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    APSC 479 – 2010/2011

    (archived course page – posted Sept 2010)

    APSC 479 Engineering Physics Project II

    Projects designed to give students research development and design experience. Projects are provided by research faculty in Science and Engineering and from local industry.

    Credits: 4         Pre-reqs: APSC 459.

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    Guides and Documents

    Document Type Documents Last Updated
    Project Proposal  / Charter 2009 Sept
    Final Recommendation Reports 2011 Jan
    Project Completion Reports 2011 Jan

    Schedule and Lecture Notes

    All sessions are in ChemBio Engineering Room 102, Tuesdays 1-2pm, unless otherwise noted.

    Week# Date Topic Notes
    1 Tues Sept  7 No Class (Imagine UBC Day)

    Each group meets with Project Lab Staff to discuss possible projects and teams.

    2 Tues Sept 14 Lecture #1  (Nakane, Waltham, Zender – Course Introduction)

    Download:   APSC479-2010-lecture 1 »

    3 Tues Sept 21 Guest Lecture – Hadi Dowlatabadi, Adjunct Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; CRC Professor, Sustainable Development Research Institute

    Download:  APSC 479-Engineering for need

    4 Sun Sept 26 Proposals submitted and approved.

    Proposals submitted and approved, 1 week late,   -5%

    Proposals submitted and approved, 2 weeks late -15%

    Tues Sept. 28 Guest Lecture – Iain Verigin – Entrepreneurship and You

    Download:   1-Intro_2010-0.1.pdf

    5 Tues Oct 5 Guest Lecture – Iain Verigin – Fundamental Skills

    Download »  2-Entrepreneurship Skills 2010-0.1

    6 Tues Oct. 12 Presentation Overviews (Nakane, Waltham, Zender)
    7 Tues Oct. 19 In-Class Presentations 1
    8 Tues Oct. 26 In-Class Presentations 2
    9 Tues Nov 2 In-Class Presentations 3
    10 Tues Nov 9 In-Class Presentations 4
    11 Tues Nov. 16 In-Class Presentations 5
    12 Tues Nov. 23 In-Class Presentations 6
    13 Tues Dec 2 In-Class Wrap-Up

    Term 2

    Mon Jan. 10 Submit final reports, logbook, and poster for the Project Fair
    One of Jan 11 – 13th

    Formal Seminar Presentations

    Thurs  Mar. 3 Project Fair


    Jon Nakane – / 604-822-2110 /  Henn 115

    Bernhard Zender – / 604-822-2961 / Henn 115

    Chris Waltham  – / 604-822-5712 / Hennings 260 /

    1.   Marking Scheme

    Project Proposal / Charter 10
    Final Recommendation Report 65
    Mid-term Interview 5
    Final Project Fair Poster 5
    Formal Seminar Presentation 5
    Professionalism (Project Milestones, Weekly Reports, Logbook) 10
    Total 100

    Penalties for late submission of proposals that are approved at later dates:

    Submit by posted due date and gain approval – no penalty
    Submit upto one week after posted date and gain approval – 5% penalty on final mark
    Submit upto two weeks after posted date and gain approval – 15% penalty on final mark.

    2.  Course Websites

    • – The course website contains updated information on course requirements, lab rules and regulations, available lab resources, and guidelines for project proposals and final reports.
    • – Proposals, weekly reports, and other material will be conducted via WebVista.

    3.   Project Selection

    Selecting a project

    • For APSC 479, project selection begins at the first lecture, and  in general will be done on a first come-first serve basis throughout the first week of classes, coordinated through the Project Lab.
    • Please inform the Project Lab before contacting a project sponsor on the posted project lists.
    • If more than one student group is interested in a particular project, the sponsor will select between the different student groups.  In some instances, project work may be expanded to fit two groups.  If you prefer to submit your own project, use the list of available projects as a guide for work which is acceptable for academic credit.

    You are welcome to collaborate with anyone on or off campus (e.g. other engineering departments, industries or government labs) but the Project Lab has final approval for the project topic.   Students interested in pursuing a self-sponsored project must demonstrate that adequate technical expertise and resources are available prior to project approval.

    4.  Group Member Selection

    Students choose to work in teams of two or three.  The Project Lab recommends against students working by themselves on projects; students wishing to work independently in APSC 479 require prior approval from the Project Lab.

    For two students:

    Project Manager: Ensures that the schedule is maintained, that the work is shared equitably, and reports to the supervisor any problems that the group is experiencing.

    Editorial Manager: Makes certain that the final report is complete and submitted on time, divides the work for writing milestone reports and the final report, maintains the logbook and ensures that entries are signed-off

    For three students:

    Project Manager: Ensures that the schedule is maintained, that the work is shared equitably, and reports to the supervisor any problems that the group is experiencing.

    Editorial Manager: Makes certain that the final report is complete and submitted on time, divides the work for writing milestone reports and the final report, maintains the logbook and ensures that entries are signed-off

    Technical Manager: Ensures that all the equipment and resources needed to do the project are available to meet the schedule.

    5.    Project Proposal

    In APSC 479, there is only one round of proposal submissions, with revisions requested if further clarification or work is requested.  As such, there is a very limited time to compile information for the report.

    Follow the “Guide to Project Proposals” listed on the website, with the following notes:

    • Focus on clearly identifying the Project Objectives, and describing as completely as possible what Deliverables will be produced by the end of the project.
    • Aim to identify as many tasks related to the deliverables as possible, but do not attempt to create a full Gantt chart based on these items – your time may be better spent on describing the tasks than for
    • In the Work Plan, aim to end all project work by the start of the exam period and not schedule work time during exams, during the winter break, or in January to perform actual project work.

    6.   Weekly Reports / Milestones

    One weekly report will be submitted per group by the Editorial Manager.  Weekly reports are due each week by Monday, 5pm. Groups may choose to submit at any point over the weekend prior to the deadline.

    Milestones and Weekly Reports will be submitted through UBC Vista.  Milestones can be negotiated and readjusted with the Project Lab during the term, but are generally not accepted for adjustment less than one week before the original milestone date (i.e. no last-minute changes).

    7.  In-class Presentations

    • Used as practice and feedback sessions from instructors and rest of class

    • Extremely short presentations – 7 minutes or less!
    • Each group is told ahead of time they will be presenting…
    •. … BUT only 1 member of the group will be selected at random to present during the 7 minutes!.

    8.  Formal Seminar Session

    Each group will deliver a 12-15 minute presentation during the Formal Seminar Day held in late November which all APSC 479 groups will attend and present.  Project sponsors, other Engphys students are invited to attend the event.

    The class will decide on a time (evening or weekend) to hold the 3 hr event during the first lecture of the term.

    9.  Logbook

    Use of a logbook is required in the Project Lab.   Recommended procedure

    1. Use the logbook provided.  Each group member will be provided a logbook.

    2. The logbook should contain records of all work in chronological order:

    • meetings with the group, sponsor, and faculty supervisor
    • telephone calls
    • items ordered or borrowed
    • weekly objectives (“to-do” list)
    • sketches of components or test systems
    • calculations
    • results of literature search
    • observations
    • questions or unsolved problems
    • recommendations as they occur.

    3. All documents should be attached (stapled or taped) to the pages of the logbook.

    4. Date each entry.

    5. Request your supervisor to sign the log book at each scheduled weekly meeting.

    6. Submit your log book with your final report.

    10.  Recommendation Report and Poster

    Follow the “Guide to Engineering Recommendation Reports” listed on the website.

    11.  Project Fair

    The Project Fair is an annual event that is the showplace for technological projects involving UBC Engineering Physics and local research and industry, as well as for student groups in APSC 479 to present and display their completed projects and posters.