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2015-2016 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar 
2015-2016 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Academic Plan

Structure and Definitions

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers degree programs in ten academic plans. Plans nominally of four years’ duration lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Five-year plans, which include an Internship, lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Professional Internship. The codes for these plans and the prefix used throughout this Calendar for the courses in those disciplines are given below. The First Year is common to all academic plans.

Program Program Code Course Prefix
Chemical Engineering CHEE CHEE
Civil Engineering CIVL CIVL
Computer Engineering CMPE SOFT, CMPE or ELEC
Electrical Engineering ELEC ELEC
Engineering Chemistry ENCH ENCH
Engineering Physics ENPH ENPH
Geological Engineering GEOE GEOE
Mathematics and Engineering MTHE MTHE
Mechanical Engineering MECH MECH
Mining Engineering MINE MINE
Faculty Courses   APSC
Multi-department Courses   MDEP

There are five major components to each of these academic plans:

MATHEMATICS Elements of algebra, calculus, differential equations, probability, statistics and numerical analysis;
NATURAL SCIENCE Elements of Physics and Chemistry, and in some plans, elements of Earth and Life Sciences;
ENGINEERING SCIENCES Extension of Mathematics and Basic Sciences toward creative applications;
ENGINEERING DESIGN The application of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Science to meet specific needs; and
COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES Topics in Engineering Economics, Communications, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, Linkage and Professional Issues, and Performance Arts and Languages. Engineering Sciences and Engineering Design constitute about half of the plan in each case, with the other components approximately equal to each other in weight.

Program Accreditation and Licensing The licensing of engineers in Canada is a provincial and territorial matter. Bodies such as Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) are established by statute to govern the profession. The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) is the national federation of these governing bodies. A standing committee of CCPE, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), is responsible for identifying those educational programs that meet the academic standards required for membership in the profession. From time to time the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science submits its academic plans to the CEAB for review. All of the academic plans in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science are accredited by the CEAB.

Note: Effective May 1, 2011, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science moved each course weight from accreditation units (AU) to credit units. This means, for example, that instead of a weighting of 36 AU, a course will now count as 3 credits. In order to determine the new credit weighting for each course, the AU was divided by 12 and, if needed, rounded to the nearest quarter (0.25, 0.50 or 0.75).

Academic Plan and Course Symbols and Codes: Plans are identified by a four-letter code (see table above). Courses are identified by:- a four letter code and a three digit number (the first of which identifies the year of the plan in which the course would normally be taken - i.e. 174 is a year one course); - a title; - a letter or letters indicating the term (F=Fall, W=Winter, FW=Fall ANDWinter, F/W=Fall OR Winter, S=Summer, N/O=Not Offered);- a series of numbers indicating the units assigned to lectures (1 credit = one 50 minute lecture) and to laboratory assignments, tutorial, and significant project work (0.5 credits = one hour).

For example, the codes for a typical entry are:

This is a Faculty course normally taken in the first year. It is offered in the Winter term, will have 36 fifty-minute lectures (3 lectures per week); no lab; twelve hours in tutorials (one hour per week). The final number is the sum of the accreditation units, and represents the weight of the course. A section on Course Descriptions  appears elsewhere in this Calendar.

Requirements for Graduation The minimum number of Accreditation Units required for graduation is stipulated for each of the academic plans in the Faculty. These minimum form part of the curriculum of each plan as described later in the Degree Program section of this Calendar. The minimum number varies from plan to plan, but in the current year all are greater than 1950 AU.

Minimum Requirements for CEAB Accreditation

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) requires all that all graduates from accredited engineering programs have Academic Units (AUs) at the time of graduation which meet ALL the following conditions 1-3:

  1. Minimum AUs in the following five categories:
    M 195AU Mathematics
    NS 195AU Natural Science
    CS 225AU Complementary Studies
    ES 225AU Engineering Science
    ED 225AU Engineering Design
  2. The sum of the AUs in these five categories shown above must be at least 1950 AUs.
  3. Two sums of categories must also meet minimum requirements as shown below e.g. the sum of AUs in Mathematics and Natural Sciences must be at least 420 AU, and the sum of AUs in Engineering Science and Engineering Design must be at least 900 AU:
    M+NS 420AU Mathematics(195 AUs or more) + Natural Science (195 AUs or more)
    ES+ED 900AU Engineering Science (225 AUs or more) + Engineering Design (225 AUs or more)
    Within the broad five categories, it is expected that time will be spent on such topics as safety procedures, public and worker safety, ethics, equity, and concepts of sustainable development and of environmental stewardship.

    The number of AUs in each of the five categories is listed at the end of each course description in the calendar (provide a link to the calendar). The AUs are listed in the format of (M/NS/CS/ES/ED). For example:
    An introductory course in thermodynamics. Topics include: properties and behaviour or pure substances, concepts of heat, work and energy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and the analysis of a variety of power and refrigeration cycles. (0/33/0/9/0)

    The numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description are the AUs. This course has 0 Math AUs, 33 Natural Science AUs, 0 Complementary Studies AUs, 9 Engineering Science AUs, and 0 Engineering Design AUs.

    This course involves three lectures hours and one tutorial hour per week for the twelve weeks of the Fall term and therefore is assigned a weight of 3.5 credits which equates to 42 (AU) accreditation units. Of these, 33 units deal with topics in the Basic Sciences, and 9 are in Engineering Science. The course contains no Mathematics per se, no Complementary Studies, and no Engineering Design.

Proficiency Test in Written English

Students in all academic plans are required to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written English. Within their first term, students registering in the Faculty for the first time must attempt a written English Proficiency Test. Students who do not pass on the initial attempt will have further opportunities, and may need to pass the test or an equivalent test to meet the prerequisite for further instruction in communication required by the program. A student must pass the English Proficiency Test or an equivalent test, approved by the Associate Dean (Academic), to be eligible for graduation. Students may take advantage of the Faculty’s English Support for Engineers program, and programs offered by the Writing Centre (

Dual Degrees

Dual degrees are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science can be taken concurrently with a degree in Engineering and Applied Science. Students must apply for admission through the Admission Services Office after one year at Queen’s. To be accepted into a Dual Degree program in Engineering and Applied Science, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.60 or higher. The application deadline for summer term entry is 1 April, fall term entry is 1 June and for winter term entry is 1 December. Candidates must have completed at least one year of study in their current academic plan and must be in good academic standing. Dual Degree programs will normally take at least five years of study, although some combinations of programs will be longer. Usually the path to be followed is intricate and requires the advisement of the Dual Degree Coordinator in the Engineering and Applied Science program. Dual Degree students share 60.0 units from their Engineering degree with their Arts and Science degree. Students must register in additional courses required for their 2nd degree and these additional courses must all be completed at Queen’s. Fees for courses registered under the Arts and Science degree will be assessed according to the Faculty of Arts and Science. Further information can be found at

Integrated Learning

Director: Kim Woodhouse
NSERC Chair in Design Engineering: David Strong
Operations Manager: Simon Smith
Student Services, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science: Room 300
Telephone (613) 533 6772
Fax Number (613) 533 2721
E-mail Address:
Web Site:
Beamish-Munro Hall is the home of Integrated Learning, a focus for undergraduate engineering activities at Queen’s. This multidisciplinary learning environment has been designed to support problem-based, project-based learning, enhancing design, team and professional skills development. Information on Integrated Learning may be found on the web site, Those wishing more information are invited to visit Beamish-Munro Hall, to telephone (613) 533 2055, or to write to

Professional Internship Program

The Professional Internship Program allows qualified students the opportunity to pursue career related positions for 12 or 16 months after completion of their second or third year of study at Queen’s. (This program is available to students in all programs in the Faculty.)

Employers request applications from third year students more frequently than from second year students, but internships have been arranged for both. Job openings under this program are posted by Career Services throughout the year.

In addition to the industrial experience for which the intern earns a salary, the Program includes prior workshops on resume preparation, interviewing, work performance, and employer expectations. Successful completion of the program requires submission of a formal report or presentation, and a satisfactory assessment of the intern’s performance by the Employer. Up to twelve months of the work may meet the criteria for professional work experience required for licensure as a Professional Engineer in Canada.

The 12-month program requires registration in three courses, and the 16-month program requires registration in four courses - each course is 1-term in duration. These are: APSC 301, APSC 302, APSC 303, and APSC 304. There is a special academic fee for these courses. (See the section on Fees  in this Calendar.)

Details on the Internship Program can be obtained from the Career Services Office in Gordon Hall, and from their website at The Engineering and Applied Science Internship Coordinator is George Sweetman,

University Exchange Programs

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers student exchanges with other universities around the world. An exchange student can spend one year (two terms or one term) at the host university in a program approved by the Department and the Operations Committee. In most instances the student canl satisfy the requirements for graduation from Queen’s in the usual four-year time frame. Details on these programs and a list of the host institutions can be found at Details on the IAESTE program can be obtained from the Queen’s University International Centre, John Deutsch University Centre.

Non-academic Student Services and Resources

Information on the services and resources available to students at Queen’s, such as housing, medical services, and student activities, can be found on the Dean of Student Affairs web page at, or the Faculty general web address at The services of the Engineering Society are listed at