Teaching and Learning Resources for Instructors
The Course Enhancement Grants funded by the Dean to enhance the learning environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at both the undergraduate and graduate level. All instructors who teach courses in any of the 10 engineering programs are eligible. The program includes a small funding program (around $5k) with an easy application process to support new innovations, and a larger Course redevelopment program to support substantial changes to courses or groups of courses.
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In June 2009 the department heads, undergraduate chairs, and curriculum committee chairs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science held a retreat to discuss future directions for the faculty. One of the outcomes from the retreat was the desire to create a sequence of courses in design and professional practice in all years of every undergraduate program. A Curriculum Review Committee was created, consisting of representatives from all engineering programs in the faculty of engineering, a student society representative, the Associate Dean, the Director of Program Development, the NSERC Chair in Engineering Design, and members with economics, library, and professionalism expertise. The group was tasked with creating what became known as the Engineering Design and Practice Sequence (EDPS).
The CRC drew on considerable experience from prior innovative project-based courses, including APSC100 (Engineering Practice), APSC 190 (Professional Engineering Skills), MECH212 (Design Techniques), and APSC381 (Fundamentals of Design Engineering). These courses illustrated various ways and means of teaching and learning design and professional skills at both the faculty-wide and departmental levels, and all have now been integrated or evolved to meet the new EDPS objectives.
The committee created high-level objectives for each year of the sequence, beginning with an existing engineering practice course, APSC-100, and culminating in the departmental or multidisciplinary capstone courses. The committee developed a paired second-year design/communications course, APSC 200/293, that is focused on problem definition, creativity and idea generation, decision making, and professional practice, with communication skills as an integral but separately assessed entity. This first half of this unique course has common instruction material and activities for students in all disciplines and continues in the second half with discipline-oriented projects.
The CRC established high-level objectives to:
- enhance design and innovation capacity of our students
- be primarily project based, with appropriate scaffolding in early years to develop project management, design process, teaming, and communications skills
- incorporate graduate attribute assessment, required by CEAB
- include most of the CEAB accreditation units required for engineering design
- ensure that the structure is designed to encourage future multidisciplinary projects
- encourage professional behaviour and skills
- use peer mentoring to develop leadership and provide support for early year students
The resulting Engineering Design and Practice Sequence (EDPS) is a four-year sequence of courses for all students in engineering programs. It provides an opportunity to develop an excellent skillset in broad aspects of design, creativity, economics, critical thinking, project management, and professionalism, all in the context of engineering.
The first two years of the EDPS are delivered by faculty-wide project-based courses APSC-100 (EDPS I) and APSC-200/293 (EDPS II). For third and fourth year, students may choose to follow their discipline-specific sequence (EDPS III and IV) delivered by their department and tailored to the disciplinary design and practice approach, or they may alternately enrol in the multidisciplinary EDPS III and IV courses, APSC 381 and APSC 480. This multidisciplinary design sequence (MDS) employs “design for innovation” project-based learning in multidisciplinary teams, including fully funded industry sponsored projects in the fourth year. All EDPS IV courses are supervised by an engineering faculty member.
More detail about the EDPS course sequence is described in the following paper:
B Frank, D Strong, R Sellens & L Clapham (2013) Progress with the Professional Spine: A Four-Year Engineering Design and Practice Sequence, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 19:1, 63-74