Each student in the Engineering program is assigned a faculty member for academic advice and planning. For students in the first year of the program, the counsellors shall be appointed by the Associate Dean-Academic; for students in subsequent years, the counsellor shall be the Chair (or designate) of the appropriate Department.
At least twelve full courses must be completed from those offered by The University of Western Ontario.
Enrolment Limitations in Each Program
All students registered in the first year program must, during program planning in February, rank in order of preference their choices of program for second year.
The selection process is based on the student carrying a full course load and the year weighted average (YWA) obtained at the end of the academic year.
Students with no failures in any of the 6.5 courses and a YWA of at least 75% will be given first priority into the program of their choice.
Students with no failures and a YWA between 60% and 74% will be given second priority and will be ranked for the program of their choice according to YWA. The program enrolment will be filled to the limit.
Students with a YWA of at least 60% and one or more failures in the courses listed above for the program of their first choice may be allowed to proceed in the program, provided there are spaces and by permission of the Dean, in consultation with the appropriate Department Chair. Students with a YWA of at least 60% with no failures in the essential courses listed below will be ranked in the program of their choice according to YWA.
The Dean, in consultation with the appropriate Department Chair, may allow students not included above to proceed in the program of their choice.
If students are not admitted to their first choice of program, they will be ranked for the other programs in the order of preference indicated.
Transfer from one program to another can be done only in consultation with the appropriate Department Chair.
Students will be informed about the program in which they are allowed to register in second year when they access their marks when academic year marks are available.
The progress of students shall be evaluated at the end of the academic year. Eligibility to progress shall be based on the performance of the student during the evaluation period as indicated by the weighted average obtained for that period.
The progression requirements for Engineering students registered in an approved concurrent degree program will be based only on those courses being counted toward the BESc degree.
To be eligible for the concurrent degree, students must meet the progression requirements of each Faculty.
Progression Requirements for Part-Time Students
A part-time student will be adjudicated once the student has completed 3.0 or more courses since the last adjudication. The weighted average will be calculated on all courses completed since the last adjudication. The progression adjudication will be effective over all the courses used in the adjudication.
Time Limit for Completion of BESc Degree
The Faculty of Engineering requires that all undergraduate students complete the program of study within ten years from the start of their first registration in the Western Engineering. The time limit for completion ensures that all graduates have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of up-to-date technology, engineering concepts, and professional practice.
Definition of Terms
Each course has been assigned a weight of 0.5 (half-course), 1.0 (full course) or 2.0 (ES 050). All a, b, F, G, and y courses are half-courses. Courses with the suffix E or without a suffix are full courses. The weights for courses offered by other faculties are usually either 1.0 (full course) or 0.5 (half-course).
The weighted mark for a course is the product of the weight for the course and the mark obtained by the student.
For the purpose of calculating weighted average marks the following applies: Courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering - grades will be recorded as the actual grade reported (ie. from 01% to 100%); Courses offered by a Faculty other than Engineering - grades below 40% will be included in average calculations as 40%; grades from 40% to 100% will be included as the actual grade reported.
The weighted average for an evaluation period is the total of the weighted marks obtained by the student during the evaluation period divided by the sum of the weights for the corresponding courses.
Dean's Honor List
To be named to the Dean's Honor List, students in Engineering must complete a minimum of five courses (5.0 credits) in the academic year (i.e., September - April) and achieve an average of 80% on all courses with no failed courses.
Students registered in a combined degree program will be adjudicated for the Dean's Honor List for Engineering based on all courses taken in the academic year (i.e., September - April) provided the student is registered in a minimum of five courses (5.0 credits). In addition, an average of 80% must be achieved on all courses taken towards the BESc degree with no failed courses.
For Engineering students in the BESc/BA(HBA) program refer to paragraph 2 above. At the Business School, students are considered for the Dean's Honor List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years Four and Five of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List in Year Five only. Only grades obtained in 400-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for determining Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken on exchange and courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. The Dean's Honor List for HBA2 typically includes the top 10% of all of the class and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Those who stand on the Dean's Honor List over all 300- and 400-level courses taken at the Business School at the completion of the combined program will graduate as Ivey Scholars.
For Engineering students in the BESc/LLB program, refer to paragraph 2 above. At the Law School, students are considered for the Dean's Honor List during their first year of Law (Year Four). Students enrolled in Years Five and Six of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List provided they take Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours. Only the Law courses will be used in the calculation for the Deanís Honor List for Law.
Graduation "With Distinction"
Students who fulfill Dean's Honor List criteria for every year of study after first year will graduate with distinction.
Progression in Good Standing
A student who, at the end of an academic year has achieved a weighted average of at least 60% and has achieved a passing grade in each course of his/her approved program, shall proceed to the next year in Good Standing.
A student who, at the end of an academic year has achieved a weighted average of at least 60% but has failed to pass one or more courses, may proceed to the next year on condition that the failed course(s) are repeated or approved substitutions are taken during the next Winter Session.
Failed with Leave to Repeat
A student who is in second, third or fourth year and who for the first time obtains a weighted average at the end of the academic year in the range of 50-59% shall be failed with leave to repeat the year. Credit shall be retained in the Faculty of Engineering for courses in which the student obtains a mark of 60% or better in that year. This adjudication comment will apply to any courses taken during the subsequent summer term.
Withdrawal for Unsatisfactory Standing
A student shall be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Engineering and (unless admitted to another Faculty) shall be required to withdraw from the University, if that student:
- is in the first year of the program and fails to obtain a weighted average of at least 60%, or
- is in a year of the program subsequent to the first year and fails to obtain a weighted average of at least 50% at the end of the academic year, or
- has failed for a second time to obtain a weighted average of at least 60% at the end of the academic year, or
- has been readmitted after withdrawal for unsatisfactory standing and obtains a weighted average of less than 60% at the end of the academic year, in any year.
Note: Students may appeal decisions in writing to the Dean of the Faculty (or designate) by June 30 of the year of application.
Readmission following Withdrawal for Unsatisfactory Standing
A student who has been required to withdraw because of unsatisfactory standing may apply for readmission through the Admissions Office following a period of at least one year outside the University.
Transfer to Another Faculty
- A student who is eligible to continue in the Engineering program yet wishes to transfer to another Faculty may do so provided the approval of the Dean of the Faculty to which the transfer is desired has been obtained.
- A student who has been required to withdraw from the University by the Faculty of Engineering may apply for readmission to the University in another Faculty through the Dean's Office of the desired Faculty by June 30.
A student in the final year of the BESc program may be granted supplemental examination privileges provided that the student has earned:
- a failing grade in not more than one full or two half-courses;
- a mark of at least 40% in the failed course(s);
- a weighted average of at least 60% in the courses that make up the fourth year program (including the failed courses);
- an overall average of at least 60% in all the courses that are required for the BESc degree.
Permission to write supplemental examinations will be granted only after the academic results for students in their final year have been reviewed by the Faculty at a meeting held during the month of May.
These examinations will be scheduled during the examination period for Intersession.*
Supplemental examination privileges apply only to courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering.
*Note: The original grade obtained by the student will not be changed; rather, a Summer Line of Registration with the course and a grade of PAS or FAl will be added to the Academic Record upon the completion of the Supplemental Examination.
A candidate for the BESc degree shall pass all courses in the candidate's approved program of studies and obtain a weighted average of at least 60% in the courses that make up the fourth year program together with a weighted average of at least 60% in all the courses in all years that are counted for graduation.
Students who have achieved a weighted average of at least 70% may request permission from their Academic Counsellor to take one course more than the normal load. Students who have a weighted average less than 70% may, after consultation with their Academic Counsellor, petition the Dean of the Faculty in writing to waive this policy on the grounds of extenuating circumstances. The nature of the grounds must be clearly stated in the petition. If the student does not intend that such course(s) be used for degree credit, the student shall so designate in writing at the time of registration and the course(s) shall not be included when evaluating the student for progression. A request to use a course so designated for degree credit at a later date will not be granted.
Students in the final year of the Engineering program who have achieved a cumulative weighted average of at least 80% as well as a year weighted average of 80% in the penultimate year may, with the permission of their Academic Counsellor, the course instructor, and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, include in the program of the final year up to one full graduate course that will count towards the undergraduate degree.
Failure to Satisfy Prerequisites
Students shall be deemed to have failed to satisfy the prerequisites for courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering if they:
- fail to achieve a final mark of at least 50% in a prerequisite course, or
- achieve a final mark in the range 50%-59% in a prerequisite course but are required to repeat the course because of unsatisfactory academic standing in the Engineering program.
Students who register for a second-term course offered by the Faculty of Engineering but fail to satisfy the prerequisites for the course during the first term, must officially withdraw from the second term course(s). A request to waive prerequisites may be granted in exceptional circumstances provided the request is approved by the course instructor, the student's Department Chair, and the Dean of the Faculty. A Special Permission Form shall be used for this purpose.