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Fall 2020 term
How will progression be assessed for Fall 2020?
Are Supplementary exams being offered?
It will be decided course by course. If the course has some kind of summative assessment, whether exam or assignment, then yes. In some cases, students must complete 2 or more assessments within the current course to be considered to have written a supplementary exam. The best course of action is to consult with the professor currently teaching the course for which you need the supplemental exam. You can also inquire with the ECE Undergrad Advising Office.
Note that first year supplemental exams are typically handled by the First Year Engineering Office.
Winter 2021 term
I’m going into 2B – will I be taking ECE 298 in Winter 2021?
Yes, ECE 298 has been revised to be offered online. It will be included when your 2A courses are added to your schedule.
I’m going into 3A – will I be taking ECE 298 in Winter 2021?
Yes, if you had ECE 298 deferred from your 2B term in Spring 2020, it will be added to your schedule automatically.
In the event ECE 298 is automatically added and you have already successfully completed it, please notify the ECE Undergrad Advising Office.
I’m trying to find electives for Winter 2021, any suggestions?
Will labs be offered in Winter 2021, even if unscheduled?
For most courses yes. A few labs are just not possible to put online but the majority of labs will still be offered in a modified form.
How will courses and exams be delivered in Winter 2021?
The Winter 2021 term will be fully online; many courses will not have scheduled lecture, tutorial, or lab components. As such, assessments will also be online. Quiz, test and assignment deadlines will be used.
The Registrar strongly encourages asynchronous delivery. Many courses are expected to use pre-recorded lectures. That could mean voice added to slides or Khan Academy-style videos. Some instructors may choose to livestream but they will be required to record those for later viewing. Also, multiple lower-stake assessments spread over the term are being encouraged instead of final exams. There will still be an exam period, shortened to one week. Instructors will need to accommodate for students in different time zones and with spotty internet so we expect that you'll more likely get take-home exams than timed online exams.
Will tuition or fees be reduced for Winter 2021?
Tuition for Winter 2021 will remain the same.
Can I switch streams to an academic term in Spring now that my co-op placement is cancelled?
Sequence changes are not permitted for Winter 2021.
Students can register for up to five academic courses. Students can also take a PD course to stay on track with WatPD requirements and avoid coming up short when it’s time to graduate. The student would not receive co-op credit in this case, but the reduced number of work terms would allow for this adjustment.
What if I want to do a double work term?
In the event a student is able to continue in their co-op placement for a second consecutive work term, a sequence change would be allowed. This would include students who wish to:
- Extend their Fall 2020 work term into Winter 2021; and
- Embark on a double work term for Winter and Spring 2021.
Academic, personal and financial support
What about engineering accreditation?
Quoting our associate dean "CEAB has issued a statement that no engineering program will be penalized for any impact that contingency plans have on AU counts". AUs are accreditation units and mean class and lab time. And I was told at the online ECE executive meeting today that we won't need to justify any cancelled labs. So CEAB is being reasonable. CEAB = Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
What resources are available for personal and academic support?
Strategies for online learning
What makes a successful online learner- Minnesota State
8 strategies for getting the most out of an online class – Northeastern University
Common mistakes to avoid as a new online student – Learn How to Become
Tips of electronic exam/test taking
Financial information for students who've lost/cannot find co-op positions
Government of Canada – pauses on student loans, and Emergency Support Benefit for workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment, one-time payments for low-income families through GST credit.
Academic and Co-op Information - The University is working with employers to use remote options for co-op. Students who have lost positions or are experiencing challenges should reach-out to their co-op consultant.