Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to select courses?

    No, all of your courses (and even admission credits) are pre-loaded for you in SOLUS.

  • When do I receive my schedule?

    You can log into SOLUS early to mid-July to see your timetable.

  • What is a typical class size?

    Engineering students are randomly divided into sections consisting of groups of 20-60 students. Each section has its own schedule, but there is considerable overlap with other sections attending larger Lectures. Tutorials always consist of just one section, and labs generally consist of two sections at most. For projects you will work in groups of four.

  • What will my schedule look like?

    Schedules will be available in SOLUS early to mid-July; however, for information, below is an example of a typical fall and winter timetable. NOTE this is not your timetable.

    Example Timetable: Fall Term
    8:30 - 9:30     Lecture Lecture  
    9:30 - 10:30     Lecture Lecture  
    10:30 - 11:30   Lecture Lecture Tutorial  
    11:30 - 12:30 Lecture   Tutorial Lecture Lecture
    12:30 - 1:30   Tutorial Lecture Lecture Lecture
    1:30 - 2:30   Tutorial     Lecture
    2:30 - 3:30 Lab Lab     Lab
    3:30 - 4:30   Studio
    4:30 - 5:30      
    Example Timetable: Winter Term
    8:30 - 9:30   Lecture Lecture   Lecture
    9:30 - 10:30 Lecture   Lecture   Lecture
    10:30 - 11:30 Lecture     Tutorial Lab
    11:30 - 12:30 Tutorial Lecture Tutorial  
    12:30 - 1:30   Lab     Lecture
    1:30 - 2:30   Lecture    
    2:30 - 3:30 Project Work Tutorial Lecture  
    3:30 - 4:30 Lecture     Lecture
    4:30 - 5:30 Lecture     Lecture
  • When will I choose my discipline/academic plan for second year?

    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 program. Students are encouraged to attend as many of these evening seminars as possible to help them make their program choice. Help in reaching a decision on future studies can also be obtained in private discussions with upper-year students, instructors, or your Program Advisor, First Year.

    First-year students will then select their discipline/academic plan starting in early February and closing in late February. The selection takes place in SOLUS. Note that discipline/academic plan selection is guaranteed during this time only, provided that all first-year courses have been passed.

  • How does the grade system work?

    Queen’s University uses a “Grade” and “Grade Point (GP)” system for assessing your course performance. In individual courses, you will be assigned a grade (A, B, C-, etc.). The mark equivalents for those grades are approximately as shown in the Grade Point Index table. Each grade has an equivalent GP as seen in this table. The GPA is the weighted average for a group of courses. The important GPAs are the term GPA (for the Fall and Winter terms) and the Engineering Cumulative GPA (for all courses while you are registered in Engineering).

  • What if I need to take a lighter course load?

    The course load of engineering students is very high. As such, some students find that they benefit from taking a reduced course load in each year and stretching their degree out to five or six years. In order to facilitate this, we have recently prepared QE5 and QE6 course plans for each of our 10 programs.

    • QE5: Students take 2-3 courses less per year and expect to add one extra year to their program.
    • QE6: Students take 3-5 courses less per year and expect to add two extra years to their program.

    Note: Internships and exchanges are still available with both QE5 and QE6 course plans.

    Interested? See a First Year Advisor BEFORE week eight of your Fall term in first year. Book an appointment with a First Year Advisor.

  • How do I add a course?

    As a first-year student, you do not need to add any courses as we will preregister you in all your required courses; however, if you do need to add a course, all term-length courses may be added up until the end of week two of the term in which they are offered.

    For information on registration, please see our Registration Guide.

  • How do I drop a course?

    Students who wish to drop a first-year course, must meet with an academic advisor. Book an appointment with a First Year Advisor.

    Term-length upper-year courses may be dropped on SOLUS until the end of week eight of the term in which they are offered, and they disappear from the academic transcript.

    Courses may be dropped after this date (through paper application) ONLY given extenuating circumstances and upon approval from the Faculty Operations Committee. In this case, the course does not disappear, rather a “DR” (Dropped) appears on the transcript.

    Download the Late Course Drop form (PDF, 173 KB)