Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is dedicated to providing high-quality and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curricula, to promoting high-calibre research, and to the development of the profession of engineering and computer science in an ethical and socially responsible manner. We strive to prepare graduates to solve real world problems with excellent professional skills leading to superior career opportunities.
Section 71.10.1 Programs Offered
The following programs are offered in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science:
- BEng degrees including the following: BEng in Aerospace Engineering, BEng in Building Engineering, BEng in Civil Engineering, BEng in Computer Engineering, BEng in Electrical Engineering, BEng in Industrial Engineering, BEng in Mechanical Engineering, and BEng in Software Engineering.
- BCompSc in Computer Science.
- Minor in Computer Science.
- Certificate in Science and Technology.
The requirements for the programs are different, and the appropriate sections of the calendar must be consulted for each.
Section 71.10.2 Admission Requirements
General admission requirements are listed in Section 13 Admission Regulations.
In addition, the following specific requirements exist for the various programs. Applicants should specify their choice of program on their application.
Students entering the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science are presumed to have acquired some familiarity with computers and programming, either through a course or through time spent working with a personal or other computer.
Applicants From Quebec Institutions
Successful completion of a two‑year pre‑university Cegep program is required, including the specific courses in the appropriate profile, as follows:
1. BEng (all programs)
Mathematics 201 —
103 or NYA, 105 or NYC, 203 or NYB
Physics 203 —
101 or NYA, 201 or NYB
Chemistry 202 —
101 or NYA
Cegep Profile 10.12
Mathematics 201 —
103 or NYA, 105 or NYC, 203 or NYB
3. BCompSc in Health and Life Sciences
Mathematics 201 —
103 or NYA, 105 or NYC, 203 or NYB
Physics 203 —
101 or NYA, 201 or NYB
Chemistry 202 —
101 or NYA
Biology 101 —
301 or NYA
Applications from graduates of Cegep technology programs will also be considered. Program requirements for successful applicants will be determined on an individual basis.
Applicants From Outside Quebec
Academic qualifications presented by students applying from institutions outside Quebec should be comparable to those expected of students applying from within Quebec.
Where the pre‑university education is shorter than in Quebec, students may be considered for admission to the first year of the Extended Credit Program. (See Section 13.3.2 Applicants from Other Canadian Provinces to Section 13.3.6 Applicants from Outside Canada under Section 13.3 Admission Requirements; Section 71.20.2 Extended Credit Program; and Section 71.70.3 Extended Credit Program).
Admission requirements are listed in Section 14 Alternative Entry under Mature Entry.
Section 71.10.3 Academic Regulations
Assessable courses: all record entries of courses listed in this Concordia Calendar for which a grade point value is specified in Section 16.1.11 Grading System under Section 16.1 General Information. However, any course which is a requirement for admission to a program offered by the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science will not be counted unless specifically listed on the student’s admission letter.
Dean’s Office: appropriate member of the Dean’s Office, normally the Associate Dean, Student Academic Service.
Program of Study: course requirements in effect at the time of the latest admission or readmission to a program, for example, BEng in Civil Engineering or BCompSc in Computer Science, including modifications on an individual basis as specified or approved in writing by the Dean’s Office, or the Student Request Committee of the GCS Council.
Grade Points: as defined in Section 16.1.11 Grading System under Section 16.1 General Information of this Calendar.
Assessment Grade Point Average (AGPA): as defined in Section 16.3.10 Academic Performance under Section 16.3 Evaluation, Administrative Notations, Examinations, and Performance Requirements of this Calendar.
Academic Year: a period which begins with a summer session followed by a regular session (fall and winter).
The objectives of these regulations are:
- to ensure that the GCS can certify that all of its graduates are qualified to enter their profession, and
- to ensure that students can, with the assistance or intervention of the GCS, assess themselves objectively and plan programs of study designed to meet their individual needs.
See Section 16.1.11 Grading System under Section 16.1 General Information for the Concordia grading system.
Note: Although a “C-” grade is designated as satisfactory, an AGPA of at least 2.00 for the assessment period is required for acceptable standing in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.
- Students’ standings are assessed at the end of each academic year providing they have attempted at least 12 credits subsequent to their previous assessment, or in the case of a first assessment, subsequent to their admission to a program of study.
Standings of students who have attempted less than 12 credits since their last assessment are assessed as follows:
- The standings of potential graduates are determined on the basis that these credits constitute an extension of the last assessment period.
- The standings of other students are determined at the end of the academic year in which they have attempted a total of at least 12 credits since their last assessment.
- Students’ standings are determined according to the following criteria.
An AGPA of at least 2.00 for the assessment period.
Students in acceptable standing may proceed subject to the following conditions: any failing grade must be cleared by repeating and passing the failed course; or in the case of an elective, by replacing the failed course by an alternative within the same group of electives and passing this course. Any variation must be approved by the Dean’s Office.
An AGPA of at least 1.50 but less than 2.00 for the assessment period.
Students in conditional standing may proceed subject to the following conditions.
- They must successfully repeat all courses in which failing grades were obtained, or replace them by alternatives approved by the appropriate member of the Dean’s Office in consultation with the student’s department.
- They must repeat or replace by approved alternatives at least one half of those courses in which they obtained grades in the “D” range. The specific courses to be repeated will be determined by the Dean’s Office in consultation with the student’s department.
- A grade of C‑ or better must be obtained in courses specified in a) and b) in order to graduate.
- Courses to be taken may be specified by the Dean’s Office. In no case will the number of credits exceed 15 per term for full-time students and seven and a half per term for part-time students.
- They must obtain acceptable standing at the time of their next assessment.
Failure to meet the criteria for acceptable or conditional standing, or remaining in conditional standing for two consecutive assessments.
Failed students may apply for readmission through the Dean’s Office – Student Academic Services. If readmitted, they will be placed on academic probation. The Application for Readmission form is available in the Student Academic Services Office or can be obtained from the Student Academic Services website located at: concordia.ca/ginacody.
Full consideration will be given to all applications that have been received by the deadline indicated on the Application for Readmission form. Every attempt will be made to inform students regarding the status of their application by August 1 of each year.
Students who are in failed standing and have been absent from their program for nine consecutive terms should refer to Section 71.10.4 Registration Regulations since a new application for admission is required.
No students will be readmitted for the winter term or summer session.
Readmitted students are subject to the following regulations:
- They must successfully repeat all courses in which failing grades were obtained, or replace them by alternative courses approved by the appropriate member of the Dean’s Office in consultation with the relevant Department.
- They must repeat or replace, by approved alternatives, all of the courses in which they obtained grades in the “D” range for the academic year in which they were assessed as failed, and any previous outstanding repeats. The specific courses to be repeated will be determined by the Dean’s Office.
- A grade of C‑ or better must be obtained in courses specified in 1) and 2) in order to graduate.
- They must successfully complete all courses they are required to repeat prior to further registration in other courses.
- They must return to acceptable standing at the time of their next assessment.
- Other conditions may be applied as deemed appropriate by the Dean’s Office.
Students may apply to write a supplemental examination by submitting a Student Request form if they meet the conditions listed below; however, meeting the conditions does not guarantee approval of the request. Supplemental examinations must be passed with a minimum grade of C- in order to graduate. Granting a supplemental exam will be considered if all of the following conditions are met:
- Students are in acceptable academic standing. Students in conditional or failed standing (see Regulations for Failed Students and Students in Conditional Standing) may not write a supplemental examination.
- The grade for the course is not “R” or “NR,” and there is no grade notation “DNW” or “PEND.”
- Students have not previously written a supplemental examination for any course. Only one supplemental examination will be granted over a student’s career in a particular program in the GCS.
- A supplemental examination is considered only for students who are potential graduates for the next spring or fall and only if the course cannot be repeated or replaced before graduation. For summer courses, a supplemental examination is considered only in cases where the students are potential graduates for the next fall.
- If approved, for fall courses (term designation /2), students may write the supplemental examination in February; for winter courses (term designation /4), students may write in August; and for summer-session courses (session designation /1), students may write in October.
- In all cases, supplemental examinations shall be considered only when, as a condition for passing the course, it is required that students pass the final examination regardless of its weighting; or where the final examination contributes 50 per cent or more of the final grade. Students failing a course which comprises entirely, or in part, a laboratory or similar practicum, are not eligible to write a supplemental examination. The GCS reserves the right to obtain the course instructor’s feedback regarding adequate performance in course components other than the final examination in order to make a decision regarding approval of the supplemental exam.
Section 71.10.4 Registration Regulations
- Students in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science who have been absent from their program for six consecutive terms or more will be officially withdrawn from their program by the GCS and must submit a new application for admission through the Concordia website: concordia.ca. Students in failed standing at the time of their last registration must submit a new application if absent for more than nine consecutive terms or if the equivalent of 12 credits or more have been attempted at another institution.
- Except for students registered for the co-operative format, the maximum load in the summer sessions is 14 credits, with no more than eight credits in either of its terms. In the fall and winter terms, the maximum load is 19 credits, except for students registered in the co-operative format. Students taking any of the Capstone courses (AERO 490, BLDG 490, CIVI 490, COEN 490, ELEC 490, INDU 490, MECH 490 or SOEN 490) are limited to 14 credits in each of the fall and winter terms exclusive of the Capstone course.
- Students from outside the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science must obtain permission in writing from the Student Academic Services Office prior to registering in any 300‑level course other than those listed in the Certificate in Science and Technology, and the Engineering Core, or any 400-level courses offered by the GCS.
- Students are responsible for ensuring that they have successfully completed all prerequisites to a course before attempting to register for the course.
- Students must complete all 200-level courses required for their program before registering for any 400-level courses.
- All 200-level courses within the program which are prerequisites for other courses must be completed with a C- or higher. A 200-level course in which a student has obtained a D+ or lower must be repeated before attempting a course for which it is a prerequisite.
- The GCS reserves the right to withdraw a student who has registered for a course without satisfactorily completing all prerequisites.
Section 71.10.5 Graduation Regulations
Students must satisfy all program requirements, be in acceptable standing, and have a minimum final graduation GPA of 2.00. The standings of potential graduates who have attempted less than 12 credits since their last assessment are determined on the basis that these credits constitute an extension of the last assessment period.
Students who fail to meet acceptable standing but meet conditional standing will have the following options:
- register for 12 credits and meet the criteria for acceptable standing;
- register for fewer than 12 credits. In this case, standing will be determined on the basis that these credits constitute an extension of the last assessment period.
Section 71.10.6 Availability of Programs
Availability of Programs
Full-time students in the Engineering program normally follow an eight-term sequence. In general, introductory level courses are offered in both day and evening. Subject to the Registration Regulations in Section 71.10.4 Registration Regulations above, a student may register on a part-time basis. Further information on sequencing may be found in the Undergraduate Program Guide issued by the Dean’s Office.
Section 71.10.7 Curriculum Requirements and Course Sequences
Curriculum Requirements and Course Sequences
All students in Engineering programs are required to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) standards. Students are required to graduate having met the substantial equivalent of the curriculum in force in the winter term prior to degree conferral. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their course selection meets the program requirements for their graduation. To accommodate this requirement, students are provided with course equivalencies and course sequences on the Student Academic Services website at concordia.ca/ginacody/students/academic-services.
Engineering students should follow the outlined cohort sequence for their program. Failure to do so may result in scheduling problems, the unavailability of courses, or ultimately an extension in the time period to complete their program.
Section 71.10.8 Co-operative Education in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
The Co-operative Format
The Institute for Co-operative Education offers a number of work-integrated learning opportunities to students in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. Work-integrated learning is a model of experiential learning that bridges the academic program and the world of work. It provides students with the opportunity to combine study with paid work terms in their chosen fields.
Co-operative Education Programs
The co-op format is available in the following programs in the BCompSc and BEng degrees:
The academic content is identical to that of the regular programs with three work terms interspersed with study terms. However, in order to continue their studies in the co-operative format in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, or to graduate from one of its programs as members of the Institute for Co-operative Education, students must satisfy the following conditions:
(i) must be in acceptable standing and maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.50 in their program (the CGPA is calculated in the manner described in Section 16.3.10 Academic Performance under Section 16.3 Evaluation, Administrative Notations, Examinations, and Performance Requirements);
(ii) be assigned a grade of pass for each of the three work-term courses (CWTE or CWTC). Under certain conditions, students may be placed on co-op probation status;
(iii) remain in their designated work study sequence. Any deviations must have prior approval by the director of the Institute for Co-operative Education in consultation with the co-op program director in their department.
For a full description of the co-operative education program format and requirements, please refer to Section 24 Institute for Co‑operative Education of this Calendar.
Regulations for Work Terms
- Successful completion of the work terms shown in the Co-op Schedule indicated in Section 24 Institute for Co‑operative Education is a prerequisite for graduation as a member of the Institute for Co-operative Education.
- Work-term job descriptions are screened by the co-op coordinator. Only jobs approved by the Institute for Co-operative Education will be accepted as being suitable for the work-term requirements.
- Work-term jobs are full-time employment normally for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks (14 to 16 weeks preferably).
- A work-term report must be submitted each work term on a subject related to the student’s employment. This report must be submitted to the Institute for Co-operative Education on or before the deadline shown in Section 24 Institute for Co‑operative Education. Grammar and content of work-term reports are evaluated by the Institute for Co-operative Education and the technical aspects are evaluated by the co-op program director responsible. Evidence of the student’s ability to gather material relating to the job, analyze it effectively, and present it in a clear, logical, and concise form is required in the report.
- The required communication component consists of an oral presentation on a technical subject or engineering task taken from the student’s work environment. The presentation will be given on campus in a formal setting after students have returned to their study term. A written summary is also required. Guidelines for the preparation of this oral presentation are provided in the Co-op Student Handbook.
- Work terms will be evaluated for satisfactory completion. Assessment is based upon the employer evaluation of performance, the work-term report and communication component which together constitute the job performance as related to the whole work term. Students must pass all required components. The grade of pass or fail will be assigned to each of the work-term courses. A failing grade will result in the student’s withdrawal from the Institute for Co-operative Education.
Section 71.10.9 Concordia Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI)
The Concordia Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI) promotes awareness and provides leading-edge know-how among Engineering students and practising engineers in design and innovation, particularly in the field of aerospace, with emphasis on its multidisciplinary nature. While some members of the Institute may enter their field upon completion of their degree, the initiation into research provided to CIADI members is helpful to students who wish to pursue graduate studies in the field of aerospace.
Aerospace Industry Projects
Students may register in one or two three-credit Aerospace Industry Project courses, IADI 301 and IADI 401. These courses are three-credit extension courses. They are above and beyond the credit requirements of the student’s program and are not transferable, nor are they included in the full- or part-time assessment status.
A grade of pass or fail will be awarded based on the evaluation of the final report as well as an assessment provided by the industry project supervisor.
Professional Development and Experiential Learning
CIADI encourages students to enhance their academic portfolio and participate in professional development and experiential learning activities offered by the Institute. Students who have completed a minimum of six hours of professional development and experiential learning activities provided by CIADI may request to register in IADI 420, a zero-credit course that will appear on their official transcript.