Course Details

Course Number: 4243  Section Number: 201

Spring 2012

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 116

Days & Times:

M 01:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Course Attachments

Office Schedule  Office_Hours_Idir_Azouz.doc

Syllabus  MENG4243_Syllabus_S11.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Idir Azouz   
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Course Objectives


Select and order parts required for the project
Build a prototype of the design
Test the prototype
Prepare and submit a final report
Make an oral presentation about the completed project
Work in a team

Course Expectations

MENG 4143


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

Grading Standards





  • Final Design 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 an oral presentation to an audience composed of the instructor, the faculty, students, and possibly members from the industry.  The oral presentation will also be graded by 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.


  • Design Prototype

At the end of the semester each group will submit a prototype of the design and test it in front of an audience.


  • Poster

At the end of the semester each group will submit a poster illustrating the project.  The poster must be at least 36 in. by 36 in. in size and must be done professionally. 


  • 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.


  • Attitude

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. 


  • Course Grade

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


Weekly Progress Report and log book:           10%

Working Design Prototype:                                 25%

Final Design Report:                                            20%

Final Oral Presentation:                                       20%

Design Poster:                                                       10%

Peer Evaluation:                                                        5%

Attitude:                                                                      10%


 The scale below will be used to assign final course grades:

 Value of  X (in %)  90-100  80-89  70-79   60-69  <60

Letter Grade               A           B           C           D        F 

Submission Format Policy

All submissions are in print format

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

No late paper is 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.

Other Policies


  • Lecture Format

This course consists of a one- hour lecture and four-hour design laboratory sessions per week. The lecture session will be spent meeting with the design groups to discuss progress made in the assigned projects, difficulties, needs, issues, etc.  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.


  • 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.

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.