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ECE Curriculum Enhancements: Senior Design Experiences. Professor David G. Meyer School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outline. Design Context Senior Design Options Sample Projects Self-Evaluation Panel Discussion. Definition – Senior Design Course.

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ece curriculum enhancements senior design experiences

ECE Curriculum Enhancements:Senior Design Experiences

Professor David G. Meyer

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Design Context
  • Senior Design Options
  • Sample Projects
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Panel Discussion
definition senior design course
Definition – Senior Design Course

A Senior Design Course must provide students with a major multi-disciplinary design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. The design project must be team-based and must incorporate engineering design standards and realistic constraints that include most of the following considerations: economic; environmental; sustainability; manufacturability; ethical; health and safety; social; and political. The experience must also reinforce the students’ understanding of ethical and professional responsibility and their ability to communicate effectively.

definition major design experience
Definition – Major Design Experience

A major design experience is one that involves at least three (3) credit hours of coursework with 100% engineering design content and involves most of the following elements of the design process:

  • the establishment of objectives and criteria
  • synthesis
  • analysis
  • construction
  • testing
  • evaluation
senior design learning outcomes
Senior Design Learning Outcomes
  • A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  • an ability to apply knowledge obtained in earlier coursework and to obtain new knowledge necessary to design and test a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • an understanding of the engineering design process.
  • an ability to function on an interdisciplinary team.
  • an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Successful demonstration of all five learning outcomes is required to receive a passing grade.
senior design reports
Senior Design Reports
  • Summary of the project, including customer, purpose, specifications, and a summary of the approach.
  • Description of how the project built upon the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier ECE coursework (include course numbers).
  • Description of what new technical knowledge and skills were acquired in doing the project.
  • Description of how the engineering design process was incorporated, with reference to: establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing, and evaluation.
  • Summary of how realistic design constraints (economic, environmental, ethical, health and safety, social, political, sustainability, and manufacturability) were incorporated.
  • Description of the multidisciplinary nature of the project.
  • Description of the project deliverables.
ece senior design advisory committee
ECE Senior Design Advisory Committee
  • Review ECE senior design course certification requests
  • Review ECE senior design semester reports
  • Make recommendations to ECE Curriculum Committee regarding reviews
current ece senior design options
Current ECE Senior Design Options
  • ECE 402 ECE Design Projects
  • EPCS 402 Senior Participation in EPICS
  • ECE 477 Digital Systems Senior Project
ece 402 ee design projects
ECE 402 – EE Design Projects

Each student shall:

  • Develop ownership in a sub-system (or two)
  • Design, build, and test to meet specifications
  • Interface with the team system
  • Cause team success—by contributing technically
  • Cause team success—by leading and following
  • Get somewhere with something real
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ECE 402 – EE Design Projects
  • Main Features:
    • One semester design / build / test / demonstrate
    • Teams of four (ECE and some CmpE students)
    • Concepts: block and flow diagrams, schematics, printed circuit board design, programming, packaging, RF and Optical signal transmission, imaging, actuators, motors, sensors, physics, and chemistry. (Not all at once)
    • Design considerations: reliability, safety factors, cost, etc.
    • Individual laboratory notebooks
    • Two Design Reviews, Two Individual Oral Progress Reports, One Demo
    • Opportunities for teams to do special projects as feasible.
epcs 401 2 senior participation in epics
EPCS 401/2 – Senior Participation in EPICS
  • Description: Uses service-learning to teach design within vertically integrated and multidisciplinary teams that design, develop, deploy and support projects that meet the needs of their local community partners.
  • Objective: To provide long-term, authentic design experiences that exposes students to the entire design process from problem identification to support and retirement/disposal within a community/human context.
  • Senior Design: Senior design students are distributed on EPICS teams with appropriate project potential and fulfill additional requirements to verify outcomes.
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EPCS 401/2 – Senior Participation in EPICS
  • Main Features:
    • Service-Learning Model
      • Real projects for real people
    • Experience the entire design cycle
    • Multi-semester projects
      • Senior design is a two semester experience for 3 credits with individual documentation and presentation requirements
    • Large (~15 students) and diverse teams with 3-5 active projects
    • Professional development:
      • Leadership; Project management; Personnel and placement; Customer relations; Budgets; Technical reviews and Delivery
      • Extensive communication requirements
      • Ethics and social context
      • Entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Formative and summative assessments of teams and individuals
epcs 401 2 sample projects
EPCS 401/2 –Sample Projects
  • EPICS Projects are done in four broad community areas
    • Human Services
      • Information management, improved services
    • Access and Abilities
      • Technology for adults and children with disabilities
    • Environmental
      • Remediation designs, community education
    • Education and outreach
      • Designs for schools, local museums and zoos
epcs 402 sample project
EPCS 402 – Sample Project

Sensor network for Imagination Station Museum

ece 477 digital systems design project
ECE 477 – Digital Systems Design Project
  • Description:A structured approach to the development and integration of embedded microcontroller hardware and software that provides senior-level students with significant design experience applying microcontrollers to a wide range of embedded systems.
  • Objective: To provide practical experience developing integrated hardware and software for an embedded microcontroller system in an environment that models one which students will most likely encounter in industry.
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ECE 477 – Digital Systems Design Project
  • Main Features:
    • One semester design / fabricate / test / demonstrate
    • Students pick own project (subject to constraints) and define own project-specific success criteria
    • Work in teams of four (mixture of ECE and CmpE students)
    • Design components include: packaging design, schematic design, printed circuit board design, and software design
    • Professional components include: design constraint analysis, reliability and safety analysis, patent liability analysis, and ethical and environmental impact analysis
    • Individual (on-line) laboratory notebooks
    • Extensive reporting/presentation requirements
    • Technical communication skills development activities
    • Quantitative assessment of all five course outcomes
dsdp outcomes and assessment
DSDP Outcomes and Assessment
  • An ability to apply knowledge obtained in earlier coursework and to obtain new knowledge necessary to design and test a system, component, or process to meet desired needs – design component report
  • An understanding of the engineering design process – individual lab notebook
  • An ability to function on a multidisciplinary team – project specific success criteria (functionality)
  • An awareness of professional and ethical responsibility – professional component report
  • An ability to communicate effectively, in both oral and written form – formal design review, final written report, and final presentation
outcome tracking results for digital systems design project
Outcome Tracking Results forDigital Systems Design Project

2 Tablet PCs per team

TCSP sessions initiated

HTML notebooks initiated

1 Tablet PC per team

Outcome 1 – design component report

Outcome 2 – individual lab notebook

Outcome 3 – project specific success criteria

Outcome 4 – professional component report

Outcome 5 – technical communication skills

self evaluation
  • Strengths
    • Good diversity of design experiences afforded by current options available to students
    • Research/publications on outcome assessment
  • Areas for Improvement
    • Ability to handle the projected enrollment increases in ECE 402 and ECE 477
    • More consistency in outcome assessment among the various senior design options
    • More consistency in project deliverables and their evaluation
opportunities for input involvement
Opportunities for Input/Involvement
  • Opportunities for input
    • How well are the various ECE senior design options preparing students for the future?
    • What are (other) potential areas for improvement?
  • Opportunities for involvement
    • Crafting ideas for senior design projects
    • Participating in the formal evaluation process
    • Supporting parts acquisition and PCB fabrication