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SCI888 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How will SCI888 be graded? Is it pass/fail?

A: SCI888 is not a pass/fail course. The course will be graded on the student's ability to pivot their thinking and design throughout the course, in the form of a variety of in-class assessments. A variety of presentation formats will be used, in addition to self-reflection and peer assessments to track development. 

Q: Is this course credited, and graded differently than my regular undergraduate courses?

A: This is a for-credit course where the credit is similar to that of typical credited courses here at Ryerson.

Q: Is SCI888 available for-credit for graduate studies?

A: No, but graduate students can receive a certificate from the Career Centre. 

Q: What kind of credit will I receive?

A: SCI888 is an open-elective course, although in most cases, students may convert the credit into professionally related (PR), with approval from their program director. This course cannot be credited as a liberal elective.

Q: Is there a lab component?

A: Yes. It will consist of experiential learning opportunities such as Idea Shops.

Q: Scheduling: Are there multiple sections, or weeknight/weekend options?

A: For students looking to start the course in Winter 2020, there is only 1 section, offered during the day. 

Q: What is an Idea Shop?

A: We define Idea Shops as forms of experiential-based learning, where multidisciplinary teams have the opportunity to troubleshoot industry-based challenges.

Q: How many class hours are there per week?

A: 4 hours. The course runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5pm.

Q: In which semesters is this course offered?

A: This course is offered in all semesters: Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer. Whether the course runs in the summer depends on enrollment numbers.

Q: If I have a course conflict, can I still take the course?

A: Each SCI888 class session is mandatory due to the gradable work that is required to be done in class.

Q: What prerequisites or skills are needed to take the course?

A: There are no prerequisites required and also no specific skill level to enroll into this course. 

Q: Who will be assigning the teams for the hackathons?

A: The teams will be determined by the course facilitator. 

Q: How do I enroll?

A: Students should submit their information here, external link, opens in new window to begin the process. Enrollment will occur manually within 1-5 business days, until seats are filled.

Q: Is there coding or programming involved in this course?

A: No, the SDZ hackathon model does not involve coding or programming.