Bioengineering Research Project



David PoirierDupuis 210david.poirier@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 79114

Chemical Technologist

Kelly SedoreDupuis B24kelly.sedore@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 78384

Course Description

Students will conduct research on a Biochemical/Biomedical/Bioenvironmental Engineering related project. Based on the project objective provided by their faculty supervisor, the students will work independently to develop an experimental and/or modeling methodology, conduct experiments or simulations and generate data. Students will submit interim oral and written progress reports and a final oral presentation and technical report. They will be expected to present and defend their results in a conference/seminar setting. Students enrolling for this course are advised to consult with the faculty member supervisor concerned late in the winter term of their 3rd year of study. (0/0/28/0/56)

Objectives and Outcomes

Specific course learning outcomes include:

CLO1 Identify the knowledge/skills required, evaluate available literature, and design experiments and/or develop methodology to meet the project objective(s) safely and efficiently IN (a), (b), (d)
LL (a), (b), (c)
CLO2 Apply appropriate engineering techniques, tools, and processes to accomplish the task. TOO (a)
TOO (b)
CLO3 Synthesize information from experimentation, investigation, and literature to reach substantiated conclusions. IN (c)
CLO4 Describe nature and possible causes of uncertainty in analysis, interpretation, and measurement TOO (c)
CLO5 Generate a traceable and defensible record of the project using an appropriate project records system. COM (e)
EC (a)
PR (c)
CLO6 Write and revise technical memos and reports to communicate intentions and findings using appropriate conventions and concise, precise, and clear language. COM (a)
COM (c)
CLO7 Demonstrate confidence in formal and informal oral communications with supervisor and colleagues. COM (b)
COM (c)
PR (c)

This course develops the following attributes at the 4th year:

Investigation (IN): (a) Design and conduct investigations to test hypotheses, related to complex problems. (b) Analyze data using appropriate techniques and tools. (c) Synthesize information from investigation, considering sources of uncertainty and limitations to reach substantiated conclusions. (d) Adhere to appropriate workplace safety protocols in all work environments.

Engineering Tools (TOO): (a) Develop, adapt and/or extend appropriate software, equipment, models, and simulations for a range of engineering activities. (b) Apply and manage appropriate techniques, apparatus, databases, models, tools, and/or processes to accomplish a task. (c) Evaluate limitations and errors of instrumentation/measurement techniques/models/ simulations to assess appropriateness of the results

Individual and team work (TW): (a) Complete fair share of work, demonstrate commitment, and meet deadlines. (e) Share ideas and information by eliciting, giving and applying positive and effective feedback.

Communications (CO): (a) Produce clear, concise, precise and well-organized written communication with language appropriate for the audience. (b)  Deliver formal and informal oral presentations with suitable language, content, style, timing and flow, while adapting format, content and tone to audience and purpose. (c) Create figures, maps, tables and drawings to engineering report standards.

Professionalism (PR): (c) Demonstrate professional conduct and integrity.

Economics and Project Management (EC): (a) Effectively plan project, including mitigating risk and managing change, to complete project on-time and on-budget.

Life-long learning (LL): (a) Evaluate and reflect on own knowledge, skills and learning. (b) Independently acquire new knowledge and skills for ongoing personal and professional development. (c) Identify, organize, and critically evaluate information from an appropriate range of sources, to meet learning needs.

Relevance to the Program

This course provides students with an opportunity to work with a Chemical Engineering Faculty Member on a project related to a Professor’s research program. The structure of the course requires students to produce similar deliverables to those expected of a Masters candidate working on a similar project. This course is an excellent fit for someone considering an advanced engineering or science degree.

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. Students are required to spend a minimum of 10 hours/week working on their research projects. Students submit regular progress memos to the Course Instructor and are required to have regular meetings with their Research Supervisor/s.

The research project course involves the following main tasks/events:

  • Mandatory course orientation and safety lectures are given during the 1st week of Fall term.
  • Meeting with Project Supervisor to clarify project objectives.
  • A literature search workshop is held the 2nd week of Fall term.
  • A literature review and project proposal are due mid-October.
  • Interim oral presentations are made in a seminar setting at the end of Fall term.
  • A journal article writing workshop is held the 2nd week of February.
  • A final report in the form of a journal article is due at the end of Winter term.
  • Final oral presentations are made in a seminar setting at the end of Winter term

Information related to CHEE 408 deliverable expectations, evaluation, safety, schedules, etc., can be found on the CHEE 408 website. Complete course information, including submission links for electronically submitted deliverables can be found on the course onQ (D2L) website.


No textbook required

The main information resource for CHEE 408 is the course onQ (D2L) website. Information related to deliverable expectations, evaluation rubrics, safety, schedules, project information, etc. can all be found in content modules on the course onQ website.

Additional course information, for individuals not currently registered in the course, may be accessed on the Instructor's course website.