Senior Design

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 4143  Section Number: 102

Fall 2010

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 133/116

Days & Times:


1:00-1:50 pm

Course Attachments


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

Course Expectations

MENG 3114, 3203, 3212, 3243

Student must also be within one calendar year of graduation with a major in MENG

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 Format
This course consists of a 1 hour course and 4 hours lab session per week. Class hours will be spent mostly explaining and discussing course materials, project concepts, solving and analyzing relevant case problems, model building, and project reports. Students have to study and research engineering information on their own to further their understanding, advance and accomplish their projects. Student participation in project discussions is mandatory.

Project Tasks
Project tasks will be assigned and turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal project tasks copy written in his own words. No dual or group project tasks copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.

Final Project Reports
A final comprehensive report is required at the end of the semester and the student must dedicate time including lab time to built their respective tools or machines. A major PowerPoint presentation is required at the end of the semester. This presentation must be performed by all group members.
Project reports are based on theories studied in previous classes, or presented during class sessions. All project reports must be presented with at least three full mandatory paragraphs, theory, results, and discussion. Parts and assembly drawings have to be included in the project report. A special attention will be dedicated to the project presentation and drawings.

Course Grade
The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the project tasks, final report and presentation, and attitude. The attitude term account for class and project participation, teamwork, meeting deadlines, class attendance, work neatness, and general attitude. Average projects tasks contribute 25%, final report and final presentation contribute 35%, and attitude contributes 40%, for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:

X =0.25 x (average project tasks) + 0.35 x (final report) + 0.40 x (attitude).

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%. Once the grace period is over, no project tasks will be accepted.

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 class on regular basis and are responsible for class notes while being absent.

Other Policies

Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook regarding student responsibilities & rights, and the intellectual property policy information about procedures and what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior. Any form of plagiarism will not be accepted, and will be heavily reprimanded.

Students registered with Disability Support Services should have a letter verifying their disability and the appropriate accommodations.

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.