This capstone design project course gives students the opportunity, over one or two terms, to extend their Knowledge Integration core experience. Students are expected to self-organize — working both independently and collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries — to identify, analyze and effectively address a substantial real-world problem, to the satisfaction of a real-world client.

This course requires substantial hands-on effort, readiness to embrace ambiguity, a disposition to develop and discard ideas, and the resiliency to learn from false starts en route to success.

INTEG 452 A & B counts for the “work and community” component of EDGE: Waterloo’s new experiential education certificate. EDGE helps you develop key professional skills, explore career options, and market yourself to employers.

It also counts for the KI Collaborative Design Specialization.

  • 2020/21 design project for the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo
  • 2019/20 design project for a large data and information company on blockchain technology in the legal sector
  • 2018/19 design project for Thomson Reuters
  • 2017/18 design project for Thomson Reuters, and support of the Knowledge Integration eXhibition (KIX)
  • 2016/17 design project for the Office of Student Experience, St. Jerome's University
  • 2015/16 design project for imagiNation 150
  • 2014/15 design project for The Working Centre
  • 2013/14 design project for Project Bookmark Canada
  • 2012/13 design project for the Ontario Science Centre
  • 2011/12 design project for the Centre for International Governance and Innovation

Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration, or instructor consent (Fall 2020 only: Level at least 3A Knowledge Integration)

previous course name: INTEG 475 A & B Special Topics: Real World Problem Solving

Most recent 452A syllabus (PDF) | Most recent 452B syllabus (PDF)

INTEG 452 A &  B in course calendar