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Hands-on learning outside the classroom will soon be worth an engineering course credit

May 4, 2017

Starting this fall, McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering will be offering the Experiential Learning Design course to those who participate in a technically focused club or team.

“This new course recognizes the intensive and demanding design-based skills students learn while participating in a club or team,” said Joe McDermid, Acting Associate Dean of Engineering (Academic). “We want to encourage our students to think beyond the classroom and get involved in activities where they learn a variety of skills, ranging from professional development to complex technical skills. Our goal is to reward students for the long hours they commit to these intensive and complex extracurricular projects.”

McMaster Engineering student clubs and teams focus on a range of issues from building hybrid sports cars to robots to bioengineering.

To qualify for the course, students must be active participants on a technically-focused team and seek permission from their team’s faculty supervisor prior to enrolment. This course will be a technical elective used towards an Engineering degree.

This new course is just another example of the Faculty’s commitment to experiential learning,” said Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering. “We are committed to offering unique opportunities to enhance students' learning.”

The three-unit course will run in both the Fall and Winter terms. Students will meet routinely with the course co-ordinator and be required to maintain a Learning Portfolio that documents their contributions towards their Team’s objectives.  Each student will be assessed on their Learning Portfolio at mid-term and end-of-year, with final assessment being in the form of Pass/No-Pass.

Prior to enrolling in the course, please obtain permission from your team’s faculty supervisor by completing this form. Submit the completed form to the Associate Dean’s Office (JHE-A214) prior to registration. This course has a limited enrolment.

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