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Fall 2020 Guidelines

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Dear graduate students,

Online registration for graduate Fall Term courses begins Monday, August 31 therefore we wish to inform you of our current plans in terms of teaching delivery.

As you go through the course schedule and talk to your program coordinator about fall courses, please note that due to current government-imposed social distancing restrictions, we plan to offer courses in the following modes of delivery:

  1. Small-sized classes (up to 11 students) and labs (up to 15 students) will take place face-to-face, on campus.

  2. Classes that exceed the limit of 11, will be offered through synchronous online delivery with Blackboard Collaborate.

As the government may change these restrictions by the start of Fall Term, the above modes of delivery may have to change.

Our course schedules and provisions ensure that students will be able to uninterruptedly follow their coursework and complete their program of study on time. The use of online methods is considered as a temporary mode of operation for our school and will last only until the circumstances allow us to resume normal operations and offer on campus, face-to-face classes as before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Given the temporary nature of these measure, please note that there will be no change in the tuition fees. The College will continue to provide financial support to students and their families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Student Emergency Fund.

As you plan for the Fall Term, please be aware that your personal computer should have a camera and be able to handle Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Proctorio. Students attending online classes will also need a set of headphones with microphone. The technical requirements for online courses are listed below:

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Description Minimum Recommended
CPU 1.4 Pentium or Equivalent i5 or equivalent
Operating System Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit),
Mac OS X 10.13, 10.14 and 10.15
Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.15
Internet Browser Google Chrome (v70.0 & above),
Apple Safari (v12.0 & above),
and Mozilla Firefox (v65.0 & above)
Chrome is required for Proctorio
Google Chrome (v70.0 & above),
Apple Safari (v12.0 & above),
and Mozilla Firefox (v65.0 & above)
Chrome is required for Proctorio
Free Memory (RAM) 2 GBs 4 GBs
Free Hard Disk Space 10 GBs 20 GBs
Display Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 720
Other Devices Standard laptop camera, microphone,
and speakers
USB Headset with mic recommended
Standard laptop camera, microphone,
and speakers
USB Headset with mic recommended
Internet Bandwidth Stable 1Mbps up/down
(wired Internet highly recommended)
Stable 1.5Mbps up/down
(wired Internet highly recommended)
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