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Electronic Systems Engineering Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Electronic systems are in everything—computers, robotics, medical electronics, fibre optics, automotive electronics, mobile communications, automation, aerospace and surveillance systems and more.  That means your potential job market as an electronic systems engineering technologist is huge.  It’s diverse, dynamic and growing. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers the well-rounded education you need to start a career designing, servicing and troubleshooting systems.

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. You’ll gain knowledge and skills in:

  • analog and digital circuits
  • automation systems
  • data and radio communications
  • electronic prototyping
  • microprocessors and microcontrollers
  • printed circuit board design
  • programmable logic controllers
  • technical reporting and project management

You’ll develop troubleshooting skills through practical labs, build project management skills and carry out an applied research project. Your studies culminate in hands-on projects that challenge you to design, test and construct your own electronic prototype.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into an engineering degree at Lakehead University in Ontario or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland or a mining engineering technology degree at Queen’s University in Ontario.

Subsidize Your Study

Check out the Canadian Forces (CF) subsidized education plan for Telecommunications Specialists in the Navy, Army or Air Force. The plan covers your education and training costs while in school, and salary, vacation, medical and dental benefits. Contact your local CF Recruiting Centre to learn more.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

You’ll be job ready on graduation. First jobs are most often in the design, development, production, installation, sales and service of electronic products and systems. Employers include industrial facilities, manufacturers, commercial organizations, communications providers, resource companies and public agencies. You might create a career for yourself as an independent consultant or be part of a team in a large organization.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Automation Controls TechnologistMechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2232)$45,800 - $107,200
Communications TechnologistElectrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2241)$52,000 - $106,100
Electronics Design TechnologistElectrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2241)$52,000 - $106,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 74 weeks:

Year 1 - 37 weeks; Year 2 - 37 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum of 60% in Math B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $7,400
Year 2 - $7,000

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Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DGTL 106
Digital 1
3
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You will be introduced to the basic principles of digital systems. You will use Boolean algebra to describe electronic logic circuits. You will design basic circuits including combinational logic, flip flops, counters, registers, multiplexers, demultiplexers, encoders and decoders.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): DGTL 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
DGTL 107
Digital 1 Lab
3
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You will apply digital principles in a lab setting. You will construct circuits on a breadboard and use a multimeter and logic probe to analyze and troubleshoot them. Your studies will include using computer software to design and simulate circuits.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): DGTL 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
DRFT 189
Electronic Drafting
2
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You will use electronic simulation and mechanical CAD software to prepare documentation of electronic circuits and systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ELCT 112
Basic Electricity 1
3
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You will study the fundamentals of direct current (DC) electricity. You will be introduced to basic electrical quantities, circuits and circuit analysis techniques. You will analyze series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): ELCT 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELCT 113
Basic Electricity Lab 1
3
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You will apply the principles of direct current (DC) electricity in a lab setting. You will construct circuits on a breadboard and use multimeters to analyze them. Circuits will also be constructed and analyzed using circuit simulation software. Spreadsheet software will also be used to analyze circuits and data.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): ELCT 112
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
ELCT 114
Basic Electricity 2
3
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You will study the fundamentals of alternating current (AC) electricity. You will be introduced to electrical quantities, circuits and circuit analysis techniques. Circuits will be analyzed using software tools.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELCT 112, ELCT 113
Corequisites(s): ELCT 115
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELCT 115
Basic Electricity 2 Lab
3
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You will apply the principles of alternating current (AC) electricity in a lab setting. You will construct circuits on a breadboard and use multimeters, function generators and oscilloscopes to analyze them. Circuits will also be constructed and analyzed using circuit simulation software. Spreadsheet software will also be used to analyze circuits and data.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELCT 112, ELCT 113
Corequisites(s): ELCT 114
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
MAT 110
Mathematics for Engineering Technologies
4
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You will gain foundational knowledge of mathematical topics applicable to engineering technologies. You will study formula manipulations, factoring of algebraic expressions, geometry and trigonometry, exponents and logarithms, and functions and their graphs. This course is intended to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to prepare you for studies in calculus.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 101, MAT 110CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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Your orientation will include discussions regarding the role of technicians/technologists in the workplace and society. You will study time management skills, diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability and safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMP 111
'C' Programming for Embedded Microcontrollers
4
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You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the ‘C’ programming language. You will write a structured program in ‘C’. You will then develop programs in ‘C’ with an emphasis on embedded microcontroller applications.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 106, DGTL 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
DGTL 108
Digital 2
3
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You will study microcontroller architecture and basic operation. You will develop and analyze assembly language programs. You will test and debug software using an integrated development environment. You will study analog to digital and digital to analog conversions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 106, DGTL 107
Corequisites(s): DGTL 109
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
DGTL 109
Digital 2 Lab
3
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You will study microcontroller hardware and peripheral components. You will learn how to interface basic input and output devices with a microcontroller. You will wire-wrap and use a microcontroller system in a hands-on environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 106, DGTL 107
Corequisites(s): DGTL 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
ELTR 193
Industrial Electronics
2
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You will study electric controls and electric machines by looking at the theory behind their operation. You will review the operation of relays, solenoids, alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors, and motor controls. You will also study single-phase and three-phase circuits.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ELCT 114, ELCT 115
Corequisites(s): ELTR 194
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELTR 194
Industrial Electronics Lab
3
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You will study the operation of electric controls and electric machines by constructing circuits and observing their operation. You will construct circuits containing solenoids, relays, alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors, and motor controls. You will also study single-phase and three-phase circuits.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELCT 114, ELCT 115
Corequisites(s): ELTR 193
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
ELTR 195
Power Electronics
4
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You will be introduced to the operation of rectifiers, voltage regulators, thyristors, opto-electronic devices and power switching circuits. You will construct circuits using rectifiers, regulators, thyristors and opto-electronic devices.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELCT 114, ELCT 115
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELTR 197
Analog Devices
4
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You will be introduced to discrete electronic components and their application in analog circuits. You will explore diodes, bipolar junction transistors (BJT), field effect transistors (FET), comparators and operational amplifiers (op-amps).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELCT 114, ELCT 115
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 102
Workplace Communication
3
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You will examine the employability skills required in the workplace. You will discuss the communication process, and practice effective interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution. You will use workplace writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, COMM 127CE, COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 102CE, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELTR 196
Mechatronics
1
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Using the power electronics devices, you will design and build a self-starting solar powered car model that will race against other cars on a purpose built race track.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 195
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELTR 198
Troubleshooting
1
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You will develop a structured approach to troubleshooting electronic circuits. Analog circuits and applications are emphasized.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 197
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
INDG 102
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness
2
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You will gain an understanding of the diversity and richness of First Nations and Métis cultures, histories and current issues.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
SHOP 110
Fabrication Techniques
4
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You will be introduced to the practical aspects of fabricating electronic prototypes and products. You will learn about surface mount and through-hole component identification, safe component handling, leaded and lead-free soldering, wire and cable, connectors, fasteners, hardware and metalworking as they relate to the electronics field. The practical skills you will develop include soldering, de-soldering, wire harness assembly, chassis fabrication and chassis assembly. You will construct several electronic products as a core element of this course.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 189
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
STAT 200
Statistics for Technology
2
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You will gain knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques applicable to technologies. You will study descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, the Central Limit Theorem, and linear regression. This course is intended to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to demonstrate the importance of statistics in professional practices.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CIRC 104
Sensors
4
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You will use various sensors to convert physical parameters into usable electrical signals.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 196
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CNTR 200
Automation
2
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You will study the devices used to automate industrial operations by looking at the theory behind their operation. You will study timers, programmable timers, programmable relays and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), in the context of typical industrial applications. You will also study devices commonly used with programmable logic controllers, such as sensors and human machine interfaces (HMIs).
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 193, ELTR 194
Corequisites(s): CIRC 104, CNTR 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
CNTR 201
Automation Lab
3
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You will study the devices used to automate industrial operations by constructing circuits, programming devices and observing their operation. You will construct circuits containing timers, programmable timers, programmable relays, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), sensors and human machine interfaces (HMIs).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 193, ELTR 194
Corequisites(s): CNTR 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
DGTL 203
Microcontrollers
4
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You will learn how to select a microcontroller for a particular application. You will write initialization and driver functions for a microcontroller system using the ‘C’ programming language. You will study serial ports, interrupts, displays and counters. You will work with a microcontroller system in a hands-on environment and use simulation software to develop programs to interface a microcontroller with its peripherals.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 111, DGTL 108, DGTL 109
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELTR 200
Introduction to Communication Systems
3
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You will learn about the fundamental principles that apply to various communication systems. Noise, transmission lines, and Fourier series are explored during this course.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 198
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MAT 111
Calculus for Engineering Technologies
4
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You will gain knowledge of calculus topics applicable to engineering technologies. You will study derivatives, integrals and differential equations, and their applications. This course is intended to further build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to demonstrate the importance of calculus in engineering practices.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 110
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MGMT 102
Project Management
2
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You will learn how to use project management techniques and apply them to an electronics project. A hands-on approach will help you learn the principles and concepts of project management (including typical documents and procedures associated with managing an engineering project). You will maintain appropriate documentation and provide regular progress updates to your advisor.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 196, ELTR 198, DGTL 108, DGTL 109, COMP 111, SHOP 110
Corequisites(s): TCOM 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 103
Technical Communication
3
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You will use research skills to find technical information and cite it correctly. You will conduct effective meetings and produce supporting documents. As well, you will discuss technical report purposes and formats, write short technical reports and present technical information.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102 or COM 170
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 103CE, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CIRC 102
Printed Circuit Design
3
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You will develop industry-standard schematics using a computer. You will import schematics into a printed circuit board (PCB) design program. You will learn the basic theory regarding printed circuit layout. Some discussion will be devoted to the computer numerical control (CNC) based mechanical subtractive process for rapid PCB prototyping and to designing industry standard PCBs using a software design package.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MGMT 102, SHOP 110
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CNTR 105
Process Control
4
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You will be introduced to process control by studying open and closed loop control, discrete and analog control, transfer functions, system response and proportional, integral and derivative (PID) tuning methods. You will use process simulation software to develop PID tuning techniques and use these techniques to tune a controller in a process loop.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 111, CNTR 200, CNTR 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
DGTL 204
Advanced Digital
4
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You will learn how to write firmware drivers in ‘C’ for microcontroller peripherals, such as universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART), electrically erasable programmable read only memory (EEPROM), capture, compare and pulse width modulation (PWM). You will learn how to write Verilog code for a field programmable gate array (FPGA). You will learn how to design a digital system using a Finite State Machine approach. You will work microcontroller and FPGA systems in a hands-on environment and use simulation software to test and verify designs.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 203, MGMT 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
DGTL 205
Digital Signal Processing
4
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You will study concepts and applications involving digital signal processing (DSP) and you will gain an understanding of representing signals in the discrete domain. Your studies will introduce you to digital oscillators and digital filters. You will write and test programs using a DSP development system.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELTR 201
Data Communications
2
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You will study electronic data, voice and video communication technology. Serial, local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) standards for data communication are emphasized.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 200
Corequisites(s): ELTR 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELTR 202
Data Communications Lab
3
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You will use electronic data, voice and video communication technology. You will use serial, local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) standards for data communications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 200
Corequisites(s): ELTR 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
ELTR 203
Radio Communications
2
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You will study radio frequency (RF) communications technology. Common modulation techniques used in wireless communications will be analyzed.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 200
Corequisites(s): ELTR 204
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELTR 204
Radio Communications Lab
3
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You will construct and test radio frequency (RF) communications circuits using common RF test equipment. Through hands on experiments you will learn how to evaluate and troubleshoot RF circuits, components and systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 200
Corequisites(s): ELTR 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online

Year 2 - Semester 6

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNTR 202
Automation Systems
3
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You will combine devices studied in previous automation courses into a system. These devices include programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), and variable frequency drives (VFDs), as well as analog and discrete sensors and output devices. Additionally, supervisory control and data acquisition/human machine interface (SCADA/HMI) software will be integrated into a system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNTR 200, CNTR 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 104
Project
3
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You will design and construct a working electronic prototype. You will maintain appropriate documentation and provide regular progress updates to your advisor. You will present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CIRC 102, DGTL 204
Corequisites(s): TCOM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Note: A technical thesis is an integral part of this program.

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Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 30 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Manufacturing degree program, or 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Bio-Medical, Electronics and Controls, or Petroleum degree programs 
Graduates of this program may obtain advanced standing toward a degree in engineering.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report
Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.

TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

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