First Year Studies

2014-2015 Engineering and Applied Science Calendar

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.

First Year Curriculum

APSC 100 Engineering Practice FW K 11
APSC 111 Mechanics F 3-0-.5 3.5
APSC 112 Electricity and Magnetism W 3-0-.5 3.5
APSC 131 Chemistry and Materials F 3-0-.5 3.5
APSC 132 Chemistry and the Environment W 3-0-.5 3.5
APSC 142 Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers W 2-1-0 3
APSC 151 Earth Systems and Engineering F 3-1-0 4
APSC 161 Engineering Graphics F 2-1.5-0 3.5
APSC 171 Calculus I F 3-0-.5 3.5
APSC 172 Calculus II W 3-0-.5 3.5
APSC 174 Introduction to Linear Algebra W 3-0-.5 3.5

Spring Courses:

Students who intend to register in the Mining and Mechanical Option in MINE are required to take MINE 262 in the Spring at the end of the first year final examination period. These are officially second year courses, and will be so recorded on student's transcript.

MINE 262 Engineering Surveying Spring
8 days
1.5-0-2 3.5

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,  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 .

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

The EngSoc 'Buddy' System
The Engineering Society maintains a 'Buddy' system which links first year students with upper year students for advice and support, see

The EngSoc 'EngLink' System
For help using the EngSoc 'EngLink' system, see

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) *

* A limited loan fund is available to students who register in the Extended Program. Details may be obtained from the Faculty Office or the Office of the Registrar, Student Awards.

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

Choice of Program: Preregistration
First year students preregister in February or March 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 is 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.