Spring 2023 - MSE 410 D100

Capstone Design Technical Project I (3)

Class Number: 1010

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of at least 24 units from the upper division list of MSE curriculum courses and completion of two co-op terms (MSE 293 or MSE 294 and MSE 393 or MSE 394). Must not be taken concurrently with MSE 493 or MSE 494.



Students will combine their technical and mechatronic design knowledge to conceive, and design a product. A comprehensive report is required at the end of the term. Students with credit for ENSC 405W or SEE 410W may not take this course for further credit.


Electronic Communication:
Capstone Website https://www.sfu.ca/mechatronics/current-students/undergraduate-students/capstone-projects/available-projects.html

Welcome to MSE 410 (MSE Capstone Projects, 1&2).  Together these courses provide you with an opportunity to integrate the technical, project management, communication, and people skills that you have learned over the past four years. Working in groups of 4-5 people, you will be responsible for proposing, conceptualizing, designing, building, and demonstrating an engineering project of some significance. Topics covered include the following: creative thinking, group dynamics, collaborative writing, group oral presentations, project documentation, engineering design processes, engineering standards, and entrepreneurship. By the end of the courses, you will have mastered the design process and the documentation and group work that enables that process. 

The Capstone Project Course is the key requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).


Objectives and Outcomes

The course objective is for students to demonstrate their capacity to apply engineering principles to design a novel system, solution, or software. Participation in this course will help in developing the following attributes required for graduating as an engineer.

  1. Knowledge Base
  2. Problem Analysis
  3. Investigation
  4. Design
  5. Use of Engineering Tools
  6. Individual and Team Work
  7. Communication Skills
  8. Professionalism
  9. Impact of Engineering on Society
  10. Ethics and Equity
  11. Economics and Project Management
  12. Life-long learning

Several indicators are used to measure student competency in the course outcomes. A complete list of indicators is available on the course website.


  • See "Evaluation" 100%


Financial Support


  1.  Each team shall receive up to a maximum of $50 for poster printing cost by way of reimbursement.
  2.  For self-funded teams,  the School will grant up to $500 by way of reimbursement (amount may vary depending on the funding allocation and on the number of claims).  
  3. Self-funded teams register using the  Registration Form:  Self-funded Capstone Team form on or before January 31st (Spring term)  or  by September 30th (Fall term) in order to be counted.
Claim process:
  • Submit one claim only per team using Coursys submission portal  between April 1 and April 15 (Fall-Spring capstone) or between August 1 and August 15(Spring-Summer capstone).
  • The completed claim form (signed/initialed by your project supervisor) and supporting documents (receipts or e-receipts with proof of payment) should be combined in one PDF file.
- Groups participating in the entrepreneurship program may be eligible for additional funding through the entrepreneurship@sfu program (Contact Dr. Amr Marzouk).

- The company must fund Industry-sponsored projects. Be sure you have an agreement in place and understand the reimbursement rules before making any project-related purchases. Same for faculty-sponsored projects.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times, including interactions with professors, teaching assistants, and fellow students. Students are responsible for their performance in the course and should approach the professor and teaching assistants for help if they are having trouble with the material. Refer to the SFU Calendar for course withdrawal, academic dishonesty, and other related regulations.

Student Accommodations

Students who require accommodations should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. The instructor and teaching assistants will do their best to support your accommodations. If you need more information about student accommodations, please visit the Centre for Students with Disabilities website http://students.sfu.ca/disabilityaccess.html.

Intellectual Property Statement

In keeping with the Capstone curriculum’s entrepreneurial spirit, students are encouraged to pursue projects having commercialization potential and are discouraged from entering non-competition and non-disclosure agreements with participating companies without consultation with the instructors. Project results are generally made publicly available through student presentations and final documentation. The University’s Intellectual Property Policy will govern intellectual property ownership, R 30.03, including, but not limited to situations where:

  1.  a participating company provides a general concept for the Capstone group to use as a starting point or guidance in the project;
  2. a participating company offers a specific project that will incorporate the company’s proprietary information;
  3. a participating company provides funding to support the Capstone group’s project;
  4. the pre-existing intellectual property of either the student or faculty advisor will be the subject of the student’s project.

Capstone group members shall be considered co-creators and, as per the University’s Intellectual Property Policy, R 30.03, 6.5, if Commercialization is anticipated and there is more than one Creator, a written agreement among the Creators should be concluded as early as possible and before negotiations for Commercialization are commenced with third parties.


Course Operation


There will be seven weekly lectures. Lectures will be delivered via zoom and recorded for your reference. In addition, I am planning for three guest lectures.


There is no lab for this course.

SRYC 3340 has been designated as the Capstone room for the students who need to use the storage or workstation facilities. The process includes signing up using the lab schedule posted online and managed by the TA (two-hour time slots). Only one student per group would be allowed to use the room, and the rest could participate online to exchange ideas.

Outline of the Course Safety Plan

We will adhere to the safety plan developed by MSE regarding space, disinfecting, and PPE.

The students will be required to be familiar with the safety and disinfection protocols as per SFU COVID-19 and FAS COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures for all surfaces.



Students are expected to meet with their project technical supervisor once per week during the semester.

In addition, regular meetings will be scheduled with the Course Instructor, Dr. Golnaraghi. The scheduled times are: TBA

The TAs will schedule these meetings


Deliverables / Assignments


Week / Date Due

Project Proposal


January 28

Functional Specs


February 18

Design Specs


March 11

Presentation / demo


The Week of April 4

Final Comprehensive Report Proof of Concept Prototype


Project Journal (individual project notebooks to be dropped off at the MSE Office)


April 11



Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html