Important Terms & Definitions

Academic Action: Action taken by the Faculty or University when a student fails to meet minimum standards of performance in terms of grade point average or courses failed (see Probation and Discontinuance, Prerequisites and Failed Courses, Academic Appeals, and Academic Advising for more information and resources).

Accreditation: Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board has accredited the programs in all 5 majors. Accreditation ensures that the graduates of these programs meet the standards necessary for registration as Professional Engineers in Canada

APEGS: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan - the provincial licensing and governing body for professional Engineers and Geoscientists.  Practicing Engineers in the province MUST register with APEGS. (See

CEAB: Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board - the body that governs accreditation of Canadian Engineering Programs under the leadership and governance of Engineers Canada.

Credit hour: The unit measuring educational credit. 1 course counts as 3 credits. The 4th year project start-up course is 1 credit hour.

CRN: (course registration number) each course and, if applicable, its corresponding lab, is assigned a 5 digit number. CRNs are used to register for courses in UR Self-Service.

Dean's Honour List is displayed on the 4th floor Education Building each semester. To be eligible, a student must achieve a TGPA of 85% in a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Deferred Examination: Students may postpone an exam for legitimate reasons with special permission. Extensions of deadlines for completion of assignments or finals may be granted to student on the basis of illness, accident, or other circumstance beyond their control. Contact the Engineering General Office for details.

Engineers Canada: The national governing body of professional engineers in Canada. (See

Full load: 15 credit hours or 5 classes is considered to be a full course load for each semester.

Full-time: to maintain full-time status, students are required to be registered in 9 or more credit hours of study for the Fall & Winter semesters. (This applies to student loans and international visa requirements, not scholarship requirements).

Grading: The University uses a percentage grading system. A grade of less than 50% is a failing grade for undergraduate programs.

Iron Ring: Newly qualified engineers in Canada may attend a special ceremony wherein they pledge their obligation to society and to the profession of Engineering. Upon completing the ceremony, an individual is entitled to wear the Iron Ring as visible and physical reminder of his or her pledge. More information on the Iron Rings, the Obligation Ceremony, and the Iron Ring tradition can be found at

Lecture: Lectures are held in 2 types of time slots: 50 minutes 3 times a week or 75 minutes 2 times a week. Lectures are the main portion of the university courses and are taught by professors/instructors.

Lab/Seminars: Seminars and labs are in addition to engineering courses and are scheduled to run from 1 to 3 hours each week. Some Engineering classes break into small seminar groups to allow for discussion, while other courses require weekly or bi-weekly labs.

NP: No Pass is assigned to the student's transcript when the student fails to write the final exam or fails to complete a mandatory component of a course. NP is also assigned when a student has abandoned the course without formally withdrawing. An NP is a failing grade and is treated as 40% in the GPA calculation.

PGPA: Program grade point average.

Reduced load: Students in the athletic program, for example, take a reduced course load. A reduced course load may extend your graduation date. The student advisor offers advising for students interested in a reduced course load. BASc degrees must be completed within ten years of starting in the faculty.

RESS: The Regina Engineering Students' Society ( is located in ED 127. The RESS membership fee of $20/semester is included in student tuition fees. Membership fees are used to run events and tutorials and to maintain the engineering students' lounge. Engineering students also benefit from co-curricular activities with other campus groups such as Engineers Without Borders and Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE).

SAMS: Student Award Management System that allows you to search for undergraduate awards and apply for awards

Scholarships & Awards: The University of Regina offers many scholarship and awards for new and current undergraduate students. Check out Student Awards & Financial Aid for scholarship details, online applications, and deadlines, as well as information on student loans, government assistance programs, and emergency loan enquiries.

Spring/Summer semester: The term runs from May-August, but each class may have different start and end dates. Some classes are 6 weeks in length while others run 3 months. For the dates, check Part of Term (POT) in the U of R Calendar.

Supplemental Instruction: Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program in science in which instructors and teaching assistants provide tutorials on science course content in addition to the regular lectures and labs. The Faculty of Science offers this for first-year students. The tutoring service runs every semester for physics, chemistry, math, and computer science. UR Guarantee offers free writing and math tutorials, student success workshops, and learning skills consultations. See the Mathematics and Statistics Study Centre for more information on SI, including SI schedules.

Syllabus: A written course outline provided by professors at the beginning of the semester. The outline will include the context of the course, any prerequisites for the course, a list of assignments, and examination dates.

TGPA: Term grade point average per semester.

Time ticket: A time ticket is the date when a student can register for courses in the upcoming semester. Students are permitted to add/drop classes from that time on. Check UR Self service for your time ticket. Students are strongly encouraged to register on the date assigned because classes and labs fill up quickly.

UGPA: Undergraduate grade point average of all classes that have been taken at the University.

U of R e-mail: The official means of communication used by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Please check your e-mail account regularly. You may also forward your U of R e-mail to another preferred e-mail address (instructions for forwarding U of R e-mail). If you send an e-mail to our Faculty, academic advisor, or the Co-op Coordinator, please include your name and student ID number.

UR Courses: A secure website (Moodle) where students enrolled in a class can access additional information professors wish them to have. Not all professors utilize UR Courses. Login to UR Courses ( to view the courses in which your are registered that are utilizing UR Courses.  You will only be able to access UR Courses for a particular course for as long as you are registered in that course.

UR Self-Service: An online portal where students can access personal and academic information such as status of enrolment, fees owed, book lists, class schedules, etc.

Withdrawal from classes: Formal notification is required by the student who voluntarily discontinues or does not attend the start of classes. Students must withdraw from their classes in UR Self-Service, or e-mail E-mail requests must state the student name, student ID, and courses to be dropped. Please be aware that any withdrawal penalties will be assessed based on approved deadline dates. Refer to the "My Refund Schedule" posted in UR Self-Service for your individual set of deadlines. General deadlines can be found on the Academic Schedule page or in the U of R Calendar Key Dates and Deadlines section.