Senior Design

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 4143  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 133/116

Days & Times:

Lecture  W  1:00-1:50 pm

Lab        W   2:00-5:50 pm

Course Attachments


Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design (9th)  ISBN: 978-0-07-352928-8

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. M. Salim Azzouz   
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Course Objectives
  • Explain how you applied the notion of planning and scheduling during your project
  • Lay down the sequence of engineering design concept used during your project
  • Explain how to design for safety
  • Explain the concept of intellectual property
  • Explain how measurement models and statistical methods are used in the assessment of data accuracy
  • Lay down the design sequence of a mechanical part (Cam, Gears, etc.)
  • Cite the characteristics of a good team member and the characteristics of a disruptive team member
  • Describe the five processes involved in a project management
  • Give a clear definition of a project execution success
  • Define a product and personal liability
  • Write formal and informal engineering reports
  • Work as part of a team

Course Expectations

Completion of all required MENG 3000 level courses or permission of instructor

Grading Standards

Course Grade

Course grades are based on the following items, with the relative weighting shown below: 

Weekly Progress Report:                                                             20%

Design Proposal Report + End-of-Semester Senior Design Report:     20%

SolidWorks Design and Simulation:                                                20%

End-of-Semester Oral Presentation:                                              20%

Peer Evaluation:                                                                         10%

Participation/neatness/attitude/attendance:                                  10%


The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows 

X =0.20 x (Weekly Progress Report) + 0.20 x (Design Project Proposal Report + End-of-Semester Senior Design Report) + 0.20 x (SolidWorks Design and Simulation) + 0.20 x (End-of-Semester Oral Presentation) + 0.10 x (Peer Evaluation) + 0.10 x (participation/neatness/attitude/attendance scores): 

The final letter grade for the course is based on the value of X and is determined from the following grade levels:


Value of X (in %) 90 - 100 80 - 89 70 - 79 60 - 69 <60
Letter Grade A B C D F

Final Exam12/7/2011  TBD

Submission Format Policy

Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in oral and written communication through written project tasks assignments. They must also demonstrate their ability to use the English language.

Lecture/lab Format and papers/manuals

This course consists of a one- hour lecture and four-hour design laboratory sessions per week. The laboratory session will be spent meeting with the design groups discussing progress made in the assigned projects, difficulties encountered, project needs, and many other issues.  The rest of the time will be spent by the groups working on their projects under the supervision of the instructor and/or the technician. The students are required to attend all the lab session. During the first few weeks, students will spend laboratory time conducting research and gathering information relevant to their project. Also based on the type of the project each group of students is required to write a conference or a journal paper about their project research, or write a descriptive procedural manual with included experimental results (should be done over fall and spring semesters). 

Weekly Progress Reports

Each group member is given a weekly task sheet by the instructor, and is responsible for keeping a log book containing a list of all activities performed by the member.  These log books will be used by the group to draft a single weekly progress report which is reviewed by the instructor.  The weekly progress report must be in the form of a memorandum containing a list of activities planned, activities completed, activities not completed, activities scheduled for the following week, and a 1-2 page narrative of the progress made by the group and any issue it may have encountered during the design process.  These weekly progress reports will be reviewed and kept by the instructor to keep track of the efforts made by each member of the group toward the success of the project.

Design Project Proposal Report

Within the first few weeks after the start of the semester, by a date specified by the instructor, each group will submit a proposal report about its assigned design project and give a brief oral presentation.  These will be graded both as a group effort and individually, based on the guidelines listed in the handout.

 End-of-Semester Design Progress Report

At the end of the semester, by a date specified by the instructor, each group will submit a final report containing the information specified in the guidelines handout distributed by the instructor.  The group will also give a formal oral presentation to an audience composed of the instructor, the faculty, students, and possibly members from the industry.  The oral presentation will be graded by all the faculty.  The group as a whole and each member will receive scores for their performance. These score will be used to compute the final grade for each student.

 SolidWorks Design Simulation

While a working prototype of the design is due by the end of the academic year, each group is required to produce and show a computer design and simulation of their project solutions (stress, frequency, fatigue, etc.).  This simulation will be graded.  Note: while many software tools can be used to develop a computer simulation, the most desirable is SolidWorks, since this tool is available in the CAD lab.

 Peer Evaluation

At the end of the semester each group member will be asked to grade his/her peer based on his/her performance during the design process.  This grade will be used to determine the final grade of each student in the group. 


The attitude, participation, neatness, and attendance of each member of the group is going to be assessed throughout the semester by the instructor.  Emphasis will be put on absenteeism, lateness, time on tasks, willingness to work as a team, oral presentation preparedness, attitude toward instructor, technician, and toward other group members, and more.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Project Tasks

Project tasks must be turned in on the due date, at the beginning of class. Once class starts, project tasks will be still accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded over 80% of the full grade. Once the grace period is over, project tasks will be accepted and graded over 60% of the full grade.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend classes and labs on regular basis and are responsible for class notes while being absent. Attendance is subjected to the grading policy explained above.

Other Policies


Information contained in this syllabus, other than grading, late assignments, and attendance policies, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.