Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2006/2007)
6.7 Term 7 Courses


Engineering Work Term 6 (Fall Semester)

is the final Work Term during which students should be expected to be entrusted with the supervision of others and of certain aspects of engineering projects, as required by the employer. In so doing the student should exercise and demonstrate the many professionally related qualities expected of a graduate engineer about to embark on a professional career.

The communications component for Work Term 6 will take the form of a feasibility study, an operations manual, a project report or other technical report. The student may use a format or structure conforming to the employer's practice. In such cases the student should provide documentary material on the standards for this form of report. The report should be submitted or postmarked no later than the last official day of the work term as shown in the University Calendar.


Ship Structural Analysis and Design

is a review of longitudinal strength. Principal stress distributions and stress trajectories. Local strength analysis. Panels under lateral load. Columns and stanchions. Panels in buckling under uniform edge compression loading and panels under shear and combination loading. Rational midship section design synthesis based on stress and loading hierarchy. Primary, secondary and tertiary stresses as criteria of strength in ship structural design, including grillage aspects.


Floating Ocean Structure Design

is the analysis of forces on ocean structures and structural characteristics of circular steel shell hulls. Topics include wave loading theory; wind loading; stability and trim; pressure vessel design theory and codes; combined bending and pressure loads; consideration given to various vessels including floating platforms, articulated columns and buoys.


Marine Hydrodynamics

examines the fundamental equations of hydrodynamics, boundary layers; potential flow, added mass, damping, circulation, and vorticity; numerical methods for hydrodynamic coefficients; water waves and loading for regular and irregular seas.


Ocean Systems Design

examines the preliminary design methods for the design of marine platforms and vehicles from mission statement to the selection of one or more acceptable solutions. Weight and cost estimating, power requirements estimating, and selection of principal design characteristics. Economic and operational evaluation of alternative solutions. Relevant design laboratory projects.


Geosciences Applied in Offshore Engineering

is an introductory course related to the effect of marine sedimentary environments on engineering applications. The course introduces basic concepts in geology and geophysics of the offshore environment. Sediments are studied with special reference to seismic and acoustic methods to remotely determine their mechanical properties. Specific geological hazards (earthquakes, tsunami, turbidity currents, shallow gas, gas hydrates) are assessed in terms of the sediment location and mechanical strength. Examples are drawn from case histories on the Newfoundland Shelf and Slope.

Instructional hours per week: 3 lecture hours.


Subsea Engineering

- inactive course.


Ocean Ice Engineering

- inactive course.


Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

examines data acquisition and intelligent field devices; distributed systems and field bus technology; programmable logic controllers and programming standards; operator control interface; supervisory control and data acquisition; enterprise organization. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Design of Steel Structures

examines limit states design concepts. Material strength and cross-section properties. Structural steel material standards and products. Design of tension members, axially loaded compression members, and the effective length concept. Design of beams and beam-columns. Design of welded and bolted connections. Example of simple steel building design, illustrating typical roof and wall systems, and interior and exterior columns. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Structural Analysis II

examines matrix stiffness method for structures: trusses, beams and frames. Degrees of freedom, statics/deformation matrices, element/structural local/global stiffness matrices, load vector, assembly/solution of the matrix equations. Matrix force method. Finite element method for truss, beam and plane stress/ strain problems: Nodal/generalized displacements, displacement functions, strain-displacement and stress-strain matrices. Force- displacement matrix, transformation/assembly/solution of matrix equations. Use of a personal computer matrix/finite-element method software for solving truss, frame and plane stress/strain problems. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Hydrology and Water Resources

examines precipitation, snowmelt, infiltration, runoff and streamflow; statistical treatment of hydrologic data; hydrograph analysis and synthesis; evaporation, groundwater; structure design floods; reservoir storage and flood routing; urban run-off and drainage. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Hydrotechnical Engineering

examines the theory and application of steady gradually-varied flow in artificial and natural open channels together with an introduction to appropriate software; erosion protection and mobile-boundary hydraulics; problems with ice in rivers. The design of spillways, energy dissipaters, and culverts; physical scale models. Introduction to waterhammer and surge tanks. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Environmental Geotechniques

examines the basic soil mineralogy; soil water interaction; typical wastes and contaminants; soil contaminant interaction; introduction to advection, adsorption, and diffusion; basic contaminant transport modeling for solutes and NAPL; site investigation and sampling; containment structures and liners; design and monitoring of landfills; relevant field work and laboratories.


Geotechnical Engineering III

examines the subsurface exploration and site characterization; offshore geotechnical engineering; embankment dams; deep foundations; behaviour of soil materials under static and dynamic loads; numerical methods in geotechnical engineering; practical application of geotechnical engineering principles to foundation and earth structure design and construction.


Highway Engineering

examines the design and construction of highways including driver, vehicle and road characteristics; highway location and geometric design; soil classification; subgrade and base materials; highway drainage; flexible and rigid pavement; highway economics. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Project Planning and Control

is an introduction to types of contracts, project delivery approaches, and prevailing contractual relationships; basic project management techniques for network planning and scheduling (CPM and PERT); principles of resource productivity databases, preliminary estimating, and detailed bid preparation; quantitative approaches for effective control of time, cost, resource, quality, and value of constructed facilities; use of computer software for scheduling, estimating, and control.


Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Project I (1 cr. hr.)

is a course during which each student is required to work independently on the development of the specification and design for a project of Electrical and Computer / Computer Engineering pertinence. Projects will normally be open-ended and involve design of hardware and / or software components. Lectures will be scheduled as required.



examines the fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation; antennas and antenna impedance; dipole antennas; antenna arrays; long wire antennas; aperture-type antennas; receiving antennas.


Electromagnetics for Communications II

is a review of electromagnetic wave propagation in transmission lines; Smith's chart and impedance matching; wave propagation in twisted pair wires, coaxial cables, striplines, rectangular waveguides, circular waveguides and optical waveguides; radiation and antennas.


Electromagnetics for Communications

examines Vector calculus; Green, Stokes and Gauss' theorems; Maxwell's differential and integral equations; steady-state and time-varying aspects of Maxwell's equations; uniform plane wave propagation in various media; applications of electromagnetics in communications.


Discrete-Time Systems and Signals

examines Sampling Theory; elementary discrete-time signals; discrete-time linear and time-invariant systems; the convolution sum; linear constant-coefficient difference equations; the discrete-time Fourier series; the discrete-time Fourier transform; frequency response; frequency mapping from continuous-time to discrete-time; the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT); the z-transform and transfer functions; introduction to digital filter design techniques; digital signal processing applications. Relevant software lab exercises will be included.


Power System Analysis

is an introduction to electric power systems; per unit quantities; transmission line parameters; modelling of power system components; single line diagrams; network equations formulation; bus impedance and admittance matrices; load flow analysis and control; design of reactive power compensation for power system performance enhancement; tap changing, auto and control transformers for power system application; symmetrical components; fault studies. Relevant laboratory exercises and computer-aided analysis and design.


Power Electronics

covers an overview of power semiconductor switches; introduction to energy conversion and control techniques; uncontrolled rectifiers; phase-controlled converters; switch-mode dc/dc converters; variable frequency dc/ac inverters; ac/ac converters; design of thyristor commutation circuits, gate and base drive circuits, and snubber circuits; thermal models and heatsink design. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Communications Electronics

covers an introduction to communications systems components; review of linear amplifies; linear amplifier design and characteristics using s-parameters; power amplifiers; mixers; oscillators; modulator/demodulator circuits and subsystems; integration of subsystems into analog and digital communication systems. Relevant laboratory exercises and computer-aided analysis and design.


Industrial Controls and Instrumentation

examines control and instrumentation system components; control devices and transducers; instrumentation and signal processing circuits; analog/digital interface circuitry and data acquisition systems; noise, grounding and shielding; analog and digital controllers; programmable logic controllers and microcontrollers; design of closed-loop control systems; applications in process and robot control; design and implementation of PC-based virtual instrumentation; design, implementation, and testing of process control subsystems. Relevant laboratory exercises and projects.


Operating Systems and File Organization

examines the history, evolution, and philosophy of operating systems; process scheduling, synchronization and management; memory and device management; file systems and database systems; security and protection; communications and networking; distributed and real-time systems.


Software Engineering

examines the process of software development; issues related to large-scale software projects; the goals of software engineering; life cycles; documentation; software project management; software specification and development from feasibility to maintenance; safety critical systems; tools; standards. This course includes a team project.


Heat Transfer II

examines numerical heat transfer. Fundamentals of convection heat transfer: thermal boundary layer; heat transfer coefficients; heat transfer in turbulent boundary layers. Empirical correlations for forced and natural convection heat transfer. Introduction to phase change heat transfer. Design of heat transfer devices and processes. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Mechanical Equipment

examines performance characteristics of mechanical equipment: fluid power devices; heat transfer devices; mechanical drives. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Finite Element Analysis

examines the basis of the finite element method. Continuum mechanics applications: beam problems; fluid mechanics problems; heat transfer problems. Relevant computer laboratory exercises.


Mechanical Project I

is the first of two capstone design courses in the Mechanical Discipline. In this course mechanical students are organized into small groups or teams which must complete a common design challenge. The project is presented as an open ended problem statement with specific performance objectives. The system must be designed, prototyped and tested during the course of the term. Each team acts as a small consulting firm and is required to document its project planning as well as its design.


Production and Operations Management

examines the overview of production and operations management; plant layout and process planning; process flow analysis and simulation; capacity planning and scheduling; inventory and resource management; manufacturing accounting principles; process costing; activity based costing. Relevant computer laboratory exercises.


Robotics and Automation

examines industrial robot arms: direct and inverse kinematics, kinetics, singular configurations, dynamics formulations, motion and load control, trajectory planning; setup and programming of automation equipment; introduction to machine vision: hardware and software; industrial applications. Relevant laboratory exercises.


Machine Dynamics

is dynamics formulations, dynamics simulations, loads on mechanisms, engine dynamics, balancing, cam dynamics, and relevant laboratory exercises.


Computer Aided Engineering

examines advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD): parametric construction and assembly modelling, computer animation, finite element modelling applications; Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine code generation; Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM) and reverse engineering for rapid prototyping applications; data exchange and data management. Relevant laboratory exercises.