Ryerson Study Weeks at The Chang School FAQ

In May 2011, the Ryerson Senate passed a motion introducing a Fall Study Week; as a result, Ryerson University has changed from a 13-week term to a 12-week term (except for Engineering) to accommodate the break in both the Fall and Winter terms. This has resulted in a number of other changes at Ryerson and The Chang School.

1. What is a “12-week term”?

2. How many course hours will the 12-week term involve?

3. When are the Study Weeks for Chang School students?

4. Which Chang School courses will run during the Study Weeks?

5. Are distance education courses affected by the Study Weeks?

6. Where do I find a course’s start and end dates?

7. Is the cost per course less, considering hours are now reduced?

­1. What is a “12-week term”?
A 12-week term consists of 12 weeks of classroom sessions, with an additional week set aside at the end of the term for the final examination or other final assignments.

­2. How many course hours will the 12-week term involve?
Course durations will be adjusted to match the new 12-week schedule. For example, 56-hour courses will become 52-hour courses, 42-hour courses will become 39-hour courses, and 21-hour courses will become 19.5-hour courses. Programs offered by Gateway for International Professionals, Programs for 50+, Spanning the Gaps, and workshops offered by all program areas will be reviewed and adjusted if required and as appropriate. See Question 4 for further information about exceptions.

­3. When are the Study Weeks for Chang School students?
The Chang School will observe both of the Ryerson Study Weeks:

  • Fall Study Week: Thanksgiving week, October 7, 2017–October 13, 2017; classes resume October 14, 2017
  • Winter Study Week: Family Day week, February 17, 2018–February 23, 2018; classes resume February 24, 2018

Most classes will not run during these weeks.

­4. Which Chang School courses will run during the Study Weeks?
Some types of course delivery modes, such as half-term courses, intensive courses, accelerated courses, and workshops, may not observe these Study Week breaks due to their condensed schedules. Consult individual courses listings on the Chang School website for specific information about course durations and dates, or consult the course outline provided by your instructor.

­5. Are distance education courses affected by the Study Weeks?
Yes. Full-term distance education courses will observe the Study Week breaks unless otherwise noted. Accelerated and half-term distance education courses will run through the Study Weeks. Please check the individual course listing or your course outline to see the exact schedule for your course.

­6. Where do I find a course’s start and end dates?
The course description for each course listed in Courses and Programs includes the course’s start and end dates for each of the terms in which it is offered. Note that if the course description is lengthy, you might have to scroll down the page to find the table of times and dates.

­7. Is the cost per course less, considering hours are now reduced?
There are no changes in the course fees. The courses will cover the same content as in the past, but the instructors will be using different approaches to present the material in order to accommodate the new term structure.