ENV100Y5

The Environment

University of Toronto Mississauga

This introductory environmental science course examines large-scale features of Earth, natural hazards, Earth's climate and weather systems, energy and mineral resources, human population growth, extinction and biodiversity, environmental toxins, vanishing soils and expanding deserts, forests, urban environmental management, and food resources. Interdisciplinary interaction among Science, Social Science, and Humanities is a major theme.
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Course Description
This introductory environmental science course examines large-scale features of Earth, natural
hazards, Earth's climate and weather systems, energy and mineral resources, human
population growth, extinction and biodiversity, environmental toxins, vanishing soils and
expanding deserts, forests, urban environmental management, and food resources.
Interdisciplinary interaction among Science, Social Science, and Humanities is a major theme.
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Many students who take this course do not have extensive background in the sciences. We fully
understand this, and want you to know that is entirely possible for you to succeed in the course,
with appropriate effort. If English skills are a concern for you, please approach us for assistance.
Instructor Information
Monika Havelka, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
E-mail: monika.have[email protected]to.ca
Office location: Rm. DV-3291
Office hours: Please e-mail to set up a time to meet. You are welcome to drop by
unannounced, but if my door is closed, I am either occupied or not currently in the office.
Thursdays I am usually off campus. Skype conversations or one-on-one online chats
can also be arranged by appointment.
Barbara Murck, Ph.D. Professor, Teaching Stream
E-mail: barbara.[email protected]to.ca
Office location: Rm. DV-3270
Office hours: On research and study leave in the Fall semester. In the Winter semester,
open-door policy. Drop by any time. (Not right before class, please.) Tuesdays I am
usually off-campus. If my door is closed, it means that I am occupied, or teaching, or not
currently in the office. It’s also fine to e-mail me for a specific appointment.
Online and In-Class Sections: Course Structure
LEC0101 (in-class): Lectures MWF 1112 in Rm. KN-137
LEC9999 (online): In-class lectures are videotaped and posted online about two hours after the
class has ended. Students in BOTH sections have access to the online lecture archive (all
videos + lecture notes) for the duration of the course.
There are no labs or tutorials. All assignments, homework and quizzes are completed online
for both sections. Students in BOTH sections will write the Term Test (Wed, Dec 5th, 7 9PM)
and the Final Exam (April Exam Period ON CAMPUS at UTM.
If you are in LEC9999, you are welcome to attend class in person, but please wait until the third
week of class to ensure there will be a seat available for you.
We offer optional Facilitated Study Group sessions, available to all students (schedule TBA).
We provide support via the Discussion Board and online Q&A sessions, which are archived, and
are available to anyone in the class who is unable to join in person.
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Course Rationale
Meets SCI Distribution Requirement.
Fulfills entry requirements for Environment Programs: Successful completion of this course
is required for entry into any Environment Program of Study (POSt) at U of T Mississauga. The
two Environment streams are Environmental Management (HBA) and Environmental Science
(HBSc).
Serves as a prerequisite for some courses in cognate disciplines: This course serves as
an entry point into some upper-level courses in cognate disciplines. For example, students who
have successfully completed ENV100Y5Y and have enrolled in an Environment Program are
permitted to take BIO205H5 Ecology, even if they have not taken BIO152H5 and BIO153H5.
For specific information, please contact the Academic Counselor.
Course Goals
The overall goals of ENV100Y5Y are to:
use a variety of online teaching and communication tools to enrich the teaching
environment and enhance the learning experience for all students in the course;
introduce students to a range of current environmental issues; and,
develop the abilities of students to:
o critically analyze news, data, and other information about the natural environment
and human impacts on the environment, thereby becoming more informed
consumers;
o approach problems from a scientific perspective;
o understand the roles of various academic disciplines, in Science as well as
Social Science and Humanities, in enhancing and contributing to our knowledge
about the natural environment and human impacts on the environment;
o undertake further studies in disciplines related to the environment; and
o contribute more fully to life on campus and in the community as a result of their
understanding of environmental science.
Student Learning Objectives
After successfully completing ENV100Y5Y, students will be able to:
articulate basic concepts relating to the contribution of the following disciplines to the
scientific understanding of the environment: Geography, Geology, Ecology, Biology &
Biotechnology, Hydrology, Anthropology, Forestry, Soil Science & Agricultural Sciences,
Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Climatology, and other cognate
disciplines in Science, Social Science, and Humanities;
use by memory, without aids, the basic terminology with which professionals in these
contributing disciplines communicate their work and their research findings;
synthesize information from a variety of disciplines, and apply it to environmental problems;
critically analyze information presented in a variety of formats and apply a systematic,
analytical approach to problem-solving and interpretation of graphs and diagrams;
express, in writing, the content of their learning about specific environmental topics;
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formulate and state a hypothesis, and summarize the requirements of an experimental
approach to scientific investigation;
enhance and utilize a wide range of academic skills in active listening, note-taking, studying,
reading, test-taking, and communication in university-level courses.
Communications Policy
Always use your @mail.utoronto.ca e-mail for course-related communications. E-mails must
contain “ENV100Y” in the subject line, and the message must include your full name and
student number. Students are advised to consult www.enough.utoronto.ca for University policies
concerning the appropriate use of information and communication technology.
Textbook
The required textbook is Withgott et al. (2017) Environment: The Science Behind the Stories,
3rd Canadian edition. Mastering Environmental Science comes packaged with the textbook or
is available separately. Access to Mastering Environmental Science is necessary to complete
the homework exercise (15% of final course grade).
You have three options for acquiring the book and/or access to the Mastering exercises.:
1. Regular print version of the textbook + Access Code for Mastering Environmental
Science + access to the e-text - ISBN: 9780134378909. Price: $155
2. Digital version: Mastering Environmental Science + e-text - ISBN:
9780134267968.Price: $95
3. Access Code only: for Mastering Environmental Science, without the e-text - ISBN:
9780134400044. This option is for students who have purchased a used copy of the
book or prefer to use the textbook on reserve in the Library. Price: $60
NOTE: If you purchase the access code alone (no book) from the Bookstore, you will
first have to register it at Campus Ebookstore in order to get the Pearson Access code.
Go to this site to redeem your Campus Ebookstore code in exchange for the proper
Pearson code: http://campusebookstore.com/redeem/
To register for Mastering Environmental Science:
1.Go to www.pearson.com/mastering.
2.Under Register, select Student.
3.Confirm you have the information needed, then select OK! Register now.
4.Enter your instructor’s course ID: havelka27719 and Continue.
5.Enter your existing Pearson account username and password to Sign In. (You have an
account if you have ever used a MyLab or Mastering product. If you don’t have an
account, select Create and complete the required fields.)
6.Select an access option. Enter the access code that came with your textbook or that
you purchased separately from the bookstore.
7.From the You're Done! page, select Go To My Courses.
8.On the My Courses page, select the course name ENV100Y5 Environment to start
your work.
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To sign in later:
1.Go to www.pearson.com/mastering.
2.Select Sign In.
3.Enter your Pearson account username and password, and Sign In.
4.Select the course name ENV100Y5 Environment to start your work.
Assessment Scheme and Dates
ITEM
WEIGHT
DATES and NOTES
Reading Homework
(Mastering
Environmental
Science)
1% each;
max of 15%
Homework completed online using Mastering
Environmental Science. There are 20 opportunities to
earn up to 15 marks. Relevant chapter exercises must
be completed by 11:00 AM on the due date:
Sept 28 (Chapters 1 3)
Nov 2 (Chapters 3 6)
Nov 30 (Chapters 7 10
Feb 1 (Chapters 11 13)
Mar 8 (Chapters 14 16)
Apr 5 (Chapters 17 19)
Assignments
6 X 3% = 18%
Submitted online by 11:59 PM on the due date:
Sept 21 (Assignment #1)
Oct 26 (Assignment #2)
Nov 23 (Assignment #3)
Jan 25 (Assignment #4)
Mar 1 (Assignment #5)
Mar 29 (Assignment #6)
Quizzes
6 X 2% = 12%
Online quiz window opens Friday at 11:00 AM and
closes at 12:00 PM the following day (Saturday).
Quizzes open on:
Sept 28 (Quiz #1)
Nov 2 (Quiz #2)
Nov 30 (Quiz #3)
Feb 1 (Quiz #4)
Mar 8 (Quiz #5)
Apr 5 (Quiz #6)
Term Test
20%
Modules 13. This test is in-person for all sections
Wednesday, Dec 5, 7:00 9:00 PM.
Final Exam
35%
Modules 16. This exam is in-person for all sections.
TBA April Exam Period
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Learning Objectives and Logistics of Assessment Items
Reading Homework (1% each): The Reading Homework exercises help you build
your critical reading skills, encourage you to focus more deeply on the readings, think
about the course content, and practice some typical test and exam questions. Each
assigned chapter has a homework exercise of four questions (each worth 0.25%). If
you get a question wrong, you can try it again; if you get it right on the second try, you
will earn 50% of the credit. There are 20 opportunities to earn marks, up to a maximum
of 15% of the course mark. (For example, if you attempt all 20 exercises and earn a total
of 15.25/20, you will get 15/15 for this component of your final mark. Exercises are
completed online using Pearson's Mastering Environmental Science. There are 3-4
chapters per module. All exercises for that module are available after the previous
module quiz closes (12:00 PM on Saturday) until the start of the next quiz (11:00 AM on
Friday). If you are encountering technical issues with the homework assignments, please
contact the head TA Patrick Braszak (patrick.brasz[email protected]).
Assignments (3% each): There will be six assignments, one for each Module. Each
assignment is worth 3% of the course mark. The learning objectives for the assignments
are to assess your comprehension; give you an opportunity to self-test; try out typical
test and exam questions; and develop your ability to communicate your understanding
graphically, quantitatively, spatially, and in writing. Among the six assignments, at least
one will be written; one will be quantitative; one will be map-based; and one will be
graphical. All assignments are submitted online. Once an assignment is available (at
the beginning of the Module), you can download the questions and work offline until you
are ready to submit. Assignments usually require 1 3 hours of work. Assignments
submitted after the deadline are subject to a late penalty.
Quizzes (2% each): There will be six multiple-choice quizzes, one for each Module.
They cover only the material presented in the lectures and readings for that module.
The principal learning objectives for the quizzes are to give you an opportunity to
practice what you have learned in class and in the readings, including the use of
scientific terminology; to check your progress, and to practice questions that will appear
on the Test and Exam. All quizzes are completed online. There will be a 25-hour
window during which you must complete each quiz. Each quiz is 30 min (unless you
have an extra-time accommodation from AccessAbility). You can take each quiz twice.
The highest mark of the two attempts will be recorded.
The Term Test (20%) covers material from the entire first term (Modules 13). It will
be in written-answer and multiple-choice format. The principal learning objectives for the
Term Test are to test your comprehension and retention of material presented in class
and in the readings; and to assess your ability to communicate your understanding in
written format in an organized and coherent manner. Students in BOTH sections
(LEC0101 and LEC9999) are required to write the Term Test in person on
Wednesday, Dec 5, 7:00 9:00 PM If you are registered in the LEC9999 section and
you live more than 125 km from the campus during the term in which you are taking the
course, and you are not taking any in-person courses this semester, you might be
eligible to write the Term Test at an external test centre closer to your residence.
Please contact Academic Counsellor Sabrina Ferrari ([email protected]to.ca)
before Nov 7 to request this service. Students will be responsible for any fees charged
by the external test centre, and any courier fees.
The Final Exam (35%) covers material from the entire course (Modules 16); it will be
3h in length in written-answer and multiple-choice format. The principal learning
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objectives for the Final Exam are to test your comprehension and retention of material
presented in class and in the readings; to assess your ability to communicate this
understanding in an organized, coherent manner in written format; and to assess your
ability to synthesize material from different parts of the course. Students in both
sections (LEC0101 and LEC9999) are required to write the Final Exam in person
and on-campus, as scheduled by the Registrar. If you wish to request an external test
centre (see above), please contact The Office of the Registrar before March 8.
Students will be responsible for any fees charged by the external test centre, and any
courier fees.
General Course Policies (Dept of Geography; UTM)
The policies listed below are policies set by the Department of Geography or by Governing
Council and are not specific to ENV100).
How to Query or Challenge a Mark: You have one month from the date an item
is returned to you to request remarking of the item. Contact the Head TA, Patrick Braszak
(patrick.brasz[email protected].ca) or see instructions on the course website. Term Tests
written in pencil cannot be accepted for re-marking.
What If You Miss a Quiz, Test, or Assignment?
In-class or Online Quiz/Test, as per Department of Geography policy:
Students CANNOT petition to re-write a quiz/test once the test has begun. If you are feeling ill,
please do not start the online or in-class test, and seek medical attention immediately. You must
have a physician fill out a U of T Student Medical Certificate and submit a request via the online
Special Consideration Request form at https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest within 24
hours.
Online Submissions for Term Work: It is every student’s responsibility to ensure that their
online submission is submitted successfully by the due date. Accommodations will not be made
for unsuccessful submissions due to, but not limited to, i) the system timing out; ii) submitting
the incorrect document(s); iii) poor internet connection / no internet connection; etc.
Missed Term Work (Assignment), as per Department of Geography policy: Late
assignments will be subject to a late penalty of 10% per day (including weekends) of the total
marks for the assignment. Assignments submitted five calendar days beyond the due date will
be assigned a grade of zero. Assignments handed in AFTER the work has been returned to the
class cannot be marked for credit. For accommodations on late/missed assignments please see
section on “Extension of Time.”
Missed Term Work (Quiz), as per Department of Geography policy: In courses with final
exams, there will be no re-writes or make-ups for quizzes missed for University-accepted,
verifiable reasons. If a Request for Special Consideration is submitted with appropriate
documentation, and approved by the departmental petitions committee, accommodation will be
made for the missed item, typically by re-weighting it.
Missed Term Work (Term Test), in exception to Department of Geography policy, as
approved by the Chair: There will be one makeup opportunity for the Term Test; it will be in
early January. If you miss the Test for a University-accepted, verifiable reason, and you follow
the instructions given below for submitting appropriate documentation, you may be approved for
the makeup test by the departmental petitions committee. In that case, you will be informed of
the date, time, and location for the makeup test.
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No other makeup opportunities will be provided; if you miss the makeup test in January, for any
reason, you will need to submit a new Request for Special Consideration, with appropriate
documentation. If your request is approved, the weight of the Test in the course assessment
scheme may be re-weighted to the Final Exam.
If you miss a Final Exam, please contact the UTM Office of the Registrar, not the
Department of Geography.
Informing Your Professor and Submitting Appropriate Documentation
The following steps must be completed in order to be considered for academic accommodation
for any missed quiz/test.
1. Students must inform their professor in writing (e-mail is acceptable) within 24 hours of a
test date of any circumstances that prevent them from writing a test.
2. Students must complete an online Special Consideration Request at
https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest. Students who miss a test due to
circumstances beyond their control (e.g., illness or an accident) can request that the
Department grant them special consideration. You must inform your instructor within 24
hours and you have 48 hours from the date of the missed test to submit your online request
(late requests will NOT be considered without a "letter of explanation" as to why the request
is late). You must present your case to the Department (not the Instructor). Note: The
system only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox for the time being.
3. Original supporting documentation (e.g., Verification of Student Illness or Injury form,
accident report, etc.) MUST BE SUBMITTED to the DROP BOX (labeled “Environment
and Geography Petition Documentation”) located outside Room 3282, Davis Building.
Supporting documentation is required within one (1) week of submitting your online request.
If you missed your quiz, test, or assignment for a reason connected to your registered
disability, please be advised that the department will accept documentation supplied by the
UTM AccessAbility Resource Centre.
Please Note:
i. ROSI/ACORN declarations are not accepted as supporting documentation.
ii. If your reason for absence is due to a last minute flight due to a family emergency
(illness/death etc.) you must provide your flight itinerary INCLUDING the date the flight
was purchased as well as boarding passes in addition to proof of death/illness/accident.
4. Verification of Student Illness or Injury forms: Documentation MUST show that the
physician was consulted within ONE day of the test date. A statement merely confirming a
report of illness made by the student is NOT acceptable (such as, “This patient tells me that
he was feeling ill on that day.”). Verification of Student Illness or Injury forms can be found
on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage
(http://www.illnessverification.utoronto.ca/getattachment/index/Verification-of-Illness-or-
Injury-form-Jan-22-2013.pdf.aspx).
Please note: The written explanation and documentation that you submit represents an appeal
from you, requesting the opportunity to account for that portion of your grade in some other
manner. If an appeal is not received, or if the appeal is deemed unacceptable, you will receive a
grade of zero for the item you missed. If the appeal is granted that is, your reason for missing
the item is considered acceptable by the committee then a mechanism for accounting for the
grade value of the missed item will be discussed.
A departmental petitions committee evaluates each request. Decisions will be communicated
by email within two weeks of receipt of all completed documents. It is your responsibility to
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ensure your email account is working and able to receive emails. Claims that a Departmental
decision was not received will NOT be considered as a reason for further consideration. Contact
Sabrina Ferrari ([email protected]to.ca) Academic Counselor, should you NOT receive
notification of your decision within 2 weeks of submission.
Please note that holidays, pre-purchased plane tickets, family plans, your friend’s wedding, lack
of preparation, or too many other tests/assignments are not acceptable excuses for missing a
quiz, a test, an item of term work, or requesting an extension.
Extension of Time: Students are expected to back up their work at all times. As such,
extension requests due to computer issues (stolen, crashed, damaged, etc.) will not be
considered.
The following steps must be completed in order to be considered for academic accommodation
for any assignment extensions. Assignments handed in AFTER the work has been returned to
the class cannot be marked for credit.
1. Students must inform their professor in writing (e-mail is acceptable) IN ADVANCE of an
assignment due date of any circumstances that prevent them from submitting their
assignment on time.
2. Students must complete an online Special Consideration Request at
https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest IN ADVANCE of the assignment due date.
Note: The system only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox for the time being.
3. Original supporting documentation (e.g., Verification of Student Illness or Injury form,
accident report, etc.) MUST BE SUBMITTED to the DROP BOX (labeled “Environment
and Geography Petition Documentation”) located outside Room 3282, Davis Building.
Supporting documentation is required within one (1) week of submitting your online request.
4. Verification of Student Illness or Injury forms: Documentation MUST show that the
physician was consulted within ONE day of the assignment due date. A statement merely
confirming a report of illness made by the student is NOT acceptable (such as, “This patient
tells me that he was feeling ill on that day.”). Verification of Student Illness or Injury forms
can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage
(http://www.illnessverification.utoronto.ca/getattachment/index/Verification-of-Illness-or-
Injury-form-Jan-22-2013.pdf.aspx).
Original supporting documentation (e.g., Verification of Student Illness or Injury form, accident
report, etc.) MUST BE SUBMITTED to the DROP BOX (labeled “Environment and
Geography Petition Documentation”) located outside Room 3282, Davis Building. Note:
ROSI declarations are not accepted as supporting documentation. You are expected to submit
your request to the Department before the due date of the assignment, unless demonstrably
serious reasons prevent you from doing so. In the event of an illness, if you are seeking a one-
day extension, Verification of Student Illness or Injury forms must confirm that you were ill on
the due date of the assignment; if you are requesting a longer extension, your documentation
must specify exactly the length of the period during which you were unable to carry out your
academic work. For extensions of time beyond the examination period you must submit a
petition through the Office of the Registrar. http://www.erin.utoronto.ca/index.php?id=6988
A Departmental committee evaluates each request for an extension of time. Decisions will be
communicated by email within two weeks of receipt of all completed documents. Please
note that students are required to submit their assignment/lab as soon as they are able
and they should NOT wait for the decision of the committee. Note: It is your responsibility to
ensure your email account is working and able to receive emails. Claims that a Departmental
decision was not received will NOT be considered as a reason for further consideration. Contact
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Sabrina Ferrari ([email protected]to.ca) Academic Counselor, should you NOT receive
notification of your decision within 2 weeks of submission.
It is your responsibility to follow the appropriate procedures and submit requests for special
consideration on time. Failure to do so may result in the committee denying your request.
Should you require further information regarding Special Considerations, please contact the
Academic Counselor.
Sabrina Ferrari, Undergraduate Academic Counselor
Room DV-3282
Telephone: 905-828-5465 email: sabrina.fer[email protected]
AccessAbility: U of T Mississauga and the AccessAbility Resource Centre are committed
to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life. The
AccessAbility Resource Centre provides academic accommodations and services to students
who have a physical, sensory, or learning disability, mental health condition, acquired brain
injury, or chronic health condition, be it visible or hidden. Students who have temporary
disabilities (e.g., broken dominant arm) are also eligible to receive services. All interested
students must have an intake interview with an advisor to discuss their individual needs.
Students who require accommodation are advised to visit the AccessAbility Resource Centre as
early as possible to have their needs assessed, as it may take some time to process the
application. For more information please contact the Centre at:
Room 2047, Davis Building
Tel/TTY: 905-569-4699
e-mail: access.ut[email protected]
web: www.utm.utoronto.ca/access
Policies on Religious Observances, Equity, and Academic Rights
Religious Observances
It is University policy to make every effort to arrange reasonable accommodations for students
who observe religious holy days that are not accommodated by ordinary scheduling and
statutory holidays.
Students have a responsibility to alert the teaching staff in a timely fashion to upcoming religious
observances and anticipated absences (three weeks advance notice, minimum, is considered to
be sufficient). Instructors will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling tests,
examinations or other compulsory activities at these times. If compulsory activities are
unavoidable, every reasonable opportunity will be given to these students to make up work that
they miss. When the scheduling of tests or examinations cannot be avoided, students will be
informed of the procedure to be followed to arrange to write at an alternate time.
It is most important that no student be seriously disadvantaged because of her or his religious
observances. However, in the scheduling of academic and other activities, it is also important to
ensure that the accommodation of one group does not seriously disadvantage other groups
within the University community. More information and some dates of potential relevance for the
U of T community are available at
www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/publicationsandpolicies/guidelines/religiousobservances.h
tm.
Equity Statement
The University of Toronto is committed to equity and respect for diversity. All members of the
learning environment in this course should strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. As
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a course instructor, I will neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or
self-esteem of any individual in this course and wish to be alerted to any attempt to create an
intimidating or hostile environment. It is our collective responsibility to create a space that is
inclusive and welcomes discussion. Discrimination, harassment and hate speech will not be
tolerated. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you may contact the UTM Equity
and Diversity officer at [email protected]ronto.ca or the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’
Union Vice President Equity at [email protected]utmsu.ca.
Academic Rights
You, as a student at UTM, have the right to:
Receive a syllabus by the first day of class.
Rely upon a syllabus once a course is started. An instructor may only change marks’
assignments by following the University Assessment and Grading Practices Policy provision
1.3.
Refuse to use turnitin.com (you must be offered an alternative form of submission).
Have access to your instructor for consultation during a course or follow up with the
department chair if the instructor is unavailable.
Ask the person who marked your term work for a re-evaluation if you feel it was not fairly
graded. You have up to one month from the date of return of the item to inquire about the
mark. If you are not satisfied with a re-evaluation, you may appeal to the instructor in charge
of the course if the instructor did not mark the work. If your work is remarked, you must
accept the resulting mark. You may only appeal a mark beyond the instructor if the term
work was worth at least 20% of the course mark.
Receive at least one significant mark (15% for H courses, 25% for Y courses) before the last
day you can drop a course for H courses, and the last day of classes in the first week of
January for Y courses taught in the Fall/Winter terms.
Submit handwritten essays so long as they are neatly written.
Have no assignment worth 100% of your final grade.
Not have a term test worth 25% or more in the last two weeks of class.
Retain intellectual property rights to your research.
Receive all your assignments once graded.
View your final exams. To see a final exam, you must submit an online Exam Reproduction
Request within 6 months of the exam. There is a small non-refundable fee.
Privacy of your final grades.
Arrange for representation from Downtown Legal Services (DLS), a representative from the
UTM Students’ Union (UTMSU), and/or other forms of support if you are charged with an
academic offence.
Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty/Integrity
Academic Integrity
It is your responsibility as a student at the University of Toronto to familiarize yourself with, and
adhere to, both the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
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This means, first and foremost, that you should read them carefully. The Code of Student
Conduct and Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters are available from the U of T
Mississauga website at Registrar > Current Students > Academic Support > Student Rights and
Responsibilities or https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/academic-support/student-rights-
responsibilities.
The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters states that:
“The University and its members have a responsibility to ensure that a climate that
might encourage, or conditions that might enable, cheating, misrepresentation or
unfairness not be tolerated. To this end all must acknowledge that seeking credit
or other advantages by fraud or misrepresentation, or seeking to disadvantage
others by disruptive behaviour is unacceptable, as is any dishonesty or unfairness
in dealing with the work or record of a student.” – University of Toronto
Mississauga Academic Calendar
This summarizes what we are all trying to achieve through the implementation of this Code
both students and faculty. We are trying together to create an atmosphere of fairness and
honesty, in which people can learn and receive appropriate credit for work that they have done.
Note that the Code refers specifically to expectations for faculty members, not just for students.
It is my responsibility, as a member of the faculty of the University of Toronto, to be familiar with
these expectations and adhere to them. There are many additional academic requirements that
we are expected to meet with regard to the integrity of course materials, returning of marked
work to students, maintenance of student privacy, fairness, grading practices, and others. My
TAs and I will make every possible effort to meet these expectations.
Conduct in the Academic Setting
We view the classroom relationship as an academic dialogue. We hope that we can approach
our relationships as students, faculty, and TAs with a spirit of honesty, fairness, and mutual
respect for each other and for learning.
Our expectation is that you will show respect to instructors, TAs, other faculty, staff, and
importantly fellow students. This includes arriving on time and staying for the entire class (so
you don’t disturb others by your late entry or early departure); listening quietly (so you don’t
disturb others by your chatting or online activities); approaching your course work with an open,
honest spirit and enthusiasm; and otherwise adhering to the Code.
In turn, you can expect that we (instructors and TAs) will show respect to you and your fellow
students; deliver the best course that we possibly can; communicate our enthusiasm for the
material; maintain fairness in all aspects of course delivery and assessment; and otherwise
adhere to the Code.

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