Graduate Calendar 2006-2007
1.1 General Administration
The following regulations apply to all degree, diploma and certificate programs administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
1.2 Student Responsibility
(i) The student is responsible for knowing the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and for complying with them. Any exceptions to the regulations must be approved, in writing, by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Routine approval of a records form does not constitute approval of an exception.
It is also each student's responsibility to establish and maintain contact with his or her faculty adviser or thesis supervisor.
(ii) In order for a student to receive his or her degree, he or she must fulfil:
2.1 General Requirements
Graduates of recognized universities will be considered for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The University's general policy on admission is outlined below, but all applicants should refer to the departmental statements in this Calendar for details concerning the specific or additional requirements of each department, institute, or school.
A combination of factors is taken into consideration in assessing the eligibility of a candidate for admission into one of the graduate programs:
2.3 Qualifying-Year Program
Applicants who do not qualify for direct admission to the master's program may be admitted to a qualifying-year program. Applicants who lack an Honours degree but have a 3 year degree with honours standing (at least B overall) will normally be admitted to a qualifying-year program.
If successful in this qualifying year and upon formal application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the student may eventually proceed to the master's program. However, admission to the qualifying-year program does not imply automatic admission to the master's program. At the end of the qualifying-year program the student will be required to apply for entry into the master's program, at which time the department will determine the student's eligibility to enter the program. If successful, the student will be informed of this decision by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
Applicants for a 5.0-credit master's degree who have a program requirement of 7.5 credits or more (with the exception of the School of Public Administration and the School of Journalism and Communication) will register initially in the qualifying-year program.
Applicants for a 4.0-credit master's degree who have a program requirement of 6.5 credits or more will register initially in the qualifying-year program.
Credits taken to fulfil the requirements of the qualifying-year program may not be used for credit for the master's degree. Courses taken extra to the program requirements of the qualifying year and which have been successfully completed may be considered for credit towards the master's degree.2.4 Master's Program
For admission to the master's program, applicants must hold an Honours bachelor's degree, or the equivalent, with at least high honours standing (normally B+ or better in honours subject; B- or better overall). The applicant must also be recommended by the department in which he/she plans to undertake his/her studies.2.5 Doctoral Program
For admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants must ordinarily hold a master's degree, or the equivalent, from a recognized university, normally with an average of B+ or better in courses (including thesis where applicable) and normally with no grade below B-.2.6 Restriction on Degrees
Applicants should note that, while Carleton University does not restrict the number of degrees (bachelor's, master's, Ph.D.) that may be taken in any one discipline, some departments and schools may restrict the number to two.2.7 Certificate Programs
For admission to the certificate programs, applicants are advised to consult with the individual departments offering the certificate.
3.1 Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities
Carleton University has a Senate-approved policy on academic accommodation for students with disabilities. For more information, consult the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities entry in the Student Services section of this Calendar.3.2 Application Forms
Applications for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research should be made on prescribed forms, available from the major department or the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, or through our online applications available at https://secure.gs.carleton.ca/kits/. To cover administrative costs, a non-refundable application fee (Cdn. or U.S. funds) is required with each application.3.3 Deadlines
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research normally admits students to commence in the fall term. However, some academic units may consider applicants to commence in the winter term or the spring/summer term. Applications for admission may be submitted at any time. Applications for admission from outside Canada should be completed at least five months before the desired date of admission in order for students to make the necessary visa arrangements.
Applicants wishing to be considered for financial assistance from Carleton University are reminded that they must submit their completed applications before March 1. Please note that some schools and departments may require completed applications prior to March 1. Students should refer to departmental entries in this Calendar for details.
Students applying to joint programs with the University of Ottawa should note that application procedures, especially deadlines, are different in the two institutions, and they should refer to the university calendars for details.
Two detailed official transcripts of the applicant's entire university record must be sent to the chair of the department concerned. All foreign documents, e.g., transcripts, must be translated into English and be notarized.
3.5 Letters of Reference
All applications must be supported by letters of recommendation from at least two faculty members with whom the candidate has studied, who are in a position to assess his/her potential for graduate studies and research. References from non-academic supervisors are not ordinarily acceptable, except in certain cases, such as that of an applicant working in a research laboratory environment. All letters of reference are to be sent by the referees directly to the chair of the department.
3.6 Proficiency in English
Proficiency in English is necessary to pursue graduate studies at Carleton University. All applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy this requirement in one of the following ways:
(i) an overall score of 60 on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment™;
(ii) a TOEFL score of 213 CBT (computer-based test) or 550; or 86 IBT overall with a minimum score in each component of: writing: 22; speaking: 22; reading: 20; and listening: 20.
(iii) an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each band score
(iv) acceptable certification that the language of instruction in their most recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree was English.
Note that some programs demand higher levels of competence in English, as specified in their Admissions Requirements in this Calendar.
Admitted students who experience language difficulties during the course of their program may be required to take the CAEL Assessment™ and/or to take the prescribed remedial course work as a condition of continuing in their program.
4.1 General Procedure
All applicants for admission will initially be examined and evaluated by the department, institute, or school in which the applicant wishes to study. All supporting documents (transcripts, letters of reference, etc.) must be received before any application can receive formal consideration.
Completed applications of those students whom the department wishes to recommend for admission will be forwarded to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for consideration. The office of the Dean will officially notify each applicant whose admission is approved.
4.2 Admission Validity for New Students
The Statement of Standing on Admission issued to each newly-admitted student is valid only for the twelve-month period stipulated on the form. If the applicant fails to register within this period of time, his/her admission and registration eligibility will lapse automatically. He/she may re-apply for admission.
4.3 Revocation of Admission or Registration
The University may nullify an admission and revoke a registration if it finds that an applicant for admission or registration has, in the process, provided false or incomplete information.
5.1 General Information
A description of each program offered under the auspices of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is presented in the departmental Program Descriptions and Details of Courses section of this Calendar. Prospective applicants should note particularly the admission requirements, the fields in which advanced study and research may be undertaken, and the program requirements of each department, in addition to the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, which are detailed in this section.
5.2 Qualifying-Year Program
Students in the qualifying year will ordinarily register in 5.0 credits, at the senior undergraduate level. Of these five, normally no more than 1.0 credit at the 2000-level and no more than 2.0 credits at the 5000-level may be taken. Credits taken to fulfil the requirements of the qualifying-year program may not be used for credit towards the Master's degree.5.3 Master's Program
The normal requirement for the master's degree is 5.0 credits, of which at least 4.0 (including the thesis where applicable) must be at the 5000-level. With departmental approval, the remaining 1.0 credit may be selected from those offered at the senior undergraduate level, that is, at the 4000-level.
Where applicable, the normal requirement for a 10.0 credit master's degree is 10.0 credits, of which at least 8.0 credits (including the thesis where applicable) must be at the 5000-level. With departmental approval, the remaining 2.0 credits may be selected from those offered at the senior undergraduate level, that is, at the 4000-level.
5.4 Doctoral Program
Ordinarily, all courses taken for credit towards the Ph.D. degree must be at the 5000- or 6000-level.
The thesis will ordinarily carry a weight of about half of the total requirement of 10.0 credits.
5.5 Language Requirements
Some graduate programs require a reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English. Language requirements will be prescribed by departments according to their regulations and the needs of their students. Language requirements must be completed within the time limit allowed for the completion of the student's program.
6.1 Transfer of Credit on Admission
Graduate courses completed at another institution or at Carleton University that have not been used to fulfil the requirements of another degree program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of Carleton's degree requirements. Credit for such work will be determined in each case by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research on the recommendation of the department concerned. Master's candidates in a 5.0-credit program are allowed a maximum of 2.0 transferred credits. In addition, if a master's candidate is granted transfer of credit for 2.0 credits, his/her remaining 3.0 credits at Carleton must be at the 5000-level.
Master's candidates enrolled in programs other than 5.0 credits will be permitted to transfer the equivalent up to but no more than 40 percent of their program credit requirements on admission. In addition, if a master's candidate is granted transfer of credit for 40 per cent of their program credit requirements, his/her remaining 3.0 credits at Carleton must be at the 5000-level.
Doctoral candidates may be given up to one year's credit for work completed at other universities but must normally register for a minimum of one year of full-time studies thereafter at Carleton and fulfil the thesis and comprehensive examination requirements. Students admitted with transfer of credits in a Ph.D. program may be required to pass a qualifying examination upon entry.
A candidate who has completed credits as a special student is not permitted to transfer such credits for degree credit in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
Special students enrolled in a graduate level course are subject to the special student regulations outlined in the Undergraduate Calendar.
6.2 Transfer of Credit After Admission
A student formally admitted to and eligible to register in a gr aduate program is not permitted to register at Carleton University at the same time in any other graduate program or as an undergraduate or special student. Should he/she do so, credits will not be transferred.
7.1 The Calendar Year
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research divides the calendar year into three terms, and the academic year (September-May) into two terms; each term comprises about thirteen weeks of lectures or seminars. The first term of the academic year is designated as the Fall term); the second term of the academic year is designated as the Winter term; and the third term of the calendar year is designated as the Spring/Summer term. The precise dates of registration for the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms are specified in the Academic Schedule section of this Calendar.
7.2 Course/Program Approval
Graduate students must have approval from their departmental supervisor of graduate studies for initial course/program registration, and for any subsequent course changes. This approval is also required for any undergraduate student who wishes to register in a graduate-level course.
Credit will be granted only for those courses and research activities for which the candidate is formally registered. An unregistered student is not entitled to attend lectures, tutorials, or seminars, and is not entitled to thesis supervision, examination privileges, or access to research facilities. A student will receive no credit for any work completed during a term in which he/she was not properly registered.
7.3 Student Records Information
7.4 Revocation of Registration/ Admission
The University may nullify an admission and revoke a registration if it finds that an applicant for admission or registration has, in the process, provided false or incomplete information.
7.5 Course Selection
A student proceeding to a graduate degree, diploma, or certificate must arrange his/her p rogram according to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the major department.
The course and thesis requirements of each graduate program are organized or defined in units of credits: 1.0 credit typically comprises three hours of lectures or seminars a week for two terms, or the equivalent; 0.5 credit typically comprises three hours of lectures or seminars a week for one term, or the equivalent.
To gain standing in a course, a student must meet the course requirements for attendance, term work, and examinations. Instructors will inform their classes by distributing written notices, before the last day for late registration, of the elements and their weighting that will contribute to the final grade, including (where applicable) attendance, class participation, essays, tests, laboratories, studio-workshops, other course-related work assignments, and final examinations.
These are arranged to allow students to take full advantage of all the resources of the University, even in areas or fields of a very highly specialized nature. Such arrangements are subject to the approval of the supervisor of graduate studies, who will arrange that a document spelling out the details of the topic, reading list, etc., is submitted to the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research before the last day for course changes in the term concerned.
7.8 Audit Course
Graduate students must have approval from the instructor of the course and their department to register in a course as an audit. Course audit registration is limited to a maximum of 1.0 credit per program.
7.9 Course Numbering System
Each course is designated by an eight-character alphanumeric code. The first four letters indicate the department, school, or committee under whose auspices the course is offered. The four numerical digits following identify the specific course. The credit value is indicated in square brackets following the course number.
Full- or part-time status is established at the time of admission to the program. Graduate Students admitted and registered as full-time students will be required to continue in and complete their program as full-time students, and will be assessed full-time fees for the duration of their program; graduate students admitted and registered as part-time students will be required to continue and complete their program as part-time students, and will be assessed part-time fees for the duration of their program.
7.11 Definition of Full-Time Status
A full-time graduate student will initially register in a minimum of 1.5 credits per term. An audit is not permitted as part of the 1.5 credits required per term to maintain full-time status.
In addition to the course load requirements described above, the following criteria for full-time status have been established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for all students.
A full-time graduate student must:
(i) identify himself or herself at the point of admission as a full-time graduate student
(ii) be considered a full-time graduate student by his or her supervisor
(iii) be designated as a full-time graduate student by the University
Students who are unsure of their status should contact the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for assistance, at(6 13) 520-2525.
7.12 Definition of Part-Time Status
A part-time graduate student will initially register in a maximum of 1.0 credit per term, including audit courses.
In addition to the course load restriction described above, the following criteria for part-time status have been established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for all students.
A part-time graduate student must:
(i) identify himself or herself at the point of admission as a part-time graduate student(ii) be considered a part-time graduate student by his or her supervisor(iii) be designated as a part-time graduate student by the University
7.13 Change of Status from Full- Time to Part-Time
Students who have valid reasons for changing status from full-time to part-time prior to registration for a term may apply for permission by:
It is understood that such a status change will be granted only in exceptional cases (e.g., for medical or other special reasons.)
Exemptions are normally granted for a term, but, in extraordinary circumstances, approval may be granted for a longer period.
7.14 Off-Campus Research
In the interest of enriching their learning experience, graduate students may arrange to undertake full-time studies or research at another institution or in the field. It should be understood that such activity would apply to only a part of the total program and that the off-campus period would not normally exceed twelve months.
Requests for permission to undertake full-time off-campus study or research must be submitted, well in advance, to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research through the department concerned. Such requests should include the following information:
Under certain circumstances, it is permissible for a student admitted to a graduate degree program and registered at one Ontario university to follow an approved graduate-level credit course at another university. All interested students should consult the chair of their depar tment, prior to registration, in order to obtain further information on procedures and conditions of eligibility. In order for this procedure to be valid, students must be officially registered at their home institution by contacting the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
7.16 University of Ottawa
Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have developed a number of joint programs at the graduate level. The details of these are given under the appropriate academic unit later in this Calendar.
Where formal joint programs do not exist, a graduate student may be permitted to follow up to 2.0 credits at the 5000- or 6000-level at the University of Ottawa. Moreover, there are reciprocal arrangements worked out among departments, institutes, and schools at both universities to involve students, when it is desirable, in parts of the program of research and studies at the other institution. All interested students should consult the chair of their department, institute, or school, prior to registration, in order to obtain further information on particular departmental conditions of eligibility and procedures. In order for this procedure to be valid, students must be officially registered at their home institution by contacting the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
8.1 Loss of Status
Any candidate who remains unregistered in his/her degree program for three terms (twelve months) will lose his/her graduate status.
8.2 Continuous Registration in Thesis, Research Essay, or Independent Research Project
Any candidate (full-time or part-time), after initial registration in a thesis, research essay, or independent research project, must maintain this registration in all successive terms (including the term in which the student is examined) until his/her thesis, research essay, or independent research project is completed. Completion means submission of a final grade to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research after modifications, any retyping involved, etc. Students should note that faculty approval to register in the thesis, etc, is given on the understanding that the student will be in regular contact with his/her supervisor, and that thesis research will be actively pursued in each term of registration.
8.3 Deposit of Thesis Copies
In the case of a thesis, registration must be maintained until five or six final copies are deposited in the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Should the final copies not be deposited in the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research by the last day for late registration in a given term, the student will be required to register for that term.
Students whose files have been closed as a result of failure to observe continuous registration requirements must apply for reinstatement if they wish to continue their studies. If reinstated, students must pay a reinstatement charge plus the equivalent of 1.0 credit tuition fees for each term in which they failed to register and including the current term of registration.
The reinstatement charge is a tuition fee and therefore is defined as eligible for income tax deduction.
8.5 Exemption from Registration
Students who have valid reasons for n ot registering for a term may apply for permission to remain unregistered by:
An administration charge per term for leave of absence must accompany each request.
It is understood that such an exemption from registration will be granted only in exceptional cases (for example, medical or other special reasons).
Exemptions are normally granted for one term, but in extraordinary circumstances an exemption may be granted for a longer period.
When exemption from registration for a term or terms has been approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, this period will be exempt from the overall time limit calculated for completion of the program.
8.6 Off-Campus Registration
Students w ho have been permitted to study off campus while registered full-time at Carleton, must register using Carleton Central Web Registration prior to departure.
8.7 Course Changes
A course change is the addition or deletion of one or more individual courses by a registered graduate student. This is the only acceptable procedure for revising or correcting a graduate student's registration. All course changes must be approved by the student's department.
Note: The deadline dates for course changes are stipulated in the academic schedule of this Calendar.
A graduate student wishing to terminate his/her registration in a graduate program (that is, drop all courses) must notify his/her department in writing of his/her intent to withdraw.
• Withdrawal Credit
When a student officially withdraws, a full refund will be issued if notification is received within the refund period. Students are encouraged to examine the financial and awards implications of withdrawal. The refund deadline is available at the Business Office, in the Registration Instructions Booklet and online at www.central.carleton.ca
• Mid-Term Transfer of Program
Graduate students are cautioned that there is no procedure at Carleton University for direct "mid-term" transfer from one graduate program to another. Similarly, there can be no direct transfer to or from undergraduate or special student status. Any candidate who elects to change programs after registration (before the last day of late registration) will be required to withdraw from the first program and then register in the second.
• Degree Completion
A registered candidate who completes his/her degree requirements by depositing the thesis/research essay prior to the last day for withdrawal in any term (as specified in the academic schedule) is required to request formal withdrawal for refund purposes if he/she anticipates any refund of fees.
Note: This only applies to thesis or research essay registration
9.1 General Remarks
Final examinations in courses will be held at the times indicated in the academic schedule. Graduate students must obtain grades that meet the standards outlined in Section 11, Academic Standing, and that satisfy the specific requirements of the department concerned.
9.2 Special/Deferred FinalExaminations
A graduate student who is unable to write a final examination because of illness or other circumstances beyond his/her control, or whose performance on the examination has been impaired by such circumstances, may apply to write a special or deferred final examination. Such an application will be considered only if it is submitted in writing to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research within two weeks of the examination.
If the student has been seen at the University Health Services, the office of the Dean will confirm the illness by contacting the treating physician. If the student has consulted a physician outside the University, he/she will be required to submit a statement from the physician confirming the illness.
In cases other than illness, appropriate documents will be required.
Students with special needs may also apply for special/deferred final examinations by contacting the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
9.3 Master's Examinations and Deadl ines
In addition to any examination which may be required in individual courses, a master's candidate who is writing a thesis will be expected to undertake either an oral defence of the thesis or a comprehensive examination in his/her field of specialization, or both. Please refer to Thesis Specifications, Section 12.5, Master's, for submission deadlines. When the degree is taken by course work, a comprehensive examination may be required.It is important to note that individual departments may have additional or particular requirements.
Some departments specify deadlines for the submission of thesis proposals and for comprehensive examinations. Students should check the Calendar entry for their department.
9.4 Doctoral Examinations andDeadlines
Doctoral candidates may be asked to pass a qualifying examination at the beginning of their residence at Carleton University.
A comprehensive examination covering prescribed fields will normally be undertaken one year prior to the thesis presentation. This examination (oral or written, or both) may include any material considered fundamental to a proper comprehension of the field of study.
After the thesis has been received and accepted for examination, a final oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related fields will be held. Please refer to Thesis Specifications, Section 12.5, Doctoral, for submission deadlines.
Some departments specify deadlines for the submission of thesis proposals and for comprehensive examinations. Students should check the Calendar entry for their department.
9.5 Comprehensive Examinations
The date, place, and time of comprehensive examinations will be announced at least two weeks in advance. An exa mining board will be appointed according to the guidelines laid down by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Continuous registration is required for any comprehensive until the final grade is reported.9.6 Unsatisfactory Grades
If the comprehensive examination is graded Unsatisfactory, the department may permit the candidate to repeat the examination. If the comprehensive examination is graded Unsatisfactory for a second time, a request by the department that the candidate be allowed to continue in the program would require the approval of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
The comprehensive and thesis examination processes must be conducted according to the principles and practices prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
10.1 Letter Grades
Carleton University employs the twelve-point system of letter grades to represent standing in graduate lecture courses, directed studies, seminars, tutorials, and some research essays. The letter grades used and the grade point equivalents are:
The following percentage equivalents apply to all final grades at Carleton:
Under certain defined circumstances, notations are used instead of letter grades to represent standing. The only notations permissible in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research are the following:
10.3 Release of Grades
Grades can be accessed through the Carleton Central Web registration system for each student as soon as the grades are available after the end of the fall and winter terms of the Fall/Winter session and after the end of the spring session. Transcripts required for professional and gradua te schools should be ordered well in advance of any deadline set by these institutions. Students are advised that no official transcripts will be released by the University until all outstanding accounts due have been paid.
11.1 Qualifying-Year Program
Students should note that admission to the master's program from qualifying year is governed by the admission requirements in Section 2, Admission Requirements and Eligibility.
11.2 Master's Program
A grade of B- or better must normally be obtained in each course credited towards the master's degree. A candidate may, with the recommendation of his/her department and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, be allowed a grade of C+ in 1.0 credit. Some departments do not permit the C+ option; students should check carefully to see if the department in question has a B- minimum rule.
Doctoral students must normally obtain a grade of B- or better in each course credited towards the degree.
11.4 Departmental Evaluation
In addition to the above requirements, departments will undertake a periodic evaluation of a student's progress in his or her overall program of studies and research to determine whether that progress is satisfactory. In the event that progress is deemed unsatisfactory, the department may recommend to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research that the student be required to withdraw.
11.5 Religious Accommodation
Carleton University accommodates students who, by reason of religious obligation, must miss an examination, test, assignment deadline, laboratory, or other compulsory event.
Accommodation will be worked out directly and on an individual basis between the student and the instructor(s) involved. Students should make a formal request to the instructor(s) in writing for alternative dates and/or means of satisfying requirements. Such requests should be made during the first two weeks of any given academic term*, or as soon as possible after a need for accommodation is known to exist, but in no case later than the penultimate week of classes in that term. Instructors will make reasonable accommodation in a way that shall avoid academic disadvantage to the student.
Students unable to reach a satisfactory arrangement with their instructor(s) should contact the Director of Equity Services. Instructors who have questions or wish to verify the nature of the religious event or practice involved should also contact this officer.
* When a student's presence is required prior to the date on which classes begin (e.g. For field trips or Orientation activities) any student who cannot meet this expectation of attendance for reasons of religious accommodation should notify the appropriate Faculty Registrarial Services Office in advance.
Guidelines for the preparation of graduate theses and information on the procedures for examination of graduate theses are available on the World Wide Web at: www.gs.carleton.ca. This information is also available in the Graduate Student Handbook, which is produced jointly by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the Graduate Students' Association.
12.1 General Remarks
The thesis is a major requirement of most programs and, in conjunction with the research for it, makes up at least one half of the time normally required for the program. The thesis must be expressed in a satisfactory literary form, consistent with the discipline concerned, and must display a scholarly approach to the subject and thorough knowledge of it. A critical review of previous work related to the subject should usually be given.
A candidate will not be permitted to submit a thesis for which he or she has previously received a degree; however, with the permission of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, he or she may incorporate into the thesis material that was included in a previous thesis.
12.2 Master's Thesis
The master's thesis should embody the results of successful scholarly research in a specialized area. It should exhibit the candidate's knowledge of recognized techniques of investigation and critical evaluation, and be presented in an organized and systematic way.
• Oral Examinations
• Thesis Weight
• Research Essays and Independent Research
12.3 Doctoral Thesis
The doctoral dissertation must report, in an organized and scholarly fashion, the results of original research. The thesis must be a contribution to knowledge, and must demonstrate the candidate's ability to undertake sustained research and to present his/her findings in an appropriate manner.
• Oral Examinations
The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research will announce the constitution of the examin ing board; both it and the thesis examination process are defined by guidelines, principles, and practices prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
• Thesis Weight
• Master's Thesis
• Doctoral Thesis
• Master's Thesis
• Doctoral Thesis
12.6 Licence to the University and to the National Library of Canada
In the interest of facilitating research by members of the Carleton community and by interested outsiders, and in consideration of his/her having been accepted as a graduate student at Carleton, the student author of a thesis or dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree shall grant to the University and to the National Library of Canada a license to make single copies or microfilms, solely for the purpose of private study and research, in response to written requests from individuals, libraries, universities, or similar institutions.
Students wishing to participate in electronic distribution of their research are advised to review the revised procedures available online at http://www.collectionscanada.ca/thesescanada/s4-340-e.html
It is understood that the student author retains other publication rights, and that neither the thesis nor extensive extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's written permission.
12.7 Withholding of Thesis Deposition
If, at the time of submitting his/her thesis, the student elects to protect any rights to immediate commercial publication, or to obtain a patent which may arise from his/her research, or to keep his/her thesis out of circulation for other reasons, he/she may apply in writing to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requesting that the thesis be withheld from deposit in the library:
The student must submit any request for extension of the restriction one month prior to the termination of the previous period. The student and his/her supervisor will be required to justify the extension of the restriction. Subsequent requests must follow the same procedure.
13.1 General Remarks
There are maximum time limits for the completion of programs. Candidates may also be subject to time constraints prescribed by individual departments to ensure orderly progress through the stages of their programs.
13.2 Master's Program Full-time
Full-time master's candidates must complete their degree requirements within two calendar (six consecutive terms) years after the date of initial registration. Students admitted to an 8 - 10.0 credit master's program (that is, in the School of Public Policy and Administration, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Social Work) must complete their degree requirements within nine terms of registered full-time study. Terms of non-registration are equated to full-time registration terms when calculating the overall time to progra m completion. Part-time
A part-time master's candidate must complete his/her degree requirements within an elapsed period of six calendar years after the date of initial registration. Students admitted to a 8.0 - 10.0 credit master's program (that is, in the School of Public Administration, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Social Work) must complete their degree requirements within an elapsed period of eight calendar years after the date of initial registration. Terms of non-registration are equated to part- time registration terms when calculating the overall time to program completion. Combined full-time and part-time
A master's candidate who elects to complete his/her program by a combination of full-time and part-time study is governed by the following elapsed-time limitations: five calendar years if the candidate is registered as a full-time student for two or three terms and part-time for the balance; four calendar years if the candidate is registered for four or five terms as a full-time student and part-time for the balance.
These limitations are calculated from the date of initial registration in the master's program.
A master's candidate who elects to complete his/her program by a combination of full-time and part-time study must complete the degree requirements within an elapsed period of eight calendar years after the date of initial registration in the master's program.
13.3 Doctoral Program Full-time
A full-time Ph.D. candidate who is admitted on the basis of a master's degree (that is, with a program of 10.0 cred its or the equivalent) must complete the Ph.D. degree requirements within an elapsed period of six calendar years after the date of initial Ph.D. registration. Terms of non-registration are equated to full-time registrations when calculating the overall time to program completion. Part-time
A Ph.D. candidate who undertakes the program by a combination of full-time and part-time study must complete the degree requirements within an elapsed period of eight calendar years after the date of initial registration in the Ph.D. program. Terms of non-registration are equated to part-time registration terms when calculating the overall time to program completion.
13.4 Exemption from Time Limit
When exemption from registration for a term or terms has been approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, this period will be exempt from the overall time limit allowed for completion of the program. An administration charge for each term of exemption from the time limit must accompany each request.
13.5 Extension of Time Limit
In exceptional cases, an extension of time permitting further registration (one or two terms) may be granted to a candidate whose recent progress, as judged by the department, has been otherwise satisfactory. Requests for extension of time should be directed to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research through the department concerned.
An administration charge for each term of extension beyond the normal time limit must accompany each request.
13.6 Grade Review
Within two weeks of the release of grades or the announcement of examination by committee (comprehensive examination, research essay or thesis) results, a graduate student may request, through the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, that one or more of his/her grades or results be reviewed. The results of examination by committee (includi ng comprehensive, research essay or thesis examinations) will only be reviewed on procedural grounds. Grades for other courses will be reviewed through the submission of all or part of the written coursework anonymously to two re-readers, whose average grade will replace the original of the reviewed work. Parts of grades based on non-written work (e.g., participation) will not be reviewed. The charge for such a review is $50, which must accompany the review request. Note: The review process will not take place if the fee is not remitted. If the grade is raised, the $50 charge is refundable.
13.7 Program Review
A graduate student has the right to request a review of decisions made concerning his/her graduate status or any other ruling relating to his/her program. All such requests are to be made in writing to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
13.8 Records Retention Policy
Since 1990 the University has implemented a records retention policy which provides for the destruction of student file folders and their contents after a period of ten years has elapsed since the last registration. This policy applies to those students who are formally admitted and registered in degree programs. Further information on this policy can be obtained by contacting the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
14. Academic Integrity (Post-publication update)
Carleton University is a community of scholars dedicated to teaching, learning and research. Sound scholarship rests on a commitment to a code of academic integrity that stresses principles of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility. The University demands integrity of scholarship from all of its members including students. The quality and integrity of academic work is paramount in achieving student success.
The University states unequivocally that it demands academic integrity from all its members. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form is ultimately destructive to the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to those students who pursue their studies honestly. The integrity of university academic life and the degrees conferred by the university is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of scholarship. Conduct by any person that adversely affects this process is a serious matter. Students who violate the principles of academic integrity through dishonest practices undermine the value of the Carleton degree. Dishonesty in scholarly activity cannot be tolerated. Any student who violates the standards of academic integrity will be subject to appropriate sanctions.
14.1.1 The Policy
The University has adopted a policy to deal with allegations of academic misconduct. This policy is expressed in the document Carleton University Academic Integrity Policy, effective July 1, 2006. The policy describes in detail its scope of application, principles, definitions, rights and responsibilities, academic integrity standards, procedures, sanctions, transcript notations, appeal process, and records implications.
The complete policy is available at: carleton.ca/studentsupport
14.1.2 Academic Integrity Standards
From the Academic Integrity Policy (Section VI)
Effective adherence to academic integrity requires that students understand the meaning of academic dishonesty. The following list describes conduct that violates standards of academic integrity which may lead to the imposition of sanctions pursuant to this policy. It is important to note that this is not a comprehensive list and should not be viewed as exhaustive.
Plagiarism is presenting, whether intentional or not, the ideas, expression of ideas or work of others as one's own. Plagiarism includes reproducing or paraphrasing portions of someone else's published or unpublished material, regardless of the source, and presenting these as one's own without proper citation or reference to the original source. Examples of sources from which the ideas, expressions of ideas or works of others may be drawn from include but are not limited to: books, articles, papers, literary compositions and phrases, performance compositions, chemical compounds, art
Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
2. Unauthorized Resubmission of Work
A student shall not submit substantially the same piece of work for academic credit more than once without prior written permission of the course instructor in which the submission occurs. Minor modifications and amendments, such as phraseology in an essay or paper do not constitute significant and acceptable reworking of an assignment.
3. Unauthorized Cooperation or Collaboration
An important and valuable component of the learning process is the progress a student can make as result of interacting with other students. In struggling together to master similar concepts and problems and in being exposed to each other's views and approaches, group of students can enhance and speed the learning process. Carleton University encourages students to benefit from these activities. However, it is also critically important that each individual student's abilities and achievements form the basis of the evaluation of that student's progress. As result, while collaboration is supported as being beneficial for various components of course and is generally encouraged, instructors typically limit the amount of collaboration allowed and communicate this to students in the course outlines. To ensure fairness and equity in assessment of term work, students shall not cooperate or collaborate in the completion of an academic assignment, in whole or in part, when the instructor has indicated that the assignment is to be completed on an individual basis. Failure to follow the instructor's directions regarding which assignments, or parts of assignments, should be completed by the individual alone will be considered violation of the standards of academic integrity.
Students shall not submit or present false assignments, research, credentials, or other documents or misrepresent material facts for any academic purpose. Examples of misrepresentation include but are not limited to:
It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity to impersonate another person or enter into an arrangement with another to be impersonated by any means for the purposes of gaining academic advantage including in the taking of examinations, tests, or the carrying out of laboratory or other assignments.
It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity to withhold records, transcripts or other academic documents to mislead or gain unfair academic advantage.
7. Obstruction and Interference
It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity to obstruct or otherwise interfere with the scholarly activities of another in order to gain unfair academic advantage. This includes but is not limited to interfering or tampering with data or files, with human or animal research subjects, with a written or other creation (e.g. painting, sculpture, file), with a chemical used for research, with any other object or study or research device or with library, electronic or other materials intended for academic use.
8. Disruption of Classroom Activities or Periods of Instruction
Carleton University has a commitment to provide a safe environment for learning. It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity for student registered in class to disrupt the class or other period of instruction with any action or behaviour reasonably judged by the instructor, lab assistant or tutorial assistant to be detrimental to the class. Normally disruption of activities outside of the classroom or outside of periods of instruction or by a student not registered in the class is dealt with under the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy, but in particular cases may be subject also to this Policy.
9. Improper Access
It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity to improperly obtain access to confidential information such as examinations or test questions or to gain undue academic advantage as result of such behaviour.
10. Improper Dissemination
It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity to publish, disseminate or otherwise make public to third party without prior written consent, confidential information. Confidential information includes but is not limited to academic information, data or documents which are not otherwise publicly available and which have been gathered or held with reasonable expectation of confidentiality. In particular, students are expected to follow the Carleton University Policies and Procedures for the Ethical Conduct of Research.
11. Assisting in the Violation of the Standards of Academic Integrity
To assist anyone in violating the standards of academic integrity is itself violation of academic integrity standards and subject to this policy. For example, giving another student an assignment that you have submitted for another class and allowing that student to copy parts of the assignment and submit it as his/her own work would be a violation of this policy.
12. Tests and Examinations
The University is committed to ensuring fairness and consistency in the completion of examinations. As part of this commitment, students are required to follow proper examinations procedures. A student who commits a violation of this policy on an examination, test, or takehome examination, or obtains or produces an answer or unfair advantage by deceit, fraud, or trickery, or by an act contrary to the rules of the examination are subject to the sanction under this Policy.
These rules include but are not limited to:
A violation of this policy may also occur by breaching one of the formal examination rules included on the back of the examination booklet. (These rules are outlined in Appendix A of the Policy.)
Instructors, advisors and/or supervisors must report all suspected cases of violation of the Academic Integrity P olicy to the Faculty Dean. Details of the procedures to be followed in the event of a suspected violation can be found in Section VII, Procedures, of the Carleton University Academic Integrity Policy at carleton.ca/studentsupport
Offences of Conduct--Discrimination and Harassment
The University has in place policies and procedures to deal with allegations of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. These are outlined in detail in the Carleton University Human Rights Policies and Procedures, effective May 1, 2001 and which can be found on the Carleton Web site under Equity Services.
Unacceptable conduct is outlined in the policy and includes discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, political affiliation or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, family status, or disability/handicap within the meaning of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Unacceptable conduct also includes threatening, stalking and unwelcome communication either in person or through electronic or other means. For the three policy sections below, the definition of prohibited behaviour is described in the italicized section which follows.
From the Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations Policy
From the Gender Equality Policy
From the Sexual Orientation Equality Policy
From the Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy
Enforcement of this policy is carried out according to the procedures established in the policy. The procedures include the provision of advice and information to complainants and respondents and allow for various methods of informal resolution, including mediation.
Students with concerns regarding discrimination, harassment, stalking, sexist or racist behaviour, or any other prohibited action as outlined in the Human Rights Policy, should call or meet with a member of Equity Services for advice and guidance on how to handle the situation. This service is confidential and does not compel the student to take any further action.
Formal complaints must be made in writing and directed to the Dean or Vice President responsible for the area where the complaint took place. Staff in Equity Services are available to assist with the preparation of a formal complaint. Complaints must be made within 12 months after the last alleged incident of discrimination or harassment unless exceptional circumstances apply in which case the University Secretary ma y grant an extension of up to an additional 12 months.
The procedure for formal complaints is outlined below:
1. an allegation shall be made in writing to the Dean of the Faculty in which the program to which the respondent has been admitted belongs or, in the circumstances where the respondent has not been admitted to a program, to the Dean of the Faculty where the majority of courses in which the respondent has registered are administered. An allegation against a student in residence when made by another student in residence which involves the complainant's enjoyment of her/his accommodation shall be made to the Vice-President (Academic). The Dean, or the Vice-President (Academic), as the case may be, shall cause to have an investigation conducted and, upon receipt of the report of the investigation, shall either 1) dismiss the allegation on the grounds of insufficient evidence or lack of jurisdiction by the University, or 2) accept that the allegation is founded and seek the agreement of the respondent to a remedy, or 3) refer the matter to the President. A Dean's dismissal of the allegation may be appealed, within ten working days, to the Vice-President (Academic) who may, in turn, either 1) again dismiss the allegation, or 2) accept that the allegation is founded and propose a remedy to the respondent, or 3) refer the matter to the President. In the case of students in residence, where the original allegation has been made to the Vice-President (Academic) and is dismissed, appeal shall be directly to the President who may either 1) again dismiss the allegation, or 2) accept that the allegation is founded and propose a remedy to the respondent, or 3) refer the matter to a tribunal appointed by the Senate.
2. in the instance where the matter has been referred to the President, the latter shall decide whether or not the University shall conduct a hearing before a tribunal appointed by the Senate.
If the allegation is proven, the tribunal shall decide upon one of the following sanctions:
The student may be:
Should the President decide not to conduct a hearing before a tribunal, the allegation shall be deemed to have been dismissed, but the President shall give written reasons for such a decision, and these reasons shall be communicated to the parties involved.
3. in the instance where the complainant wants redress from the University without the involvement of the respondent, or where the respondent is unknown or is not a member of the University community, and/or where there is a claim that the University has failed or has been negligent in providing a safe, non-hostile environment, the allegation of an offence shall be made in writing to the President, who shall cause an investigation to be conducted. Upon receipt of the report of the investigation, the President may order any relief he/she deems fit, and shall give written reasons for the decision; which reasons shall be communicated to the complainant.
Information about procedure governing tribunals is available from the Clerk of Senate, 607 Robertson Hall.
16.1 Criteria and Procedures
Assuming that a graduate student has exhausted all avenues of appeal and petition with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (questions regarding the appeals process can be directed to the Office of the Dean at (613) 520-2518), a graduate student may appeal the decision of the University to deny the award of degree or the required withdrawal of the student to the Senate upon certain specific grounds.
Such grounds are the allegation by the student that the student has been denied a degree or forced to withdraw because of some mistake, error, or improper conduct by the University, its officers, or employees.
A graduate student may petition the Senate to grant a degree or to stay a decision of required withdrawal on compassionate grounds.
Such appeals and petitions must be submitted in writing, within ninety days of receipt by the student of the decision which is to be appealed or petitioned, to the Clerk of Senate, Room 607, Robertson Hall.
17.1 Conferring of Degrees
On the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and with the approval of the Senate of the University, degrees are conferred by the Chancellor in the spring and fall of each year.17.2 Application Deadlines
Candidates may have their degrees certified in February each year; they must apply by December 1. Students expecting to graduate at the Spring Convocation must apply for graduation in the Graduate Studies and Research office by February 1. Those expecting to graduate at the Fall Convocation must apply by September 1.
In addition to University and Graduate Faculty Regulations, all Engineering departments share the following procedures.
Programs of study are offered by the Faculty of Engineering leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering; to the degree of Master of Engineering in Materials Enginee ring, and Telecommunications Technology Management; to the degree of Master of Applied Science, and, in cooperation with the Faculty of Science, to the degree of Master of Science in Information and Systems Science.
Most graduate programs in the engineering departments at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are administered through joint institutes in three engineering disciplines. The Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering was established in 1983; for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1984; and for Civil Engineering in 1984. Each of these institutes combines the research strengths and resources of departments of engineering at Carleton University and at the University of Ottawa, and provides a framework for interaction. The institutes are also concerned with applications for graduate programs and graduate course offerings.
Programs leading to master's and Ph.D. degrees are available through the institutes in a wide range of sub-disciplines in each department.
The areas of current research, the research facilities available, and the graduate courses offered are given in the following pages for the four departments of the faculty:
Both the master's and Ph.D. programs may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.
General information on awards and financial assistance is given in that section of this Calendar.
A limited number of students who are not degree candidates may be admitted to each graduate engineering course. Credit earned as a special student normally cannot be credited towards a graduate degree in engineering.18.1 Computing Facilities
Computing facilities available to engineering students include the university's central Honeywell mainframes with time-sharing terminals. In addition , two VAX minicomputers, numerous SGI, SUN, and Apollo workstations, and many microcomputers reside in the engineering departments. Several other computers within the Faculty are in use for data acquisition and specific research projects.18.2 Research in an Outside Institution
A student may apply for permission to carry out his/her research, in part or whole, in an outside institution (for example, industrial, governmental, or university laboratory). Such an application, addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research through the Dean of Engineering and Design, should:
18.3 Part-time Thesis Research
A part-time research program may be permitted if the conditions for the "presence" of the student (outlined under faculty regulations) are satisfied. It is the responsibility of the research supervisor to define the fraction of full-time research engaged upon by the student so that this can appropriately be credited to his/her program and assessed for payment of tuition fees. Before permission to undertake research on a part-time basis can be granted, the student must submit in writing, to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research through the Dean of Engineering and Design, a statement of his/her proposed manner of working part time, supported by a letter of approval from his/her employer.18.4 Waiver of Thesis
A ca ndidate for the master's degree who has, before admission, completed independent research or development projects of an adequate level of accomplishment, may apply to the chair of the department concerned for a waiver of the thesis requirement. Such application must be made at the time of initial registration, and must be supported by copies of published reports describing the work. If the application is approved, the candidate must complete ten 0.5 credits, six of which must be graduate-level courses in engineering, to fulfil the requirement for the award of a degree without a thesis. A candidate who has been granted a waiver of the thesis requirement may be required to take an oral examination on the subject of one of his/her published papers and topics related to his/her field of specialization.18.5 Transfer of Credit
Normally, 1.0 credit completed at another university may be accepted in partial fulfillment of degree requirements, provided that the course is appropriate to the candidate's program at Carleton University. Under special circumstances, a second 1.0 credit may be allowed. Refer to Section 6 of the General Regulations section of this Calendar for details of the rules governing transfer of credit.
18.6 Transfer from Master's to Ph.D. Program
A student who shows outstanding academic performance and demonstrates high promise for advanced research during the full-time master's program at Carleton University may, subject to meeting the requirements below, and with the approval of the admissions committee of the joint institute administering his/her graduate program, be permitted to transfer into the Ph.D. program without receiving the master's degree. Such a student must complete the course requirements and thesis registration requirements of the master's program, but is exempted from submission of the thesis.
A student wishing to transfer should apply to the chair of his/her departm ent. If the department and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research approve the application, the candidate will be required to take the comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. The requirements for the comprehensive examination will include the submission of a report on research to date, and a research proposal for the Ph.D.
After successfully passing the comprehensive examination, the student will be admitted to the Ph.D. program with normal program requirements (but with the comprehensive examination to his/her credit). If unsuccessful, he/she will remain in the master's program and be required to submit the thesis in the usual way.18.7 Faculty Regulations
Graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering are governed by the section of this Calendar entitled General Regulations, and by the regulations stated in this section.
All graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering must obtain satisfactory grades in their course work, must make satisfactory progress in their research if a thesis is included in their program, and must satisfy the following criteria of activity or "presence" in the program:
18.8 Thesis Regulations
The thesis must represent the result of the candidate's independent research or development work, undertaken after admission to graduate studies at Carleton University. Experimental or theoretical results previously published by the can didate may be used only as introductory or background material for the thesis. A candidate may be permitted to carry on thesis research work off campus, provided the work is approved in advance, and arrangements have been made for supervision of thesis research activities by a faculty member of Carleton University. A part-time student may use the Faculty of Engineering laboratory facilities for on-campus thesis research and development activities.
Each candidate submitting a thesis will be required to undertake an oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related fields.
18.9 Registration and Course Selection
8.10 Masters Degrees in Engineering
M.Eng. by Course Work
18.11 Ph.D. in Engineering
The specific program requirements for the Ph.D. degree are the following:
The comprehensive examination is held approximately one year after initial registration in the program in the case of full-time students, and at an equivalent time in the case of part-time students. The purpose of the examination is threefold:
The student is required to present his/her research proposal, and to be subjected to oral and written examination in appropriate fields of study. He/she will be informed by the advisory committee of the specific requirements of the examination. Having successfully completed the comprehensive examination, the student becomes a doctoral candidate.
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