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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Selected Topics Courses

Some Selected Topics Courses like MECH 840, 842, 843, 844 provide an opportunity for you to define your own course of study in a specialized area. You can only take one of these courses in your program. Like the project courses, you need to identify a faculty member who is willing to offer the course for you, then submit your registration on an Academic Change Form. The form must be accompanied by a printed page detailing the course content (e.g. a selection of text book chapters and journal papers) and the means of assessment (e.g. a 20 page literature review and/or results of a design process or numerical analysis and/or 10 pages of recommendations for future work, etc.) signed by the student, the instructor, and the MEng Coordinator (or Grad Coordinator for an MASc student).

The best way to initiate a selected topics course is by defining your own area of interest in detail and the deliverables you think would establish that you have mastered the material, then presenting your ideas to an interested faculty member for discussion and refinement. Ultimately it is the faculty member who determines the course requirements, however, you will have a much more positive experience if you take the initiative and do the design work for your course. If you don't take that initiative yourself, you are unlikely to find a faculty member willing to do it for you.