Project-Based Approach in a First-Year Engineering Course to Promote Project Management and Sustainability




First-year engineering education, project-based learning, sustainability, project management


To safeguard the environment and satisfy the energy needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same, sustainable energy development is urgently needed. This complex task is riddled with social, political, scientific, technical, and environmental challenges. Education is essential if we are to meet the energy demands of the world in the most sustainable manner available to us. Langara College offers a first-year engineering course that is meant to introduce students to engineering design and case studies, in addition to providing a brief glance on the history, ethics, and the different disciplines of engineering (APSC 1010). Using a project-based learning approach that promotes teamwork and research, this course uses a variety of instructional methods including lectures, class discussions, and guest appearances by experts in their fields. Introductions to technical concepts, such as soldering, 3D printing, and microcontroller, are also addressed in this course. This paper demonstrates how this, or similar courses, are optimized to raise awareness of the sustainability issues this planet is facing. Learning outcomes are evaluated using an anonymous student survey which demonstrates how the students’ project-management and presentation skills have improved.

Author Biography

Pooya Taheri, Simon Fraser University

Sessional Instructor, Applied Science Department, Langara College PhD Student, Mechatronics Systems Engineering Department, SFU




How to Cite

Taheri, P. (2018). Project-Based Approach in a First-Year Engineering Course to Promote Project Management and Sustainability. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 8(3), pp. 104–119.