Course Information

Full Year Courses

APSC 100 - Practical Engineering Modules

Course Coordinator : Dr. Brian Frank

This course provides the laboratory experience and professional skills fundamental to the practice of engineering. It consists of three modules: Module 1, Complex problem solving; Module 2, Laboratory Skills; Module 3, Engineering Design Project. The course provides an introduction to personal learning styles, team dynamics, oral and written presentation skills, laboratory data collection, analysis and presentation, design methodologies, project management, information literacy, and workplace safety.

Fall Term Courses

APSC 111- Mechanics

Course Coordinator: Dr. Tony Noble

An introduction to Newtonian mechanics - a subject which is applicable to everyday engineering problems. Lecture topics are: vectors, motion of a particle, particle dynamics, work and energy, statics of rigid bodies, oscillations, waves, conservation of energy, momentum, and collisions.

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

APSC 131 - Chemistry and Materials

Course Coordinator: Dr. Michael Mombourquette

This course combines fundamentals of chemistry and uses these fundamentals to gain an understanding of why materials have the characteristics they do. Areas of study are: gases and their behaviour; three states of matter and their properties; water and aqueous solutions; chemical bonding; quantum mechanics and atomic structure; solids; thermodynamic processes and thermo chemistry; and introduction to materials science.

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

APSC 151 - Earth Systems and Engineering

Course Coordinator: Dr. John Hanes

This course provides an introduction to the complex Earth System (which encompasses the solid earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere), and our interactions with it. Using the Earth System as a framework, and coupled with the over-arching theme of sustainability, key concepts/issues relevant to engineers are dealt with, including: population demographics and resource usage; geopolitics; modeling of "fuzzy" systems; risk assessment and risk management; local- and global-scale impacts of engineering works on the government; short- and long-term natural and anthropogenic changes (including global warming); moral and ethical considerations. 

3 lecture hours per week, 1 two-hour lab per week

APSC 161 - Basic Engineering Graphics

Course Coordinator: Dr. Gene Zak

The principal objective of this course is to develop the ability to visualize and communicate three dimensional shapes. Topics covered are orthographic projection, isometric sketching, auxiliary and section views as well as dimensioning and working drawings.  Modern Computer Aided Design software is used to create solid models of the parts and assemblies as well as to generate dimensioned drawings.  Students apply their learning in a project where they design their own version of a consumer product. Students learn by hands-on exercises in free-hand sketching and computer-based drawing.

2 lecture hours per week, 1 three-hour laboratory period per week

APSC 171 - Calculus I

Course Coordinator: Dr. Alan Ableson

Parametric curves in two and three dimensions, velocity, acceleration, derivatives of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, differentiation techniques, applications to science, linear approximation, integration and anti-differentiation, method of substitution, applications of integration to area, volume and work, integration by parts, partial fractions, approximations of integrals, improper integrals, exponential growth, harmonic motion, and separable differential equations. 

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

Winter Term Courses

APSC 112 - Electricity and Magnetism

Course Coordinator: Dr. James Stotz

Lecture topics include rotational kinematics, dynamics, and oscillations, electric field and potential, electric current and resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

APSC 132 - Chemistry and its Applications

Course Coordinator: William Newstead

This course combines fundamentals of chemistry with the engineering issues associated with them. Areas of study are: entropy and the second law of thermodynamics; thermodynamics; chemical equilibrium; electrochemistry; chemical kinetics; and organic chemistry. Environmental issues associated with each of these topics will be discussed where appropriate.

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

APSC 142 - Computer Programming for Engineers

Course Coordinator

This course introduces concepts, theory and practice of computer programming using C as the working language.  Programming practice is enhanced in the laboratory through the use of Lego robots programmed with RobotC and in the studio and independent work through the use of a robot simulator. 

1 lecture hour, 1.5 hours in the Teaching Studio and 2 hour lab

APSC 172 - Calculus II

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Taylor

Functions of several variables, partial derivatives, differentials, gradient, maxima and minima. Double and triple integrals, polar and cylindrical coordinates; applications to mass, center of mass, moment, etc. Series, Ratio test, power series; Taylor polynomial approximations.

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

APSC 174 - Introduction to Linear Algebra

Course Coordinator: Dr. Abdol-Reza Mansouri

Vectors, dot and cross products, lines and planes, projections. Vectors in n-space. Systems of Linear Equations. Matrix Algebra and linear transformations, inverses. Spaces and subspaces. Linear independence, basis and coordinates, dimension, rank. Determinants, Cramer's Rule. Eigenvectors, eigenvalues and diagonalization with applications. Orthonormal bases and symmetric matrices.

3 lecture hours per week, 1 hour tutorial per week

Updated 10/06/2016

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