Interdisciplinary Client-based Project (ASCX400)

Interested in doing something different? Looking for a hands-on learning experience? Apply to take our Interdisciplinary Client-based Project course where you will take on a project for a community partner and work with students from other faculties and programs. While addressing a real problem or project, you will hone transferable skills that employers are searching for, such as project management, problem solving, communication, and how to work with clients and stakeholders.

In this course, you could find yourself working for a company, non-profit organization, social enterprise, health and education providers, or local government. Some of the organizations that you could work with include: the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre, the Arctic Youth Network, Beggar’s Banquet Bookstore, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the National Research Council, the 1000 History Museum and the 1000 Islands Writers Festival, and several other companies, non-profit organizations, clubs, camps and, of course, Queen’s University.

Projects will encompass topics based on societal and industry interests (such as social innovation, process improvement, business strategy, environment etc.). Potential projects range from creating apps and audio tours, fundraising campaigns and feasibility studies to creating business, marketing and communications plans as well as engineering, computing, and technology projects.

Last year we had nearly 50 projects for you to choose from. The full list of projects and project descriptions for winter 2022 will be announced during the fall term.

As a member of a multi-disciplinary team supported by experienced professionals who will act as your team mentors, you will act as consultant and/or project manager, taking on the full scope of a project, from ideation to project design and implementation.

Student Testimonial - Henry Lee

You will be assigned to a project team, based on your interests, skills, and client requirements. Teams will include students from different areas of study, such as arts, science, engineering, and more, enabling them to develop innovative and unique solutions across many different sectors.

Before engaging with clients, you will have the opportunity to develop your project management, teamwork, stakeholder engagement and professional communication skills. Next, you’ll learn to identify issues, analyze problems, and develop the project scope, milestones and deliverables. With these skills, you will then execute your projects in your team with the guidance of an experienced mentor.  At the end of the project, teams will present their findings and recommendations to their client and stakeholders via a presentation and business report.

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To apply for the course, please send a copy of your résume, along with a cover letter outlining: why you are interested in taking the course; what skills and experience you could bring to the team; and the types of projects that interest you to asc.el@queensu.ca.

PREREQUSITE Level 4 or above and permission from instructor/department.

The interdisciplinary project experience will be taught under two different course numbers. Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science will enrol in ASCX 400. Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences will take in APSC 401. Students from other faculties can enrol in either one. 

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Stay tuned for the 2022 list of projects and descriptions. Learn more about some of last year’s selected projects below.

Arctic Youth Network

Organization Ecosystem Map

The Arctic Youth Network (AYN) aims to democratize access to opportunities, resources, and contacts that youth need to develop as leaders. The project team will help them to achieve this mission by creating a platform to amplify youth voices, and empower a community of young change-makers in the North.

Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC)

Indigenous Educational Resource

The Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC) plans to develop an educational resource that tells the stories of Acadian culture, local Mi'kmaq communities on whose traditional lands the facility is located, as well as the rich freshwater and marine coastal resources of the area. The project team will carry out research to inform the development of the ASEC educational resource, using existing case studies, an understanding of new technology and traditional customs, and an appreciation on how to blend science and traditional knowledge.

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

Impact of Climate Change on Health Care

Carry out research and formulate an approach that tackles the problem of how to automate the collection of information about the impact that climate change is having on the health care system.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Plant Health Awareness Campaign

Carry out research, analyze results and create project plan for an awareness campaign for Canadians about plant health, the impacts our actions may have on the economy and environment and to adopt practices to reduce these risks.

Communication Plan: Plant Awareness and Risk Prevention

Development of an invasive plant awareness campaign for the CFIA Agency which includes a communication strategy, information about health risks, dissemination of risk prevention practices and advice for future protection.

Stratos Inc.

Social Media Strategy

Working with a sustainability management consultancy, this project requires students to develop a social media strategy. This strategy should help to increase the ‘virtual visibility’ of the firm.

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