Master of Science in Engineering
(MSc Eng) Degree

The Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University offers two interdisciplinary graduate programs at the MSc level: in Control Engineering and in Environmental Engineering.


MSC ENG IN CONTROL ENGINEERING

The MSc level in Control Engineering trains graduates from Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in a joint fashion to promote the effective practice of control systems technology. The program emphasizes through course and thesis work, the application of control principles and theory to industrial problems.

Enrolment may be full-time or part-time. Part-time study is facilitated by the scheduling of course lectures and laboratories in the evening. By mutual agreement, thesis work may be done in co-operation with a student's employer.

MSC ENG IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

The MSc in Environmental Engineering provides a common curriculum to train graduates from Engineering and related Natural Sciences in providing effective solutions to environmental challenges faced by industries and communities. This unique interdisciplinary program brings together faculty members from the disciplines of Chemical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Forestry and Geology to enable students carry out multidisciplinary course and thesis work. This approach helps students achieve an integrated understanding of the multifaceted components of environmental issues.

Enrolment may be full-time or part-time. Part-time study is facilitated by the scheduling of course lectures and laboratories in the evening. By mutual agreement, thesis work may be done in co-operation with a student's employer.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates are accepted under the general University regulations governing the graduate degrees (see pages 267-269) provided that the requirements of the Faculty of Engineering are also satisfied.

Normal admission to the Master's program in Control Engineering requires a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (four year program), with at least 70% average, or equivalent.

To be considered for admission to the MScEng program in Environmental Engineering, the candidate must normally hold a four-year degree in the disciplines of Engineering or Natural Science (including, but not restricted to, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics), with at least 70% average, or equivalent.

A make-up period of study, as recommended by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee, may be required where the student is deficient in background undergraduate level courses. Proficiency in the English language is required. Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily lead to automatic admission, but depends on the availability of places in the program and on an assessment by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee of the applicant's aptitude for graduate studies and research.

Application deadline is February 1. Late applications will be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to the Graduate Studies Regulations outlined on pages 267-269 of this calendar, Engineering students are also bound by the regulations listed below.

Advanced Standing Credit

Credit for up to two graduate level half-courses may be given to candidates transferring from other universities. In exceptional circumstances the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee may allow transfer of credit for up to three half-courses.

Letter of Agreement

When any portion of a part-time student's thesis work is to be carried out at his/her employer's premises, a letter of agreement must be submitted by the student from his/her employer to his/her supervisory committee prior to registering the thesis topic with the Office of Graduate and International Studies. The letter must clearly indicate the scope and limits of the permission granted by the student's employer to carry out the work at the employer's premises. It must also give details of time slots that the employer may provide the student to carry out his/her thesis work at the employer's premises as well as address the issue of liability insurance.

Course Substitution

One of the four half-courses of the program can be a senior undergraduate elective course, providing it has not been taken before and providing it is approved by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee.

Period of Study (Time Limits)

As an exception to the Graduate Studies regulation regarding Period of Study, on page 268, all MSc Eng candidates (whether registered full-time or part-time) must complete their degree requirements within three years from the date of initial registration in the program. In exceptional circumstances, extensions of time limits may be granted on the supervisor's recommendation, and subject to the approval of the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee as well as the Senate Graduate Studies Committee. Extensions will not exceed one year and will only be considered for student whose progress has otherwise been fully satisfactory.

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing

All graduate students must obtain a minimum mark of 70% (B) in each half-course. A score of less than 70% will constitute a failure. A failed half-course may be repeated or replaced by another course specified by the supervisor only once. No graduate student will be allowed to repeat more than one full course equivalent. Any student with more than one failure on his/her record must withdraw from the program.

Thesis Supervision and Examination

The thesis for the MSc Eng must show that the student is able to work in a scholarly manner. It should show that he/she is familiar with the published work on the subject of the thesis. It must represent an original contribution to the field, or critical analysis of an existing work on a specified problem within the scope of the subject of specialization.

The student will be guided by a thesis supervisor and a supervisory committee to be established by the end of the first term after enrolment. A research thesis topic should be submitted to the student's thesis supervisor and the Office of Graduate and International Studies by the end of the second term of studies. When completed the thesis will be examined under university regulations (see Graduate Studies Regulations, page 268).

 

PROGRAMS

 

Note:
All students entering the Engineering graduate programs in September 2005 will follow the new course numbering; all students entering prior to September 2005 and continuing in the master's programs will follow the old course numbering (in brackets).

MSC ENG IN CONTROL ENGINEERING

The requirements for the MSc Eng in Control Engineering degree are:
(a) four half-courses chosen from core courses in Control Engineering, listed below
(b) one half-course graduate seminar, Engineering 5711 (6711)
(c) the thesis, Engineering 5901 (6901) (carries 2.5 FCE credit weight)

Control Engineering Core Courses

Engineering 5111 (6111) - Control Engineering Concepts
Engineering 5211 (6211) - Linear Control Theory
Engineering 5311 (6311) - Process Control
Engineering 5411 (6411) - Intelligent Control
Engineering 5511 (6511) - Adaptive Control
Engineering 5611 (6611) - Topics in Control Applications

 

MSC ENG IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

The requirements for the MSc Eng in Environmental Engineering are:
(a) four (4) half-courses, of which three must be chosen from core courses in Environmental Engineering, listed below
(b) the graduate seminar, Engineering 5811 (6811)
(c) the graduate thesis, Engineering 5901 (6901) (carries 2.5 FCE credit weight)

Environmental Engineering Core Courses

Engineering 5151 (6151) - Geoenvironmental Engineering
Engineering 5251 (6251) - Environmental Chemistry
Engineering 5351 (6351) - Experimental Design and Analysis for Environmental Engineers
Engineering 5451 (6451) - Physiochemical Treatment Processes
Engineering 5551 (6551) - Biological Treatment Processes

 

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for the Master's program.

(Information about Course Numbering System)


ENGINEERING COURSE RENUMBERING
Students entering the graduate programs in September 2005 will follow the program requirements using the new course numbers. Students entering prior to September 2005 and continuing in their programs will follow the program requirements using the old course numbers.

New

Old

Engineering Course Title

5111

6111
Control Engineering Concepts

5151

6151
Geoenvironmental Engineering

5211

6211
Linear Control Theory

5251

6251
Environmental Chemistry

5311

6311
Process Control

5351

6351
Experimental Design and Analysis for Environmental Engineers

5411

6411
Intelligent Control

5451

6451
Physiochemical Treatment Processes

5511

6511
Adaptive Control

5551

6551
Biological Treatment Processes

5611

6611
Topics in Control Applications

5651

6651
Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering

5711

6711
Seminar Control Engineering

5811

6811
Seminar Environmental Engineering

5901

6901
Master's Thesis

Engineering 5111 (6111)
Control Engineering Concepts
3-0; or 3-0
Introductory digital control, z-transforms, random variables and stochastic processes, filtering, Kalman filtering, harmonic analysis.

Engineering 5151 (6151)
Geoenvironmental Engineering
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Engineering 4050, or permission of the instructor
Sources of waste and soil and groundwater contamination, Geoenvironmental Site Characterization:  objectives of geoenvironmental site characterizations and approaches, technologies and methodologies including geophysical methods, drilling technologies, in situ testing, field screening techniques, soil and groundwater sampling and testing, Groundwater Monitoring: monitoring well design and construction, field hydraulic conductivity tests, strategies of groundwater monitoring, Introduction to Remediation of Contaminated Sites: overview of in situ versus ex situ methods, introduction to contaminant transport modelling, background and application of natural attenuation remedial approach, Performance of Landfill Containment Systems: overview, hydraulic performance of compacted clay and geosynthetic liners, 1-D contaminant transport through laboratory columns and landfill liners, performance of cover systems.

Engineering 5211 (6211)
Linear Control Theory
3-1.5; or 3-1.5
State space representation and analysis; singular value analysis; H2 and Hinf methods of controller design with applications.

Engineering 5251 (6251)
Environmental Chemistry
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Chemistry 2111 and either Chemistry 2411 or Engineering 4534, or permission of the instructor
The emphasis of this course is on understanding the chemical mechanisms that control the behaviour of inorganic contaminants in aquatic systems, including surface waters, groundwater, and pore water in solid waste. Topics include chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria, alkalinity and acidity, speciation, mineral precipitation/dissolution, sorption, ion exchange, complexation, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Standard software packages for predicting chemical equilibria among dissolved, adsorbed, solid, and gas phases will be presented.

Engineering 5311 (6311)
Process Control
3-1.5; or 3-1.5
Characterization and modelling of industrial processes. Process control strategies, feedforward control, multiloop control structures, interaction and decoupling; distributed control systems; examples of industrial process control loops.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Engineering 5351 (6351)
Experimental Design and Analysis for Environmental Engineers
3-0; or 3-0
The content of this course will first focus on the description of the static and dynamic characteristics of measuring systems. Secondly, concepts such as probability, random variables, stationary and ergodic random processes, correlations, and power spectra will be discussed. Finally, data processing techniques including programming of time series statistical analysis, fast-Fourier transforms and spectra will be visited. Also, description of linear and non-linear regression methods and computation of measurement uncertainty will be covered.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Engineering 5411 (6411)
Intelligent Control
3-0; or 3-0
Knowledge representation; inference engines; approximate reasoning methods; fuzzy logic control; expert tuners and machine learning. Applications.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Engineering 5451 (6451)
Physiochemical Treatment Processes
3-0; or 3-0
Theory and design of chemical and physical processes utilized in the treatment of water and wastewater, sedimentation, flotation, coagulation, precipitation, filtration, membrane separations, disinfection, ion exchange, adsorption, and gas transfer.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Engineering 5511 (6511)
Adaptive Control
3-1.5; or 3-1.5
Parameter estimation, filtering and prediction algorithms; adaptive minimum variance, model reference and generalized predictive control. Applications of adaptive control.

Engineering 5551 (6551)
Biological Treatment Processes
3-0; 3-0
Emphasizing the fundamentals and applications of biological processes for water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, bioremediation of contaminated soils and ground water. Specific topics include basic microbiology, kinetics, bioenergetics, stoichiometry, activated sludge process, fixed-biofilm process, anaerobic treatment and frontiers in biological treatment processes.

Engineering 5611 (6611) (ST)
Topics in Control Applications
3-0; or 3-0
The course content will vary, but will deal with advanced automation and control in selected industries.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Engineering 5651 (6651) (ST)
Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering
3-0; or 3-0
Topics will vary, depending on the research interests of the instructor. Topics which may be covered include: mine waste management, pulp and paper industrial waste management, assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, engineering hydrology, groundwater hydrology, emerging topics in aquatic science, experimental methods and information management, and turbulent transport.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Engineering 5711 (6711)
Seminar Control Engineering
1-0; or 1-0
An ordered and critical exposition of the literature on an appropriate topic in Control Engineering.
May only be taken by students in Control Engineering.

Engineering 5811 (6811)
Seminar Environmental Engineering
1-0; or 1-0
An ordered and critical exposition of the literature on an appropriate topic in Environmental Engineering.
May only be taken by students in Environmental Engineering.

Engineering 5901 (6901) (9901 placeholder)
Master's Thesis

 


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