First Year Courses

In the summer, all registered students are given an enrolment appointment. This is the date when a student can begin to choose his/her courses in SOLUS. However, in first year Engineering ALL of your courses are core courses. All core courses are automatically added to your program – you do not need to choose them. When you move into upper years, you will use your enrolment appointment to add your technical elective and complementary studies courses.

Fall and Full Year Courses

APSC 100 (Fall/Winter) Engineering Practice

This course introduces fundamental professional engineering skills and provides an opportunity to apply engineering science and mathematics content in situations emulating professional practice. It consists of three modules: Module 1. Problem analysis and modeling; Module 2. Experimentation and measurement; Module 3: Engineering design. The course provides an introduction to personal learning styles, team dynamics, oral and written presentation skills, laboratory data collection, analysis and presentation, project management, information management, problem analysis and modeling, numeric computation, economics, design methodologies, and workplace safety.

APSC 111 (Fall) Physics I

This course is an introduction to Newtonian mechanics in the context of engineering applications. Lecture topics are: vectors, motion of a particle, particle dynamics, work and energy, statics and dynamics of rigid bodies, conservation of energy, momentum, and collisions.

APSC 131 (Fall) Chemistry and Materials

This course provides an introduction to the chemistry of materials: thermochemistry, heat, work, internal energy, enthalpy and the first law of thermodynamics; gas laws in ideal and non-ideal systems; phase equilibria in one component systems; concepts of bonding in the classification of materials; the physical, electrical and mechanical properties of metals, polymers, semiconductors and ceramics; techniques of characterizing materials.

APSC 143 (Fall) Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers

This course introduces concepts, theory and practice of computer programming. Implementation uses microcomputers. The emphasis is on the design of correct and efficient algorithms and on programming style. Applications are made to engineering problems.

APSC 151 (Fall) Engineering Geology and the Biosphere

This course provides an introduction to the complex Earth System (the solid earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) and our interactions with it. The science behind our exploration and understanding of our planet and its ongoing evolution is explored in combination with the engineering geology of geo-materials, geo-resources, geo-dynamics and geo-risk. The connection between the Earth System and human activity is explored in depth, including local and global-scale impacts of engineering works, geopolitics, and resource issues. Examples of the terrestrial sources of geo-materials used in engineering activities are highlighted along with the technical, social, economic and environmental challenges associated with their life cycle. The evolution and complexities of the biosphere are introduced (at the component and system scale) as well as examples of key sensitivities and threats including contamination, biodiversity loss and climate change.

APSC 171 (Fall) Calculus I

Graphs and derivatives of vector-valued functions; related applications. Implicit derivatives and related rate applications. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Riemann integral; applications to problems involving areas, volumes, mass, charge, work, etc. Integration by substitution, by parts, and partial fractions. Introduction to second-order differential equations and complex numbers.

Winter Term Courses

APSC 112 (Winter) Physics II

This course continues from APSC 111 to introduce electricity and further develop fundamental ideas of mechanics in the context of engineering applications. Lecture topics include: oscillations and waves, electric charge, electrical current and resistance, EMF, D.C. circuits and electrical measurements, electric field and potential, magnetic fields and their origin, and electromagnetic induction.

APSC 132 (Winter) Chemistry and Its Applications

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 incorporated into lectures when appropriate.

APSC 162 (Winter - 1/2 course) Engineering Graphics

The principal objectives of the course are (1) to develop the student’s ability to visualize and communicate three-dimensional shapes and (2) to acquire the skills needed to use computer-aided design software. Topics covered are orthographic projection, isometric sketching, auxiliary and section views as well as dimensioning and working drawings. 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.

APSC 172 (Winter) Calculus II

This course continues calculus concepts from APSC 171, including space curves, speed, and velocity. Functions of several variables, partial derivatives, differentials, error estimates, gradient, maxima and minima. Double and triple integrals, polar and cylindrical coordinates; applications to mass, center of mass, moment. Series, power series; Taylor polynomial approximations, error analysis.

APSC 174 (Winter) Introduction to Linear Algebra

Systems of linear equations; real vectors spaces and subspaces; linear combinations and linear spans; linear dependence and linear independence; applications to systems of linear equations and their solution via Gaussian elimination; bases and dimension of real vector spaces; linear transformations, range, kernel and Rank-Nullity theorem; matrix representation of a linear transformation; composition of linear transformations and matrix multiplication; invertible matrices and determinants; eigenvalues and eigenvectors of square matrices. Applications of the course material to engineering systems are illustrated.

APSC 182 (Winter - 1/2 course) Applied Engineering Mechanics

Identification, visualization and quantification of forces on elements and forces within statically determinate engineering structures and systems. Two- and three-dimensional force equilibrium of rigid bodies; force distribution within engineering systems like simple trusses, frames and machines; internal shear forces and bending moments in force carrying elements; and engineering stress and strain.