New Student Guide
Welcome to the School of ICT
Congratulations on choosing Seneca to get you started with an exciting career in information and communications technology.
Now that you’ve been accepted to your chosen program and registered with the school, it’s almost time to get down to work. But there’s some important information that we want you to have before you get started with your Winter 2019 semester.
Prepare yourself for the upcoming semester by attending an academic orientation session! Your Academic Adviser will be happy to answer any questions you might have as a new student starting in the School of ICT.
Seneca School of Information and Communication Technology Winter 2019 Orientation Schedule
All orientation sessions will take place on the Seneca@York campus.
Thursday, January 3 - 5:00pm Room S1206
Friday, January 4 - 5:00pm Room S1206
Monday, January 7 - 5:00pm Room S1209
Tuesday, January 8 - 5:00pm Room S1209
Please sign-up for orientation by emailing Rei Tang
Before classes begin
In an effort to make your transition to Seneca as smooth as possible, we use an automated timetable generating system for all new first semester students. This means that your timetable is created for you and will be available approximately 2 weeks before classes start.
Student Centre and Timetable
You may access your timetable through Student Centre. Instructions on how to access Student Centre, your timetable, and other useful tools can be found here.
Please be sure to take a close look at this before classes start. It may also be a good idea to take your class timetable and add it to your personal schedule or agenda. This will allow you to always see when classes are coming up and create reminders for upcoming classes. This will be particularly useful in your first few weeks when you’re still learning your way around the campus. Just note that there could be changes to your timetable, so check it often during the first 2 weeks of classes.
Due to the nature of first semester classes filling up, it is difficult to make changes to new first semester student timetables. But don’t worry – starting with second semester, you will be able to select which sections of courses you are taking and tailor a schedule to your liking based on class availability. If you have an extenuating circumstance that require your schedule to be modified, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Adviser to discuss.
Full time students in most programs should have a timetable of five (5) classes. If you are experiencing any issues with your timetable please contact your Adviser, located in the main ICT office on the second floor of the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building.
My.Seneca/Blackboard is the College's one-stop online resource providing access to course materials, the option to look up resources and the tools to communicate with teachers and other students. Utilizing portal technology, My.Seneca is customizable so that students can get just the information that they want.
My.Seneca is available to all students of the college on-site and remotely. Your courses will only display after your teacher has made it available to students and not until the first day of class.
Before classes begin you will also want to get your Seneca student identification card, known as OneCard. This an important piece of identification for all students as it is required when writing exams. However, it also allows you to pay for parking, meals, photocopying, and printing. It is also used in Seneca Libraries and allows students to use the intercampus shuttle bus service. Visit the OneCard office and obtain yours as soon as possible.
Email & User Account
Activating your Seneca user account and email mailbox is another important step for all new students. You will use your student account for many of the online services that Seneca provides. You are expected to check your myseneca.ca email account regularly (every day) so you don’t miss any important information on classes and other school announcements.
Tip: Include your name and student number in all email correspondence.
Materials for classes:
In your first week of classes, your instructors will specify any additional materials or resources you will need for class.
Will you need a computer?
Seneca’s School of ICT does not require you to have a computer but it is recommended that you have access to a standard, Internet-connected desktop or laptop computer at home. Any up-to-date Windows, MacOS, or Linux operating system will work. There are many computers available on campus if you don’t have one at home, in open labs with extended hours for easier access.
Many students find that having a laptop available that they can bring with them between home and school is quite useful as it allows for a good deal of flexibility and the ability to work on many school assignments anytime and anywhere. There are many options available but we have found that a well-equipped computer that is less than two years old and with an initial cost of around $800 is suitable for any student in an ICT program. However, again, we do suggest a laptop over a desktop for their advantage in portability.
For software, you will need an "office" package, web-based (online), or installed on your own computer. The Seneca Software Centre has more information. Also, depending upon your program, the School of ICT will enable you to obtain the software you need in specific courses, at no cost.
Please visit this link for all free software available to students.
How we help our students
The school of ICT has specific, help-focused staff available to provide advising to our students throughout their academic career. Below is a brief description of who they are and what they do.
Your Adviser is your first point of contact and is happy to meet with you and assist in getting your academic career off to a great start. Advisers can help you with academic counseling, course selection, career planning, and program information. During your first academic term, your Adviser will reach out to you in an effort to ensure success in your program. They will continue working with you as you make progress towards graduation.
Your Adviser is available for walk-ins Monday to Friday during regular business hours. We encourage you to visit your Adviser early in the semester to ensure you have all the information you need to have the best start possible. Get to know your Adviser:
CNS / CTY
(416) 491-5050 ext 33717
CPD / CPA
(416) 491-5050 ext 33283
BSD / BTM / IFS / DAD / PMC
(416) 491-5050 ext 33174
A Program Coordinator is a faculty member who teaches in the program and also works on curriculum development, and other services for the academic community and the public. We suggest getting in touch with your Academic Adviser before contacting your Program Coordinator.
Faculty & Staff contacts
For a full list of Faculty & Staff contacts click here
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs in the School of ICT
Many of our programs have a very popular work integrated learning work term option.
You will learn more about work integrated learning during your second semester when you are invited to apply. For now, here is what you should know: Eligibility for work integrated learning depends upon your academic performance. In the CPA and CTY diploma programs, WIL is optional. In the BSD and IFS programs, eligibility is still based on academic performance, but students are required to complete two WIL work terms before graduation.
CNS / CTY / DAD / PMC
(416) 491-5050 ext 33350
BSD / IFS / BTM
(416) 491-5050 ext 33630
CPD / CPA
(416) 491-5050 ext 33125
The School of ICT runs events throughout the year that requires the help of student volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your school community, build a network and looks great on your resume.
If you are interested in volunteering with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the ICT volunteer contact list.
Seneca Student Federation
The mandate of the SSF Inc. is "to provide services & activities that benefit and meet the needs of Seneca students in a fiscally responsible manner within a learning environment". It is the goal of every Student Council (there are Councils at King, Markham, Newnham and Seneca@York) to offer a wide variety of programs and services to students and to represent the needs and concerns of students to the College's administration.
To get more information, please visit the SSF page here.
Services offered through SSF
- Student Advocacy
- Shuttle Bus
- Health Plan
- Student Development Grant
- Clubs & Associations
- Events & Activities
- Discounted TTC Metropasses
- Food Bank
Campus and College resources and services
The Registration office helps students manage their administrative relationship with the College, including program registration and fee payment. Many services are available online through Student Centre and the office is in the SEQ Building, ground level, near the main entrance, room S1150. The office telephone number is (416) 491-5050 Ext 33007.
CNS / CTY Students contact Sandra Phoon
BSD / IFS / CPA / CPD / BTM Students contact Joel Colesberry
The Financial Aid office helps students manage their relationship with funders, including the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), scholarships, and bursaries.
The office is in the SEQ Building, ground level, near the Registration office, room S1160. The office telephone number is (416) 491-5050 Ext 33011.
If your surname begins with...
- A - J, email: Randy Lake
- K - L, and Bursaries for Students with Disabilities (BSWD), email: Laura Rizzello
- M - Z, email: Josephine Wong
The Student Services office has the resources and support system to help you succeed during your Seneca career. Whether you’re looking for success strategies, want to become a student ambassador or be a Seneca Student Federation representative, Student Services has information and opportunities for you.
The office is in the SEQ Building, ground level, near the Financial Aid office –room S1171. Contact Jacqueline Lane (416) 491-5050 Ext 33024
Career Services: We assist with career development and job search and offer workshops and career fairs. We connect students and new grads looking for work with employers who want to hire on SenecaWorks. Contact Melody Ngai or call (416) 491-5050 ext 33124.
First in Family: We work in partnership with other services at Seneca to provide tutoring, workshops, and other special events and activities to help you meet people, get involved, and have fun! Contact Linda Thompson or call (416) 491-5050 ext 33014.
Seneca Leadership Program: The program offers a wide variety of workshops/events/activities to teach you more about yourself and about best practices in leadership. Contact Leonard Park or call (416) 491-5050 ext 33017.
Smile Mentoring: Offers new students a great opportunity to connect with a senior student mentor in their program area who can support them in their transition into the College. Contact Suzette Williams or call (416) 491-5050 ext 33108.
Counselling and Accessibility Services
Seneca's Counselling and Accessibility Services offers support for current students trying to manage the complexities of College life.. The services can help students fulfill their personal and academic potential through individual and/or group supports.
The office is in the SEQ Building, in room S1175, and their telephone number is (416) 491-5050, 33150.
Seneca Libraries provide you with resources and services both online and on-site to enhance academic pursuits. Our libraries offer print, audio visual and electronic resources including books, magazines, journals, videos, and a variety of topical databases. Services include research support, library instruction and a large circulating collection.
The Seneca@York campus library is in the SEQ Building, ground level, near the main entrance. Or you may contact Liana Giovando at (416) 491-5050 ext 33188.
The Learning Centre offers you one on one tutoring and group workshops for help with a variety of classes and topics covered in your program. Even if you feel confident in your studies it would be a great idea to check out the learning centre on a regular basis to reinforce the material you will be studying week to week.
The Seneca@York learning centre is located in the South-West corner of the library in the SEQ Building, ground level, room S1120.
Technical issues you run into should be reported to the Seneca Service Desk or email: email@example.com. The service desk works with a queued ticket system so the sooner they are made aware of your problem, the quicker they can resolve it.