This is the normal decision for students who have a 1B term average below 59.5, no grounds for a petition, but are still committed to uWaterloo engineering. It gives students an opportunity to make the necessary adjustments and create support structures to build a strong first year foundation. Often, students who do this, place at or near the top of their class, and this academic strength continues in upper years.
When dealing with this decision, students will have to plan for the term after their work term and before they repeat the term. There are two general options:
Work to gain more experience and increase savings
Students can work during this term, but it is important to note that you will not be a co-op student and will not receive a co-op credit. This means you will work as a regular student. You must inform your employer regarding your change in status since it influences tax credits. Note that students who repeat a term are set to have 7 official work terms whereas only 5 co-op credits are required to graduate.
Take courses at uWaterloo that will strengthen your 1A background.
Students may be eligible to return to uWaterloo to strengthen their background. This means they would take 1A courses or equivalents (e.g., a student who struggled in 1A and 1B calculus should retake 1A calculus). Students cannot take any core course or equivalent courses from the 1B term they will be repeating. However, students may be able to take general electives or Complementary Studies Electives (CSEs) with the strengthening course(s).
Please contact an advisor from the Associate Director of Software Engineering to discuss and plan this option.
Frequently asked questions
What courses do I have to repeat?
A student must repeat all core courses in which they scored below 70. If the term includes a Complementary Studies Elective (CSE), any CSE or non-engineering elective may be chosen. The student excused from repeating courses in which they scored 70 or greater, must replace these courses with non-engineering electives to maintain a full course load for their program term.
What do I do if I am excused from repeating a course (scored 70% or greater in my first attempt)?
If a student is exempt from retaking a course then the course must be replaced with an elective course.
What are acceptable courses for replacing an excused course on a repeat term?
Acceptable courses are either complementary study electives or general elective courses.
Why do I have to wait two terms (8 months) before repeating the term?
It normalizes the time penalty for students in all programs and streams. This is specified in the E and P Academic Decisions Rule #6.
What is a voluntary strengthening term?
A student requests to enrol for an Engineering non-degree term in order to strengthen their academic background before returning to repeat and/or clear a 1B failure. Acceptable courses would be 1A core or equivalent courses in which the student is weak in.
How do I arrange for enrolment in my repeat term?
Students wishing to return and repeat the failed term must notify the Associate Director of Software Engineering.
Should I be enrolled in a Work Report on a repeat term?
Students should not be enrolled for the Work Report credit on a repeat term.
What are the mark requirements to pass a repeat term?
Promotion rules for a repeat term are a minimum term average of 59.5% with no course mark below 50%.
Is there a limit to the number of repeat term decisions a student can earn?
There are no more than two repeat terms allowed. A student receiving a third failed term will be Required to Withdraw from Engineering.
I was awarded a No Penalty repeat term via a petition. What is the effect of the No Penalty?
The no-penalty designation means that the term is not counted as a repeat term with regard to the number of times a term can be repeated or in the calculation of the total number of terms of full-time study in the program. This condition is normally applied as a result of extenuating circumstances which significantly affected the student's performance in the failed term.