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A capstone design project is a major component of any engineering curriculum: it is the culmination of a course of study enabling you to showcase the knowledge and the skills you have acquired during the previous three years, design a product/service of significance, and solve an open-ended problem in electrical or computer engineering.
Each student must register to the specific capstone project course related to his or her program and option, as the nature of the projects offered will be different.
|Take a look at some of last year's projects.
If you are a member of industry who would like to find out more please visit our Capstone Partners page.
CPEN 491 Computer Engineering Capstone Design Project
ELEC 491 Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Project
ELEC 493 Nanotechnology and Microsystems Capstone Design Project
CPEN 492 Software Engineering Capstone Design Project
ELEC 494 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Project
ELEC 492 Electrical Energy Systems
Capstone Design Project Course Objectives
By the end of the capstone design course, you will have demonstrated that you are able to:
Timeframe & Commitment
Capstone design project courses run from September to April, and count for 10 credits. Students are grouped into teams of 4 to 6, and focus on working with a client or customer; in many cases the client will be from the local industry or from an organization on campus.
Each student is expected to pour about 260 hours of work across both terms into this project.
In the first week of the term, faculty or clients will present possible projects, and you will be asked to bid for a few. Teams will then be formed; in some cases, these may be interdisciplinary. The first month will be dedicated to understanding the issue at stake, with gradual elaboration of a design and a prototype.
Several major milestones will be spread over the year, involving submission of reports and presentations to instructors, clients and peers. The year will culminate with a Project Fair at the beginning of April.
Each project will be assigned an instructor, who will act as the supervisor. You will also be assigned a client or customer, different from the supervisor. In some cases, you may also be assigned a project mentor or advisor to provide expertise as required by your project.
Two afternoons in the week will be blocked for the capstone design project courses, to allow regular meetings with your supervisor for progress reports, in-class instructions, invited lectures, student presentations, or teamwork.
You can help to solicit projects from industry. If you know of any industry members in your network who would like to submit a project, or if your co-op employer is interested in offering a project, please contact the department, or send an email to capstones [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca.