Student Course Requirements

ROP Contract and Responsibilities

Students admitted to the Research Opportunity Program (ROP) must fulfill all requirements and sign a contract prior to starting the project. 
The ROP contract is to clarify the responsibilities and duties of the supervisor and the student, as well as the assisting team (TA/RA, etc.).


  1. Prerequisite Terms and Conditions
  2. Project Requirements
  3. Recommended Hours per Week
  4. 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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Project Requirements

  1. Students must keep a *journal to record meetings, progress of their work, what was learned in the project, and the nature of the research in general. This is to provide the supervisor with an ongoing record of the students’ 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 record of these meetings in their journal.
  3. Students are required to attend all demonstrations, orientations, and training sessions that the supervisor may require.
  4. In addition to the student’s 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 and 499 projects; however, some form of record keeping as assessment is required in order to adequately provide the student with mid-term and final evaluation.  For examples of different types of reflection practices (if looking for something other than journaling) click HERE to visit the EEU website.

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Recommended Hours per Week

  • Summer (May-August): it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week
  • Full year (September-April): it is advised that students complete a minimum of 8-10 hours per week.
  • Fall (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 (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.
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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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