First Year Foundations Summer Programs

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Professor Jason Foster (EngSci) leads a Success 101 session.

First Year Foundations summer programs are held on campus during the months of June, July and August for incoming first-year engineering students. These optional programs help you to meet fellow classmates, future professors and teaching assistants, while learning more about the social and academic aspects of university.

Some programs have no cost, while others require a fee.  For questions about these programs, please contact the First Year Office. Need somewhere to stay while participating in one of our programs? Check out U of T’s summer residence options.

 

Academic Orientation

Congratulations! You’ve accepted your offer of admission. What’s next?

Academic Orientation sessions, held in June, are designed to guide you through your next steps as a new U of T Engineering student. The sessions provide a brief overview of what to expect during your first year of studies. Topics include: paying your fees, schedules, university resources, and more. This session will help you prepare for September.

New: Did you miss these June sessions? You can view the presentation slides from our recent online session that was held on July 19, 2017, or watch the full video recording of the livestream.

You can also review the to-do list handout distributed at the in-person sessions.

Choose One Session:

  • June 8 (Thursday) | 6-7:30 p.m.
  • June 21 (Wednesday) | 6-7:30 p.m.
  • June 27 (Tuesday) | 6-7:30 p.m.

(Registration is now closed). This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students.

 

Engineering Study Skills

These evening workshops will cover important topics to help you study and manage your time effectively. You’ll also learn tips and strategies to help you transition effectively this fall.

Choose One Session:

  • August 17 (Thursday) | 6-7:30 p.m.
  • August 24 (Thursday) | 6-7:30 p.m.

Please register here (choose one Engineering Study Skills session).

This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students.

 

Success 101: Academic Skills Mini Course

Discover some of the most important tools you will use throughout your academic career: engineering problem-solving, time-management skils, note-taking skills and effective teamwork strategies. You will also hear advice from professors, learning strategists and upper-year students about academic expectations.

Choose One Session:

  • July 10, 17, 24 (Mondays) | 1-5 p.m.
  • August 1, 8, 15 (Tuesdays) | 1-5 p.m.
  • August 28, 29, 30 (Monday-Wednesday) | 1-5 p.m.

Please register here (choose one Success 101 session).

This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering
students.

 

Calculus Boot Camp

Through this week-long program, you will review key mathematical concepts and see how they are applied in university-level calculus.

To get a sense of whether the Calculus Boot Camp is a good fit for you, please spend some time reviewing the concepts at the U of T Math Department’s “Preparing for Calculus” website . Based on your self-assessment, you can sign up for all or a part of the week’s worth of sessions.

Dates: August 21-25 (Monday-Friday) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, August 21

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room: To be announced

Algebra and polynomials adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing rational numbers, radicals, polynomials, rational expressions; simplifying rational expressions; factoring higher degree polynomials
Tuesday, August 22

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room: To be announced

Inequalities, absolute values, graphing and geometry of the plane solving and graphing solutions to inequalities with and without absolute values; conic section equations including parabolas and circles; graphing cut-and-paste functions
Wednesday, 

August 23

10 a.m. –  5 p.m.

Room: To be announced

Trigonometry, exponential functions, and logarithms definitions, properties, how to evaluate these functions, and how to graph them
Thursday, August 24

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room: To be announced

Math logic and inverse functions how to find inverse functions; how to read theorems; understanding theorems about inverse functions; the converse, inverse, and contrapositive of an implication; counterexamples and contradictions
Friday, August 25

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room: To be announced

Sequences, limits and the definition of the derivative the difference between sequences, series, the limit of a sequence, the limit of a series, and how they relate to limits of functions and derivatives; finding derivatives of difficult functions

Please register here (choose as many sessions as you plan to attend, up to all five). This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students.

 

Computer Programming ($)

This week-long course will give you a sense of what to expect during your first programming class, while giving you a head start in programming basics. Since computer programming experience is not required for entry into first-year engineering studies, students sometimes find this aspect of their coursework challenging. During this preparatory course, the instructor will create and deliver content designed for those individuals with little or no previous programming experience.

Topics include:

  • sequence selection (branching);
  • repetition (loops); and,
  • functions (sub-programs).

The course also teaches algorithm creation and writing Python language program code to implement algorithms.

Dates: July 31-August 4 (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost & Registration: $660 (payable online with Visa or Mastercard; to pay by cheque or money order please contact us).

Please register here; deadline to register has been extended to July 24 (or until capacity is reached).

 

Engineering Design 101 ($)

Engineering Design 101 (ED101) is an introduction to first-year engineering design concepts and communication practice. Over the course of five days you will learn and apply the design process, write a report to the client in a professional engineering way and receive feedback from a TA, just as you will during the semester ahead. The program includes developing an in-class design project, presenting a recommended design and participating in a design hunt. Important skills are practiced such as: working in a team, using critical thinking, identifying successful research approaches, and learning professional practices – writing, terminology, engineering ethics and design for engineering economics, sustainability, and social factors.

Dates: August 14-18 (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost & Registration: $660 (payable online with Visa or Mastercard; to pay by cheque or money order please contact us).

Please register here; deadline to register is
August 4, 2017 (revised).

 

Engineering Problem Solving and Mathematics ($)

Mathematics is an essential tool for an engineer, and a major component of your first year studies. This one-week course will provide you with the necessary tools to build a strong math foundation and understand how engineers use mathematics to solve problems.

Topics include:

  • trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions;
  • relations and their graphs and limits;
  • derivatives; and,
  • an introduction to MATLAB, an industry-standard tool you will use in your first-year linear algebra course.

Dates: July 24-28 (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost & Registration: $660 (payable online with Visa or Mastercard; to pay by cheque or money order please contact us).

Please register here; deadline to register is July 4, 2017.