What is the Comprehensive Examination?
The Comprehensive Examination (CE) is a ministerial requirement that all students must complete in order to graduate. To pass the CE, a student must demonstrate a mastery of the objectives of his or her program. The format of that evaluation is determined by the individual programs.
The CE is your opportunity to be creative – to apply what you are learning in class to what interests you. It is your opportunity to extend your learning beyond the classroom and to express your individuality on a related project. The CE should give you a taste of what it is to “practice” your subject.
The Arts, Literature and Communication CE consists of two components, one done in the French Block ‘B’ course and the other in the Integrating Activity. When a student has passed both components, they have passed the Arts, Literature and Communication CE. The student will be registered in the Arts, Literature and Communication CE (by the Registrar’s Office) in the same semester as they are registered in the Integrating Activity since the A.L.C. Program grid calls for the French Block ‘B’ course to have been completed one or two semesters earlier.
I finished the last of my CE components last semester, so why does my schedule (or attendance verification form, or mid-term examination) say that my CE is IP? Why isn’t my CE grade already on my record?
As you accumulate grades for the components of your CE, those grades will be kept on record by the CE Coordinator. Together, the grades will make up one official CE grade. However, that grade will not be added to your official College record until the end of your final semester, i.e. the semester in which your courses left “to do” = 0. This is for administrative reasons only as we need to “register” you in the official course no. with the Ministry at the beginning of the term in order to be able to post your grade at the end of the term.
The INDEPENDENT STUDY REGISTRATION FORMS are not available for the summer session as students are not allowed to complete an Independent Study in the summer.
To achieve an “RE” or passing grade on your CE in Science, you must demonstrate that you have acquired competencies that are appropriate for a student graduating from a College Science Program. A few key examples of those “competencies” would be: to apply the experimental method; to communicate effectively; to construct a personal system of values related to Science; to apply acquired knowledge and skills to new situations. The full list of competencies can be found in the Science Program Description. You will meet your CE requirement by completing four projects in four different courses, one in each of the following:
- Biology NYA course
- French Block ‘B’ course
- Humanities Block ‘B’ course
- A third or fourth semester Science option course, chosen from an approved list, or an independent project pre-approved by the Science Program Committee.
The projects in Biology, French and Humanities will be assigned by the teacher. The fourth project, referred to as the “Independent Study in Science”, will be done in connection with a Science option course – or pre-approved activity – in the third or subsequent semesters. You need to register to do this component.
Biology 101-NYA-05 and Independent Study (I.S.): These components will be graded base on:
- quality of work and
- level of guidance received
In this scheme, the following grade assignments are proposed:
|Grade||Basis for Grade|
|9 – 10||Outstanding quality with little or no guidance|
|8||Outstanding quality with a fair degree of guidance, or very good quality with little or no guidance|
|6||Barely acceptable quality|
|< 6||Unacceptable at the College Level|
French Block ‘B’: Your Projet Spécifique assignment will receive both a number grade and a Pass or Fail grade (based on 60%=Pass). The number grade will count toward your French course grade, and the Pass or Fail will count as one of the four components in your CE grade. Note: If you achieve less that 60% on your “Projet Spécifique”, you must make arrangements with your teacher to rework your assignment so as to bring it up to a Pass to fulfill the Science CE requirement.
Humanities Block ‘B’: You will write an essay on a science-related ethical issue, for which you will receive both a number grade and a Pass or Fail grade (based on 60%=Pass). The number grade will count toward your Humanities course grade, and the Pass or Fail will count as one of the four components in your CE grade. If you fail the essay, you will fail the course and have to redo the course.
Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Probability and Statistics
Waves, Optics and Modern Physics (Health Science profile ONLY)
Electricity and Magnetism
- Environmental Biology
Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineering and Science
Other activities approved by the Science Program Committee
At the beginning of each semester a letter will be sent to you from the office of the Dean of Science, Medical Studies and Engineering through Messages and Documents in your portal. This letter will give you an outline of what your responsibilities are in terms of your Science CE.
- You should check your CE Profile Page under My Intranet to ensure all your CE information is accurate and up to date.
Around this time, the Independent Study Registration Form will be available on your CE Profile page for the Fall and Winter semesters only. If you are planning on doing your Independent Study that semester, complete your Independent Study Registration form and return it to the drop box outside the Coordinator’s office (2H.1) by the deadline specified. Allow a week for the CE Coordinator to enter this information and verify again that it is correct.
Your overall cumulative CE grade will be added to your official transcript only at the end of your graduating semester.
Since the CE is not associated with one single course but all four projects combined, keep all your CE assignments and correspondence together in one portfolio or folder.
I finished the last of my four Science CE components last semester, so why does my schedule (or attendance verification form, or mid-term examination) say that my CE is IP? Why isn't my CE grade already on my record?
As you accumulate grades for the four components of your CE, those grades will be kept on record. You can now track your progress through your Comprehensive Examination Profile page. You can find it on your Omnivox portal homepage under My Intranet.
Together, the four grades will make up one official CE grade. However, that grade will not be added to your official College record until the end of your graduating semester, i.e. the semester in which your courses left “to do” = 0. This is for administrative reasons only as we need to “register” you in the official course no. with the Ministry at the beginning of the term in order to be able to post your grade at the end of the term. If you have already completed all four components of your CE, you will see “RE” on your transcript only at the end of your graduating semester.
If you are transferring into the Pure & Applied, Health or Environmental Science Programs from another program at Dawson College and you have already completed the Projet Spécifique in your Block B French (602-B??-03), please contact the French Department chairperson and find out if that grade may be substituted for the C.E. Block B French requirement necessary to graduate from the Science programs. If you are transferring into the Pure & Applied, Health and Environmental Science Programs from another program at Dawson College and you have already completed the essay in your Block B Humanities (345-BXH-03), please contact the Humanities Chairperson to find out if that grade may be substituted for C.E. Block B Humanities requirement necessary to graduate from the Science Programs.
Please advise the Comprehensive Examination Coordinator of all decisions in these matters.
If you are transferring into the Pure & Applied, Health or Environmental Science Program at Dawson College and you have already taken any of the courses required to complete the Comprehensive Examination (Biology-101-NYA-05, French-602-B??-03, Humanities-345-BXH-03) at another college, please contact the respective chairperson for that department and arrange with them a manner in which you may complete the missing C.E. components. Please advise the Comprehensive Examination Coordinator of all decisions in these matters.
You cannot graduate if you do not complete all components of your CE. It is your responsibility to keep track.
For further information, please contact Wendy Willis (CE Coordinator) at email@example.com or call her at (514) 931-8731 ext. 3948