I realize this vlog is kind of a mess and I moved and flew around the screen so much DDD: but I was real nervous so forgive me! (I’ll probably stick to written posts in the future since this one was such a disaster aaah!) 😭
But it basically addresses all the times when I asked an Engineering student about what Uni was actually like
Me: “Hey, so I heard you do Engineering, what’s that like???” 🤔😮
Older student: *in a nasally tone: “Uhmmm Engineering is preetty much just Mathsss and Physiccs ”
Well, I guess most of them weren’t that nasally haha! But you get the gist.
However, after becoming an Engineering student, I realized, well… they’re not actually wrong…?
So I’ll talk to you guys about the Engineering degree structure and gives some (not too great) insight into what you actually learn in each of the Semester 1 courses!
BONUS CONTENT: Rant Unfiltered feelings and first impressions of Engineering as a whole! (skip to 7:23 for this, ‘slightly’ more entertaining part!)
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Hey Chelsea, super chuffed you found it helpful! Also your timing is superb as I’ve just finished recording a new vlog about conjoints which should be up within the next couple of days.
To answer your question though, conjoint students usually do one extra paper per semester on top of the normal engineering papers, so 10 per year is normally the maximum. In first semester however, engineering conjoint students don’t do ENGGEN121/ENGSCI111, but a paper called ENGGEN150 which combines both these courses. You’ll be examined on the same things and sit all the tests, but you only get one exam. So it is recommended to do only 4 papers in Semester 1: ENGGEN150, ENGGEN140, either your GenEd or ENGGEN115 and a conjoint paper, because taking ENGGEN150 is pretty much the same as taking 2 courses.
I do have some conjoint friends who took 5 papers in semester 1 (taking two conjoint papers instead of one), so its really up to you where you think you can handle it.
Then of course, 5 papers in Semester 2: CHEMMAT121, ENGGEN131, ELECTENG101, either your GenEd/ENGGEN115 and a conjoint paper.
So yup 9 courses sounds about right for first year, maybe bumping it up to 10 in subsequent years. It really depends on how you want to structure your degree, the power is in your hands!
Hope that helped!! 🙂
As cheesy as this vlog is, I found it really helpful! You mentioned that you are doing the conjoint engineering/commerce degree but talked only about the “normal” stand-alone engineering courses right?
Can I ask how you fit the business paper(s)/commerce part of the degree into your year? I am likely to be doing a conjoint engineering and science degree next year and would like to know more. I understand how the course planning recommends doing 9 courses in the year for a conjoint (instead of the usual 8) so is that for you the 7 compulsory engineering, 1 gen ed and 1 commerce? Or is it possible/common to do more than 9?
Maybe I’ve gotten all the information mixed up, these things are so scary and confusing!! I’d be really grateful if you could give me some insight 🙂