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Electrical and Computer Engineering illustration

Course Design Projects

EE40408 Senior Design 1 (3 credits)
Course Syllabus

1. General Information

Duration: One semester

2. Course Objectives

I. To gain experience in conceiving and writing a project proposal that considers realistic engineering constraints. To learn how to plan and organize a teamwork project.

II. To gain experience in keeping organized records on project advancements. To gain experience in clearly conveying all these advancements in a progress report

NOTE: At the end of the course, student will evaluate to what degree the course objectives have been met.

3. Course Outcomes

In order to pass this course, the student must:

I. Submit a Senior Design Proposal, which must be approved by the project supervisor (s) before the end of the semester.

II. Keep a logbook and write a progress report at the end of the semester.

4. Procedures to Accomplish Course Outcomes

These procedures are executed by using the Senior Design Proposal Formand the Logbook andProgress Report Form.

4.1. Senior Design Proposal (one per team)

In order for the Senior Design Proposal to be approved, you must complete all the points below:

Select your project supervisor

Students must select the advisor or advisors whose area of expertise best matches the field of the design topic they have in mind. Click here for a Senior Design Project Database (arranged by advisor).

Select a team

Teams must have at least two members. Two kinds of teams are allowed: department and industry teams.

A. Department teams: they consist exclusively of students in the ECE Department working under a faculty supervisor.

B. Industry teams: They consist of a student or students working within a team in a Company under combined supervision of an industry and a faculty member. However, in this case, there must exist a written agreement between the industry supervisor and the faculty supervisor, clearly providing the latter complete control of the students working in the project on all academic-related aspects. With such an agreement, a relevant design project executed by a student(s) working in an industrial team as part of a permanent job, Co-op, or internship, will be able to be considered as a senior design project.

Individual projects will be possible but not very common; students must obtain a waiver from the Department Chairperson for these projects.?

Select, describe and plan the project topic

Describe the proposed design topic and clearly state the design objectives following the guidelines below:

A. The design topic must include at least four of the following seven realistic engineering constraints: 1) economic, 2) environmental, 3) sustainable, 4) manufacturability, 5) ethical, 6) health and safety, 7) social and political.

B. The design must consider relevant engineering standards as well.

C. Every team must plot a tentative work schedule.

Identify contributions of each member of the team

A. Identify the project sub-topics, responsibilities and contributions expected from each team member.

4.2. Logbook and Progress Report

Every team must keep an ?electronic? logbook for recording the following items:

* Minutes of meetings held with your faculty supervisor
* Partial advancements in the projects

At the end of the semester, every team must submit a progress report. The progress report will include:

* Progress attained by the end of the semester
* All pertinent literature on the project
* List of necessary material?
* Possibly a task reschedule, with deviations from the original plan
* The logbook must be an appendix to the progress report.

5. Grading Policy

The project advisor will grade the Senior Design Proposal and Progress Report, according to the following criteria:

Senior Design Proposal

Selection, description and planning of design topic: 50%

(The advisor will grade the team, not individuals within the team)

Progress Report

Amount of progress toward final goal: 25%

Ability to communicate in writing: 10%

(The advisor will grade the team, not individuals within the team)

Senior Design Proposal + Progress Report

Ability to work in a team: 15%

(The advisor will grade team members individually)

Total: 100%

Note: Failing to obtain an approved Senior Design Proposal by the end of the semester will signify failing Senior Design 1.

6. Relationship Between Course Objectives and Program Objectives

This section is of an informative character. First, it states the common educational objectives of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs. Second, for the sake of clarity, it restates the course objectives of section 2, and third, it establishes the connection between program and course objectives.

6.1. Program's Educational Objectives:

I. Fundamental Knowledge: The Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs will provide students with fundamental knowledge of mathematics, Sciences and engineering, in order for them to apply this knowledge to the solution of electrical engineering problems.

II. Design and Practical Skills: The Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs will enable students to perform engineering design subject to engineering standards and constrains. In addition, the program will provide students with hands-on experience for implementing such designs.

III) Social and Professional Aptitude: The Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs will provide a broad-based education which instill in our diverse student body professional and ethical conduct, communication and teamwork skills, and the desire for life-long learning to interact effectively with the members of engineering profession as well as society at large.

6.2. Course Objectives

I. To gain experience in conceiving and writing a project proposal that considers?? realistic engineering constraints. To learn how to plan and organize a teamwork project.

II. To gain experience in keeping organized records on project advancements. To gain experience in clearly conveying all these advancements in a progress report

III. To learn how to produce preliminary design and perform preparatory experimentation

6.3. Link between Course Objectives and Program Objectives

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