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    ENPH 479 – 2011/12

    Archived webpage for 2011/12 year – see current course webpage for this year’s info.

    Course Information


    ENPH 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: ENPH 459.
    Jon Nakane – / 604-822-2110 /  Henn 115

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

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



    Guides and Documents


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


    Schedule and Lecture Notes

    All sessions are in Irving Barber Learning Centre Room 182 (same as Project Fair) , Tuesdays 1-2pm, unless otherwise noted.

    Week# Date Topic Notes
    1 Tues Sept  6 No Class (Imagine UBC Day) 

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

    2 Tues Sept 13 Lecture #1  (Nakane, Waltham, Zender – Course Introduction) 

    Download:   ENPH 479 – Lecture1

    Lecture added 2011 Sept 30
    3 Tues Sept 20 Lecture #2 (Waltham/ Zender) 


    4 Sun Sept 25 Proposals submitted and approved. 

    • Proposals submitted and approved, 1 week late,   -5%
    • Proposals submitted and approved, 2 weeks late -15%


    Tues Sept. 27 Guest Lecture – Iain Verigin – Entrepreneurship and You 

    Download:   Iain Verigin – Entrepreneurship and You (2011 Sept 27)

    5 Tues Oct 4 Guest Lecture – Iain Verigin – Fundamental Skills 

    Download:  Iain Verigin – Fundamental Skills (2011 Oct 4)

    Tues Oct. 11 Presentation Overviews (Nakane, Waltham, Zender)
    7 Tues Oct. 18 In-Class Presentations 1
    8 Tues Oct. 25 In-Class Presentations 2       /   In-Person Interviews
    9 Tues Nov 1 In-Class Presentations 3      /  In-Person Interviews
    10 Tues Nov 8 In-Class Presentations 4     /  In-Person Interviews
    11 Tues Nov. 15 In-Class Presentations 5  / In-Person Interviews
    12 Tues Nov. 22 In-Class Presentations 6
    13 Tues Dec 1 In-Class Wrap-Up


    Term 2

    Wed Jan 4 First day of classes


    Mon Jan. 9 Submit final reports, logbook, and poster for the Project Fair
    One of Jan 10 – 12th 

    Formal Seminar Presentations


    Thurs  Mar. 8 Project Fair



    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 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 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 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 Session at which 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 479 to present and display their completed projects and posters.




    End of  Course Requirements

    1.  Final Report Submission

    For submission by posted due date (start of 2nd week of classes, 2nd term):


    1. Final Report and Supporting Information
      1. Submit all Final Reports to WebVista.
      2. Use the online guide to final reports:    ProjectLab – GuideToFinalReports »
      3. Include any supporting material you have (additional software, data files, etc) that should be archived as well in a .rar or .zip file uploaded to the site.  Larger files to be archived can be delivered to the Project Lab in person, but please do submit the actual final reports and posters must be submitted by WebVista.
    2. Project Fair Poster
      1. 1 title page, banner-format (use 8.5″ x 24″)
      2. 7 or 8 content pages (standard 8.5 x 11 format).  NO MORE!
      3. prefer PowerPoint or another file format that can still be edited if necessary.
      4. your poster will be mounted on one of 4 primary colours (red, blue, yellow, green)
      5. try to minimize background colours, we only have so much laser toner.
      6. see posters from previous years in the Project Lab for ideas on appropriate layouts.
    3. Logbooks
      1. Please drop off your logbooks in the Project Lab.


    2.  Project Completion Report

    This is meant as a way to provide final closure to your project – where equipment is to be transferred, what items will be held by the team, and what responsibilities are to be done by the group after the project conclusion.


    Use the online guide to Project Completion Reports:   ProjectLab – GuideToProjectCompletionReport (PDF) »,   (MS Word) »


    Although this document is not marked, you must complete a Project Completion Report and return to the Project Lab prior to your final mark being released in late Feb / early March.  Failure to do so will likely result in your mark for the course being withheld.



    3.  Cleanup

    The APSC459 students start very soon –  clean up your areas in the Project Lab, and return your empty storage bins to the lab.  APSC 459 students will be moving into the lab ASAP.  Please notify the lab if you cannot get your project transfer and cleanup fully completed by the START OF THE 3RD WEEK OF CLASSES IN JAN.


    Your material may be placed in storage if you do not notify us in advance of your plan.