Engineering 8853/4 EE/CoE Design Project II

Instructors: Dr. D. K. Peters Mr. R. Collett
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Engineering design integrates mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences, and complementary studies in order to develop elements, systems, and processes to meet specific needs. It is a creative, iterative, and open-ended process, subject to constraints which may be governed by standards or legislation to varying degrees depending on the discipline. These constraints may also relate to economic, health, safety, environmental, societal, or other interdisciplinary factors.[CEAB Accreditation Criteria and Procedures 2008,]

Engineering 8853/4 is the second part of a pair of courses, started in 7803/4, during which students will complete their senior design project. These courses together provide a significant design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier in the program, and give students an involvement in team work and project management. Students work in teams of 3-5, which may include a mixture of CoE and EE students, to complete a design project. Students will normally work with the same team on the same project for both semesters.


Projects were selected as part of the 7803/4 courses. As defined previously, these projects must involve a significant design experience, suitibly scoped for a team of three to five students working at a level of one regular course (approximately 10 hours per week) over two academic semesters. Some work may also be completed over the intervening work term. Clients need not be technical experts but must be prepared to interact with student teams as needed to ensure that the project requirements are understood and to give feedback on design outcomes. Clients will be asked to participate in the final project presentations, further defined below.

The list of student projects is posted here.

Organization & Deliverables


Monday, January 10 EN1054Dennis Peters and Rob CollettIntroductory LectureOutline


Date Deliverable Marks
Monday, January 24 Peer Design Review Meetings 5%
Monday, February 7 Progress Report 15%
Monday and Tuesday, March 21--22 Final Presentation 15% (5% Team, 10% Individual*)
Wednesday, March 30 Demonstration and IEEE Night 10%
Wednesday, April 6 Final Report 50% (20% Report, 30% Project*)
Ongoing, final submit on April 6 Logbook 5%
*These grades will be assessed on an individual basis.

Peer Design Review Meetings

The Peer Design Review Meetings shall involve a 20 minute discussion where a Project Team will be assigned to review the design of one other Project Team. During these discussions, the Course Coordinators and Teaching Assistants will evaluate both teams: the Team Under Review, on the presentation and defense of their design; and the Reviewing Team, on the conduct of the review. In conducting the review, the reviewers should offer constructive criticism on the design with respect to the following criteria, as appropriate to the problem:

In advance of the design review, each team should make available to the reviewers sufficient documentation for them to understand and comment on the design. The assignment of reviewers is posted here. All meetings are in EN4003.

Progress Report

The Progress Report shall be a frank and detailed report outlining the following:

Note that this is a project management report rather than a design document, so it should focus on the management aspects, not the design itself. Report content is not limited to the above as students may choose their own report format. It is expected, however, that the document will include an executive summary, references, drawings/diagrams, a table of contents, and a conclusion.

Final Presentation

The Final Presentation shall be 20 minutes in length and should summarize the topics outlined for the final project report (defined below). The presentations will be attended and evaulated by:

All team members are expected to participate in the presentation. The scheduled time is 20 minutes, which should include time for questions and turnover.

Demonstration and IEEE Night

Project Demonstration and IEEE Night will be scheduled for the same day, with demonstrations scheduled during the afternoon, and IEEE Night activites scheduled for the evening.

The Project Demonstration consists of a formal open house exhibition, allowing students to showcase their completed projects. Teams will be given space to setup display boards and to demonstate project functionality including any hardware or software. Demonstrations shall be evaulated by a invited judges from both the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and from industry.

IEEE Night is a formal event hosted by the IEEE and will be open to all students and to a large group of invited guests. The evening will begin with presentations by three to four groups that have been selected based on the evaulations of the Final Project Presentations. Following the presentations, an awards ceremony will recognize outstanding projects in a variety of categories. The evening will conclude with a social.

Final Report

The Final Report shall be a comprehensive report complied by each project team. As a guideline, it is recommended that the document include the following sections:

As indicated above for the Progress Report, content is not limited to the above as students may choose their own report format. Again, it is expected that the document shall include an executive summary, references, drawings/diagrams, a table of contents, and a conclusion.


An engineering logbook represents a formal record of an individual's work and may serve as a helpful reference for any technical undertaking. As part of the senior design project, each student shall maintain a logbook to be used in both Term 7 and Term 8. Logbooks will be evaluated on an on-going basis and may be reviewed at any time by an instructor/TA/supervisor or client. Logbooks may include any information relevant to the project, for example

Logbooks should be written in ink and every page and every entry should be dated.

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