General Directions

GENERAL DIRECTIONS

The program of studies is organized on a semester basis, so that each academic year is separated in two semesters (Fall and Spring). The duration of a semester is at least thirteen (13) weeks of teaching, and two (2) weeks of exams. The typical program in one semester comprises seven (7) required courses and a number of electives. A required course will typically include three hours of lectures and two hours of Laboratory or Example Problems Session weekly, with a maximum number of (five) 5 contact hours per course per week. Electives are included in the program of studies of all semesters and are intended to provide specialization in one of the main directions of the academic program. Students are also required to attend university level foreign language preparation (in English or in French).

DURATION OF STUDIES

The total duration of studies in the undergraduate program is 5 years, comprising a total of ten (10) semesters. Of those, odd-numbered semesters occur in the fall, whereas even numbered semesters are in the spring. The intended sequence of courses within the stated framework requires the systematic participation of behalf of the student in the education process for completion of their studies, and successful attainment of their degree 5 years after their first entering the department as freshmen. The recommended programs of studies are prototypes and outline the student's obligations.

EXAMINATION PERIODS

There are three examination periods throughout the academic year: in January/February (following completion of the fall semester around January 20), in June (following completion of the spring semester around June 10), and in the month of September (this is a repeat exam). Students may be examined for either fall or spring courses in September.

The final grade in each course is a weighted average of the student's marks in theoretical and practical/laboratory required components of study. The marking system is on a 0-10 scale, with a passing mark of at least 5.0 in each course.

ATTENDANCE OF LECTURES AND LABORATORIES

Courses are planned throughout the 10 regular semesters of study so as to guide the student in an optimal sequence of knowledge acquisition. Students are required to select and declare an area of specialization in the beginning of the 3rd semester of studies. They have the option to change their selection only once, and up to the 7th semester. Of the twelve electives that the student must take to fill out his/her plan of study, 7 need be from the area of specialization, whereas the remaining 5 from the same or any other division of study from within the department. If the number of electives offered by a division is less than 7, students are advised to complement their study plan with other electives from the departmental roster. The area of specialization selected by a student will be denoted in the student's transcript. If necessary, the student may request a certificate of specialization from the department's administrative office. Students attending the 9th and 10th semesters of study can audit or enroll freely in all courses offered, however, they may not enroll in more than 10 courses simultaneously.

Field trips are planned in the course of the year as part of the regular program of studies.

    Regarding the field trips:
  • They can take place in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years in the respective spring semesters
  • One general excursion per annum is allowed, to take place in the second half of the month of May every year
  • Whereas general excursions may be part of the program of studies and may have educational value, they are not allotted any course credits
  • The general excursions will be organized by a departmental committee, appointed in the beginning of each academic year.
  • Other field trips and excursions will be planned by the appropriate Laboratories depending on the special needs of individual courses. Some funding will be available pending approval by the Central University Administration and in this regard, the annual general excursion has the precedence in claiming from the available funds.