Senior Design II

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 4243  Section Number: 201

Spring 2012

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 133

Days & Times:


Lecture: W 1:30 - 2:20 PM.

Laboratory: W 2:30 - 4:30 PM


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. M. Salim Azzouz   
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Course Objectives

 Course Learning Objectives

Describe the interaction with the client and market assessment

Define the four types of information needed by an engineer in design

Explain at least four modes of thought pertaining to the brain

Name three types of modeling and simulation in engineering design

Explain the differences between fixed costs and variable costs

Name at least three criteria pertaining to decision making

Explain the procedure for solving ethical conflicts

Write formal and informal engineering reports

Work as a part of a team

Course Expectations


Successful completion of MENG 4143


Basic computer skills, MATLAB, MS Excel, hand calculator.


Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design. By Richard G. Budynas and J. Keith Nisbett, 8th edition

Engineering Design, By George E. Dieter, 3rd edition

Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction. by William D. Callister, 7th edition

Grading Standards

 Course Grade

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

 Weekly Progress Report:  15%

Conference and Journal Paper Writing or Instruction Manuals:   25%

End-of-Semester Design Report:   25%

SolidWorks Design and Simulation:   15%

End-of-Semester Oral Presentation:    10%

Attitude:    10%

Final Exam5/7/2012  1:00 pm

Submission Format Policy

 Lecture and Laboratory Format

This course consists of a one- hour lecture and four-hour design laboratory sessions per week. The one hour lecture session includes a short talk by the instructor, discussion of progress made in the assigned projects, difficulties, needs, and issues.  The lab time will be spent by the groups working on their projects under the supervision of the instructor and the technician. In this second semester the students are required to finish their yearly project and build a prototype of their designed machine.

 Weekly Progress Reports

Each group member 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.

 Conference and Journal Paper Writing or Instruction Manuals

Based on the conducted research each group of students is required to write a conference or a journal paper about their project research, or to write a descriptive procedural manual with included experimental results. If the project is successful and introduces new engineering concepts, the students are required to file a patent report.

 End-of-Semester Design Report and Presentation

At the end of the semester, by a date specified by the instructor, each group will submit a final major report containing the information specified in the guidelines handout distributed by the instructor.  The group will also give an oral presentation to an audience composed of the instructor, the faculty, students, and possibly members from the industry.  The end of the semester report will be graded by the instructor. The oral presentation will be graded by the instructor and the faculty.

 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 different (stress, frequency, fatigue, etc.) solutions of its assigned design problem.  This simulation will be separately 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 almost every computer in the department.

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

Weekly Progress Reports

Weekly reports are due at the beginning of each laboratory session, they will be accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded over 80% of the regular 100% weekly report grade. After the grace period, they will be still accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% weekly report grade. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal weekly report copy, written in his own words. No dual or group weekly report copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.

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

Students are required to attend lectures and labs on regular basis.

Other Policies


The attitude of each member of the group is going to be assessed throughout the semester by the instructor.  This will be based on absenteeism, time on task, willingness to work, presentation, attitude toward instructor and toward other group members, and more.


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.