Purpose: The purpose of this unit is to practice the documentation and essential tasks that you will need to do to meet your deliverables for ENGG411. The lectures address the basic steps in the engineering process, what should be considered in these steps, and how each step is done. The reports allow you to practice these steps. The mixed/prac sessions give you additional practice in some of the finer details executing these steps. The unit is run to a great degree in a self-taught mode to reflect the original work that you will create in ENGG411.
Approach to Assessment: The learning outcomes that you need to demonstrate in this unit are designed to prepare you to produce the various reports needed for ENGG411 as well as what is expected of professional engineers. In this unit, you are encouraged to make mistakes in the early reports, get your marked feedback, and show progress improvement to where you can demonstrate a high level of competency for all the learning outcomes by the Final Report. It is not necessary to get all the reports "right" to get a good mark in this unit; you must attempt all the assessments and you must show steady improvement by incorporating your marked feedback. There are several assessments which are to be done in a group; you will be assigned to a group representing the multi-disciplinary majors offered by the Engineering Department. You are encouraged to teach yourself or learn from your groupmates the "lingo" and essential fundamentals of the other disciplines within your group.
Delivery: This unit is a self-paced unit and is delivered on-line. The lectures are available via iLearn and you will be responsible for scheduling meetings of your group to achieve the group work activities. If you find a topic particularly challenging, you can visit the lecturer/convener during consultation hours or you can meet with the tutors during the scheduled prac/tute sessions. It is up to you to seek out the personnel delivering this unit if you feel that you are having trouble. You are required to keep an on-line blog/logbook within iLearn for this unit.
You will execute in project teams of 3 or 4 which should contain a healthy balance of expertise--software, digital, wireless, telecommunications, etc. If you all have the same major, this will put you at a handicap.. If you would like to form your own group, please contact Prof. Mike Heimlich no later than the end of week 2 or you will be assigned to a group. You will need to decompose the problem from the Requirements Document into major parts, with each part taken by 1 student. Your individual design documents should be shared among all the members of your group after it has been marked so that you have all the designs for your Proposal & Project Plan, which requires inclusion of material from all the parts your group has done design documents for.
Resources: The convener is available for consultation either via iLearn forums/chat or during consultation hours. Tutors are available during the scheduled tute/prac time. You are encouraged to approach any of the teaching staff for this unit if you are having problems understanding any component of the unit. Templates are provided for the 4 major reports you must deliver. You do not have to use the templates for the various documents. The use of LaTex is encouraged as this will be an asset for ENGG411
All of the resources are available on iLearn. The iLearn site for this unit is somewhat difficult to navigate. PLEASE SEE THE TEACHING STAFF IF YOU CANNOT FIND SOMETHING ON ILEARN.
The goal of this unit is for you to not only learn how the engineering process works and how to execute it, but to demonstrate this by preparing the appropriate documentation. Students who self-invest the most in terms of self-learning about the multiple-disciplinary aspect of the project, who take advantage of opportunities for continuous improvement against the unit's marking rubric, and who demonstrate an understanding that engineering problems often are not provided with all the requirements will get the most out of this unit. This is how real-world engineering as well as ENGG411 is done. The teaching staff are available to help you with these concepts BUT it is up to you to take the initiative to use us as a resource.