Section 900 (J-Section) Courses & Rewrite Exams
The Section 900 Program is designed to give those students who have academic difficulties in fall of their first year a chance to recover and proceed into second year with a clear record. It can also be used by students to improve their overall average and to retain scholarships. The program originated at Queen's in the early 1970's and has proven to be very successful at reducing the failure rate in first year engineering. In fact, the overall failure rate in first year is only approximately 2%.
After December examinations, a student may opt to join the Section 900. A student in Section 900 will take repeat the major fall term courses in Mathematics (APSC 171), Physics (APSC 111) and Chemistry (APSC 131), starting in January. Final examinations in these courses are held during Reading Week, a one week school break in February. At the same time, a Section 900 student would be taking two winter term courses. (APSC 142 - Introduction to Computer Programming, and APSC 100 - Practical Engineering Modules). After reading week, a student in Section 900 starts the four Winter term courses (Physics (APSC 112), Chemistry (APSC 132) and two Mathematics courses (APSC 172 & 174)). During the examination period in April, a Section 900 student would write only two examinations (APSC 142 and APSC 100). Lectures in the other four Section 900 courses continue for an extra six weeks and the final examinations for those courses are held in mid-June.
The overall result is that a student has a chance to recover from academic difficulties encountered in the Fall term, take the four major Winter term courses, and have examinations in June, extending their program.
Although no-one enters Queen's Engineering expecting to enter the Extended Program, it is there as a safety net if needed.
Enrolment in Section 900 is voluntary, however, APSC 111, 131 & 171 are all pre-requisite to winter term courses. At the beginning of January, the Associate Dean, Academic will email those students who would benefit from the Section 900 Program.
Note: Even if a student passed all fall term courses, the Section 900 Program Courses or Rewrite Exams can be used to improve understanding of fundamental material, improve marks and improve one's average.
- If a student wants to improve his or her average to retain a scholarship, be aware that the marks for fall term Extended Program or Rewrite Exams (APSC 111, 131, 151, 161, 171) are included in the winter term sessional average. The marks from June rewrite exams (APSC 112, 132, 142, 172, 174) are not included in the winter sessional average which is the average considered when making scholarship decisions. However, the marks from the June rewrite exams will be included in the cumulative average.
- Note also that the second mark for a course counts in the average, even if the second mark is lower than the first.
Section 900 Schedule Map
|Section 900 Courses||Section 900 Begins||Section 900 exam and 1st year Rewrites||Section 900 Winter term Begins||Regular Exam Period||Section 900 Resumes Spring||Section 900 Exam Period|
|2017||16-Jan||Feb 21 - 24
||28-Feb||April 13 - 27||1-May||
|APSC 111||Review of Fall material||Final exam|
|APSC 131||Review of Fall material||Final exam|
|APSC 171||Review of Fall material||Final exam|
|APSC 112||begin Winter Course||resume classes||Final exam|
|APSC 132||begin Winter Course||resume classes||Final exam|
|APSC 172||begin Winter Course||resume classes||Final exam|
|APSC 174||begin Winter Course||resume classes||Final exam|
|APSC 100||Stay in Regular Section as per timetable||exam/final presentation|
|APSC 142||Stay in Regular Section as per timetable||exam||rewrite exam|
|APSC 151 Rewrite||rewrite exam|
winter evening classes begin January 10th
|regular exam/rewrite exam|