Introductory video with Professor Shai Cohen
The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is providing incoming students the opportunity to complete APS162H1S: Calculus for Engineers I during the second half of the summer.
This experience will enable you to get a sense of university-level calculus before you begin your first term, and at no additional cost.* This is an accelerated, for-credit course that can replace your fall calculus course.**
- Things to consider about taking an online course:
- Are you able to take initiative and work independently?
- Are you interested in getting a head start on your university coursework?
- Do you feel comfortable emailing an instructor or the First Year Office if you need further assistance?
- Do you have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection?Do you have enough time to devote to this course for the months of July and August?
- Would you be able to complete the final exam on-campus on August 30 or September 13?
If you said yes to the above questions, here are some more details to consider:
- Because you will not be a full-time student until the start of the fall term, you will not be able to use any of the additional campus services through the duration of the online class. This means you will not have access to the Library, Health Services, athletic facilities and other similar resources until fall term begins.
- If you find that the online course experience is not for you, or you are struggling with the course content, you will be allowed to drop the online course with no repercussions. The drop deadline is July 31, 2017. Dropping the course will not impact your academic record, or your fall term enrolment.
- If you complete APS162 successfully in the summer, you will be encouraged to complete APS163H1F: Calculus for Engineers II in the fall term.
- If you do not complete APS162 successfully in the summer, you will be automatically enrolled in MAT186H1F: Calculus I (classroom-based) for the fall term (the mark for APS162 will remain in your transcript if you do not drop it before July 31).
* Returning/re-enrolling first-year students may register for APS162H1S but will be charged standard part-time tuition for the course. Visit the Student Accounts website for details.
** Unfortunately, Engineering Science students may not register in APS162H1S: Calculus for Engineers I, as the course does not meet the needs of the Engineering Science curriculum. International Foundation Program students are also ineligible for this course.
To Register for this course:
- Your full name as it appears in ACORN;
- Your U of T student/applicant number;
- Your engineering program; and,
- Confirmation that you wish to be registered for APS162H1: Calculus for Engineers I.
Important: This email must be sent from the same email address associated with your U of T application (the one listed in ACORN).
Deadline: The last day to request registration for APS162H1 for summer 2017 is July 10, 2017.
Summer Online Calculus FAQs
Here are some of the most common questions the First Year Office has been asked about the summer online calculus course. If your question is not answered here, please contact us.
Q: When will the classes start?
A: APS162H1: Calculus for Engineers I will start online July 4.
Q: When will the final exam be held on campus?
A: There will be two sittings of the final exam, one on August 30 and one on September 13. Both exams will be held during the evening. You will be able to select the exam date that works best for you.
Q: Where will I get the lectures from?
A: All lectures are online videos delivered through YouTube and organized on Portal, an online course setting that you will use for all of your courses. These videos can be watched at any time. Unfortunately, students living in countries that limit access to YouTube may not be able to watch the videos, and may want to reconsider taking the course.
Q: If I pass, I don’t do that well after taking the course, will I be able to enroll in MAT186H1F – Calculus I?
A: We strongly encourage students who pass APS162H1 to move on to APS163H1: Calculus for Engineers II, however, if you’re uncomfortable with this option, you should speak with the First Year Office when you arrive on campus.
Q: What is the deadline for registering in this course?
A: The last day to add a summer session course for this specific term is July 10.
Q: I’m interested in taking the course, however I am going on vacation for a short time in August. Is there any way I could still take the online course?
A: You will be able to take the course online even if you will be unable to log on for a period of time. Lectures can be watched on your own schedule. Note that there are assignments due regularly, though – if you have internet access on vacation you should still be able to take the course.
Q: I am interested in taking the course but I cannot take part in the final exam on campus. Is it possible to take the course in summer but take the exam in fall?
A: The real question is what are you planning to do for the regular semester courses that you are required to attend in the fall. You will need to speak to the First Year Office about when you plan to be on campus, as we expect you to be present for the start of classes on September 7.
Q: I’m in a different time zone during the summer. Do I need to watch the course lectures at the same times as my peers who are in Toronto?
A: The lectures are all pre-recorded and available through YouTube, so students can watch them on their own schedule. There is no part of the class that requires attendance at any specific time, with the exception of the final exam.
Q: How much time do I need for the course every day?
A: As with any course, it will take different students a different amount of time to work through course content and problem sets. Expect the lectures to take 3-4 hours each week to view. You should schedule plenty of additional time to do the problem sets and other course work while you determine how much time you need.
Q: When do I have to tell you whether I have decided to take the course?
A: You will need to decide no later than July 10 if you’d like to add the course. From there, you have until July 31 to decide if you’d like to stay in the course. You can drop the course through the First Year Office any time prior to that date. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I know I can drop this for-credit course by July 31 if I find it difficult. However, if I fail to successfully drop the course, how will it impact my academic record?
A: If you do not pass the course, you will take the classroom-based version in the fall term. The grade that you earn will be recorded on your transcript and will factor into your fall term weighted session average. This is why we encourage you to view the course material in early July and make an appropriate decision based on your progress at that time.
Q: I am an IB Diploma student who has completed the IB Mathematics HL course. Do I still have to take the MAT186 course?
A: All students entering into first-year engineering are required to complete Calculus I — either APS162 or MAT186 — unless university-level transfer credit has been earned and credited on your University of Toronto transcript. IB/AP courses are not equivalent to first-year engineering math courses.
Q: If I still need to take the MAT186 course, as specified on my Welcome to Engineering packet, can I take the APS162H1 course so I can move onto higher level mathematics during the Fall 2017 school year?
A: If you successfully complete APS162H1: Calculus for Engineers I in the summer, you will not need to complete MAT186H1: Calculus I in the fall term. You can proceed directly into APS163H1: Calculus for Engineers II in the fall, or complete MAT187H1: Calculus II in the winter term. We encourage students to complete APS163 in the fall in order to lighten their winter term course load.
Q: I’m planning on deferring my acceptance to U of T for a year, will that affect my eligibility to take this course?
A: Yes, you will not be able to enrol in summer online calculus this year. Please contact our Admissions team at email@example.com in order to discuss your academic status and whether you are able to defer your admission. You’d be welcome to explore options through our Faculty when you decide to attend our program.
Q: Are there other courses that I can take for credit during the 2017 Summer Term?
A: No, this unique opportunity is the only way for you to earn degree credit before starting your first year. However, you can enrol in our First Year Foundations programs, which are meant to help to prepare you for your first year.
(updated June 1, 2017)