Lecture W 1:00-1:50 pm
Lab W 2:00-5:50 pm
Completion of all required MENG 3000 level courses or permission of instructor
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%
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.