Course Description

Engineering design processes for ecological engineering applications, including specifications, performance criteria, timelines, and project logistics, principles and practices of working in engineering teams. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: BEE 322 and (ENGR 391 or ENGR 391H), senior standing or consent of instructor.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of the design sequence is to provide students with hands-on experience in solving the kind of complex open-ended design problems they are likely to encounter in ecological engineering, including satisfying legal, economic, social and environmental constraints. Other objectives include providing the students with experience in the real-world application of mathematics, science, engineering economics, ethics and other disciplines related to engineering analysis and design, and a clearer perspective on the value of research in addressing contemporary problems in engineering design.  Attainment of oral and written communication to achieve a level commensurate with professional engineering practice will be a fundamental objective.

The primary focus of the design sequence will be an open-ended design project that promotes critical thinking.  The project will have four major components:

  • Develop a feasible engineering solution to a design problem.
  • Perform quantitative evaluation of an engineering project considering ecological, social and economic impacts of the project.
  • Assess project sustainability, economic viability and compliance to applicable laws.
  • Present the results in oral and written form at a level commensurate with professional practice.