Internal Graduate Regulations

RMCC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contents

Subsection 1 presents Internal Regulations governing Courses, MASc Thesis proposals, and Thesis Examinations for graduate degrees in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Subsection 2 presents Internal Regulations governing the PhD Comprehensive Requirement. Both Subsections include various deadlines that must be met. In general, the deadline periods are doubled for part-time students.

MASc Program

Program of study and course selection

The MASc program normally requires the successful completion of six one-term graduate level courses or equivalent, and a thesis. At least three of the courses must be from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMCC. The MASc is normally completed over a twenty-one month period.

All MASc students are required to take EE502, Applied Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as one of their six courses.

MASc students are given broad latitude to construct programs of study appropriate to their degree, intended thesis topic and personal interests. However, programs of study must be approved by the Coordinator of the students’ program and by the student’s supervisor where one has been assigned. A student may take courses outside the main area of study with approval.

An Electrical Engineering MASc program will normally be composed mainly of Electrical Engineering courses, perhaps with some Computer Hardware Engineering courses and in rare cases with Software Engineering Courses.

A Computer Engineering MASc program will normally be composed primarily of Computer Hardware Engineering courses and Software Engineering courses in a mix appropriate to the intended thesis topic. The program should normally include at least one course from each of the Hardware and Software areas. The program may include some Electrical Engineering courses.

A Software Engineering MASc program will normally be composed primarily of Computer Software Engineering courses. It may also include courses in Computer Hardware Engineering or Computing Science if appropriate. In rare cases, the program may include Electrical Engineering Courses.

MASc Thesis proposal

See the MASc Thesis Proposal page.

MASc thesis examination

See the MASc and PhD Thesis Examination page.

MEng Program

The MEng pattern is not offered for direct admission. It is offered only to students in the MASc program who, after completing the equivalent of one term of study, three half-year courses (3 credits), request transfer to the MEng program. Students must submit their request to the Chair of GSC along with an updated Program of Study form and Assignment of Project Supervisor form. The program of study must be approved by the student’s supervisor.The ECE GSC will make a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will decide on the transfer.

Program Requirements

The MEng program follows the same three subject tracks as our MASc  programs: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering.

MEng Project

The details of the MEng project proposal, presentation and examination can be found on the MEng Project Page.

Doctoral Program

Program of study and course selection

PhD programs must include a total of ten one-term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level, some of which may have been taken during studies at the Masters level. For example, a Doctoral student who completed six courses at the Masters level will normally be required to take four more courses during the Doctoral program. Doctoral students are also required to complete comprehensive examinations, a formal thesis proposal, and the thesis. This is normally accomplished in a thirty-six month program.

At least half of the courses taken during the PhD must be from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMCC.

PhD students are given broad latitude to construct programs of study appropriate to their degree, intended thesis topic and personal interests. However, programs of study must be approved by the Coordinator of the students’ program and by the student’s supervisor where one has been assigned. A student may take courses outside the main area of study with approval. There are no specific course requirements for PhD programs in Electrical, Computer or Software Engineering.

Comprehensive Requirement

All PhD students are required to complete CP600, Comprehensive requirement. This consists of breadth and depth oral examinations, plus the thesis proposal defence.

PhD thesis examination

See the MASc and PhD Thesis Examination page.

Transfer Credits

The departmental Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) can approve transfer credits for graduate level courses. To be eligible for a transfer credit, the course must be a graduate level course, must normally have been taken in the 10 years prior to the request for transfer credit, and must not have been used in fulfilment of a requirement for a degree from the other institution, either granted or expected.

Request for the approval of transfer credits should be submitted to the GSC Committee with the a calendar description of the course and original official transcripts. Applications for transfer credit will be processed after the student has arrived at RMCC, normally within the first term after arrival. Normally, at most two transfer credits will be allowed. Short courses not accredited by a graduate school are typically not approved.

Registration in Courses

At the time of registration, a course can be selected as a required course or an extra course. Any graduate level course in which a student has registered and has not dropped is assumed to be a required course unless explicitly listed as an extra course. Courses may be dropped until the drop deadline listed in the Graduate Calendar.

Failure of a Course

If a student fails a required course, the student is normally asked to withdraw from the program. Per regulation 5.13 in the Graduate Calendar, a student who has failed (obtained less than B- in a required course) may petition the Faculty Council for a supplemental exam. The student should initiate the petition by writing a memo to the chair of the ECE GSC requesting a supplemental examination. Normally only one supplemental exam in a graduate course is permitted per degree sought. Students failing a supplementary examination will normally be asked to withdraw from the program.

Duration of Courses

A graduate course will last only one term. Marks must be submitted within 3 weeks of the end of the term. An incomplete (IN) may be given only for medical and/or personal reasons, or for a delay in the course caused by circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as a decision by the Department to delay the start of a course, or to allow a course to overlap two terms. Such decisions require the approval of the Head.

When an IN is submitted to the registrar, the course instructor will also submit a final mark that the student will receive if no additional work is completed. In the absence of special circumstances as set out above, a student who does not complete the course within one term after the end of the term in which the course was given will receive the mark submitted with the IN.

An instructor must not assign an IN just to allow a student more time to complete his or her work in the course. All IN submissions are reviewed by the Head.

Topics Courses

ECE programs list three topics courses:

ECE Graduate students will normally be permitted to complete no more than two of these topic courses as part of their program. The topics courses must be listed on the approved Program of Study.

Faculty members who wish to offer one of these topics courses shall prepare a proposed outline for review by the ECE GSC before any students will be permitted to register for the course. The Chair of the ECE GSC will discuss any issues with the proposed topics course with the Head of the ECE Department and with the faculty member proposing the course.

Part-time studies

Students part-time from first registration

RMCC offers both the MASc and PhD programs on a part-time basis. Part-time students have the same residence requirement as full-time students (1 year for the MASc and 2 years for the PhD) and during this period they pay full-time tuition fees.

PhD students who are also full-time RMCC faculty are granted one-half year of residence for each year in which they teach.

In general, internal departmental deadlines for completion of hurdles such as PhD comprehensive exams are doubled for part-time students. On the other hand, there is no College policy to allow a longer time to complete a degree, so students must still meet College deadlines. Requests for extensions may be made and are normally (but not always) granted.

Students switching to part-time status

Military students who do not complete their degree before being posted out often complete their degree requirements part-time. All students pay part-time fees after the residency period of their program is complete.

More information

For more information about our graduate program, please contact the Chair of the ECE Graduate Studies Committee, Dr Mostafa Hefnawi.

Any suggestions for updates or improvements to this page should be directed to Dr Sylvain Leblanc.

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