Fall 2020 Semester Information

The Fall 2020 semester will be unique in many regards. This page has been created to centralize information on Fall 2020 EECS undergraduate courses and enrollment policy. This page will be regularly updated in the lead up to the beginning of classes.

Delivery of fall EECS courses

All Fall 2020 EECS courses will be delivered 100% remotely, including labs. No course will have any in-person component or require any students to visit the Keele campus.

Most courses will mix asynchronous (pre-recorded) with synchronous learning (live). More information about the delivery of each course will be available on either the course moodle site or course website as the beginning of term approaches.

Fall 2020 waitlist information

As in the past, the EECS department will utilize a waitlist process for the Fall 2020 semester to ensure the students who most need seats in our courses receive them. The waitlist is not first come, first served. Waitlist entries are ranked based on a variety of factors and each entry is evaluated carefully. The time or date you fill in the waitlist will have no bearing on the evaluation of your entry.

Please remember: 1) BSc and BA students are limited to three 3- or 4-credit EECS courses per term, and BEng students are limited to four 3- or 4-credit EECS courses per term; 2) You must have the prerequisites for all courses you wish to enroll in, which includes a minimum EECS GPA of 4.5.

The waitlist is only available on the EECS website under the “News” heading on the landing page.

Waitlist and important dates

The fall waitlist will open on August 27th at 3pm and close on September 7th at 11:59pm.

On September 1, enrollment into all EECS courses will be frozen for final prerequisite and over-enrollment checking. This means lab and tutorial changes are not possible after this date without contacting the department via QLess.

The results of the waitlist will be posted by September 14th at 5pm on the EECS website. If you are granted access to courses, you will need to enroll yourself, via REM, by September 15th at 11:59pm. If you apply to the waitlist, please try to resolve any blocks on your student account by September 14 so you are able to enroll in courses if you are given permission.

On September 16th at 9am, all remaining seats in EECS courses will be given away first come, first served via QLess.

EECS is implementing QLess to assist you faster and better

Starting in early August, to substitute for the in-person service normally offered in the Lassonde Building, EECS will shift to using QLess to assist our students. QLess, a queue management tool, has been successfully implemented in several other units of the university, including Lassonde’s Student Welcome and Support Centre in the Bergeron Centre. For more information on QLess, and to download the app, please visit this page.

In order to most efficiently and effectively assist all students needing to speak with an EECS staff or administrative faculty member, we will be prioritizing the assistance of students in the QLess queue. When joining the QLess queue, students will have the option of selecting a return phone call or zoom call.

Contacting the department in late August/September

During the lead-up to classes in late August and early September, after QLess has gone live, you may still prefer to email or phone the department. Due to a high volume of enquiries, we strongly encourage you to utilize QLess to have your issue resolved in the fastest possible amount of time.

If you must email us, expect a detailed response within 3 – 5 business days. Please do not send repeat emails unless you have new information to provide, as this will impact your email’s position in our inbox and mean you have to wait longer for a reply. Please always include your student number and as detailed information as possible in your email to us.

Because all departmental staff will be assisting students on QLess, at many times of the day, the undergraduate phone extension may not be answered. Voicemails will be checked at least once per day and your call should be returned within 3 – 5 business days.

Following a course prior to official enrollment

If you are waiting for the results of the Waiting List or are waiting for a financial or advising block on your account to be lifted, you should be following the content of the courses you hope to enroll in.

To be added to a course’s moodle in an audit role while you wait to be officially enrolled, email audit@eecs.yorku.ca.

Until you are officially enrolled, you are not able to submit assignments or take tests in a course. If you have not been officially enrolled by October 6th, you will be removed as an auditor in all EECS courses.

Departmental leadership has changed

In most cases, undergraduate students needing to contact the department should begin speaking to a staff member on QLess or by emailing ug@eecs.yorku.ca. A staff member will determine if your issue needs to be escalated to one of the department’s vice-chairs. Most issues do not require the assistance of a vice-chair.

Until the 3rd week of classes, students should not email course directors to ask for enrollment assistance or permission. Course directors do not play a role in enrollment until the 3rd week of classes, when their permission is required to enroll.

Effective July 1, the vice-chair of EECS’ undergraduate science programmes (Computer Science, Computer Security, and Digital Media) is Dr. Suprakash Datta (datta@eecs.yorku.ca).

The vice-chair of the the department’s engineering programmes (Electrical, Software, and Computer Engineering) remains Dr. Sebastian Magierowski (magiero@eecs.yorku.ca).

Effective July 1, the chair of the EECS department is Dr. Richard Hornsey (hornsey@eecs.yorku.ca).

Technical or IT issues

If you have an IT issue directly related to EECS systems, including issues with your EECS login, remotelab, or issues with the software required for EECS labs, please e-mail tech@eecs.yorku.ca.

If you have an issue with Passport York or another university-managed system or service, please e-mail askit@yorku.ca.

Please note that after acquiring an EECS account, you may have to wait up to an hour to be granted access to all EECS services.