Course Requirements/Expectations

ROP Contract and Responsibilities

Students are asked to enter into 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 as established at the beginning of the project (i.e. ROP Contract & at initial meeting at the start of 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.

Project Requirements

  1. Each student must keep a *journal to record meetings, progress of their work, what was learned about in the project, and the nature of the research in general.This will serve 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, orientation, training, 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 399Y + 499Y projects, however, some form of record keeping as assessment is required in order to adequately provide the student with mid-term and final evaluation. 

NOTE: In addition to the ROP Course Prerequisites, each individual instructor has his/her own project prerequisites.  Be sure that you review both PRIOR to submitting an application.

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 in the project.  Should this time commitment need to change, discussion and agreement should happen between the student and supervisor and put into writing.

Breakdown of minimum time commitments:

  • Full year 20179Y (September-April) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 8-10 hours per week.

  • Fall 20179F (September-December) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week.

  • Winter 20181S (January – April) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week

  • Summer 20175Y (May-August) it is advised that students complete a minimum of 15-20 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 had with the Department/Institute Chair/Director should the time commitment fall below the very minimum.

ROP Course Registration

Students are permitted to *register (upon acceptance and signing of ROP Contract) in one of the following ROP options:

  • x1 Fall ROP project

  • x1 Winter ROP project

  • x1 Fall/Winter ROP project

  • x1 Summer ROP project

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Students are not permitted to be registered in more than one ROP course simultaneously.  For example, if a student opts for a Fall/Winter year-long project, they are not able to participate in a Fall and/or Winter session-based option.  Similarly, if a student opts for a Fall and/or Winter session-based option, they are not permitted to participate in a Fall/Winter year-long option. 

Students do have the option of taking a Fall + Winter session-based offering, in addition to Summer.  If students opt for this it is critical they meet with their Department/Institute Undergraduate Advisor and an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar to discuss course-load as well as program and degree requirements.

Additionally, students are not permitted to take more than one 299Y offering, nor are they able to be registered in more than one 399Y/499Y ROP course in the same discipline (i.e. BIO399Y & BIO399Y) regardless of the project title/work and year the projects are registered. 

Students are permitted to register in multiple 399Y/499Y ROP offerings provided they are not within the same discipline (i.e. CHM399Y + CHM399Y).  Should students opt for this it is critical they meet with their Department/Institute Undergraduate Advisor and an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar to discuss course-load as well as program and degree requirements.

*Registration occurs through the Experiential Education Office/ROP Office, students are not permitted to register in ROP courses on their own.