APSC 401 Interdisciplinary Projects
Multidisciplinary teams of engineering, commerce, law, science, social science, and humanities students, as appropriate, undertake consulting projects with industrial, government, and not-for-profit clients. Typical project types include social innovation, process improvement, business strategy/marketing, environmental, start-ups, blue-sky, or a combination of topics which are selected based on societal and industry interests. This is a winter term course, but students will meet with their teams and client at the end of the fall term. Following a phase of self-directed problem and scope definition, students will execute their projects in groups, guided by experienced professionals. Students will receive formal training in project management, effective teaming, client interaction, and communication in professional environments. Students interact regularly with clients at a technical and management level. The course concludes with a comprehensive report and presentation to the client. Participation in the course is by selection. Students must apply for admission into the course by providing a copy of their resume, unofficial transcript, and a cover letter substantiating their interest in the course. This course is co-taught with instructors teaching the equivalent courses in other Faculties.