If you are admitted to an Engineering program, and depending on your English language test scores, you are offered a place in either
- the 7-week summer session of iBASE, OR
- the 8-month (fall/winter) session of BASE
In the 8-month session, you also take university credit courses in addition to your English language courses. Your fall and winter credit courses are selected for you.
Your credit courses may include ECE 105, PHYS 115, ENVS 195, and MATH 137. These courses count toward your degree.
Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for descriptions of the courses you'll take.
BASE courses for Engineering programs
|Fall term courses||Winter term courses|
ECE 105 Classical Mechanics (0.5 credits). For applicants to Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Software Engineering.
PHYS 115 Mechanics (0.5 credits). For applicants to all other programs.
|ENVS 195 Introduction to Environmental Studies (0.5 credits) For all applicants.|
|MATH 137 Calculus 1 (0.5 credits)
For all applicants. (Not supported by BASE language courses.
|BASE 032 Introduction to Skills & Strategies for University||BASE 042 Enhanced Skills & Strategies for University|
|BASE 034 Introduction to Academic Writing & Research Skills||BASE 044 Extended Academic Writing & Research Skills|
|BASE 036 Introduction to Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies||BASE 046 Effective Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies|
|Bi-weekly meetings with instructors||Bi-weekly meetings with instructors|
|Weekly workshops and information sessions||Weekly workshops and information sessions|
What to expect in your credit courses
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In Engineering/BASE, you take 3 university credit courses along with your BASE courses. Taking these courses helps you build a strong foundation for other Waterloo Engineering programs. They also allow you to practise the oral, writing, and academic skills you learn in your BASE courses.
You earn .50 credits toward your degree for each credit course you successfully complete.
What to expect in your BASE courses
BASE 032 & BASE 042
In these courses, you learn language and study skills that help you in your credit courses, such as
- lecture listening and note-taking skills,
- reading and test-taking strategies, and
- vocabulary development.
You also develop your study skills through workshops about goal-setting, time management and test preparation.
You demonstrate your understanding of important course content through a variety of written and spoken assignments. These assignments increase in complexity as you move from the 30 to 40 level.
BASE 034 & BASE 044
In Writing Skills, you learn the importance of addressing audience needs, understanding the communicative purpose, using appropriate organization, and applying increasingly refined research skills. You participate in team work, case studies, portfolio writing, and problem-solving.
BASE 034 – Introduction to Skills & Strategies for University
- You become familiar with the rhetorical structures of engineering academic and technical communication and their purposes and applications.
- You learn how to engage in controlled, and often collaborative, technical communication writing tasks.
- You learn to write short process descriptions and complete brief lab write-ups.
BASE 044 – Enhanced Skills & Strategies for University
- You learn to write project proposals and reports.
- You learn important co-op related skills by building your resume and writing cover letters.
BASE 036 & BASE 046
In these courses, you learn
- the importance of understanding and addressing audience needs, and
- how to organize and present information.
You develop your interpersonal communication skills through teamwork, group problem-solving, and case study discussion.
BASE 036 – Introduction to Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies
- You learn to describe technical functions and applications.
- You participate in group discussions.
BASE 046 – Effective Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies
- You practice leading group discussions.
- You learn how to give a formal technical presentation.
- You learn important interview skills by participating in an annual job fair.