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 32 Academic Skills||BASE 42 Academic Skills|
|BASE 34 Writing Skills||BASE 44 Writing Skills|
|BASE 36 Oral Skills||BASE 46 Oral Skills|
|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
In Academic Skills, 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.
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 34 Writing Skills
- 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 44 Writing Skills
- You learn to write project proposals and reports.
- You learn important co-op related skills by building your resume and writing cover letters.
In Oral Skills, 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 36 – Oral Skills
- You learn to describe technical functions and applications.
- You participate in group discussions.
BASE 46 – Oral Skills
- 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.