Module 1: Problem Analysis and Modeling

Module 1 Coordinator: Dr. Brian Frank

The problem analysis and modeling module (Module 1) is a semester-long integrative experience that uses concepts from engineering sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics courses to solve complex open-ended problems. The module is structured around model-eliciting activities (MEAs)—design problems set in a realistic context that require the learner to document not only the proposed solution to the problem, but also their process for solving it. The situations described in the MEAs require students to create and use a mathematical model of a physical system using MATLAB, as well as deal with professional issues including ethical dilemmas, conflicting information, and incorrect/missing information. Students interview a practicing engineer and complete occupational health and safety training. The module focuses on developing problem solving, critical thinking, and communications skills.

Students attend a weekly 1-hour lecture in which they learn about the various techniques used to solve open-ended problems. There is also one 2-hour studio session every week where the students are taught how to use MATLAB software and apply it to their problem solving process.

Email questions or concerns about Module 1 to the APSC 100 helpline at rogersa@queensu.ca . Course information and online resources are located on the Queen’s D2L website under "APSC-100 Module 1".