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Faculty Regulations (Faculty of Engineering)

It is the responsibility of each student registering at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate which he/she seeks.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which she/he is registered satisfy the program requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available from the Department Chair.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

1. A student who successfully completes the courses and averages as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:

(a) Chemical Engineering
Year 1 = < 5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5 to < 12 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 12 to < 17.5 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 17.5

(b) Civil Engineering
Year 1 = < 6 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 6 to < 13.5 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 13.5 to < 19.5 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 19.5

(c) Electrical Engineering
Year 1 = < 5.5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5.5 to < 12.5 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 12.5 to < 19 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 19

(d) Mechanical Engineering
Year 1 = < 5.5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5.5 to < 12 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 12 to < 18 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 18

(e) Software Engineering
Year 1 = < 5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5 to < 12 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 12 to < 17 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 17

In all programs, students must meet the requirements as outlined in Regulation 2(c) before being allowed to continue in year level 3, including having applied for and being cleared for graduation from the technology diploma program.

2. Promotion
 (a) To proceed without conditions to the succeeding year of a program, a student must attain at least a D grade (50%) in each of the courses taken during the academic year.

(b) A student carrying additional courses must count those courses, for regulation purposes, as part of his/her academic load.

(c) To proceed from the Second Year to the Third Year of a program, the student must have completed the requirements of the technology diploma, have achieved a cumulative average of 60% in 1st and 2nd year level courses, and have obtained a minimum final average of 60% in Mathematics 1210, 1230 and a minimum final mark of 60% in Mathematics 2050.

(d) A student who passes both Mathematics 1210 and 1230, but does not achieve the minimum average grade of 60% may write special examinations in, or re-take Mathematics 1210 and/or 1230 to achieve an average grade of 60% or greater, or may register in and pass Engineering 3021. A student who has achieved D in Mathematics 2050 may write a special examination in, or re-take Mathematics 2050 to achieve a grade of 60% or greater, or register in and pass Engineering 3022. A student who achieves grades of E may write specials, if qualified, or re-take the mathematics course(s) to achieve the standards required in 2(c).

3. A student is deemed to have failed the year if in a fall/winter session+
(a) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or
(b) the student has failed more than one full course or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(c) the student attains an overall average of less than 50% in all courses; or
(d) 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.

4. A student who has failed his/her year may not write Special Examinations.

5. In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.

6. Except as in 2(c) above, a student who is missing or has failed no more than one full course or two half courses in the year level after special examinations (see University Regulations, VII Special Examinations), will be permitted to register for the succeeding year of the program.

7. A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the Faculty with the following caveats.
(a) A student who fails year 1 or 2 may apply immediately for readmission.
(b) A student who fails year 3 or 4 with a session average >50% may apply immediately for readmission.
(c) A student who fails year 3 or 4 with a session average <50% may apply for readmission after one year.
(d) If readmitted, a student who fails year 3 or 4 will be placed on probation and required to repeat all courses in the failed year for which marks of less than 60% were received.
(e) Normally, a student will be re-admitted only once.

8. Academic status is reviewed following the fall/winter session+ and following the spring/summer session+. To be evaluated, a student must have completed a minimum of 2 FCE since the last review. All courses subsequent to the most recent evaluation of academic status are included in the new academic status assessment regardless of the session.
(a) A student who in any session+ obtains a session average** of less than 60% in 3rd and 4th year level courses will be placed on probation and required to repeat all courses in the session for which marks of less than 60% were received.
(b) To clear probation the student must complete all courses he/she is required to repeat and obtain both a session and cumulative average of 60% or greater.
(c) A student will be allowed to remain on probation if he/she has not completed the probationary requirements but has a session average of 60% or greater.
(d) Any student on probation that does not obtain a session average of at least 60% will be dismissed for a minimum of 1 year and, if readmitted, required to repeat all 3rd and 4th year level courses for which marks of less than 60% were received.

9. At the end of any session+, the maximum number of final marks received in the 3rd and 4th year level courses carrying final grades of D, E and F is not to exceed three full courses or six half courses in total***. Any student exceeding the above will be placed on probation and required to repeat all 3rd and 4th year level courses for which marks of less than 60% were received.

10. (a) To graduate with a Technology Diploma, a student must pass all required courses with a minimum of 50%.
(b) To graduate with an Engineering Degree, a student must pass all required courses and achieve a minimum cumulative average* of 60% in the 3rd and 4th year level courses and must not exceed three full courses or six half courses with a final grade of D*** in 3rd and 4th year level courses.

11. First Class Standing in the Engineering Diploma and in the Engineering Degree is granted on the basis of the average attained in the courses listed in the calendar for the 2nd year and the 4th year respectively.

In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

12. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering Program are expected to complete their program of study within a period of 4 years from the time of progression or admission to year 3. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may petition the Faculty of Engineering for consideration of a special program.

+The fall/winter session consists of the fall and winter academic terms. The spring/summer session consists of the spring and summer academic terms.
* The cumulative average is based on final marks received in all courses required for years 3 and 4 of the program, excluding special examination marks. Courses may be repeated at most two times, in which case the most recent mark is used in the cumulative average, although all course marks remain on the student's record.
** Term or Session averages will not include special examination marks or marks.
*** Any passing special examination mark shall carry the letter "D" in the application of rule 9 and 11 above. For courses that have been repeated the most recent grade applies.

 

Not all courses outlined in the Calendar are offered every year. The Office of the Registrar or the appropriate Faculty, Department or School should be consulted for supplementary information regarding final and complete timetable, course offerings and course instructors prior to the start of classes.

Changes to academic regulations, programs of study and in-course content may be made prior to the academic year. Engineering students will be advised of such changes by commencement of classes in September.