Resources for Undergrads

ECE Iris is a curriculum visualization tool that helps you see the various connections between courses within our flexible curriculum and the paths your degree may take in your third and fourth years. It's an interactive, user-friendly desktop app with course descriptions presented dynamically by focus area. (Note that the app is not configured for mobile devices.)

Learn more about ECE Iris in this short introduction and demo video.
Read the video transcript (PDF).

With ECE Iris, you can also filter your course selection by frequently cited and trending application areas in the field, including:

  • Wireless / optical / future communications (5G & 6G)
  • Smart grid / renewables / power electronics
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Digital/analog and integrated circuit design
  • Robotics / control systems
  • Digital health
  • Electric / autonomous / connected vehicles
  • Quantum computing
  • Cybersecurity / privacy / trust in networks
  • Human interface technology / biomedical / photonics / displays
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Big data

Planning your degree with Magellan

Magellan is an ECE software tool that has been developed in-house. It helps you plan your program and verify CEAB (Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) requirements by automatically calculating your academic units (AUs) throughout your four years. (CEAB is important should you eventually choose to register as a professional engineer.)

Note: Magellan does not guarantee a conflict-free schedule.
Please consult the Faculty's Academic Timetable.

Magellan allows you to save up to 30 test profiles as you determine your third- and fourth-year courses. These test profiles give you an opportunity to experiment with different plans. Refer to the Magellan Manual for detailed instructions (including screenshots) as you follow these steps:

  1. Set up a profile on Magellan.
  2. Choose your ECE courses.
  3. Evaluate your test profiles to ensure they meet Graduation Eligibility Requirements.
  4. Select an evaluated profile to be your Main Profile. The ECE courses you select will be registered in ACORN for you.
  5. Register for your non-ECE courses (i.e., electives, APS and CSC) through ACORN when it opens in July.

Communication & Writing Help

Strong communication skills are essential for successful engineers. The demands of the curriculum mean that you may have to actively seek outside help to strengthen your presentation or writing skills for reports, essays, theses or other media you might use to communicate your ideas. The Engineering Communication Program (ECP) is here to help!

At ECP, you can get help you with all aspects of report writing and oral presentation, including strategies of organization and clarity, as well as revision, editing and/or speaking clearly. Find out about:

The Writing Centre is open to all undergraduate engineering students.

Book your appointment online to ensure you have a chance to meet with a tutor. Drop-ins are welcome, but the place gets very busy the day before an assignment is due. Plan ahead!

Scholarships & Funding

Faculty-level Scholarships

If you are a high school applicant, you are automatically considered for Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering admission scholarships when you apply. Applicants are considered for scholarships on the basis of academic excellence and extracurricular involvement as demonstrated in the Online Student Profile.

If you are a current registered engineering student, you are considered for scholarships after each academic year based on your updated Online Engineering Portfolio.

Online Engineering Portfolio

The Online Engineering Portfolio (ePortfolio) is a place where you can record your extracurricular activities and store your resume. The Scholarships Committee uses this information to help select scholarships and awards. While some are based on academic achievement, others have additional criteria.

You must ensure your ePortfolio is up to date to be considered for scholarships each year:

  • Update period: September to June
  • Final deadline: June 7
Financial Aid

Students seeking financial assistance can connect with a Financial Advisor through the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office. This advisor will assess your situation, guide you to suitable financial aid programs, assist with financial management, and inform you about eligible scholarships, grants or bursaries. Schedule an appointment via the Engineering Portal or by emailing

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