This course enables students to acquire practical experience. Working in groups, students will take on projects where they define, design, develop, and implement a prototype electronic, or mechanical, or electro-mechanical device or system. Student groups, in consultation with a faculty adviser, will select an appropriate project. Project topics may vary from in-depth research to systems analysis and design development proposals. Students will learn more about technical documentation. Project management fundamentals will also be covered.
The content details will depend upon the particular subject of each project. However, there will be several common topics. Seminars will be held to deal with:
- The proposal of a project;
- The format of a contract;
- The techniques of gathering data/information;
- Organizing and running meetings;
- Information sources, such as libraries and resource centres;
- The preparation of a report;
- The management of weekly status report of a project;
- Problem solving skills;
- Creating mechanical CAD and/or electronic circuit design documents;
- Optimally using Project Management software.
Criteria for Selections of Project Topics:
- A project's subject must entail some form of mechanical, or electronic, or electro-mechanical development and be viewed by evaluator as providing valuable information;
- A project's scope must be such that its objectives can be attained in one semester;
- The client preferably should be an organization outside the educational institution; should be an entity not related to the student (such as a relative);
- Since confidential information must be protected for some companies, preference will be given to projects for which the results may be published and made available to the public;
- The contents and results of a project must be original, as plagiarism is unacceptable and viewed as a serious offence;
- Although projects are essentially for individuals, partnership agreements may be made with the approval of the faculty supervisor.
Typical projects may include (but are not strictly limited to) research, analysis, design or development in one of the following areas:
- Mechanical device/system design;
- Electronic device/system design;
- Electro-mechanical device/system design;
- Feasibility studies/analyses.
Project Management Life Cycle:
- Project management deliverables;
- Project milestones;
- Risk management.
Methods of Instruction
Practicum, seminar, lab work, and tutorial may be used in this course. Most of the instruction will be on a one–to–group basis between students and faculty advisor to guide the students through a self–managed work plan. In the case of outside company projects, much of the learning process will take place on site with employers and coworkers guiding the students experience. Weekly communication with faculty adviser will be compulsory.
Means of Assessment
Even though the topics and subjects of student's projects will vary, key documents, such as specifications and progress reports will be common to all. Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will decide on the exact evaluation criteria.
Initial project proposal including timeline, schedule, and scope: 15% – 20%
Project implementation design specification: 15% – 20%
Progress Report 1: 10% – 15%
Progress Report 2: 10% – 15%
Project Completion Summary Report: 15% – 25%
Project Post Mortem Analysis Report: 15% – 25%
After successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Prepare a project proposal;
- Formulate and negotiate an agreement to set up the terms and conditions of a project;
- Identify a set of objectives/tasks that can be accomplished within the allotted time;
- Apply the life-cycle of systems analysis and design to a device/system design project;
- Gather pertinent information and data through interviews, questionnaires, surveys, and observations of the device/system’s activities;
- Organize a project meeting, prepare an agenda, and issue timely updates;
- Use problem solving skills to tackle problems encountered during the project period;
- Present orally and provide written memos/reports to clients and faculty supervisor in a formal environment;
- Prepare technical documentation (such as mechanical CAD or electronic circuit designs, a user manual) and a final project report on the work performed.
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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