APSC 101 Coordinator: Dr. Brian Frank

The problem analysis and modeling module (APSC 101) is a semester-long integrative experience that uses concepts from engineering sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics courses to solve complex open-ended problems. The course is structured around collaboration and learners must work together in groups of 5-6 to tackle a problem in a realistic context. Each group member focuses on a different subsystem of the integrated prototype, and must be able to mathematically model, design, and communicate their subsystem and design decisions. Learners document not only the proposed solution to the problem, but also their process for solving it. Students familiarize themselves with various technologies such as Arduino microcontrollers and CAD modeling software. The module focuses on developing problem solving, critical thinking, and communications skills. 

Students attend a weekly meeting with their team project manager in order to discuss feedback about their projects. There is also one 2-hour studio session every week where the students work on design exercises and apply it to their problem-solving process as a team. 

Email questions or concerns about APSC 101 to apsc100.m1m3@queensu.ca

Course information and online resources are located on the Queen’s onQ website under “APSC-101”.

Pictured above is the highest scoring team for APSC 101 this year and the robotic arm they designed. Read more here.

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