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Engineering Industrial Design Business. Assessment of Engineering Reasoning in Student Journals. About Polytechnique. Third-largest teaching and research establishment in Canada and first in Québec. First in Canada for the scope of its engineering research.

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about polytechnique
About Polytechnique

Third-largest teaching and research establishment in Canada and first in Québec.

First in Canada for the scope of its engineering research.

30,000 students graduated since 1873.

1,000 graduates per year.

27% of Quebec trained engineers are Polytechnique graduates.

220 professors.

50% of our graduates work for Small-Medium Enterprises.

Operating budget of $85 million Cdn.

Annual research budget of $60.5 million Cdn.


about our capstone projects
About our capstone projects

Projects done in collaboration with industrial customers

Students from three schools collaborate in a common project team

Polytechnique (engineering)

University def Montréal (industrial design)

HEC Montréal (business, marketing, management)

Large scale multidisciplinary teams (up to 20 students per team)

8 month long projects (6000 to 8000 student hours)


capstone project 2007
Capstone project (2007)

Project 333: Ecology-Economy-Experience

Design: François-Olivier Dagneau, Louis Drouin

Customer: ITAQ, Quest Enterprises


capstone project 2008
Capstone project (2008)

Project AUA: Advanced Urban Bus

Exterior: Marc-André Rémillard

Interior: Maryse Pelletier

Seating: Karine LeBon

Customer: ITAQ, CDCQ


capstone project camaq 2008 aerospace industry consortium for education
Capstone project CAMAQ (2008)Aerospace industry consortium for education

Prototype manufacturing from CAD data


project 1 2009
Project 1 (2009)

Exterior-interior: Étienne Bérubé, Daniel Racine


project 2 2009
Project 2 (2009)

Exterior: Stéphane Carrier

Interior: Paul Ta

Seating: Catherine Lagacé

Driver compartment: Cléo Poirier, Maude Blanchard


journal assessment
Journal assessment



Graphicsand text

Engineering reasoning

Date and week number

Time spent

Page number

External source references

Meeting minutes


journal samples
Journal samples

First year student


journal samples1
Journal samples

Fourth year student

Date of journal entry

Time spent

3D hand drawn dimensioned sketch

Documented question to be adressed

Supporting calculations


journal samples2
Journal samples

Fourth year student

Documented hypothesis

3D sketch and design decisions

Design calculations and criteria check



2- Critical thinking

Personal problem framing and resolution abilities measured not solution quality.

Solution quality measured in the team reports.


3 project information
3- Project information

Personal meeting notes and actions to do present

Individual tasks assigned and clearly identified

Written elements to prove the student worked on his assigned tasks

Demonstration of progress over time towards completion of the tasks

Compilation of all personal hours spent on the project

Entries to the journal are marked with the date they were done on

Empty pages identified as intentionally left blank

No ripped out pages to insure integrity of the content timeline



Students learn to document their personal work and questions on a daily basis in a centralized document (their project journal).

Students share journal content at a moment notice during team meetings.

Students find for themselves the value of documenting personal work when questioned on work done 6 months ago.

Students use teacher feedback to adjust their journal writing.

New recently revealed outcomes

3 year project fosters use of old student journals in team transitions.

Students use older journals to better understand project decisions in support of published milestone reports.

Students voluntarily leave their journals to the team who will continue their work after they have left the project.


future developments
Future developments

Journal tagging methodology testing in preparation of electronic journal format. (Collaboration with the University of Bath)


for information
For information

Clement Fortin

Director of mechanical engineering

École Polytechnique