• Dr. Rachid Beguenane (Fall)
  • Dr. Mostafa Hefnawi (Winter)
  • Maj John Lloyd
  • Capt Manu Nair

Aim of the course

All ECE 4th year students shall complete a engineering design project. The project is to demonstrate the student’s ability to:

  • assess a problem and define it in engineering terms;
  • apply an applicable engineering process;
  • apply engineering knowledge to conceive possible solutions;
  • evaluate constraints and options to choose an optimum solution for implementation;
  • produce a preliminary and detailed engineering design within the limits of the problem’s constraints;
  • implement, integrate, prototype, and/or simulate the design;
  • measure the performance of the product against the project requirements; and
  • communicate findings at the various stages of the project in written and oral formats.


Deliverable Weight PMO Supervisor Panelist Note
PDC (DID-01) 0% 100%   Pass or Fail, -5% if not submitted
SOR (DID-03) 10% 40% 60%  
PDS (DID-04) 5% 40% 60%  
DR (DID-05) 5%   100%  
DDD (DID-07) 40% 40% 60%  
FPP (DID-08) 20%   100%  
FPD (DID-09) 5%   100%  
Overall 15% 100%    
Total 100%      


The EEE455/457 design project shall incorporate a number of key engineering activities and concepts. Together, these form the criteria by which the academic validity of a candidate project is determined, and by which project deliverables are evaluated. These criteria are:

  1. Analysis and Design - specification of required function, performance, and interfacing and the translation of the requirement into representations of architecture, algorithmic procedure and interface characteristics;
  2. Engineering Process - methods and procedures, which encompass the broad array of tasks involved in project execution and the sequence and products of those tasks;
  3. Implementation - the production and completion of a work product to meet the requirement in accordance with the design, including the necessary verification and validation testing;
  4. Technical Difficulty - the engineering design project shall provide the student with the opportunity to work on a significant problem of greater scope than typical laboratory exercises; and
  5. Communication - effective communication of ideas and results, both orally and in written form. Students will be required to submit, as work products, a number of Data Item Descriptions (DIDs). These data items can be written documents, oral presentations, computer program source/binaries, design schematics, etc. as specified by the appropriate DID.

Project Organization

The organizational framework of EEE455/457 is made up of a Project Management Office (PMO), and a number of project cells (student teams). Each project cell is managed by a specific PMO. Each project cell is composed of two students (three in exceptional cases), and a staff supervisor.

Ordering of Parts

Small common parts, such as resistors and capacitors may already be available from the Department. These can be obtained directly from the Department technical support staff.

It is common to encounter significant delays when ordering special parts. Project cells shall order parts as early as possible. Orders shall be submitted to the PMO, in accordance with DID-02. The order is subject to acceptance by the PMO and supervisor, on criteria of soudness and necessity for the project.

The Parts Order Form, DID-02, shall also be used for the request of computer equipment loaned by the Department.

Once approved by the PMO, order forms will be sent to the department’s technical officer for the processing of the order. A note will be sent to the contact identified on the form when the parts are received.

Orders totaling more than $300 per project shall require approval from the Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

For other expenses such as travel, long distance telephone calls, etc. the group must obtain official authorization from the supervisor, PMO and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head (through the PMO) before any actions are taken. Otherwise such expenses will not be reimbursed. These expenses are also counted as part of the $300 limit.

Work Space

Each team that requires space for project work shall be allocated a workplace. The workspaces will typically be restricted to areas of certain labs. To secure a workplace in a particular lab, project cells must acquire permission from the Technical Staff. Make sure to properly identify the workspace.

Academic Integrity Violations

Academic integrity violations are defined as cheating, plagiarism, or violation of academic ethics. Penalties for such violations may range from a recorded caution to expulsion from the College. Refer to RMC Academic Regulations Section 23 for more details on the violations and sanctions.

Graduate Attributes

The RMC engineering programs are accredited by Engineers Canada. During their studies, graduates must demonstrate certain attributes that are measured by indicators.

For the engineering design project course, students will be assessed for the following indicators:

202-2CO/2EL: Is able to analyze problem, divide it into sub-tasks and plan their execution.

203-2CO/2EL: Is able to collect data and quantitative/qualitative models/theory required for a solution.

205-1CO/1EL: Is able to recognize weaknesses in the technique and critique solution(s).

401-1CO/1EL, 3EL, 5EL: Is able to elicit and interpret the customer’s needs in the context of an open-ended engineering problem.

402-1CO/1EL, 2EL: Is able translate these needs into a set of measurable technical requirements, cognizant of the relevant ethical, social, environmental, economic, legal and regulatory influence.

403-1CO/1EL: Is able to develop a series of conceptual design solutions and compare the relative merits of each with respect to technical requirements.

404-1CO/1EL, 3EL, 5EL, 7EL: Is able to use engineering concepts and tools to support a preferred option and to create a design that best meets the requirements.

405-1CO/1EL: Is able to critique the design with respect to the technical requirements, cognizant of the relevant ethical, social, environmental, economic, legal and regulatory influences.

501-2CO/2EL: Is able to interpret relevant technical literature.

502-2CO/2EL: Can use appropriate tools for design, implementation, testing and validation.

503-2CO/2EL: Can use and interpret the results of measurement tools while remaining cognizant of the associated limitations.

601-3CO/3EL: Is able carry-out assigned tasks and allow the team to achieve its objective.

701-4CO/4EL i to iv: Is able to use correct grammar and punctuation to organize ideas and formulate logical and persuasive arguments.

702-3CO/3EL i to v: Is able to present ideas orally in a logical and persuasive argument.

703-1CO/1EL i and ii: Is able to select and correctly present technical support documents.

901-3CO/3EL i to v: Is able to analyze the social and environmental impacts of engineering activities.

1002-3CO/3EL: Is able integrate professional ethics and accountability into decisions involving engineering problems.

1101-2CO/2EL: Is able to evaluate engineering decisions using concepts such as the time value of money, cash flow and depreciation.

1102-2CO/2EL: Is able to explain and demonstrate the role of project and risk management in the practice of engineering.

1201-1CO/1EN: Ability to identify and apply concepts not taught in the curriculum.