First Year Foundations Summer Programs

Sandford Fleming Building (Photo: R. Baker)First Year Foundations programs are held during the summer months for incoming first-year U of T Engineering students.

For summer 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the directives from the federal and provincial governments regarding social distancing, all programs will be held online.

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.

*If you are a student in financial need, and the program fee is a barrier to your participation in one of our paid programs, please contact the First Year Office to inquire about financial assistance.

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. These sessions and online modules will help you prepare for September.

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

Choose one session:

  • Monday, June 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, June 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. EDT

Missed our Academic Orientation sessions, or wish to revisit this content? Explore our interactive Academic Orientation online modules.

Engineering Study Skills

These workshops held in July and August 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.

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

Choose one session:

  • Thursday July 9, 2020 from 5-6:30 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 9-10:30 a.m. EDT
Missed our Engineering Study Skills sessions, or just want to revisit this content? View the recordings in the First Year Hub on Quercus (select the Bb Collaborate section, and then use the top left menu icon to find Recordings).

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 skills, note-taking skills and effective teamwork strategies. You will also hear advice from professors, learning strategists and upper-year students about academic expectations. These sessions will be held in July, August and early September.

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

Choose one session:

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 from 9-10:30 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT

Missed our Success 101 sessions, or just want to revisit this content? View the recordings in the First Year Hub on Quercus (select the Bb Collaborate section, and then use the top left menu icon to find Recordings).

Pre-Calculus Prep (formerly called Math Boot Camp)

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

To get a sense of whether the Pre-Calculus Prep 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 participate in all or a part of the week’s worth of sessions.

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

  • August 31-September 4, 2020.

Registration and Access: All incoming first-year engineering students will automatically be given access to the Pre-Calculus Prep program and materials through Quercus prior to the start date of the program.

You are not required to submit a registration form, and we encourage you to participate as much as you like in order to address whichever areas you feel you need to review. Simply log in to Quercus using your JOINid/UTORid and accept the course invitation for “Pre-Calculus Prep” in your dashboard.

Schedule: This online program will consist of synchronous lectures and tutorials for specific topics (at various times throughout the week to accommodate learners in other time zones), videos and handouts to review independently on your own schedule, and a discussion board monitored by teaching staff throughout the week.

The daily schedule is outlined below. Program instructors will post more details about how the sessions will be conducted in Quercus. You can choose to participate in the sessions and times which best suit your schedule and your learning needs.

Materials and videos will also be posted for asynchronous review if you are unable to attend live.

All times given are Toronto local time/EDT.

Monday, August 31:

  • 7-8 a.m.: Logarithms review 1
  • 8-9 a.m.: Logarithms review 2
  • 10-11 a.m.: Logarithms part 1
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Activity
  • 12-1 p.m.: Logarithms part 2
  • 2-3 p.m.: Lecture review Q&A
  • 3-4 p.m.: Logarithms part 3
  • 4-5 p.m.: Tutorial/drop-in session
  • 6-7 p.m.: Tutorial 1
  • 7-8 p.m.: Tutorial 2
  • 8-9 p.m.: Tutorial 3

Tuesday, September 1:

  • 7-8 a.m.: Trigonometry review 1
  • 8-9 a.m.: Trigonometry review 2
  • 10-11 a.m.: Trigonometry part 1
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Activity
  • 12-1 p.m.: Trigonometry part 2
  • 2-3 p.m.: Lecture review Q&A
  • 3-4 p.m.: Trigonometry part 3
  • 4-5 p.m.: Tutorial/drop-in session
  • 6-7 p.m.: Tutorial 1
  • 7-8 p.m.: Tutorial 2
  • 8-9 p.m.: Tutorial 3

Wednesday, September 2:

  • 7-8 a.m.: Domain & range
  • 8-9 a.m.: Inverse functions
  • 10-11 a.m.: Domain & range
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Activity
  • 12-1 p.m.: Inverse functions
  • 2-3 p.m.: Lecture review Q&A
  • 3-4 p.m.: Logarithms review
  • 4-5 p.m.: Tutorial/drop-in session
  • 6-7 p.m.: Tutorial 1
  • 7-8 p.m.: Tutorial 2
  • 8-9 p.m.: Tutorial 3

Thursday, September 3:

  • 7-8 a.m.: Absolute values
  • 8-9 a.m.: Factoring
  • 10-11 a.m.: Absolute values
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Activity
  • 12-1 p.m.: Factoring
  • 2-3 p.m.: Lecture review Q&A
  • 3-4 p.m.: Inequalities
  • 4-5 p.m.: Tutorial/drop-in session
  • 6-7 p.m.: Tutorial 1
  • 7-8 p.m.: Tutorial 2
  • 8-9 p.m.: Tutorial 3

Friday, September 4:

  • 7-8 a.m.: Transformations
  • 8-9 a.m.: Compositions
  • 10-11 a.m.: Trigonometry summary
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Activity
  • 12-1 p.m.: Transformations
  • 2-3 p.m.: Lecture review Q&A
  • 3-4 p.m.: Compositions
  • 4-5 p.m.: Tutorial/drop-in session
  • 6-7 p.m.: Tutorial 1
  • 7-8 p.m.: Tutorial 2
  • 8-9 p.m.: Tutorial 3

Computer Programming ($)

This week-long course held in August 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.

Cost: $200

Dates: August 24-28, 2020.

Schedule: Students should expect to participate for approximately 7 hours per day during each day of this week-long online program (for a total of 35 hours during the week). The format will be a mixture of live, synchronous sessions and pre-recorded asynchronous videos, with opportunities provided for group discussion, peer collaboration, and feedback from the instructor. Live session schedules will be determined prior to the start date of the program based on participant locations, and instructors will accommodate the time availability of students to the greatest extent possible.

Registration is now closed (deadline to register was August 17, 2020).

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 in August 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.

Cost: $200

Dates: August 10-14, 2020.

Schedule: Students should expect to participate for approximately 7 hours per day during each day of this week-long online program (for a total of 35 hours during the week). The format will be a mixture of live, synchronous sessions and pre-recorded asynchronous videos, with opportunities provided for group discussion, peer collaboration, and feedback from the instructor. Live session schedules will be determined prior to the start date of the program based on participant locations, and instructors will accommodate the time availability of students to the greatest extent possible.

Registration is now closed. (Deadline to register was August 3, 2020).

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 in August 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.

Cost: $200

Dates: August 17-21, 2020.

Schedule: Students should expect to participate for approximately 7 hours per day during each day of this week-long online program (for a total of 35 hours during the week). The format will be a mixture of live, synchronous sessions and pre-recorded asynchronous videos, with opportunities provided for group discussion, peer collaboration, and feedback from the instructor. Live session schedules will be determined prior to the start date of the program based on participant locations, and instructors will accommodate the time availability of students to the greatest extent possible.

Registration is now closed. (Deadline to register was August 10, 2020)