Lecture: W 1:00 - 1:50 PM.
Laboratory: W 2:00 - 5:50 PM
Course Learning Objectives
Successful completion of MENG 4143
Basic computer skills, MS Excel, hand calculator, MATLAB, SolidWorks, and SolidWorks Simulation
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
This course provides students the opportunity to work in an environment which simulates closely a real work environment. The students will work in groups composed of members from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skills and capabilities. Projects are selected by the faculty before the start of the semester. Each group will carry out a project from brainstorming to product fabrication. The instructor in charge of the group is there to guide the students, advise them and supervise them. The instructor is not there to do the students’ work. The instructor expects the students to behave professionally. Any student caught using foul language, making derogatory remarks in writing or verbally may be dismissed from the class. Not attending or arriving late to scheduled meetings may cost the student a full letter grade.
Any changes in the project design and drawings discussed with other faculty and/or the department technician must be reported immediately to the course instructor who will then decide on whether to adopt these changes.
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: 20%
SolidWorks Design Drawings and Simulation: 10%
Proposal & End-of-Semester Oral Presentation: 15%
Attitude & Peer Evaluation: 15%
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, and discussion of the projects progression (weekly assignments, difficulties, needs, and issues). The lab time will be spent by the groups working on their projects under the supervision of the instructor and sometimes the technician machinist. In this first semester the students are required to submit their final design with all the required documents specified by the instructor in the project sheet.
Weekly Progress Reports
Each group member is responsible for keeping a log book containing a list of all the activities performed by the group members. These log books will be used by the group to draft a single weekly progress report. 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 during the week and any issue encountered during the weekly activities. These weekly progress reports will be reviewed and kept by the instructor to track the efforts made by each student 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 an oral presentation. These will be graded both as a group and individual effort.
Conference, Journal Paper, Instruction Manuals, Colloquium, etc…
Based on the type of the project and the conducted research 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. In this first phase of the senior design I course half of the conference, journal, or manual is required. Also it is brought to the attention of the students that each one of them is expressly required to participate toward the end of the spring semester in two of these university activities: University Colloquium, NTASC 2013 conference, and IdeaMSU. The students are required to prepare for these activities in this first semester.
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 and handout distributed by the instructor. The group is also required to give an oral presentation to an audience composed of the instructor, the department faculty, students, and possibly members from the Military and/or industry. The end of the semester report as well as the final presentation will be graded by the instructor, the department faculty, and eventually members from the military and/or industry.
SolidWorks Design Simulation
While a working prototype of the design is due by the end of the academic year, each group is required this semester to produce and show a computer based design (2-D drawings, and 3-D drawings) and simulation of different (stress, frequency, fatigue, etc.) solutions of its assigned project. This design and simulation will be separately graded. Note: while many software tools can be used to develop a computer simulation, the most desirable one is SolidWorks, since this software is available in almost every computer in the department.
Attitude and Peer Evaluation
The attitude of each member of the group is going to be assessed throughout the semester by the instructor. The assigned grade will be based on absenteeism, time on tasks, punctuality, language, willingness to work with team, instructor, and machinist, general behavior as specified in the general information section, and more as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
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.
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, weekly reports will still be accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% weekly report grade. Each group is responsible for submitting one weekly common report. Participation of all group members is required and mandatory in writing the weekly reports.
Students are required to attend lectures and labs on regular basis.
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