Senior Design Module Last revised 8/17/12. http://www.purdue.edu/epics. Outline . EPICS can be used to fulfill the BSEE, BSCmpE , CS, and MDE Senior Design requirements. This module will address: Verification process & requirements What is design? Mechanics & software support Importance
Last revised 8/17/12
EPICS can be used to fulfill the BSEE, BSCmpE, CS, and MDE Senior Design requirements. This module will address:
The requirements for Senior Design consist of two parts:
Students will demonstrate that they have met the two requirements for Senior Design (significant design experience on a suitable project and satisfaction of course outcomes by each student) by the following two-semester verification process:
Senior Design Project Proposal:
Individual report that must be submitted during a Senior Design (SD) student’s first semester:
Senior Design Project Descriptions:
Must be submitted by each project on which there are second semester senior design students.
Senior Design Project Descriptions, continued:
Individual Outcomes Matrix (OM)
Each student has a matrix that is maintained over the 2 senior design semesters.
There is sometime a question whether particular work is appropriate design work. To help discern the type of work that is being completed, we have included definitions of the following1:
 Horenstein, M.N. (1999). “Design Concepts for Engineers,” Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, pp. 21 – 24.
Analysis: If only one answer to the problem exists, and finding it involves using mathematical/computational models or tools, then the activity is probably analysis. Examples of analysis are simulating the response of a circuit using circuit simulation tools, conducting an experiment to obtain data, or deriving simple equations of motion to determine expected forces.
Design: If more than one solution exists, and if deciding upon a sutiable path demands creativity, choice taking, testing, iteration, and evaluation, the activity is most certainly design. It can include analysis, but it also must involve at least one of these other elements.
Reproduction: Process of recreating something that has already been designed. For example, copying oscillator circuit from an electronics book and substituting resister values to set the frequency is an example of reproduction, not design.
Please keep in mind that “Design” is a complete process from the origin of the project idea through the deployment and maintenance of the project. It includes specification development, conceptual design, detailed design, etc. More information about the EPICS Human Centered Design Process can be found at:
These links will be updated during the semester.
Information regarding the documentation of Outcomes (vi) and (viii):
Additional information about the documentation of Outcomes (i), (ii) and (iii):
A Design Record is a (short) report of one aspect of design that has been completed regarding your project. This includes analysis completed, details of the decision-making that could be applied to other projects, etc.
Examples of topics of Design Records:
One section of the Senior Design Report refers to the Design Process and asks you to indicated how it is incorporated into the project:
“Description of how the engineering design process is incorporated into the project. Reference must be made to most of the following fundamental steps of the design process: establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing, and evaluation.”
You may refer to the steps of the EPICS Human-Centered Design Process, which include the above steps.
In Section (e) of the Project Description, you are asked to give a summary of how realistic design constraints are being incorporated into the project. These constraints should be addressed within the following phases of the EPICS Human-Centered Design Process:
Completed documents must be posted on the SharePoint Server to be reviewed and approved.Information about accessing Sharepoint, creating and editing documents can be found:https://engineering.purdue.edu/EPICS/Resources/SPSIn addition, templates of the Outcome Matrix, Project Proposal, and Project Descriptions can be found on the Guidelines and Templates for Teams and Individuals page.
Please make sure that you can answer the following questions. If not, you should review the material in this module for the information.