Course outline, evaluation, plagiarism

Course outline

Definition

The course outline is a document that specifies all of the elements that make up the description of a course. It lays out the course objectives, deadlines, the type of evaluation and the associated terms and conditions (evaluation criteria, weight of each element, etc.).

Course outlines are available online and via your MonÉTS portal.

Specifications

Even within the same university, teaching methods and guidance and evaluation procedures can vary significantly depending on the instructor and the type of course. In light of this, it is important to properly understand the course outline and to clarify any questions you may have at the beginning of the course.

Important information for international students

Hierarchical relationships may be different from what you are used to in your country of origin. At ÉTS, it is not only normal, but actually expected, that you speak to your professors directly if you have any questions or issues. A discussion concerning the course outline is a perfect opportunity to do so.
 

Evaluation and review of grades

Definition

The course outline specifies the type and weighting of your various evaluations.

You must comply with the Writing Guidelines and Templates in all of your work, cite your sources properly, and in the case of group work, determine the work and communication methods and deadlines that each member must respect.  

Mid-term or end-of-session exams can take a variety of formats, as follows:

  • Development exams: Intended to demonstrate your analysis and understanding of the subject matter;
  • Objective exams: Specific questions, often presented in multiple-choice format. You are not called upon to justify or develop your reasoning.  
     

Specifications

No single evaluation element, whether it involves individual or group work, can account for more than 50% of the weight of all evaluation elements combined for a single course.

A student can submit a request for review of grades in accordance with the stipulations of the applicable Règlement des études and within the established deadlines.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Important information

Although the preliminary schedule for final exams is posted at the beginning of the session, the final version, which includes the schedule and locations, is only accessible during the course of the session. Therefore, it is important to not make any plans (e.g.: airline ticket, vacation, etc.) before the official end of the exam period.
 

Plagiarism

Definition

Plagiarism can take many forms. Using the ideas of others without citing the source, copying during an exam and presenting the same work more than once are some of the situations that could lead to an accusation of plagiarism.

For a list of all of the forms that plagiarism can take, along with the consequences, please consult the page entitled Cite, don’t plagiarize and the Règlement sur les infractions de nature académique (Regulation regarding academic infractions).

Specifications

Most students who appear before the Discipline Committee for plagiarism or fraud declare that they were not aware of the rules, which is not a valid defence.

In the case of group work, the responsibility for plagiarism is shared by all members of the group.

Important information

ÉTS applies a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to plagiarism. The consequences of an accusation of plagiarism can be severe, including failure of the course, rejection of the report, thesis or dissertation, suspension or expulsion.