Capstone Project Research Prep
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 14.0
Credit Value: 1.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2022
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Computer Engineering Technolog, Electronics Engineering Techno
Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan, Weijing Ma
Course Leader or Contact: Ning Zhu
Version: 20220110_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students utilize specific business or research methodology to prepare a proposal for their final capstone project. Students will apply software and hardware engineering knowledge developed in their program. The research proposal explores a solution to a specific business problem; contributes to research in an area of theory; performs an analysis of a system or evaluates a new computer application. Students work in collaboration with other students and a college and an external mentor, when applicable. Students write a project report and deliver an oral presentation.

Program Context

Computer Engineering Technolog Program Coordinator(s): Weijing Ma
Graduates of the Computer Engineering Technology program must demonstrate the ability to research, plan and develop a computer or embedded system based project. This final project could be presented to peers, faculty or potential employers. This course establishes the research preparation needed to fulfill the requirements of the final capstone project.

Electronics Engineering Techno Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
Graduates of the Electronics Engineering Technology program must demonstrate the ability to research, plan and develop a physical layer applications project. This final project could be presented to peers, faculty or potential employers. This course establishes the research preparation needed to fulfill the requirements of the final capstone project.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of the course the students will have demonstrated the ability to design and present an initial research proposal consistent with the conditions necessary for the "Final Capstone Project".
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Compare the merits of scientific and business oriented research proposals to choose an approach appropriate to the specific program stream.
  2. Determine project-specific design criteria and parameters through the analysis of data and information.
  3. Perform an analysis of a system, or current business/computing problem or area of theory as appropriate to the program.
  4. Use the techniques, skills and modern software and hardware engineering tools necessary for applied design practice.
  5. Utilize project management skills to plan, evaluate and deliver all necessary elements for the proposal.
  6. Recommend a final project based on software and hardware engineering principles and judgment including comparison of options.
  7. Prepare and deliver a final documented proposal that is both discipline and situation appropriate.
  8. Participate in multi-disciplinary teams that may include fellow students, professionals, business contacts, and professors.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Five Deliverables100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Grading Mode: Pass/Fail grade is assigned. Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways: Each student shall keep a logbook listing at least the following: a) Details of group and faculty meetings - date, time, duration and those present and main topics b) Details of any seminar lectures attended - date, time, speaker and topic. c) Details of work on the Design Project - date, duration, and aspects of work done personally. Each Group: will complete the following: 1) A Preliminary Statement of Interest (submission by e-mail to the course faculty is permitted) The preliminary proposal shall include: a) Names of Group Members. b) Name and e-mail of Group Leader, who will be responsible for regular reporting to the Faculty Member. c) Topic for Capstone Project: each group must have two preferred choices. d) Team Code of Ethics contract. ***The course professor reserves the right to assign or select the final assignment of the topic of the capstone project*** 2) Final Design Proposal (two copies are to be submitted). The final design proposal shall indicate: - Completed proposal, including rational for project, preliminary work breakdown structure (level 1), literature review - A listing of all work done broken down by group members. - Identification of outstanding tasks (i.e. work still to be done including proposed drawings and specifications). - Assignment of outstanding tasks to group members. - Proposed mechanism for coordination of the activities of each group member. - Schedule for remaining work. The evaluation of the final design proposal shall be based on the layout, completeness, and the use of English. Please note that the following practices are agreed to by the professors teaching this course. We wish to encourage behaviours that will help students be successful in the workplace, and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work. 1. For submission of assignments and projects, the professor will specify, in writing: a) Due dates and special instructions for submissions 2. All assignments must be completed as individual efforts unless the professor states otherwise in writing. Students show their learning outcomes through the submission of five deliverables that are each evaluated as a Pass/Fail. A student is granted a passing mark to the course when they demonstrate the success of at least four deliverables out of the five required; considering that the final deliverable (the final written report) is one of them.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Numeracy - Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio and Interview

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredOtherOACETT on-line report guidelines. "Final Project Format and Samples"
OptionalTextbookIT Project Proposals: Writing to Win, Cooms, Paul, Cambridge University Press, 2005, (books 24 x 7)
OptionalOtherOn line references include research material available on the web, supporting documentation mounted in web vista, standard research writing guidelines (specifically MLA style)

Applicable student group(s): Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology Coop, Electronics Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology Coop
Course Details:
Module 1:
-  Research Proposal Design
    - Review of current literature regarding research proposal
      styles, industry expectations
    - Group / Team Development
-  Skills assessment necessary for a successful project completion
Learning Outcomes:  1,2,8
Related deliverables #1 and 2
Module 2:
-  Project / Development
   -  Development of possible project areas
   -  Identification of possible contacts, research problems
   -  Preliminary systems investigation brain storming
Learning Outcomes:  5,8
Related deliverables #2 and 3
Module 3:
-  Research Project Design
    -  Selection of area for investigation / development (discipline
    -  Preliminary analysis utilising current diagramming techniques
    -  Development of project statement and project management plan
Learning Outcomes:  3,4,5,8
Related deliverable #3
Module 4:
-  Selection and development of possible research project
   -  Investigation, development and documentation of proposed
      research project
   -  Interview methodologies for use with clients, faculty etc.
   -  Literature Research / review
Learning Outcomes:  5,6,8
Related deliverable #4
Module 5:
-  Prepare and deliver a final documented proposal
Learning Outcomes:  7,8
Related deliverables #4 and 5
Course Practise and Principles:
Project Teams:
The maximum size of a project team is four students. Special
permission is required for larger teams. Smaller teams are not
Lectures and Tutorials:
Students are expected to attend all lectures. Assigned homework time
will be spent: working on the project, meeting with advisors, making
presentations, and carrying out activities related to the design.
Students are expected to arrive at lectures on time, and to conduct
themselves during class and at meetings in a professional and
respectful manner; prepared with all necessary and appropriate
Students are responsible for regularly checking their e-mail and
notices posted on the course website.
Students are encouraged to discuss problems with their Advisor or one
of the Coordinators.
Other individual consultation can be arranged by appointment with the
appropriate faculty member.

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