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First-Year FAQ

  • How do I get enrolled in classes?

    You can find step-by-step instructions in the Class Registration Guide.

  • Where can I find a campus map?

    Learning the layout of the UOIT campus can be challenging but the campus maps will help.

  • What courses do I take in my first year?

    You can find your class list in the Class Registration Guide.

  • Do I have to take a full course load?

    No, you are not required to take a full course load. Please speak with your First-Year Academic Advisor to plan out your course selection if you would like to have a reduced course load.

    As an engineering student, your course load can vary from five to six courses per semester and include weekly lectures, tutorials, and weekly or bi-weekly labs. It is important that you take the time to plan your schedule. Please note that some sections of courses may become closed and no additional space will be available. Plan your schedule so that you have alternative choices that are free from course conflicts.

  • How do I contact academic advising?

    Visit the First-Year Academic Advisor page to contact Theeben, your Academic Advisor.

  • I failed a course. What do I do now?

    If you have failed a course, do not panic. Most courses are offered again in the Winter and Spring/Summer semesters so you do not fall behind. In the Winter semester, you can retake Introduction to Engineering, Calculus 1 and Physics 1. In the Spring/Summer semester(s) you can take Technical Communications, Impact of Science and Technology on Society, Introduction to Programming, Engineering Design, Calculus II, Physics II, Chemistry for Engineers, and Linear Algebra for Engineers. To get back on track, learn more about the First-Year Engineering Success Program.

  • What happens if I retake a course?

    You can retake any course, but please note that while your latest attempt will go towards your GPA calculation, both attempts will appear on your academic transcript. For example: if you received a B in MATH 1010 and would like to retake it to improve your GPA, and then received a C the second time, your academic transcript would show both grades. However, only the C would go towards your GPA calculation.

  • What do I do if the courses I need are full?

    Please monitor the MyCampus portal for course availability, as students will often drop or switch courses during the year. You can also email your First-Year Academic Advisor to be added to the waitlist for a course.

  • Where can I find important dates?

    All important dates can be found in the UOIT Academic Calendar, which includes registration dates, deadlines for tuition fee installments, deadlines to add/drop or switch courses, exam periods, etc.

  • Which email can I use for official communication with UOIT?

    All official communication from First-Year Academic Advising will be sent to your UOIT.net email account. First-Year Academic Advising will also post important messages and reminders through Blackboard. You are responsible for checking your email regularly throughout the academic year for important. This extends to professors, other faculty members, and staff. Please make sure you read the course syllabi as each professor will have personal preferences.

  • How do I change programs?

    Within the same faculty: If you are a first-year student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and would like to change into another engineering discipline, please complete the Change of Program form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. The common first year allows students to decide to change their program throughout the year. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to apply for a change of program.

    Between faculties: If you are interested in transferring into the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from another faculty at UOIT, please make sure you have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and meet the admission pre-requisites for Engineering. They include English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), and Physics (SPH4U). Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee your change of program request will be approved. We always encourage students to achieve a GPA above 2.0

  • I missed a midterm or final exam due to illness. What do I do?

    For midterms, a UOIT Medical Statement must be filled out by a physician within 24 hours of the missed midterm examination, which indicates the nature of your illness. The completed Medical Statement must be submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Academic Advising Office within five business days to be considered. If the Medical Statement adheres to the above guidelines, the midterm examination will be re-weighted to the final examination.

    For a missed final exam, two forms must be completed: a UOIT Medical Statement form and an Application for Deferred Final Examinations. The Medical Statement, which outlines the nature of your illness, must be filled out by a physician within 24 hours of the missed final examination. Both forms must be submitted to the Academic Advising Office within five business days to be considered. If the documents adhere to the guidelines above, a new examination period will be scheduled at a later date.

  • A scheduled midterm or final examination falls on the same day as a religious observance. What do I do?

    The Application for Deferred Final Examinations for Religious Observances form must be filled out and submitted to the Academic Advising office. For midterm examinations, the forms must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the date of the midterm examination. For final examinations, the form must be submitted no later than 15 working days prior to the first day of the final examination period. You can find the start of the final examination period and other important dates in the academic calendar.

  • What are liberal studies electives?

    Liberal studies electives are included in each Engineering program to ensure adequate coverage of subject matter that deals with issues, methodologies and thought processes of humanities and social sciences. Such material is required in the education of an engineer. Liberal studies electives can include, but are not limited to, courses dealing with cultural analysis; historical analysis; literature and the arts; knowledge, cognition, and moral reasoning; and social and behavioural analysis.

    Please note: Foreign language and business courses may not be used as liberal studies electives

    Courses selected for liberal studies electives must be approved by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Liberal studies electives are subject to change. An updated list of approved liberal studies electives can be found here.

  • What are lab exemptions?

    Students who are repeating a science course that includes a laboratory component (Physics I, Physics II, or Chemistry for Engineers) may be exempted from the lab component by applying for a Laboratory Exemption. Applications must be submitted no later than two weeks after the start of the course for the Fall and Winter terms, or five business days for the Spring/Summer term. In order for an application to be considered, all laboratory work must have been completed and a passing grade obtained. Laboratory marks can only be carried forward once. Laboratory exemptions are not offered for engineering courses. The Laboratory Carry Forward form can be found here.

  • What is academic standing?

    Academic standing is a statement of your overall academic performance. Click here to learn more about the different levels of academic standing.

  • How do I appeal my academic suspension?

    When considering an appeal of your academic standing you should first determine if there were any extenuating circumstances that affected your performance in the previous semester. Did a life event prevent you from working/studying at your best? Were there outside factors that made it difficult for you to focus on your school work or may have made it difficult for you to make appropriate decisions regarding your academics? Speak with your first year advising office if you are unsure about your particular situation.

    You should also complete:
    • Appeal of Academic Standing form: Please fully complete this form
    • Letter of Support: Write a letter, approximately 1 page in length, to describe your extenuating circumstances, what you did or did not do to help you through these circumstances and what you might do differently, and outline how you will ensure you succeed at UOIT given a second chance.

    Once all items are completed, you will need to submit your package in-person to the First-Year Academic Advisor in ENGR 1027


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