Course-Based Projects FAQ

What is a Course-Based Project?

Course-Based Projects bring together industry and community partners, along with Niagara College faculty and students to provide solutions for a specific problem. Short-term projects provide an opportunity to integrate real-life scenarios into course curriculum. Through these projects students are given the ability to have an increase in contact with a specific industry, and present their fresh ideas to you – the client. In other words, everyone benefits from the collaboration.

Types of projects?

We are looking for project ideas that will help your business achieve greater success. For example, one project involved the development of administrative templates using Excel to increase efficiencies in a business, such as spreadsheets for client tracking, quoting, budgeting, or inventory/data management. Other great past projects are profiled here.

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy! Simply complete our online intake form and Research & Innovation will be in touch with you regarding next steps. 

Is there a cash contribution?

Typically there is no cash requirement as part of a course-based project.

At times, course-based projects can be connected to grants held by Niagara College and in these cases, a cash or in-kind contribution may be required from the partner.

What is my time commitment?

Typically there is a flexible time commitment for these projects. The minimum requirement is to be available in person three times throughout the project.

  1. To introduce your company and project concept to the class.
  2. For a mid-point meeting or interim presentations with the class to ensure that they are on the right track.
  3. For final presentations at the end of the project.

You may be required for additional phone calls or emails throughout the semester, all of which are co-ordinated and vetted by the Research & Innovation office.

What is the length of a Course-Based Project?

Project length is dependent on the scope. Since Course-Based Projects have to fall within an academic semester (September to December), (May to August),  (January to April) they can range from 4 to 12 weeks.

What do I receive at the end of a project?

End products vary depending on the scope of the project. End products have included promotional videos,  label designs for food products, strategic plans for organizations, and marketing plans.

Partners get to walk away with the work produced by Niagara College students from the course linked to the project and can implement it as they see fit within their organization.

Is my intellectual property and confidentially protected?

Yes. Every student who partakes in these projects is required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement which states that they understand they are completing work for an external industry partner and must keep the information within the confines of the classroom.

Where can I learn more about past Course-Based Projects?

Project examples can be found HERE.

What are my next steps?

If you are interested in this type of project opportunity, contact Research & Innovation.

Work with us

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through innovation activities.
For more information on these opportunities, contact Research & Innovation.