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GENE 00s


GENE 21A LEC 0.50Course ID: 012565
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Architecture Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo architecture students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21B LEC 0.50Course ID: 015417
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Biomedical Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21C LEC 0.50Course ID: 011799
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Chemical Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21D LEC 0.50Course ID: 011807
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Systems Design Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21E LEC 0.50Course ID: 011802
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Electrical Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21I LEC 0.50Course ID: 011803
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Environmental Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21K LEC 0.50Course ID: 011800
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Civil Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21L LEC 0.50Course ID: 011804
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Geological Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21M LEC 0.50Course ID: 011805
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Mechanical Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21N LEC 0.50Course ID: 014649
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Nanotechnology Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21Q LEC 0.50Course ID: 011801
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Computer Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21S LEC 0.50Course ID: 011808
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Software Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21T LEC 0.50Course ID: 011806
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Mechatronics Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 21U LEC 0.50Course ID: 014648
Topics for Technical Courses Taken on Exchange by Management Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as technical electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 22A LEC 0.50Course ID: 011809
Topics for List A Complementary Studies Courses Taken on Exchange by Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as list A complementary studies electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 22B LEC 0.50Course ID: 011810
Topics for List B Complementary Studies Courses Taken on Exchange by Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as list B complementary studies electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 22C LEC 0.50Course ID: 011811
Topics for List C Complementary Studies Courses Taken on Exchange by Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as list C complementary studies electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 22D LEC 0.50Course ID: 011812
Topics for List D Complementary Studies Courses Taken on Exchange by Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. These courses are treated as list D complementary studies electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 23E LEC 0.50Course ID: 015172
Topics for Natural Science Elective Courses Taken on Exchange by Electrical Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. To earn credit the exchange courses will include the exploration of the physical and chemical interactions of the natural world and the systematic observation and understanding of physical and natural phenomena through analytical and/or experimental techniques. These courses are treated as Natural Science electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 23K LEC 0.50Course ID: 015171
Topics for Natural Science Elective Courses Taken on Exchange by Civil Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. To earn credit the exchange courses will include the exploration of the physical and chemical interactions of the natural world and the systematic observation and understanding of physical and natural phenomena through analytical and/or experimental techniques. These courses are treated as Natural Science electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 23Q LEC 0.50Course ID: 015173
Topics for Natural Science Elective Courses Taken on Exchange by Computer Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. To earn credit the exchange courses will include the exploration of the physical and chemical interactions of the natural world and the systematic observation and understanding of physical and natural phenomena through analytical and/or experimental techniques. These courses are treated as Natural Science electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 23S LEC 0.50Course ID: 015174
Topics for Natural Science Elective Courses Taken on Exchange by Software Engineering Students
Courses taken at foreign universities by University of Waterloo engineering students while enrolled in an international exchange institution, and reserved for courses without equivalents at the University of Waterloo. To earn credit the exchange courses will include the exploration of the physical and chemical interactions of the natural world and the systematic observation and understanding of physical and natural phenomena through analytical and/or experimental techniques. These courses are treated as Natural Science electives in the student's program. Such courses are reported on the student's transcript with their original titles in English showing as the topic. The grades for these courses will be either CR or NCR.
Department Consent Required

GENE 100s


GENE 101 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 014367
Strategies and Skills for Academic Success
The goal for this course is to help students become successful independent learners through learned study skills, a better understanding of their personality type, and an understanding of how personal wellness affects academic success. It takes a modelled approach to teaching learning strategies to students who struggle to meet the demands of a university curriculum. In the lectures, students will be taught various learning strategies that they will be able to apply to successfully meet the demands of their other courses. Students will then apply these modelled strategies in their other courses during a weekly application lab. Students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the material through a variety of assignments. The course will include an engineering component.
[Note: Department Consent Required. Offered: S]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: 1A Engineering students only.
Antireq: UNIV 101

GENE 119 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009263
Problems Seminar
Students may be assigned to a Problems Seminar by the Director or Associate Director of First-Year Engineering or Software Engineering according to their performance during the term. [Offered: F,W,S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 121 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 005779
Digital Computation
Introduction to electronic digital computers, hardware and software organization, examples of efficient numerical algorithms for basic scientific computations. [Offered: F,W,S]
Prereq: 1A Mechatronics Engineering or level at least 1B Management Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
Antireq: CHE 121, CIVE 121, ECE 150, SYDE 121

GENE 123 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 005780
Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
Charge, current and voltage. Voltage and current sources, resistors, capacitors and inductors. Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws, nodal analysis, Thevenin and Norton models, instrumentation amplifier circuits, time response, impedance. Function and characteristics of basic electrical transducers. Resolution, precision and accuracy. Basics of data acquisition.
[Note: Normally labs are held alternate weeks. Offered: W,S]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Geological, Management or Mechanical Engineering

GENE 199 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013772
Special Topics in First Year Engineering
Various courses dealing with selected topics related to success in Waterloo Engineering. These courses will be offered as needed.
Department Consent Required

GENE 200s


GENE 299 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013773
Special Topics in Second Year Engineering
Various courses dealing with selected topics of particular interest to second year engineering students. These courses will be offered as resources are available and the material is needed.
Department Consent Required

GENE 300s


GENE 301 DIS 0.50Course ID: 005786
Special Directed Studies
This course is provided to allow enrichment for students in Engineering who have fulfilled the requirements of one or more of the courses in the 3A or 3B term by means of passing a course or courses taken during one or more work terms. The course comprises a special project pursued under the direction of a faculty member, normally in the department of the student's program.
[Note: Permission of the Associate Chair of the Department in which the student is registered is required. Offered: W,S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 302 DIS 0.50Course ID: 005787
Special Directed Studies
This course is provided to allow enrichment for students in Engineering who have fulfilled the requirements of one or more of the courses in the 3A or 3B term by means of passing a course or courses taken during one or more work terms. The course comprises a special project pursued under the direction of a faculty member, normally in the department of the student's program.
[Note: Permission of the Associate Chair of the Department in which the student is registered is required. Offered: F,W]
Department Consent Required

GENE 303 DIS 0.13Course ID: 005788
International Studies In Engineering
Engineering students register for this course for credit towards the Designated Faculty Option in International Studies in Engineering upon return from study or work terms abroad. Credit will be assessed on the basis of a written report and individual interviews. The report may include technical, non-technical, and professional aspects of the foreign residence experience. It may discuss socio-economic aspects of life in the foreign country, and it may compare and contrast conditions in the country or countries involved in the student's international experiences, or trace the social or political histories of those countries. In all cases the report must include materials addressed to the needs of other students considering a similar experience. The instructor for this course is the Option Co-ordinator. Restricted to students who intend to complete the option in International Studies in Engineering. [Offered: F,W,S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 315 DIS 0.50Course ID: 005789
Special Directed Non-Technical Studies
This course is provided for students who, through academic studies during international exchange programs or other university related scholarly activities, wish to request a course credit for this work. Students wishing to claim this credit must show evidence of university level academic activity not otherwise claimed for credit.
[Note: Permission of the Associate Chair of the Department in which the student is registered is required. Offered: F,W,S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 395 LEC 2.50Course ID: 010162
Engineering Study Abroad
Waterloo students studying abroad for academic transfer credits under an Engineering Exchange Program during a Fall term register at Waterloo under GENE 395. [Offered: F]
Department Consent Required

GENE 396 LEC 2.50Course ID: 010163
Engineering Study Abroad
Waterloo students studying abroad for academic transfer credits under an Engineering Exchange Program during a Winter term register at Waterloo under GENE 396. [Offered: W]
Department Consent Required

GENE 397 LEC 2.50Course ID: 010022
Engineering Study Abroad
Waterloo students studying abroad for academic transfer credits under an Engineering Exchange Program during a Spring term register at Waterloo under GENE 397. [Offered: S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 399 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013774
Special Topics in Third Year Engineering
Various courses dealing with selected topics of particular interest to third year engineering students. These courses will be offered as resources are available and the material is needed.
Department Consent Required

GENE 400s


GENE 401 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 005807
Special Directed Studies
This course is provided to allow enrichment for students in Engineering who have fulfilled the requirements of one or more of the courses in the 4A or 4B term by means of passing a course or courses taken during one or more work terms. The course comprises a special project pursued under the direction of a faculty member, normally in the department of the student's program.
[Note: Permission of the Associate Chair of the Department in which the student is registered is required. Offered: F,S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 402 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 005809
Special Directed Studies
This course is provided to allow enrichment for students in Engineering who have fulfilled the requirements of one or more of the courses in the 4A or 4B term by means of passing a course or courses taken during one or more work terms. The course comprises a special project pursued under the direction of a faculty member, normally in the department of the student's program.
[Note: Permission of the Associate Chair of the Department in which the student is registered is required. Offered: W]
Department Consent Required

GENE 403 LEC,PRJ 0.50Course ID: 014282
Interdisciplinary Design Project 1
This is the first course in a two-course sequence where students from more than one engineering program work together to solve an interdisciplinary engineering problem. In the course they will formulate and communicate an interdisciplinary engineering problem or opportunity; develop a feasible design project proposal and plan; generate feasible solutions that address the formulated problem; evaluate alternatives and identify preferred solution; address safety, regulatory, sustainability and professional ethics requirements, as appropriate; effectively manage design project technical and non-technical risks using project management tools and techniques; deliver a report and/or a presentation that summarizes the work completed; work effectively as an interdisciplinary team member and/or team leader.
[Note: Permission of the instructor is required]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 4A Engineering

GENE 404 LEC,PRJ 0.50Course ID: 014283
Interdisciplinary Design Project 2
This is the second course in a two-course sequence where students from more than one engineering program work together to solve an interdisciplinary engineering problem. At the end of this course students will be able to re-formulate and re-communicate an engineering problem or opportunity (as appropriate); revise and communicate a feasible design project plan; revise solutions that address the formulated problem (as appropriate); implement and verify design solutions by analysis, test or prototype; communicate design solutions using accepted data formats, working documents and oral presentations; address safety, regulatory, sustainability and professional ethics requirements, as appropriate; effectively manage and communicate design project plans, technical and non-technical risks, using project management tools and techniques; work effectively as an interdisciplinary team member and/or team leader.
[Note: Permission of the instructor is required]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: GENE 403; Level at least 4A Engineering

GENE 411 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005810
Engineering Law and Ethics
Background (Charter of Rights and Freedoms), Contracts, Torts (Negligent Malpractice), Forms of Carrying on Business, Intellectual Property (Patents, Trade Marks, Copyrights and Industrial Designs), Professional Practice (Professional Engineers Act, Professional Misconduct and Sexual Harassment), Alternate Dispute Resolution, Labour Relations and Employment Law, Environmental Law. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 3A (Chemical, Computer, Electrical or Software or Systems Design Engineering) or Computer Science Software Engineering Option students only.
Antireq: AFM 231/LS 283, BUS 231W, CIVE 491, COMM 231/MTHEL 100, ECE 290, ENVS 201, ME 401

GENE 412 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005811
Ethics and The Engineering Profession
An analysis from the standpoint of philosophical ethics of moral issues arising in professional engineering practice. Issues include the social responsibility of engineers, conflict of interest and obligation, morally acceptable levels of risk, and moral implications of technology.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Engineering students.
(Cross-listed with PHIL 315)

GENE 415 DIS 0.50Course ID: 005812
Special Directed Non-Technical Studies
This course is provided for students who, through academic studies during international exchange programs or other university related scholarly activities, wish to request a course credit for this work. Students wishing to claim this credit must show evidence of university level academic activity not otherwise claimed for credit.
[Note: Permission of the Associate Chair of the Department in which the student is registered is required. Offered: F,W,S]
Department Consent Required

GENE 499 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013775
Special Topics in Fourth Year Engineering
Various courses dealing with selected topics of particular interest to fourth year engineering students. These courses will be offered as resources are available and the material is needed.
Department Consent Required

GENE 500s


GENE 501 PRJ 2.50Course ID: 005816
Directed Studies for Visiting Exchange Students
An assignment of study or project work under the direction of a Faculty member. The specific project is established on the basis of a written proposal that is agreed to by the supervisors at both the host and home institutions. The academic level and the time commitment shall be specified in the proposal. Registration is restricted to international exchange students at Waterloo under an Exchange Agreement with the Faculty of Engineering. Candidates for degrees at the University of Waterloo are not eligible. A student must arrange with a Waterloo Faculty member to serve as advisor prior to registering for this course.
[Note: A student must arrange with a Waterloo faculty member to serve as advisor prior to registering for this course. Offered: F]
Prereq: Engineering exchange students only

GENE 502 PRJ 2.50Course ID: 005817
Directed Studies for Visiting Exchange Students
An assignment of study or project work under the direction of a Faculty member. The specific project is established on the basis of a written proposal that is agreed to by the supervisors at both the host and home institutions. The academic level and the time commitment shall be specified in the proposal. Registration is restricted to international exchange students at Waterloo under an Exchange Agreement with the Faculty of Engineering. Candidates for degrees at the University of Waterloo are not eligible.
[Note: A student must arrange with a Waterloo faculty member to serve as advisor prior to registering for this course. Offered: W]
Prereq: Engineering exchange students only

GENE 503 PRJ 2.50Course ID: 005818
Directed Studies for Visiting Exchange Students
An assignment of study or project work under the direction of a Faculty member. The specific project is established on the basis of a written proposal that is agreed to by the supervisors at both the host and home institutions. The academic level and the time commitment shall be specified in the proposal. Registration is restricted to international exchange students at Waterloo under an Exchange Agreement with the Faculty of Engineering. Candidates for degrees at the University of Waterloo are not eligible.
[Note: A student must arrange with a Waterloo faculty member to serve as advisor prior to registering for this course. Offered: S]
Prereq: Engineering exchange students only