Faculty Course Requirements



  1. Prerequisites Terms and Conditions
  2. ​ROP Contract and Responsibilities
  3. Project Requirements
  4. ROP Course Options
  5. Hours per Week
  6. ROP Course Registration


Prerequisites Terms and Conditions

​In order to participate in the Research Opportunity Program, students are required to meet the ROP Course Prerequisites established by their academic unit.

Students are encouraged to review the individual project requirements to ensure their suitability for the research opportunity.

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ROP Contract and Responsibilities

Students are asked to sign a contract with their supervising instructor prior to the start of the project through the ROPAPP.  Students admitted to the Research Opportunity Program must fulfill all requirements prior to starting the project. 

The purpose of the ROP contract is to clarify the responsibilities of the supervisor, assisting team (TA/RA, etc.), and student for the duration of the project.

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Project Requirements

  1. Each student must keep a *journal to record meetings, the progress of their work, what was learned in the project, and the nature of the research in general. This will serve to provide the supervisor with an ongoing record of the student's progress in the project and aid in evaluation at the end of the project.

  2. At minimum, students are to meet with their supervisor bi-monthly and are to keep a record of these meetings in their journal.

  3. Students are required to attend all demonstrations, orientations, training sessions, etc. that the supervisor may require.

  4. In addition to the student journal, it is recommended that students submit a two-page interim report detailing and outlining their research experience before mid-terms marks are assigned. Equally, the supervisor will complete a written assessment of the student’s progress and discuss with the student BEFORE THE DEADLINE TO DROP COURSES WITHOUT PENALTY.

    1. Additional work in some form, including the *journal, should constitute at least 50% of the final grade. Final grades will be numeric and there is to be no final exam.

*A journal may be optional for 399/499 H/Y projects; however, some form of record-keeping as assessment is required in order to adequately provide the student with a mid-term and final evaluation.

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ROP Course Options

For project proposals submitted for the 2022-2023 season, supervisors have the option to create the following:

  • Summer 20225Y (May-August) = 1.0 credit [ROP299Y5Y]

  • Fall 20229F (September-December) = 1.0 credit [ROP299Y5F]

  • Fall 20229F (September-December) = 0.5 credit [ROP299H5F]

  • Winter 20231S (January-April) = 1.0 credit [ROP299Y5S]

  • Winter 20231S (January-April) = 0.5 credit [ROP299H5S]

  • Fall/Winter 20229Y (September-April) = 1.0 credit [ROP299Y5Y]

The enhancement to the suite of offerings for ROP courses allows supervisors greater flexibility in terms of the length of project and when the projects can start (i.e. semester-based).

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Hours per Week

The hours per week are negotiable between the student and supervisor as some students may have a lighter course load throughout the semester/year, etc. The time commitment should be agreed upon (and preferably in writing) prior to the student beginning work on the project. Should this time commitment need to change, discussion and agreement should happen between the student and supervisor and be put into writing.

Breakdown of minimum time commitments:

  • Summer 20225Y (May-August) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week

  • Fall 20229F (September-December) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for Y courses; 8-10 hours per week for H courses.

  • Winter 20231S (January – April) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for Y courses; 8-10 hours per week for H courses

  • Full-year 20229Y (September-April) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 8-10 hours per week.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Total hours per week are not to exceed 35.

The minimum time commitment can be altered based on the requirements of the project and the work/course load of the student, but should not drop significantly below the very minimum. Further discussion and approval should be discussed with the Department/Institute Chair/Director should the time commitment fall below the very minimum.

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ROP Course Registration

Students are not permitted to enroll in more than one ROP course per academic term. We encourage students to check with their academic department when using ROP courses for program/degree completion requirements.

Students are not able to enroll in ROP courses through ACORN. Students must apply through the ROPAPP and the Experiential Education Unit staff will enroll approved students in their respective ROP courses at the beginning of the term.

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