Capstone courses

Opportunities for City staff to work with senior-level undergraduate and graduate students

Student project courses are designed to give advanced undergraduate or Masters students practical experience and skills they can transfer to their careers. These courses enable students to apply their freshly gained knowledge and innovative mindset to real-world challenges.

As a City practitioner you have the opportunity to mentor enthusiastic future professionals and receive new approaches or solutions for your project. Mentorship usually entails two to four meetings during the term where you share your advice and support with the student(s) as they develop their project. You will also be asked to attend one or more project presentations and evaluation sessions during the course.

Please click on the course title below for more information and to find out how to get in touch with the course instructor to submit a project idea.

Most UCalgary faculties offer other courses that may provide an opportunity for individual students or teams of students to take on stimulating real-world project ideas provided by City of Calgary partners. These include Honours thesis projects, class field work and others. Please contact the Urban Alliance Coordinators for more information.

Student teams are assigned to organizations in Calgary and the surrounding area to solve specific information and technology issues. Teams investigate the issues and present proposed solutions to the organization contact. Teams will execute the approved project plan and present a final report both orally and in writing to the organization contact.

Students can assist with such things as:  strategy, project development and implementation, data analysis, dashboard creation, database management and platform recommendations.

Contact: Sylvia Trosch (Community Based Learning Advisor)

Link of interest: Business students tackle technology issues, from improving driver safety to streamlining databases

  1. Department and faculty

    Haskayne School of Business

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: January-April (Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding September-December

  3. Course documents

    BTMA 455 Community Project Info and Intake Form

    BTMA 455 Project Examples

Student develop skills surrounding software development (project management, scheduling, analysis, design, implementation, testing, etc.) and apply these to an industry project. Students apply their software engineering knowledge in a practical project that is relevant to industry.

Contact: Guenther Ruhe (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    Computer Science; Faculty of Science

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-April (Fall/Winter)

    Project intake: preceding May-August

  3. Course documents

    CPSC 594 Call for Proposals (2020-2021)

Student teams carry out a small community development-related project. The course content focuses on skill development in the areas of project planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as protocols (e.g. ethics) required to conduct research and to carry out a collaborative project.

Contacts: Monica Davidson (Student Advisor), Rowland Apentiik (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    Anthropology & Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: January-April (Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding October-December

  3. Course documents

    Project Application Form (2019/2020)
    Course Information for Partners (2019/2020) 

Students develop data-analysis and problem-solving skills to help power an organization’s digital transformation.
Topic areas relevant to The City might include: Efficiency of Business Units; Forecasting Demand for Services; Digital Automation of Routine Data Tasks; Webscrapping

Contact: Chris Claxton (Program Coordinator), Sam Plaquin (Program Coordinator)

  1. Department and faculty

    Economics, Faculty of Arts

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: January-April (Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding September-December

  3. Links of Interest

    UToday: Analyzing big data – and lots of it – streamlined by new research computing cluster

Team design project applying engineering and project management principles to civil engineering design problems. Students consider the technical, resource allocation and business aspects of their project. They develop project scope, design, specifications, sustainability, scheduling and documentation, including elements of practical team management and leadership. Specific guidance will be provided by academic and industry advisors.

Contact: Neil Duncan (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    Civil Engineering

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-April (Fall/Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

  3. Course documents

    ENCI 570 Information for Potential Industry Advisors

The emphasis is on the design process as it is associated with electrical, computer and software engineering, design methodology, general design principles for engineers, teamwork and project management. Preliminary and detailed engineering design and implementation of an engineering system that applies engineering knowledge to solving a real-life problem.

Contact: Hamidreza Zareipour (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-April (Fall/Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

  3. Course documents

    ENEL 500 A/B Letter to Industry Sponsors

A team-based design course in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier courses while refining their skills in teamwork and project management. Students work towards innovative, solutions to industry-sponsored design projects, and engage in individual critical reflection on their course activities, team performance, and on their growth as an engineering designer within their undergraduate program.

Contact: Roes A. Budiman (Instructor)

  1. Faculty

    Schulich School of Engineering

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-April (Fall/Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

  3. Course documents

    ENGG 501-502 Design Sponsorship Info

The fourth-year capstone design courses bring groups of students together to apply their academic and engineering skills in a single unique project. The design process consists of the stages of conceptual design, design development and verification. Project management, teamwork and communication are emphasized for professional development. Design solutions associated with mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Contact: Simon Li (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-April (Fall/Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

  3. Course documents

    ENME 501/502 Design Sponsorship Info (2020 Summer)

    ENME 501/502 Previous Projects List (2019/2020)

Students will create innovative and strategic solutions. The client and project are real, exposing students to the complexities of creating a project from expressed needs, developing a methodology to appropriately plan and scope the project and carrying out the work to arrive at a product that is agreed upon between the instructors, students and client.

This advanced studio is centred on an existing community need; involves analysis, synthesis, and formulation of a planning or urban design solution; and culminates in a professional report and presentation.

Contacts: Fabian Neuhaus (Instructor), Francisco Alaniz Uribe (Instructor) 

  1. Department and faculty

    School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL)

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: January-April (Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding September-December

  3. Links of interest

    Professional Planning Studio

The Studio includes documentation and analysis of urban form and process, and explores site planning and design of the public realm. Issues of local and regional identity and sustainability inform the approach of the studio. This studio aims to further develop skills in conceptualization and visualization through consideration of contemporary urban design issues.

Contact: Fabian Neuhaus (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL)

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-December (Fall)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

  3. Links of interest

    Design students inspired by Tsuut’ina culture, ancestral practices.

The capstone project demonstrates the ability of the student to integrate and apply the knowledge gained across the courses in the MPP program to a particular policy problem or issue. Topics may include policy issues from a broad range of areas, e.g. social policy and health, energy and environmental policy, fiscal and economic policy, and many others.

Contact: Hamreet Sekhon (Senior Advisor)

Links of Interest: Previous MPP Projects (For projects most relevant to The City we suggest to use the search term “Calgary” in the open search field, and then sort by Relevance).

  1. Department and faculty

    School of Public Policy and Faculty of Graduate Studies

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-September (1 year term)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

  3. Course documents

    MPP Capstone Course Information & Timeline

SEDV 640: Research Design

SEDV 641: Proposal Development

SEDV 642: Research Exploration and Examination

Interdisciplinary student teams complete a research project that integrates and applies the concepts from their individual courses to a practical industry situation. The academic experience in these project courses is enhanced by incorporating site visits and guest speakers to bridge the energy industry and our classroom, providing invaluable real world context and broadening the perspectives of our students.

Topic areas relevant to The City might include (optional): Renewable Energy; GHG emissions; Governance; Policy; Fossil fuels; Environmental Management Systems; Environmental Impact Assessment

Contact: Irene Herremans (Instructor)

Link of interest: Students offer solutions to use fewer hydrocarbons and more renewables.

  1. Department and faculty

    School of Public Policy

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: November-October (1-year term)

    Project intake: Preceding August-October

  3. Course documents

    SEDV 640-642 Capstone Abstracts (2018)

    SEDV 640-642 Info for Potential Supervisors

Students develop applied research projects to engage in experiential learning with partners.

Contact: Sarah Skett (Instructor)

  1. Department and faculty

    School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL)

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: September-December (Fall)

    Project intake: Preceding May-August

The WELL 400 capstone course will bring together interdisciplinary teams of students to create solutions to real mental health and resilience challenges on campus and with partner organizations in the larger Calgary community.

Students will be developing a proposal for implementing a wellness assessment for their partner organization, introducing a wellness intervention and evaluating the success of the intervention for their partner. In doing so, students will be examining topics that relate to stress, burnout, mental health and wellbeing, coping resources and strategies, and wellness interventions.

NOTE: In Year 2 of WELL 400, select proposals may be implemented within partner organizations.

Contacts: Laurel Sherriff (CE Learning Specialist)

Link of interest: UCalgary’s new certificate program first in Canada to teach coping and resiliency skills.

  1. Department and faculty

    Arts

  2. Timeline

    Course duration: January-April (Winter)

    Project intake: Preceding July-December

  3. Course documents

    WELL 400 Team Project Timetable

    WELL 400 Course Information