Senior Design I

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 4143  Section Number: 101

Fall 2012

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 131 and MY 133

Days & Times:

Lecture: W 1:00 - 1:50 PM.

Laboratory: W 2:00 - 5:50 PM


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. M. Salim Azzouz   
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Course Objectives

 Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain the management procedure involved in brainstorming sessions
  • Explain the five steps leading to creative processes
  • Lay down the seven steps of the engineering design process
  • Explain the Gantt scheduling chart
  • Cite the characteristics of a good team and the characteristics of a disruptive team
  • Explain the concept of intellectual property
  • Lay down the design process of a mechanical part (Cam, Gears, etc.)
  • Use the five processes involved in a project management
  • Explain at least four types of modeling and simulation
  • Define the concept of a product liability and personal liability
  • Write formal engineering reports
  • Work as part of a team


Course Expectations


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

General Information

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. 



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: 20%

SolidWorks Design Drawings and Simulation: 10%

Proposal & End-of-Semester Oral Presentation: 15%

Attitude & Peer Evaluation: 15%


Final Exam12/8/2012  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, 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.


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, 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.

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


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.