Queen's School of Computing

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The Faculty of Arts and Science recommends that certain prose be communicated to students, particularly in course syllabi. Since the wording is standard, we've collected it all in one place. Some instructors might choose to reference this material instead of incorporating it directly in their syllabus; it is every bit a part of the syllabus as anything listed directly. Instructors may choose to reference this page while providing their own prose for some sections of it; their wording for those individual sections supersedes this page.

We've divided this information into several parts:

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

A full list of Learning Outcomes for Computing courses can be found on the School's website.

Location and timing of final exams

Arts and Science Regulation 8.2.1 states
The final or mid-year examination in any class offered in any Term or Session (including on-campus and online classes) must be written at the end of the appropriate Term or Session at the time scheduled by the Examinations Office. The final examination schedule may not be changed once the schedule is posted.
The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.

Also, Academic Regulation 8.3, states that students must write all final examinations in all on-campus courses on the Kingston campus. Since all Fall Computing courses are remote in Fall 2020, this will not affect you, but we are awaiting information on what will happen in the winter term.

For exams being offered remotely, Regulation 7.2.3. Restrictions on Assessment is waived. Remote exams will be allowed in the last two weeks of classes and in the study period designated by Senate prior to the examination period in order to accommodate the limited number of online proctoring seats available; this applies even to non-proctored tests.

Academic Considerations and Accommodations

Academic considerations and accommodations are two different mechanisms for helping students in extenuating circumstances. If you have extenuating circumstances for missing a midterm or assignment deadline, or for long-term issues, see the Student Wellness website. You may want to read our explanation of the information in the following links, in advance of needing to use them so you understand the processes.


Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. The Senate Policy for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities was approved at Senate in November 2016. If you are a student with a disability and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) and register as early as possible. For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the QSAS website.


Queen’s University is committed to providing academic consideration to students experiencing extenuating circumstances that are beyond their control and are interfering with their ability to complete academic requirements related to a course for a short period of time, not to exceed three months. Students receiving academic consideration must meet all essential requirements of a course. See the Senate Policy on Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstances

Each Faculty has developed a protocol to provide a consistent and equitable approach in dealing with requests for academic consideration for students facing extenuating circumstances. Arts and Science undergraduate students should consult the Faculty of Arts and Science protocol and the portal where a request can be submitted. Students in other Faculties and Schools who are enrolled in this course should refer to the protocol for their home Faculty.

If you need to request academic consideration for this course, you will be required to provide the name and email address of the instructor/coordinator. Please use the following:
Instructor/Coordinator Name:
Instructor/Coordinator email address:

Universal Design

Instructors may choose to apply principles of "universal design" so that no speccial additional measures need be taken to deal with considerations. For example,
  1. "Best N out of M" assignments or quizzes.
  2. Automatic grace period that applies to all students, regardless of considerations.
Instructors are not required to make any additional modifications for considerations if they use policies such as these. So for example the end of the grace period may be a hard deadline for which no additional extensions are allowed (that is, the 3 day considerations period applies to the original deadline, not the grace period deadline).

Students are still expected to submit considerations for all special circumstances, since Arts and Science tracks these to detect repeated problems requiring additional measures.

Academic Integrity

The following statement on academic integrity builds on a definition approved by Senate.
Queen’s students, faculty, administrators and staff all have responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity; honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage (see www.academicintegrity.org). These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities).

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments and their behaviour conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website, and from your course instructor. Departures from academic integrity include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning, or the loss of grades on an assignment, to failure of a course, to requirement to withdraw from the university.

Within Computing, in addition to the general concerns about academic integrity, there are a few specific situations.
  • Group work. Teamwork is an essential part of certain courses. Failure to carry out your own fair portion of the group work may be considered a departure from academic integrity.
  • Collaboration on individual assignments. In some courses it is permitted to discuss the overall approach to a problem, but not specifics of the solution. With coding exercises, for example, many instructors will consider that you have gone too far if you look at someone's specific code. It is much safer to consult your TAs or the instructor, who can help you work on your programs without giving away details that cross the line into departures from academic integrity.
  • Internet solutions. Finding and using solutions on websites is almost always a departure from academic integrity.
Asking to have your grade raised, without extenuating circumstances beyond your control, is asking for the instructor to violate academic integrity.


Students should, when possible, use the most recent versions of software including web browsers, Java, Flash and Adobe Reader.

onQ performs best when using the most recent version of two specific web browsers, Chrome and Firefox. Safari and Edge are strongly discouraged as these web browsers are known to cause issues with onQ.

While wired internet connection is encouraged, we recognize that students may be relying on a wireless connection. A minimum download speed of 10 Mbps and up to 20 Mbps for multimedia is recommended. Test your internet speed.

For technology support ranging from setting up your device, issues with onQ to installing software, contact ITS Support Centre.


Course materials created by the course instructor, including all slides, presentations, handouts, tests, exams, and other similar course materials, are the intellectual property of the instructor. It is a departure from academic integrity to distribute, publicly post, sell or otherwise disseminate an instructor’s course materials or to provide an instructor’s course materials to anyone else for distribution, posting, sale or other means of dissemination, without the instructor’s express consent. A student who engages in such conduct may be subject to penalty for a departure from academic integrity and may also face adverse legal consequences for infringement of intellectual property rights.

Notice of Recording

In some courses, synchronous (live) classes will be delivered through a video conferencing platform supported by the University [MS Teams, Zoom]. Steps have been taken by the University to configure these platforms in a secure manner. Classes will be recorded with video and audio (and in some cases transcription) and will be made available to students in the course for the duration of the term. The recordings may capture your name, image or voice through the video and audio recordings. By attending these live classes, you are consenting to the collection of this information for the purposes of administering the class and associated coursework. If you are concerned about the collection of your name and other personal information in the class, please contact the course instructor to identify possible alternatives.

To learn more about how your personal information is collected, used and disclosed by Queen’s University, please see the general Notice of Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information.

Discussion Guidelines

University is a place to share, question and challenge ideas. Each student brings a different lived experience from which to draw upon. To help one another learn the most we can from this experience please consider the following guidelines.

  1. Make a personal commitment to learn about, understand, and support your peers.
  2. Assume the best of others and expect the best of them.
  3. Acknowledge the impact of oppression on the lives of other people and make sure your writing is respectful and inclusive.
  4. Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings.
  5. Pay close attention to what your peers write before you respond. Think through and re-read your writings before you post or send them to others.
  6. It’s ok to disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks.
  7. Be open to being challenged or confronted on your ideas and to challenging others with the intent of facilitating growth. Do not demean or embarrass others.
  8. Encourage others to develop and share their ideas.