ETD555 - Engineering Technology and Design

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Subject Title
Engineering Technology and Design

Subject Description

This course builds on the foundations established in COM455 and ECP455 to provide preparation for the final capstone technology project in TPJ655, delivering competencies in both technology and Project Management (PM). In PM, students are introduced to proven techniques that help realize successful projects in technology. Technological design skills include principles of interfacing between controllers and loads with both analog and digital signals, signal conditioning and level shifting, and isolation. Electronic Design Automation (EDA) practice includes schematic capture, SPICE simulation and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design & fabrication. Students are encouraged to develop critical and analytical thinking, creativity and teamwork skills through exercises and a major lab project that serves as a vehicle to apply both PM and design principles.  Support is also given to exploring project ideas for TPJ655 critically in terms of alignment with strategic objectives and accommodating constraints.


Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronics Engineering Technology & Computer Engineering Technology Programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.    Critically analyze circuit designs and evaluate them according to specified performance criteria.

2.    Select and design technology solutions based on critical needs analysis.

3.    Design, analyze and troubleshoot programs to Input and output between computers and external analog & digital devices.

4.    Apply Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools to realize technology solutions.

5.    Make group presentations and prepare reports and summaries.

6.    Work in teams and apply project management techniques to effectively analyze problems and develop technology solutions.

7.    Design, manufacture and assemble a complete circuit solution to meet specified performance criteria


Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.