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We’ve RE-ENGINEERED it for student success


The most innovative first-year engineering program in Canada launches this fall at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Engineering. We call it RE-ENGINEERED.

We’ve changed what we teach, when we teach it and how we evaluate students. The result? A first-year program that helps our students build a strong foundation for their degrees and their careers as professional engineers —engineers the world needs.  

Refocused
Grading

GRADES REFLECT WHAT STUDENTS KNOW

• Evaluation throughout the semester; no final exams

• Grades based on demonstrated skills, problem-solving, and how well concepts are understood

• Chances to try again as students improve skills

• Clearer messaging on what students need to know and do to prep for tests

Reimagined
for Student Success

TOOLS TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED

• Summer Top Up Courses fill any incoming knowledge gaps

• Daily end-of-day help sessions

More employable after first year

• Proficiency in at least two computer programming languages

• CAD, design, occupational health and project management skills

Redesigned
Schedule

FLEXIBLE COURSE STRUCTURE

• Courses vary in length and intensity to most effectively support student learning

Just-in-time learning 

• Lessons are strategically sequenced; students take what they learn in one course and immediately apply it in another

Consistent weekly schedule 

• A set timetable and no night classes support school/life balance; a common lunch hour helps students build community

Revitalized
Courses

HOLISTIC AND HANDS-ON 

• Essential courses – math, mechanics, electrical circuits – and much more

• Curriculum in a greater variety of courses

• Modules on key skills like time management and peer-to-peer teaching

• Respect, diversity and inclusion in engineering 

Broader natural science experience 

• Short courses in chemistry, biology, physics and geology and how they connect to engineering

Introduction to engineering disciplines

• Students work on real-world problems to learn about engineering majors



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