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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

Professor David G. Meyer

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Outline

  • Design Context

  • Senior Design Options

  • Sample Projects

  • Self-Evaluation

  • Panel Discussion


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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


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Current ECE Senior Design Options

  • ECE 402 ECE Design Projects

  • EPCS 402 Senior Participation in EPICS

  • ECE 477 Digital Systems Senior Project


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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.


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ECE 402 – Sample Project


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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


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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


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EPCS 402 – Sample Project

Sensor network for Imagination Station Museum


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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


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...

Demo Video


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...

Demo Video


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...


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Some BSCmpE Senior Design Projects...


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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


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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


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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


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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


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