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The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar
2011-2012 Academic Year

Applied Science Undergraduate Program Structure of Undergraduate Program

Structure of Undergraduate Program
Structure and Definitions
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers degree programs in ten disciplines. Programs nominally of four years' duration lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Five-year programs, which include an Internship, lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Professional Internship. The codes for these programs and the prefix used throughout this Calendar for the courses in those disciplines are given below.
The First Year is common to all programs.
Program Program Code Course Prefix
Chemical Engineering CHEE CHEE
Civil Engineering CIVL CIVL
Computer Engineering CMPE SOFT or ELEC
Electrical Engineering ELEC ELEC
Engineering Chemistry ENCH ENCH
Engineering Physics ENPH ENPH
Geological Engineering GEOE GEOE
Mathematics and Engineering MTHE MTHE
Mechanical Engineering MECH MECH
Mining Engineering MINE MINE
Faculty Courses   APSC
Multi-department Courses MDEP

There are five major components to each of these programs:

Elements of algebra, calculus, differential equations, probability, statistics and numerical analysis;
NATURAL SCIENCE Elements of Physics and Chemistry, and in some programs, elements of Earth and Life Sciences;
ENGINEERING SCIENCES Extension of Mathematics and Basic Sciences toward creative applications;
ENGINEERING DESIGN The application of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Science to meet  specific needs; and
COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES Topics in Engineering Economics, Communications, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, Linkage and Professional Issues, and Performance Arts and Languages.
Engineering Sciences and Engineering Design constitute about half of the program in each case, with the other components approximately equal to each other in weight.
Program Accreditation and Licensing
The licensing of engineers in Canada is a provincial and territorial matter. Bodies such as Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) are established by statute to govern the profession. The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) is the national federation of these governing bodies. A standing committee of CCPE, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), is responsible for identifying those educational programs that meet the academic standards required for membership in the profession. From time to time the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science submits its programs to the CEAB for review.
   All of the programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science are accredited by the CEAB.
Note: Effective May 1, 2011, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science moved each course weight from accreditation units (AU) to credit units. This means, for example, that instead of a weighting of 36 AU, a course will now count as 3 credits. In order to determine the new credit weighting for each course, the AU was divided by 12 and, if needed, rounded to the nearest quarter (0.25, 0.50 or 0.75).
Program and Course Symbols and Codes
Programs are identified by a four-letter code (see table above).
Courses are identified by:
- a four letter code and a three digit number (the first of which identifies the year of the program in which the course would normally be taken - i.e. 174 is a year one course);
- a title;
- a letter or letters indicating the term (F=Fall, W=Winter, FW=Fall AND Winter, F/W=Fall OR Winter, S=Summer, N/O=Not Offered);
- a series of numbers indicating the units assigned to lectures (1 credit = one 50 minute lecture) and to laboratory assignments, tutorial, and significant project work (0.5 credits = one hour).

For example, the codes for a typical entry are:
APSC 174 Introduction to Linear Algebra W  3-0-.5 42
This is a Faculty course normally taken in the first year. It is offered in the Winter term, will have 36 fifty-minute lectures (3 lectures per week); no lab; twelve hours in tutorials (one hour per week). The final number is the sum of the accreditation units, and represents the weight of the course.
A section on Course Descriptions appears elsewhere in this Calendar.
Requirements for Graduation
The minimum number of Accreditation Units required for graduation is stipulated for each of the programs in the Faculty. These minimum form part of the curriculum of each program as described later in the Degree Program section of this Calendar. The minimum number varies from program to program, but in the current year all are greater than 1950 AU.
Minimum Requirements for CEAB Accreditation
Currently CEAB expects that programs will have the following minimum weights for accreditation:
M 195AU Mathematics
NS 195AU Natural Science
M+BS 420AU Mathematics + Basic Science
CS 225AU Complementary Studies
ES 225AU Engineering Science
ED 225AU Engineering Design 
ES+ED 900AU Engineering Science +  Design
   Within these broad categories, it is expected that time will be spent on such topics as safety procedures, public and worker safety, ethics, equity, and concepts of sustainable development and of environmental stewardship.
   At the end of each course description a string of numbers indicates the weights of the five categories above in the order M/NS/CS/ES/ED. For example:
MECH 230 Thermodynamics I F  3-0-.5 3.5

An introductory course in thermodynamics. Topics include: properties and behaviour or pure substances, concepts of heat, work and energy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and the analysis of a variety of power and refrigeration cycles. (0/33/0/9/0)

This course involves three lectures hours and one tutorial hour per week for the twelve weeks of the Fall term and therefore is assigned a weight of 3.5 credits which equates to 42 (AU) accreditation units.  Of these, 33 units deal with topics in the Basic Sciences, and 9 are in Engineering Science. The course contains no Mathematics per se, no Complementary Studies, and no Engineering Design.
Proficiency Test in Written English
Students in all programs are required to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written English. Within their first term, students registering in the Faculty for the first time must attempt a written English Proficiency Test. Students who do not pass on the initial attempt will have further opportunities, and may need to pass the test or an equivalent test to meet the prerequisite for further instruction in communication required by the program. A student must pass the English Proficiency Test or an equivalent test, approved by the Associate Dean (Academic), to be eligible for graduation.
Students may take advantage of programs offered by the Writing Centre (http://www.queensu.ca/writingcentre/) and by the School of English (http://www.queensu.ca/qsoe/).

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