Fall 2021 - SEE 894 G100

Special Topics II (3)

Vehicle Powertrain Systems

Class Number: 5864

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

  • Corequisites:

    SEE 896 or SEE 897.



Special Topics in Sustainable Energy Engineering.


The course is focused on understanding current and near-future vehicle motive power and powertrain technologies. The content will include consideration of the choices of fuel/energy source on net life-cycle emissions through well-to-wheel analysis. The factors Influencing vehicle technology development in different jurisdictions and market segments (light duty, commercial, heavy-duty, off-road/marine) will be considered. Vehicle-system level considerations will include energy storage and conversion technologies, with a focus on thermo-chemical energy conversion systems and hybrid-electric powertrains. The course will be project-centered and will involve significant self-directed learning components.  [Note: fuel cell and battery-electric vehicle technologies will be introduced briefly but are not a focus of this course]

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.