Understanding the Structure

One of the keys to communicating effectively with your child is understanding their academic environment. The next couple of pages will help you to understand the Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science structure and some of the terminology we use.

First Year: Common to all engineering students*

All Queen’s Engineering students complete the same first-year courses. The table below shows the courses taken in first year; some of these provide the technical foundation for upper year engineering courses, while others serve to introduce the non-technical skills (e.g., teamwork, time management, critical judgment, engineering design, and technical communication) that are a necessary part of engineering practice.

*Students in the direct entry Electrical and Computer Engineering program do a modified version of this common first year.

First-year engineering courses: Fall Term

Course NumberCourse Description
APSC 100 Engineering project, experimentation, and problem solving
APSC 111 Physics: Statics and Dynamics
APSC 131 Chemistry
APSC 143 Introduction to Computing
APSC 151 The Earth’s Environment
APSC 171 Calculus

First-year engineering courses: Winter Term

Course NumberCourse Description
APSC 100 Engineering project, experimentation, and problem solving
APSC 112 Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
APSC 132 Chemistry
APSC 162 Engineering Graphics
APSC 172 Calculus 2
APSC 174 Introduction to Linear Algebra
APSC 182 Statics

First Year: Sectioning

Although the first-year class numbers around 650 students, each class is broken down into 18 sections of 25-50 students. This is done to make scheduling more flexible for everything from large lecture courses (about 200 students) to much smaller tutorials (about 50 students).

First-Year Sample Timetable: Fall Term
TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
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      

Extended Program

For years we have recognized that the transition from high school to university is a tough one for students, and that many have academic problems as a result. For students that struggle in the fall term, we recommend a move into our extended program. In the Extended Program, the first six weeks of the winter term is spent reviewing the fall term course material. The final rewrite exams for these fall courses are held halfway through winter term, during Reading Week. Students in the Extended Program then begin their “normal” twelve-week winter term courses, which will extend six weeks into the spring term. Final exams for the Extended Program are held in early June.

Students doing the Extended Program are not disadvantaged in any way, and since a sizeable fraction of our students (about 10%) opt for the Extended Program, there is little or no negative stigma associated with it. Most Extended Program students pass first year successfully, and go on to be academically indistinguishable from their peers in upper years.