Official Regulations

These are the official regulations as approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  The seminar courses are MCG5900/MCG9900/MCG5947 and everything is handled through the seminar coordinator.  See the Requirements page.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar Course Course Description and Regulations

Approved by the Department 27 May, 2011

1. Introduction

The requirements for the PhD and MASc degrees in Mechanical Engineering include a seminar course, in which graduate students both attend and give seminars. This is a non-credit course, but must be completed for the degree. The purpose of the course is

  •  to give students the experience of presenting their work before a critical audience, and in the process to develop their oral presentation skills and prepare them for giving presentations at conferences and other professional venues;
  • to contribute to the education of each student by giving them the opportunity to learn about the work being done in other research fields besides their own.

2. Course Description

The seminar course is common to both MASc and PhD students, but for registration purposes there are separate course codes for the two programs, as follows:

MCG5900 Séminaire de Maîtrise / MASc Seminar

Cours composé d’une série de séminaires présentés par des étudiants de deuxième et troisième cycle et des chercheurs en génie mécanique. En plus d’avoir à présenter un séminaire, tous les étudiants doivent assister à au moins dix séances. Noté S/NS. / This course is in the form of seminars presented by graduate students and other researchers in the area of Mechanical Engineering. Students must attend at least 10 seminars and make one presentation in the context of this seminar series. Graded S/NS.

MCG9900 Séminaire de Doctorat / PhD Seminar

Cours composé d’une série de séminaires présentés par des étudiants de deuxième et troisième cycle et des chercheurs en génie mécanique. En plus d’avoir à présenter un séminaire, tous les étudiants doivent assister à au moins quinze séances. Noté S/NS. / This course is in the form of seminars presented by graduate students and other researchers in the area of Mechanical Engineering. Students must attend at least 15 seminars and make one presentation in the context of this seminar series. Graded S/NS.

3. Detailed Requirements and Regulations

(a) The topic will normally be the student’s thesis research. However, a presentation on a related topic, including a critical review of recent literature related to the student’s field of research, may also be acceptable. The topic must be approved in advance by the seminar coordinator and the student’s thesis supervisor. To this end, the student must send the proposed title and an abstract (a brief summary) to the coordinator and the supervisor before the end of the semester preceding the proposed seminar.

(b) The seminar should be roughly 20 minutes in length, followed by time for questions from the audience.

(c) The seminar presentation may be a repeat of a paper already presented or to be presented by the student at a conference. However, presentation of a paper at a conference alone will not be considered to fulfill the requirement to present a seminar, because it does not fulfill the purpose of educating other students.

(d) The presentation will normally be given during the final year of studies for an MASc or during the final two years for a PhD. However, it does not necessarily have to be presented at the very end of thesis research.

(e) Students must be continuously registered in the seminar course until they have fulfilled all its requirements.

(f) The student must complete the seminar requirements before submitting the thesis. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet this deadline.

(g) At the end of each seminar, students present will fill out and submit the attached evaluation and summary form. (Professors may also fill out the form if they wish.) This serves three purposes:

  • to record attendance;
  • to train the student in the art of summing up meetings and presentations concisely;
  • to give feedback to the speaker.

This form must be submitted to claim credit for attending the seminar.

(h) If the seminar coordinator deems that a student’s seminar presentation is unsatisfactory, the student may be asked to repeat the presentation. This decision will be taken by the seminar coordinator after reviewing the evaluation forms and consulting with the thesis supervisor. The coordinator may also consult with other professors who attended the seminar in question in making the decision. The student must give a seminar judged to be satisfactory in order to fulfill the seminar requirement.

(i) Attendance at a conference may be credited towards the seminar attendance requirement at the rate of 1 conference = 2 seminars. To claim this credit, the student must submit a brief report (1 page) on the conference to the seminar coordinator.  The conference attendance must also be confirmed by the student’s supervisor.  A maximum of two conferences (MASc/MEng) or four conferences (PhD) can be claimed towards the seminar attendance requirement.

(j) The seminar series will be run by a professor designated as seminar coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for

  • approving abstracts submitted by students and scheduling the seminars;
  • collecting the evaluation and summary forms, and using them to record attendance;
  • assessing the quality of each seminar from the evaluation forms, and then giving the forms to the speaker as feedback;
  • in the case of a poor seminar, consulting with the thesis supervisor to determine if the seminar should be repeated;
  • determining the completion of requirements for each student from attendance records.
  • liaison with any external speakers

Guidelines for the presentation of seminars are attached as a separate document.

M.Eng. Degree Seminar Regulations

Approved by the Department 14 December, 2012

The requirements for the MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering includes a seminar course, in which graduate students attend seminars. This is a non-credit course, but must be completed for the degree.  The requirement for the MEng degree includes attendance at seminars to the same level as required by the M.A.Sc. degree.  Students must attend at least 10 seminars as part of the MCG and Carleton seminar series.

1. Rationale

The purpose for the course  is that students will

  • have a foundational knowledge in and be able to explain the function of fundamental principles in mechanical and aerospace engineering, including the use of appropriate terminology.
  • communicate (written and oral) scientific ideas, issues, methods and conclusions including to a multidisciplinary audience that may be broad (e.g. people with a  nonscientific background).
  • be exposed to a breadth of knowledge regarding modern techniques and research in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  • be aware of the constraints and obligations of an engineer, including ethics, sustainability, health and safety.
  • demonstrate the ability to engage in life-long learning, including the ability for indepdendent, self-directed learning.

2.Objectives

The objectives of the seminar series is to contribute to the education of each student by giving them the opportunity to learn about the work being doing in different fields of research.

3. Course Description

The seminar course is similar to that of the MASc degree, minus the requirement to present a seminar:

MCG5947 Master of Engineering Seminar

This course is in the form of seminars presented by graduate students and other researchers in the area of Mechanical Engineering. Students must attend at least 10 seminars in the context of this seminar series. Graded S/NS (Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory).

MCG5947 Séminaire De Maîtrise en Ingénierie

Cours composé d’une série de séminaires présentés par des étudiants de deuxième et troisième cycle et des chercheurs en génie mécanique. Tous les étudiants doivent assister à au moins dix séances. Noté S/NS (Satisfaisant/Non Satisfaisant).

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