Oct 03, 2022  
2016-2017 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar-ARCHIVED 
2016-2017 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar-ARCHIVED [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

First Year Studies, B.A.Sc.

The first year of study in Engineering and Applied Science is based on a common curriculum and serves as an introduction to all of the academic plans offered by the Faculty. The choice of academic plan the student intends to follow in the second and subsequent years is made in February in the Winter Term of the first year.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Innovation (ECEi) Stream

This program is intended for students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship who want to enter electrical or computer engineering in first year. The ECEi focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills alongside the technical and professional elements that are the hallmark of Queen’s Engineering.

In the first year of the program students will take broad fundamental courses in math, science, and professional skills supplemented by an entrepreneurial design project specifically designed with for ECEi students. At the end of first year students choose between electrical or computer engineering, and develop strong technical fundamentals and skills necessary for innovation including economics and business practices, design and creativity, and teamwork.

Details about this stream are listed in the calendar at Electrical Engineering, ECEi Stream, B.A.Sc. (Class of 2019)   

Minimum Total Credits: 46

Challenge Examinations in Year One Subjects: Prior Learning Assessment

Exceptionally well qualified applicants who feel that their preparation would allow them to follow an accelerated plan of study are encouraged to write challenge examinations that are available in most of the First Year courses. These examinations are usually written during the first week of term in September and are only available to those students who have not yet started any classes in Engineering and Applied Science. Application to write should be made to the First Year Program Assistant, (613) 533-2055, engineering.reception@queensu.ca, before 31 July. There is a special fee for each Challenge examination (see the section on Fees.)

Credit will be granted for those First Year courses in which competence is indicated by the results of the challenge examinations. A student may then elect to reduce the First Year curriculum by those courses for which exemption has been obtained, or elect to undertake an accelerated curriculum by replacing those courses with more advanced courses. Students who wish to preserve their eligibility for scholarship standing will need to formulate a program which provides the same or greater unit load as the standard First Year curriculum.

First Year Advice and Counseling

First Year students looking for academic advice and counseling are encouraged to contact the Program Associate, Student Services, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by phone at 533-2055 or by email at engineering.first.year@queensu.ca.

The Douglas Tutorials

A gift from Dr. James Douglas (Queen’s BA, 1858) in 1910 made possible the establishment of a program by which First Year students are tutored by students selected from senior years. Details are available in the Faculty Office, and on the web at http://engineering.queensu.ca/Current-Students/First-Year-Studies/DouglasTutorials.html

The EngSoc Engvents

The EngSoc Engvents  The Engvents Committee’s mandate is to connect engineering students of all years and disciplines through team based competitions and social events hosted throughout the year. Past events have included paintballing, dodgeball tournaments, bowling nights, amazing race style scavenger hunts, and even a Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario! So come on out, connect with fellow engineers, and have a great time with Engvents! If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Engvents, contact engvents@engsoc.queensu.ca.

The EngSoc ‘EngLink’ System

For help using the EngSoc ‘EngLink’ system, see http://englinks.ca/

The Extended Program

The Extended Program provides an opportunity for First Year students who experience difficulties with the introductory courses APSC 111 , APSC 131 , and/or APSC 171  in the fall semester to retake these courses in the winter semester. Registration in the Extended Program takes place in early January. The courses normally completed in December are reviewed, and final examinations are rewritten in February during Reading Week. Instruction in the second term courses in APSC 112 , APSC 132 , APSC 172  and APSC 174  begins after Reading Week, is suspended when regular Winter term lectures end, and resumes after the normal examination period. These second term courses are completed in June. There is a special fee for each course in the Spring term (see the Section on Fees) *

Orientation Nights

In late January and early February each department holds an Orientation Night for first year students to introduce them to the department and to its academic plan(s). Students are encouraged to attend as many of these evening seminars as possible to help them make their plan choice. Help in reaching a decision regarding future studies can also be obtained in private discussions with upper year students, instructors, and the Program Associate, Student Services in the Faculty Office. Help is available on web pages maintained the departments in the Faculty (see http://engineering.queensu.ca/Current-Students/First-Year-Studies/DisciplineOrientationSchedule.html).

Choice of Program: Preregistration

First year students preregister in February to indicate the academic plan in which they intend to register in the academic year. A student will be admitted to the plan of their choice, provided the first year requirements have been met. Having preregistered in one plan, it may be possible to apply to transfer to another at a later date. However, such a change must be approved, in advance, by the department offering the academic plan in which the student wishes to register.

Admission to a Second Year Program

The rules governing the admission to the second year are given in the Faculty Regulations Section: in particular, Regulations 2b, 2f, 2g, and 10. Briefly, if a student has passed all of the courses in the First Year plan with marks of 1.6 ECGPA or better, admission to the second year will be unconditional. Otherwise, there may be constraints. Advice should be sought from the Faculty Office, or from the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the program of choice.