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Final year students - special information

Final year students have many different things happening - this will provide you with help.


It is not unusual to find many conflicts with electives in the 4th year schedule.  However, course components conflicting with your capstone course (ElecEng 4OI6 or ElecEng 4BI6) are the least problem.  So, when choosing your electives, try the combination of conflicts that includes the capstone course first!

The capstone courses generally have flexible meeting times when the term is underway, as once groups are formed the members find mutually convenient times to work together.  The scheduled timeslots are there to ensure there is a time that can be used if/when needed by the professor to have occassional group meetings and assessments. 

Processing these particular conflicts is slightly different than normal.  Submit your Conflict Request form to the "non"-capstone instructor first.  Once approval is obtained for that course, forward your request form plus the authorization (either signature on the form, or the email that they provided authorizing it) to , or drop it off in the ECE Department office (ITB-A111) for the capstone course authorization.  After it's fully processed you will get an email.

ElecEng 4OI6 / 4BI6: Capstone Course (group project)

Capstone group project course (ElecEng 4OI6 / ElecEng 4BI6):

This is a group project course.  Groups of 2-5 students design and develop a project using the cumulative knowledge they’ve gained throughout their degree.  At the end of the course, in April, you will present your project at the “ECE Expo”.  This event is our department’s biggest event of the year, and by far the biggest event of its kind in the Faculty of Engineering!  Representatives from industry will be there, so it could very well launch your career!  Some industry reps will be judging your project on a set criteria we have for them.  The top 3 projects in each category (Electrical, Computer, and Elec & Biomedical) win prizes!

There will be hundreds of visitors dropping in over the course of the day at ECE Expo, including the media!  Photographs and videos will be taken (by entering the event you consent to be photographed).

Throughout the day you will be doing informal presentations to the visitors who are curious about your project (this will serve as good practice for your formal presentation to the judges!).  The team of judges will spend approximately 20 minutes with your group.  You should prepare a presentation for the Judges which is approximately 5-10 minutes in length.  The Judges will then ask questions.  All group members should have equal time speaking in the presentation. Also, you might want to designate each student to answer particular types of questions from the Judges.

Participation in this event is part of your grade.

Every group will have a space assigned for them, the display of their project and a visual presentation board.  The ECE Department will cover the cost of printing a large format poster for each group.  This visual display is to show the development and workings of your design.  For examples, check out the ones displayed in the main hallway of the ITB Annex (by the ECE Department Office ITB-A111).

The ECE Department will assist groups in obtaining project parts. The IEEE Student Branch (ITB-141) is a great resource for parts and information. Many manufacturers will provide parts to students for free, so make inquiries! 

The ECE Expo is a great opportunity, so keep an eye out for emails from the UG Admin Assistant to help you make the most out of it.

As of 2019-20, FCA Canada has partnered with us, giving our students a very exciting opportunity!  Further information will be provided during capstone classes, but students not yet in final year who are interested in the automobile industry should consider designing a project that would be of interest to FCA Canada!  For more information contact Dr. Berker Bilgin -

Individual Research Course Projects

Individual Research Course Projects

Individual Research Project Courses (4OH4/4OJ4/4OK4) are counted as "ECE Technical Electives".

These 4-unit courses provide an opportunity to do research on an advanced topic under the supervision of a faculty member.  They foster initiative and independent creativity.

Eligible students are those on the Dean’s Honour List, however GPAs close to 9 may be considered.

Only 1 course can be taken / research be done per code.

ElecEng / CompEng 4OJ4 – taken in Fall Term
ElecEng / CompEng 4OK4 – taken in Winter Term

ElecEng / CompEng 4OH4 – taken in Winter, after taking 4OJ4 - this is an "Advanced" course, so you may only enroll in this if you have taken 4OJ4 in Fall - this can be either continuing the research from Fall’s 4OJ4 course, or a new different research project, either with the same professor or a different professor.

Request Procedure:

If you wish to take an individual research project course please submit an ECE Permission request form along with a copy of your Unofficial Transcript to the professor of your choice. The professor will discuss with you the nature of the project and the goals for the course. Once a plan is in place, the professor will complete the request process.

If you are not on the Dean's Honour List, the professor must obtain approval from the Associate Chair of the Department, by way of signature on the Permission form, before authorization can be given.

If you wish to do research under a faculty member in another department, it may be possible.  In this case, discuss the possibility with the potential course supervisor, and come up with a research plan/proposal.  Submit an ECE Permission form with your unofficial transcript to that professor for authorization.  Submit the signed permission form along with the research plan (there's no particular format) to the Associate Chair of the ECE Department (Dr. Shirani -  The Associate Chair will consider the proposal, then we will contact you.

Permission form and process:

Experiential Engineering Design course (Engineer 4EX3)

Experiential Engineering Design course (ENGINEER 4EX3 A/B):

Experiential Engineering Design course (ENGINEER 4EX3 A/B):

This 3-unit course provides an opportunity to receive formal recognition of the design-based experiential learning conducted within the atmosphere of technically-oriented McMaster Engineering Teams.  Students who are active participants in a technically-oriented Team may seek permission to enroll in this course. This course will be used a technical elective as credit towards your degree.

The course runs both the Fall and Winter terms, with students meeting regularly with the course coordinator to provide an update on their progress.  Each student will 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.

If you wish to take the Experiential Engineering Design course please submit a Permission request form along with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the faculty supervisor of the team.  Once his/her permission is granted, take the signed Permission form to the Engineering Student Services office (3rd floor of the Gerald Hatch Centre) for processing. 

Graduating and Convocation

Graduating & Convocation:

If you are not receiving any emails about graduation but expect to be graduating, please contact Sally Williams at

Graduating students will be involved in Kipling as well as Graduation.  All things pertaining to these ceremonies are handled by the Engineering Alumni Office (JHE-A201), including Iron Rings and Class Composite photographs.

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Society (ECES) hosts a Kipling Breakfast, the morning of Kipling (The Calling of An Engineer).  Tickets for this buffet breakfast will be sold at a very nominal price a couple of weeks prior to the day.  ECE graduating students, faculty members and staff participate in this event, as we bid farewell to each other.

A formal Kipling dance will be organized by the McMaster Engineering Society (MES).

Tickets for the Convocation are for guests only (students do not need a ticket).

Convocation information can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website: