Frequently asked questions
If you are taking a CSC or SEng course you require a CSC Account ID. You can activate your CSC Account using the Web.
Your Computer Science User ID will be the same as your NetLink ID although the account is distinct. This account will be closed if /when you are no longer registered in a CSC or SEng course, whereas your NetLink ID is active as long as you are a student or employee.
Students who have not satisfied the UVic Academic Writing Requirement (AWR) must complete a 1.5 unit first-year English course (ENGL 135, 146, 147, or ENGR 110).
Students in a Computer Science, Combined Computer Science and Health Information Science, Combined Computer Science and Physics or Combined Computer Science and Psychology degree program need ENGL 135, 146 or 147 as a pre-requisite for ENGR 240.
My academic writing requirement has been met: do I still need to take an English course for my computer science degree?
You can request a pre-requisite waiver by completing the "Pre-requisite waiver request" form available from the Computer Science Undergraduate Advising Office in ECS 512. You will need to explain, in writing, why you feel you do not need to have the pre-requisite to be successful in the course. This request has to be approved by the Computer Science Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Note: Pre-requisite waivers are only granted under extenuating circumstances.
Start by talking to the instructor. All instructors have office hours specifically to discuss learning outcomes for the course. Consider seeking help through study groups or tutors.
Consider dropping the class before the final academic drop date. If it is past this drop date and you do not continue in the class, you will receive a grade of N (incomplete) and this counts as 0.0 GPA. If you decide to write the exam and fail the course, you will receive an F grade, which is also a 0.0 GPA. Students are restricted from repeating a course more than three times.
If you are having a medical problem, have had an accident, or serious family affliction that is contributing to you failing the courses, consider the possibility of asking for an Academic Concession.
You can also always seek guidance from the Computer Science Undergraduate Advisor for help with any of the situations mentioned above.
If you are having a medical problem, have had an accident, or serious family affliction, you may request an Academic Concession. If your documentation supports your request, you may be permitted to drop the course.
This must be done in a timely fashion as there are definite deadlines for taking action so that a failing mark does not appear on your transcript. Academic Concession forms can be obtained from Records, or from your Computer Science Undergraduate Advisor, in ECS 512. Please note, if you take the final exam and fail, you are NOT eligible to apply for an Academic Concession.
If you have completed a course but are unable to attempt the final exam due to medical or compassionate grounds, then you can request a deferred exam through the Academic Concession form.
A deferred exam may be granted to a student who has completed a course but is unable to attempt the final exam due to medical or compassionate grounds. Request a deferred exam through Records by completing an Academic Concession. You must provide appropriate documentation to establish the grounds for your request. Do this in a timely fashion as the deadline is 10 working days from the end of the exam period.
For most computer science courses, if the deferred exam is approved, you will write the deferred exam at the beginning of the proceeding term or during the exam period of the following term. You will be contacted with the date, time and location. The final exam mark is included with your previous marks to give you the final grade for the course.
In order to take a course elsewhere and have it brought back to UVic as transfer credit, you need to request a letter of permission. This should be done prior to undertaking the studies at another institution. Complete a "Request to take courses elsewhere" form.
If the course is at a BC institution, it may have been evaluated for transfer credit to UVic. Look at the BC Transfer Guide. If the course is at another institution, it may need to be evaluated by the appropriate department at UVic for transfer credit, so allow plenty of time for this to be done. Not all courses taken elsewhere are granted transfer credit to UVic. For students in the Faculty of Engineering, only courses with a grade of C or above will be granted transfer credit to UVic.
The cost of a letter of permission is $10 per institution payable in cash to the main office, ECS 504, in the Department of Computer Science.
Students registered in a work term are considered to be registered full time. If you wish to take a course during this time, you should consider the necessary time commitment of class contact hours, labs, tutorials as well as travel time and out of class time for study, all of which would be additional to working at a full time job.
If you decide that taking a course concurrently with a work term is something you want to pursue, you will require written permission from both your employer and the manager of the Engineering and Computer Science/ Math Co-op. This also applies to taking an on-line course. If you do not get this permission, the course may be dropped. Under no circumstances may you take more than one course during a work term.