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TechOne Program


Simon Fraser University Surrey, Central City, 250–13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, 778.782.7412 Tel, 778.782.7478 Fax, www.sfu.ca/techone

Program Director

E.J. Fee BA, MA, PhD (Br Col)

Advisor

Ms. A. Stewart BA (S Fraser), 2566 Central City, 778.782.7435 Tel, 778.782.7478 Fax techone_advising@sfu.ca

TechOne is an innovative and challenging first year cohort program offered by the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University Surrey. TechOne offers a broad foundation and introduction to university for students who are curious about how technology, design and people influence one another. TechOne specifically prepares students for second year studies in business, communication, computing science, engineering science, and interactive arts and technology; however, students interested in any program at Simon Fraser University may choose TechOne as their first year of studies.

TechOne is run as an interdisciplinary cohort program which means all students take their courses in smaller groups together with a set of other first year students. Access to all TechOne cores courses is guaranteed.

First Term Core

The first term of TechOne consists of two or more courses selected from the following set of three, plus electives, which may be chosen with a view to the student’s intended subsequent course of study.

CMPT 120-3 Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I1

TECH 114-3 Technology in Everyday Contexts

TECH 106-3 Spatial Thinking and Communicating

1Students who already have a substantial background in computing should take CMPT 126 in place of CMPT 120.

Second Term Core

The second term of TechOne consists of two or more courses selected from the following set of three, plus electives, which may be chosen with a view to the student’s intended subsequent course of study.

MACM 101-3 Discrete Mathematics I

TECH 101W-3 Communication, Teamwork and Collaborative Process

TECH 124 Design Thinking (or a discipline-specific project course2)

2 The choice of a design/project course may be determined by the student’s intended program major. ENSC 182 is required for mechatronics students; CMPT 150 for computing science students.

TechOne Elective Requirements

In addition to core requirements, students choose electives that will help complete the lower division requirements of their program major. If students have not yet chosen a program major, a set of qualifying electives will be recommended. Students choose the number of electives they complete in any term and may take electives at any campus.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students completing degree programs must fulfil writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of their program. The TECH courses are designed to help with completion of these general graduate requirements. See “Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements” on page 7 for information.

After TechOne

Some students enter TechOne having already been admitted to a degree program. Other students will wait until TechOne completion to apply for degree program admission. Either way, TechOne students will bring an understanding of how technology and people interact, as well as a toolkit of critical thinking and communication skills to their second year studies. TechOne will specifically help to prepare students who are interested in degree programs in business, communication, computing science, engineering, or interactive arts and technology. These programs may be subject to enrolment limitations, with competitive entry standards based on academic performance.