Senior Design I

Course Details

Course Number: MENG 4143  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: MY 205, MY 116, and MY 131

Days & Times:

Lecture: W 1:00 - 1:50 PM.

Laboratory: W 2:00 - 5:50 PM


Course Attachments

Senior Design I Syllabus  MENG4143_101_Syllabus_Fall_2013_with_contract-20130826-153337.doc


Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design
Richard G. Budynas, J. Keith Nisbett, McGraw Hill
  ISBN: 978-0-07-352928

Engineering Design
Optional, George E. Dieter, 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill
  ISBN: 978-0-07-366136-8

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. M. Salim Azzouz   
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Course Objectives

 Course Learning Objectives

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


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 closely simulates a real workplace environment. The students will work in groups composed of three to four members from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skills and capabilities.  The projects are devised by the faculty and assigned to the students in the first week of the semester.  Each group will carry out a project from brainstorming (A) to product fabrication (Z).  The instructor in charge of the student groups is there to guide them, advise them and supervise them.  The instructor is not there to do the students’ work.  The instructor expects the students to behave professionally and appropriately throughout the duration of the project.  Any student caught using foul language, making derogatory remarks in writing through emails or verbally in class may be dismissed from it. A complete dismissal from class for the reminder of the semester may occur if the offenses proffered by the student are considered very serious by the instructor.  Not attending or arriving late to scheduled lectures, labs, and meetings may cost the student the full attitude grade (30%).

Each student will receive from the instructor a personal requirements sheet outlining the project main substance and specifying all the expected deliverable toward the end of the semester.

Any changes in the project design and drawings discussed with other faculty members and/or the department machinist/technician must be reported immediately to the instructor in charge of the group who will then decide on whether to adopt these changes or not.

It is also brought to the attention of the students that each one of them is expressly required to participate in all senior design presentations (partial and final), and toward the end of the spring semester in two of these university activities: University Colloquium, North Texas Area Students Conference (NTASC 2014), and IdeaMSU. The students are required to start preparing for these activities in this fall semester (draft poster, draft oral presentation, etc…).

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 members, instructor, and technician/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. The general attitude of the student counts for 25% of the total grade and the peer evaluation counts for 5% of the total grade. The total grade percentage allocated to the attitude and peer evaluation is 30%.





Grading Standards

Course Grade

  • Lecture Materials:                                                                                                               8%
  • Weekly Progress Report:                                                                                                   8%
  • Brainstorming and Design Concept (First Deadline: End of September):                      10%
  • Preliminary Design for Parts and Assemblies (Second Deadline: End of October):      10%
  • Final Design with Budget and Quotes  (Third Deadline; Beginning of December):        10%
  • End-of-Semester Design Report:                                                                                    16%
  • End-of-Semester Oral Presentation:                                                                                 8%
  • Attitude & Peer Evaluation:                                                                                               30%

There will be three regular short exams during the semester on the lecture materials. Each exam is closed book and based on the materials presented during the lecture. The three exams are mandatory and count for 8% of the total course grade.



Final Exam12/11/2013  1:00 to 1:50 pm

Submission Format Policy

 Weekly Progress Reports and Log Books
Each group member is responsible for keeping a log book containing a list of all the activities performed by him during the week.  These log books will be used by the group members to draft a single weekly progress report.  The weekly progress report must be turned-in the form of a memorandum containing a list of activities completed, activities not completed, activities planned, and a 1-2 page narrative of the progress made by the group during the week and any issue encountered during the weekly activities. In the progress report the group has also to provide all weekly collected technical documents related to their project (technical sheets, drawings, SolidWorks Simulations, electrical schematic, etc…). From time-to-time the instructor will collect the log book for inspection and grading purposes.

These weekly progress reports will be reviewed and returned to the students by the instructor on a weekly basis. Each group has to provide a soft and a hard copy of the weekly progress report to the instructor.

Weekly reports are expressly due at the beginning of each laboratory session. If not timely submitted, they will still be accepted for a grace period of 48 hours but graded over 80% of the regular 100% grade. After the grace period, weekly reports will still be accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% 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.

Brainstorming and Design Concept (First Deadline: End of September 2013)
Within the first few weeks after the start of the semester, by a date specified by the instructor toward the end of September, each group will submit a proposal report about its assigned senior design project and give an oral presentation.  The report and the oral presentation feature the outcomes of the brainstorming sessions done by the group during the aforementioned period and articulate the adopted project design concepts. The grade for the report and the oral presentation is based on each group member own efforts.

Preliminary Design for parts and assemblies (Second Deadline: End of October 2013)
Based on the design concept outlined in the previous period a defined set of preliminary design calculations and drawings for parts and assemblies is required for this step. By a date specified by the instructor toward the end of October, each group through an oral presentation will present and submit to the instructor a draft set of the preliminary design calculations and drawings for parts and assemblies. The grade for all designs is based on each group member own efforts.

Final Design with Budget and quotes  (Third Deadline: Beginning of December 2013)
Toward the end of the semester, on December 2nd, 2013, each group will submit a final major draft report containing the final design calculations, drawings for parts and assemblies with budget, quotes, realization timeline, references, and appendices. The instructor will review the draft report write his own final recommendations for the final report, and turn it to the students. The students are required to submit the final report by December 9th, 2013. A general template of the report will be sent to the students during the second week of class. While a working prototype of the design is due by the end of the academic year (May 2014), each group is required this fall 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. 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. Also the report has to address all the requirements specified in the handout personal sheet distributed by the instructor at the beginning of the semester for each student.  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 the industry.  The oral presentation is scheduled December 11th and 12th, 2013. The end of the semester report as well as the final oral presentation will be graded by the instructor, the department faculty, and eventually members from the military and/or the industry. The grade for the report and the oral presentation is based on each group member own efforts.

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.

Lecture and Lab Attendance

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 a general discussion of the projects progression (weekly assignments, difficulties, needs, and issues).  The lab time will be spent by the groups working on their projects on their own and under the supervision of the instructor and sometimes when needed the technician/machinist. The students are required to attend the whole lab session each Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 5:50 pm and wait for their turn to meet with the instructor. It is brought to the attention of the students that the lab-time is not sufficient to complete all required weekly tasks. The students have to manage their own study schedule and find time to complete all required tasks. In this first semester the students are required to submit their final design report with all the required deliverables specified in the project personal requirement sheet.

Other Policies

Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in oral and written communication through oral and written project tasks assignments. They must also demonstrate their ability to use the English language.

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.