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Curriculum-based Research

Curriculum-based research projects tend to be smaller in scope than funded research and are run as student final projects in designated courses. These “capstone” projects occur within an upper year project based course, usually in the final semester or year of a student’s program.  The industry or community partner provides a business problem, which is given to a student or group of students to address and develop solutions.  These research projects are integrated into the curriculum and serve as a core component of the course.  The professor who is ultimately responsible for assessing the students’ performance determines the format of the deliverable for the project.  The scope of the projects are negotiated prior to the commencement of the course and agreed to by the professor and the research partner. 

Sample Sheridan programs including capstone courses:   
  • Business Process Management (Faculty of Business)
  • Project Management (Faculty of Business)
  • Systems Analyst (Faculty of Applied Science and Technology)
  • Electronics Engineering Technology (Faculty of Applied Science and Technology)
  • Crafts & Design (Faculty of Arts, Animation and Design)
  • Exercise Science and Health Promotion (Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies)


Curriculum-based research projects are typically 3-4 months in length, and usually run from September to December, January to April, and May to August to correspond with the academic terms.  The Office of Applied Research and Innovation should receive expressions of interest from potential industry partners about 4-6 weeks prior to the potential launch of the project.  

Research Partner Requirements

As with funded projects, industry partners are required to work closely with the student project team to ensure the success of the project, and provide information and feedback to the team as required. Partners are expected to provide staff time to consult with the research team as an in-kind contribution. 

To learn more about how undergraduate research could be integrated into a curriculum-based project, please contact Dianna Dinevski.