Technology, Engineering & Management (TEAM)



Ashwin GuptaDupuis Room 303gupta.ashwin@queensu.ca613-533-6000 ext.77931

Course Description

Multidiscipline teams of engineering, commerce, law, and/or science students, as appropriate, act as consultants to industrial and governmental clients. Projects include a phase of self-directed problem definition and project scope definition in the fall term, followed by project execution in the winter term. Typical projects involve evaluation of technical alternatives (with an emphasis on health, safety, and environmental), preparation of detailed recommendations, and both market and financial analysis. Project topics vary widely and are provided by a diverse list of fee paying clients. Teams interact regularly with clients at both a technical and a management level, and are also assigned an industrial project mentor. Students master project management skills, by managing their own budget, travel arrangements etc. The course concludes with a comprehensive report and presentation to the client. The course is managed by the Department of Chemical Engineering. (0/0/42/0/42)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of 3rd level CORE courses.

Objectives and Outcomes

The first objective of this course is the development and application of technical and business analysis skills, which will be realized by carrying out a comprehensive analysis of a problem for an industrial client. The second major objective of the course is the development of interpersonal and team skills, particularly amongst the faculties. A third objective of this course is the development of an understanding of professional practice issues, project planning and management, which will be accomplished through the seminar program.

Specific course learning outcomes (CLOs) are (i.e. the students should be able to):

  1. Develop and apply technical and business analysis skills, which will be realized by carrying out a comprehensive analysis of a problem for an industrial client.
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal and team skills in teams comprising of students with diverse backgrounds.
  3. Understand professional practice issues, and develop skills in project planning and management.

This course assesses the following attributes:

Design (CLO 1-3)
CHEE-DE-3. Develops equipment, process or product design incorporating performance requirements and constraints such as quality, yield, reliability, economics, safety, and standards and codes as appropriate.

Economics and project management (CLO 3)
CHEE-ECO-3. Assesses project progress and outcome using technical, professional, and other relevant measurements. Applies efficient management of time and resources, including staying within project scope.

Individual and team work (CLO 2)
CHEE-TEA-1. Contributes to team goal setting, while respecting others’ roles, participates to all aspects of the group work, and treats other team members equitably.

Communications (CLO 1-3)
CHEE-COM-3. Demonstrates formal oral presentations with appropriate language, style, timing and flow, while adapting format, content and tone appropriate to audience and purpose.

Relevance to the Program

TEAM is a course designed to give graduating commerce, science, law, and applied science students a “real life” experience in the context of a supervised industrial project. Unlike a senior thesis or project course, TEAM matches students from various disciplines and faculties to accomplish a short-term consulting project for an industry partner. TEAM is not a senior design course, nor a research project or term paper, nor a thesis course, and is not intended to teach a specific engineering or business curriculum. The work student groups do will be entirely predicated on the needs of your industry partner, and may or may not involve concepts from previous course work. TEAM will allow students to hone their professional, management and interpersonal skills while demonstrating ability to adapt in a working environment.

Course Structure and Activities

The course includes lectures on project management during the fall term to assist in project definition. Regularly scheduled instructor meetings begin in the winter term.

Fall term:
Students will bid for the projects of their choice. TEAMs will be selected by the instructors, based on the information provided in the bids. Each group will have at least one technical advisor from industry or
faculty. Because many projects require a secrecy agreement, these advisors are assigned to a specific group. The first progress report due per the schedule should include the project plan and the statement of work, letter of confidentiality, intellectual property agreement, and the waiver of liability. Meeting minutes should also be provided.

Winter Term:
Groups will meet with instructors and advisors for 30 minutes each week. A rotating meeting schedule will be established, beginning in January. Except for unusual circumstances, we would expect that each group have weekly meetings with the client contact. Regular updates in the form of weekly status memos will be expected. Progress reports will be expected from each group. Further information is available in the TEAM manual and the reference project management book.


There is a variety of resources available, for example specialized software, such as flowsheet simulators. This software can be accessed in the Chem. Eng. Computing Facility. This term's project may require the use of this software as one of many tools available, however grading of the projects will be on an overall basis. Participants should not feel obliged to emphasize any particular tool. TEAM groups may also be expected to conduct experimental work, in which case appropriate protocols must be followed, as outlined in the course website.

Text And Course Notes:
It is strongly recommended that you purchase the book "Project Management for Dummies" written by Stanley E. Portney, as it will be referred to throughout the course. All other information necessary to all projects can be found on the website and in the TEAM manual. We recommend several reference texts, which are available in the library. A list of these reference materials is provided through the course website. Certain materials may be placed on reserve, if needed.