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Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Program Regulations

Faculty Regulations (Faculty of Engineering)

It is the responsibility of each student at Lakehead University to be familiar with all the terms, requirements, regulations, policies and conditions in the Lakehead University Academic Calendar. This includes, but is not limited to, Academic Program Requirements, Academic Schedule of Dates, University and Faculty/School Policies and Regulations, and the Fees and Refund Policies and Schedules.

Students are first governed by the General University Regulations. In addition, engineering students are also bound by the academic regulations and program requirements of the Faculty of Engineering, including the information provided in these Engineering Faculty Regulations.

Each engineering student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which the student is registered satisfy the program requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate sought. Academic advice and counselling are available from the Department Chair. In general, the student should follow the sequence of courses outlined in the Calendar; lower year level courses should be completed prior to higher year level courses. It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy pre- and co-requisites. Failure to do so may result in deregistration from a course without warning before or after course add/drop dates.

Every engineering student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all the rules and regulations of the University and Faculty of Engineering.

Definitions

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Degree Programs: Designed for applicants who meet all the admission requirements for the four-year engineering program. There are two distinct versions of the four-year BEng programs, programs delivered at the Thunder Bay campus and programs delivered through the Lakehead-Georgian partnership. In general, all regulations apply to both versions of the programs. Regulations that are specific to each version are identified by the location designation, either (Thunder Bay) or (Lakehead-Georgian).

Course Levels: All references to course level refer to the year that the course is calendared in engineering programs regardless of the year level designation implied by the first digit of the course number.

Post-Diploma Bachelor of Engineering Programs: The programs delivered at the Thunder Bay campus are designed specifically for graduate engineering technologists and provide an entry pathway for applicants that hold a Technology Diploma and meet all other admission requirements. Students in these programs take:

(a) courses in the Summer Transition Program,

(b) all Year 3 and Year 4 level courses of their specific Bachelor of Engineering Degree Program, and

(c) make-up courses assigned to them at the time of admission or after the Summer Transition Program.

Engineering Technology Diploma:

(Thunder Bay) The Diploma is granted by Lakehead University to students in the Bachelor of Engineering Degree Programs who have successfully completed all Year 1 and Year 2 level courses required for the Engineering Technology Diploma.

(Lakehead-Georgian) The Diploma is granted by Georgian College to students at the completion of BEng program requirements across all four years of the program.

Make-up Courses: Additional courses assigned to a student in a Post-Diploma Bachelor of Engineering Program when (a) core courses are missing in the student’s technology program taken at another institution or (b) the student fails Summer Transition courses.

Engineering Academic Year (EAY): For the purpose of determining academic status, the EAY is considered to run from the start of the Spring Session in one year to the completion of the Winter Session in the following year.

EAY Average: Weighted average based on marks in all courses taken by the student during the EAY, including make-up courses but excluding Summer Transition courses and courses taken outside of the student’s engineering program. The weighted average is obtained by (a) multiplying each mark by the credit weight for the course, (b) adding the results from (a) for all the courses, and (c) dividing by the total credit weight. For courses that have been repeated during the EAY, only the most recent mark will apply although all course marks remain on the student’s record.

Co-operative Education Terms (Co-op terms): Students pursuing a co-operative education option in the Bachelor of Engineering Degree Programs must complete a specified number of work terms to meet the Bachelor of Engineering degree requirements.

Summer Transition Program: A program of study normally required of all students entering a Post-Diploma Bachelor of Engineering Program.

1. Promotion

(a) Students should normally complete courses in the sequence indicated in their program of study and will ordinarily have their year level incremented on completion of all the requirements of their current year of studies.

(Thunder Bay) Post-Diploma entry students will ordinarily be incremented from Year 3 to Year 4 on completion of Year 3 requirements and assigned make-up courses

(b) A minimum mark of 50% is required to pass a course. In the case of repeated courses the final attempt must achieve a passing grade.

(c) To proceed from Year 2 to Year 3 of a program, the student must achieve a cumulative average of 60% in Year 1 and Year 2 level courses and successfully complete all Year 1 and Year 2 requirements.  In the case of repeated courses the most recent grade will be used.

(Thunder Bay) The student must have applied for and be cleared for graduation with the Engineering Technology Diploma.

(d) A course may be taken at most three times. The mark from the most recent attempt will be used in the determination of academic status or fulfillment of graduation requirements. All attempts will remain on the student’s transcript.

2. Special Examinations

(a) A special examination can only be taken if

(i) the student failed the course but attained a mark of at least 40%;

(ii) the student has taken less than two full course equivalents of special examinations in the student's engineering program;

(iii) the student has not previously taken a special examination in the same course, and (iv) the course includes a final exam.

(b) When a special examination is taken, the special examination replaces the final exam in the calculation of the course mark for assessing whether the student has passed the course. Both marks will be recorded on the student’s transcript. The course mark prior to the special examination is used for calculating the EAY Average.

(c) A student cannot write special examinations following the winter term, i.e., the end of the EAY, if

(i) the student has failed more than two full course equivalents; or

(ii) the student has failed more than one full course or its equivalent with marks less than 40%.

3. Review of Academic Status

(a) Academic status is reviewed at the end of each EAY (refer to Regulation 5 for the Summer Transition Program). To be evaluated, a student must have completed a minimum of 2 full course equivalents since the last review or have applied to graduate. All courses subsequent to the most recent evaluation of academic status are included in the new academic status review. Make-up courses are included in the application of the regulations unless stated otherwise.

3.1 Failed Year

(a) A student is deemed to have failed the EAY if in the same EAY

(i) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or

(ii) the student has failed more than one full course or its equivalent with marks less than 40%; or

(iii) the student attains an EAY Average less than 50%; or

(iv) the student has a failure of more than one full course or its equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not.

(b) A student who has failed an EAY is eligible to apply for readmission to the Faculty, see Section 3.2 below, with the following caveats:

(i) A student who fails an EAY while at the Year 1 or 2 level may apply immediately for readmission.

(ii) A student who fails at the Year 3 or 4 level with an EAY Average of 50% or better may apply immediately for readmission.  

(iii) A student who fails at the Year 3 or 4 level with an EAY Average less than 50% may apply for readmission after a period of one year.

 

3.2 Readmission

(a) If readmitted, a student who has failed an EAY at the Year 1 or 2 level will be required to repeat all courses for which marks less than 60% were earned in the failed EAY. Any course passed in the EAY through a special examination must be repeated.

(b) If readmitted, a student who has failed an EAY at the Year 3 or 4 level will be placed on probation and required to repeat all Year 3 and Year 4 level courses for which marks less than 60% were earned in any EAY. Any course passed in the EAY through a special examination must be repeated.

(c) Normally, a student will be readmitted only once.

(d) If readmitted, a student is bound by the calendar requirements at the time of readmission.

 

3.3 Probation

(a) A student who in any EAY obtains an average of less than 60% in Year 3 and Year 4 level courses will be placed on probation and required to repeat all Year 3 and Year 4 level courses for which marks of less than 60% were earned during the same EAY. Regulation 3.3(a) applies to all students who have completed at least 2 full course equivalents of Year 3 or Year 4 level courses regardless of the EAY when they were completed.

(b) A student in Year 1 or Year 2 who completes Year 3 and Year 4 level courses will be placed on probation if the student meets the conditions of 3.3(a).

(c) To clear probation the student must pass all courses that are required to be repeated and obtain an average of 60% or greater in Year 3 and Year 4 level courses regardless of the EAY when they were taken. The course mark, excluding any special examinations, is used for calculating the average required to clear probation.

(d) A student will be allowed to remain on probation if the student has not completed the probationary requirements but obtains an average of 60% or greater in Year 3 and Year 4 level courses taken in the current EAY.

(e) Any student on probation who does not obtain an average of 60% or greater in Year 3 and Year 4 level courses taken in the current EAY will be dismissed for a minimum of one year and, if readmitted, will be required to repeat all Year 3 and Year 4 level courses for which marks of less than 60% were earned in any EAY. Any course passed in any EAY through a special examination must be repeated.

(f) At the end of any EAY, the maximum number of Year 3 and Year 4 level courses carrying final grades of D, E and F is not to exceed three full course equivalents in total. Any course passed with a special examination shall be considered equivalent to a "D" in the application of this regulation. For courses that have been repeated, only the most recent grade will apply. Any student exceeding the above will be placed on probation and required to repeat all Year 3 and Year 4 level courses for which marks of less than 60% were earned in any EAY. Any course passed in any EAY through a special examination must be repeated. All elective courses taken by the student are considered in the application of this rule unless the student has taken more than the required number of elective courses in his/her program. In the latter case, the surplus elective courses can be used to substitute prior elective courses carrying final grades of D, E and F. This rule applies to all students, including students who take Year 3 or Year 4 level courses before graduating with the Engineering Technology Diploma.

 

4. Graduation

(a) To graduate with an Engineering Technology Diploma, a student must

(i) (Thunder Bay) pass all required Year 1 and Year 2 level courses with a minimum of 50% based on the final attempt for the course in the case of repeated courses.

(ii) (Lakehead-Georgian) pass all required courses of the four-year program and meet the Georgian College graduation requirements.

(b) To graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, a student must pass all required courses, achieve a minimum average of 60% in Year 3 and Year 4 level courses and not exceed three full course equivalents with a final grade of D in Year 3 and Year 4 level courses. Any course passed with a special examination shall be considered equivalent to a "D" in the application of this regulation. For courses that have been repeated, the most recent grade will apply.

(c) First Class Standing in the Engineering Technology Diploma is granted

(i) (Thunder Bay) on the basis of the average attained in the courses listed in the calendar for year 2 of the program.

(ii) (Lakehead-Georgian) on the basis of Georgian College requirements.

(d) First Class Standing in the Bachelor of Engineering Degree is granted on the basis of the average attained in the courses listed in the calendar for year 4 of the program.

(e) All students enrolled in Bachelor of Engineering Degree Programs are expected to complete their program of study within a period of 4 years (excluding coop terms) from the earlier of either

(i) the first time of progression to Year 3, or

(ii) the time of registration in at least 2 full course equivalents of Year 3 or Year 4 level courses irrespective of the student’s year level.

Under exceptional circumstances, a student may petition the Faculty of Engineering for consideration of an extension.

(f) (Thunder Bay) All students enrolled in Bachelor of Engineering Programs that enter through the Post-Diploma pathway are expected to complete their program of study within a period of 4 years (excluding co-op terms) from the time of first admission to Year 3. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may petition the Faculty of Engineering for consideration of an extension.

(g) Students who are readmitted in Year 3 or Year 4 are expected to complete their program of study within a period of 4 years (excluding Co-op/Internship Work Terms) from the time of readmission.

 

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5. Summer Transition Program (STP) Regulations

The following regulations apply only to students in the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Engineering Programs who are registered in the STP. Academic status is reviewed at the completion of the STP.

(a) The student must register in four assigned STP courses.

(b) A student may not drop STP courses except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Dean.

(c) There are no special examinations offered in the STP.

(d) A minimum mark of 50% is required to pass an STP course.

(e) Continuation into the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Engineering Programs:

(i) A student who passes all four STP courses proceeds to Year 3 without condition.

(ii) A student who fails one STP course and obtains an STP average of 50% or better proceeds to Year 3 with the requirement to repeat and pass the failed course or the course(s) assigned as make-up(s) for the failed course.

(iii) A student who fails one STP course and obtains an STP average below 50% proceeds to Year 3 on probation with the requirement to repeat and pass the failed course or the course(s) assigned as make-up(s) for the failed course. To clear probation a student must complete at least 2 full course equivalents of either Year 3 or Year 4 level courses and meet the requirements of Regulation 3.3(c).

(iv) A student who fails two STP courses proceeds to Year 3 on probation with the requirement to repeat and pass the failed courses or the courses assigned as make-ups for the failed courses. To clear probation a student must complete at least 2 full course equivalents of either Year 3 or Year 4 level courses and meet the requirements of Regulation 3.3(c).

(v) A student who fails three STP courses must withdraw from the Post-Diploma Program. If the STP average is 40% or better a student may be eligible for a Qualifying Year Program if offered by the student's specific engineering program. Consult your chair.

(vi) A student who fails four STP courses must withdraw from the Post-Diploma Program.

(f) A student required to withdraw from the Post-Diploma Program after the STP may reapply for admission in a future year. Except in exceptional circumstances only one readmission will be permitted.

(g) The STP courses are not included in the EAY Average.