Redesigning Telecommunication Engineering Courses with CDIO geared for Polytechnic Education

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date



education, engineering education, Canadian engineering education, engineering school, pedagogy, pedagogy in engineering, curriculum development, teaching and learning, learning outcome, course design, course development, forward design, backward design, educational projects, CDIO, applied learning, design, engineering design, design method, design research, engineering course, electrical engineering, telecommunication, digital communication, wireless communication


Whether in chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical, or their related engineering subdisciplines, remaining up-to-date in the subject matter is crucial. However, due to the pace of technological evolution, information and communications technology (ICT) fields of study are impacted with much higher consequences. Meanwhile, the curricula of higher educational institutes are struggling to catch up to this reality. In order to remain competitive, engineering schools ought to offer ICT related courses that are at once modern, relevant and ultimately beneficial for the employability of their graduates. In this spirit, we were recently mandated by our engineering school to develop and design telecommunication courses with great emphasis on (i) technological modernity, and (ii) experiential learning. To accomplish these objectives, we utilized the conceive, design, implement and operate (CDIO) framework, a modern engineering education initiative of which Sheridan is a member. In this article, we chronicle the steps we took to streamline and modernize the curriculum by outlining an effective methodology for course design and development with CDIO. We then provide examples of course update and design using the proposed methodology and highlight the lessons learned from this systematic curriculum development endeavor.


Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST)

Terms of Use

Terms of Use for Works posted in SOURCE.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


GOAL 4: Quality Education GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

click icon to learn more