty of cheating as the student they assisted. Unacceptable behaviours in these circumstances include, but are not limited to: 

  • Using materials or electronic devices not authorized by the person giving the test. 
  • Collaborating with another student during a test without permission. 
  • Falsifications of an exam record or report. 
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting contents of an exam or any assignment. 
  • Taking a test for another student or permitting another student to take a test for one's self. 
  • Attempting to bribe a faculty member to obtain a passing grade, or better grade on an exam or course. 

The penalties for all forms of plagiarism will be enforced as per the Conestoga College Academic Offences Policy. Faculty may require assessments to be submitted to drop boxes which scan for plagiarism. 

For more information and academic offence resources, please visit the Library Services Website.

Timetable Changes 

Student requests to change or modify timetables are not permitted.  Program administration may adjust timetables to accommodate for statutory holidays, room changes, faculty availability, etc.  If timetable changes occur, students will be advised.  For more information, please speak to your Program Administrator. ​

​Academic Assistance

Students are advised to seek academic assistance directly from their faculty, Coordinator or program administrative contact if concerns arise. Students are also encouraged to access the various support services available that will enhance their learning experience at Conestoga College. For further academic and student assistance please review the links below:

Student Representation – Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI)

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student and/or faculty meeting provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

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: Continuing Education courses may have different start dates and exam dates for courses.

Students also have access to review their start/end date and the drop/refund deadlines through their Student Portal under the 'My Courses' tab.

Bad Weather Conditions and Testing

If the College is closed due to extreme weather, all evaluations to be administered during a regularly scheduled class will be postponed until the next class. 

If the College is closed due to extreme weather at the end of a semester where evaluations are scheduled, the examinations scheduled for that day will be added to the end of the semester, which may result in the extension of the semester, past the posted academic dates. 

Students who cannot travel to the College due to extreme weather (eg. travel advisories or road closures) in their local area are responsible for notifying their faculty of their inability to write on the day of the evaluation. The notice must be provided by Conestoga email prior to the time of the scheduled evaluation. Students who fail to provide this notice will receive a grade of zero. Students must make arrangements to write the evaluation immediately upon their return to the College. 

Notice of College closure will be posted on our website by 6 am the day of. Notice of cancellation of evening classes, will be posted on the website by 3 pm the day of (see College/Campus Closure Practice for more information).

The safety of our College community is a top priority. Conestoga services a large area and it is recognized that conditions can vary widely within the region. Always exercise your best judgement with respect to travelling during extreme weather, based on your individual circumstances. Public transportation, where appropriate, may be the safest option.​

​Academic Standing and Promotion ​

Students registered into a full-time program are registered into a specific program design, tied to the year in which they start their program. Students can reference their specific program design through the Student Portal, under the My Courses tab by clicking the progress report button.

Students actively registered in a full-time program who take longer than the prescribed program length are responsible for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program design.

Program designs list courses in specific levels in order to assist students in choosing the courses required. It is recommended that students enroll in courses listed in the level in which the student is currently registered in, based on their program design. Some courses in higher levels require previous courses to be completed as a pre-requisite. Students will be promoted to the next level of study in their program when they have met those requirements.

Academic decisions are made at the end of each semester of the program, until the program is completed. Students will be advanced to the next level if the required courses have been successfully completed.

Students who are missing significant courses from any level, especially pre-requisite courses, may not be advanced into the next level or they may be discontinued from their program if the student has a total of three or more failures in their current program.  Students may be limited in their course selection until they successfully complete the required pre-requisite courses for the program. An academic plan can be created to assist students with getting back on track in their program. Please consult with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Success Advisor to create an academic plan if required.

Clearance of Failed Courses
Registration for failed courses begins on the first day of classes through the Student ​Portal.​ Students may be limited to a maximum number of total courses to take per semester.  Please consult with the Coordinator and/or the Student Success Advisor for an academic plan to clear failed courses. 

Academic Probation
When a student is carrying two failed courses in the program in which they are registered, the student will be placed on academic probation at the end of each academic semester. Students on academic probation will be monitored by their Program Coordinator and/or Student Success Advisor.

Students will remain on academic probation until all outstanding failures in their program have been cleared. While on academic probation, the student must meet with their Coordinator or Student Success Advisor prior to the beginning of each semester to establish an academic plan. This will provide better opportunities for the student to be successful.

Attendance Rules

Attendance in all classes is strongly recommended and is required for completion of any in-class evaluations. Courses that are delivered in a classroom or lab setting, as opposed to online, will discuss theories and concepts that all students are responsible for, regardless of their attendance. Students are required to report all absences before class begins by emailing their professor using a Conestoga College email account and via the Student Portal. This section is in addition to the College Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook. 

Absence for Other Reasons

Compassionate Leave
Request for leaves of absence to attend to family illness, death or family problems will be considered. These requests will be submitted to faculty who will consult with the Program Administrative contact as required.

Jury Duty

Any student who receives a summons for jury duty must bring the document to their respective faculty as soon as possible. The faculty will consult with Program Administrative contact to determine what arrangements can be made to have the student excused from submission of assignments, if such duty interferes with the progress in the program. Students may also be required to engage in activities in the evening or weekends using eConestoga.

Other Absence(s)

Student absence(s) must be supported by formal, original documentation.

Religious Holiday(s)   
Students are permitted by Conestoga Religious Holiday Policy to be absent from class to observe a recognized religious holiday. Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in an examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day or days because of religious beliefs will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or do alternate evaluations.  

Conestoga recognizes all religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council . 

It is the responsibility of the student to: 
a. Plan ahead and be aware of the dates of all evaluations and other course obligations; 
b. Advise the faculty member that they will be seeking accommodation to observe a recognized religious holiday and make a request in writing to your Program Administrative contact within the first three weeks of the semester and prior to the date of evaluation that falls on the religious holiday. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair. 

Class Cancellations due to Faculty Absence

Faculty, who are absent, may or may not be informing students of class cancellations through college email and/or eConestoga in addition to the Student Portal. Students should check their college email and eConestoga for possible assigned work.

​​Awards​

Visit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website for more information.​


College Email Communication Requirements

College email must be used to contact faculty, Chair, academic support, etc. The information within the email must be kept professional. Students are required and expected to check their college email regularly. All students are assigned a college email during their active time at Conestoga College.

Please note that eConestoga email is course specific only. Therefore, college email must be used to contact faculty or other students.

If there are any issues accessing college email, please contact the IT department at: imshelpdesk@conestogac.on.ca or by telephone at 519-748-5220, ext. 3444 (24/7 support). For further assistance, access the help desk located outside of door 3, or the IT department in room 1E12 (Doon) or 2B21 (Waterloo).  Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses. ​

Dropping Courses

Students should consult their faculty/Coordinator/Program Administrative contact prior to dropping a course on the Student Portal. Dropped courses will appear as "W" (withdrawal) on transcripts if the student withdraws before the deadline date. If the course is dropped after the deadline, the student will receive an "F" (fail) on their transcript.

Students can drop a course on their own from the Student Portal, under the 'My Courses' tab. Students are able to drop all courses but the last one on their own, as that would be considered withdrawing from the program.

Withdrawal from Program

Voluntary withdrawals from the Program are supported from an academic perspective. Students assess their own capabilities in meeting the academic requirements of a program and decide to withdraw. Extended personal leave of absence could result in a student's withdrawal from the program due to the loss of study time. Financial constraints may be a necessary reason for program withdrawal. For these and other reasons, voluntary withdrawals are approved and supported with the option of re- applying for admission. Requests for voluntary withdrawals from the program will be approved by the Program Chair. The student will initiate the withdrawal by informing the Program Chair of their intention to withdraw from the program.

Credit Transfer/Exemptions

Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions.  To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, education (informal/formal), non-formal learning or other life experiences.  Prior learning must be measured to meet the required course outcomes and grading standards.  This policy applies to candidates who wish to earn academic credit for a course in acknowledgement of significant life and work experience.  PLAR is not to be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies and/or to improve grades. Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR.  For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure.  Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.  

Program-Specific Pathways

There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. For more information regarding program-specific pathways contact your program coordinator or administrative contact. 

Discontinuance

A student may be discontinued from their program by the School of Workforce Development for either academic o​r non-academic reasons, as set out in the Discontinuanc​e Procedure​​. Discontinuance decisions for academic reasons are made at the end of each academic semester. A student with three or more failed courses in their current program may be discontinued from their current program. 


​​Graduation ​

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op placements if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change.​​

​​Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and Consortia provide the necessary link between Conestoga and the community it serves. PACs and Consortia 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.​

​Program Progression ​

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses resulting from changes in the program of study.​​


Program Readmission Requirements

Please contact your Program Administrator for more information. 

​Student Feedback

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

Student Appraisal of Teaching 

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: the Early Course Check-in and Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the faculty 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.

Student Services

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

Facility Information

Refer to the Student Guide​ for facility information, including hours of operation and closure practices.

 

Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Effective January 2022: Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame and may include Sunday, to accommodate course, program and college requirements.*​​

Safety Protocols

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

Policies and Procedures

​​Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.​​ 

​General Education / Interdisciplinary Electives

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Interdisciplinary​ elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives

Web-based Tools

​Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.

Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.

While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate. During the pandemic, on-campus Test Centres will be closed.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Revision Date
​Summary of changes
​01/11/2020
​Original handbook creation
​07/2021
Annual updates​


Accommodation Disclaimer

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

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

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

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

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