Second Year Preregistration Information

Second-Year ECE Preregistration Notes July 2013

The Electrical Engineering program and the Computer Engineering program share common core courses in second year, with the exception of two Winter term courses. As a result, a student may switch between programs using,

  • for EE to CE, you would be able to count ELEC 273 as an upper year elective and would need to pick up CMPE 212 and ELEC 270;
  • for CE to EE you would use CMPE 212 as an upper year elective and pick up ELEC 273 and MTHE 228

the student would replace these courses in the 2nd (Winter) semester of their 2nd year.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has prepared a valuable resource for students, namely a collection of detailed undergraduate course summaries. Students in second year are strongly encouraged to consult the summaries for each of the core courses that they will be taking so as to be well-informed about the contents and objectives of each course, as well as how the second-year courses form the basis for the remainder of the curriculum. The summaries should be consulted throughout each term as well as at the beginning of each term.

It is appropriate to stress the importance of completing all second-year courses successfully so as to avoid future difficulties. The most significant problem would certainly be the future academic challenges that would be faced from not having a solid grasp of fundamental material. The other more practical problems include missing prerequisites for later courses, having to apply for supplemental examinations (with a fee) for second-year courses that have not been completed successfully, or dealing with timetable conflicts between second-year courses that must be repeated and new third-year courses. By attending lectures and by working diligently, students can significantly increase the likelihood that second-year courses are completed successfully in order to form a solid foundation for the future. Please review the list of responsibilities of undergraduate students that has been prepared to ensure, among other things, that students understand their academic obligations with respect to performing well in their courses.

Students in second year must note that the ELEC293/294 Fall/Winter-year laboratory courses require other lecture courses to be taken in parallel with them, and furthermore, that there are dependencies between the Fall and Winter courses. For example, students must pass the circuits course ELEC221 in the Fall term because it is the prerequisite for the electronics course ELEC252 in the Winter term. Without ELEC252 in the Winter term, a student cannot complete ELEC294. Therefore, devoting adequate time and attention to ELEC221 is certainly good advice for this reason as well as the fundamental importance of circuits to the discipline as a whole. Any disruption in the sequence of ELEC221 to ELEC252 will carry over to third year, where the second electronics course ELEC353 has ELEC252 as a prerequisite. ELEC 221 and ELEC 271 are two extremely pivotal courses of the EE and CE program, it is highly advised that students pay extra attention to these two courses.

Students should also note several other sequences of courses that extend from second year through third year and into fourth year. For example, MATH235 is also a prerequisite for the signals and systems courses ELEC323/324 in third year, and ELEC323/324 are critical prerequisites for the elective courses in signal processing ELEC421/422. Similarly, ELEC271 is a prerequisite for ELEC274, and both are prerequisites for ELEC371 in third year, ultimately leading to the ELEC470 elective in fourth year. Any disruption to these and other similar sequences of courses will also have undesirable consequences in possibly delaying completion of the program by at least a year. For a complete view of all such dependencies, consult the diagram of prerequisites that is found with the detailed undergraduate course summaries.


Updated by Patty Jordan July 2013