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Senior Design I

Course Details

Course Number
MENG 4143
Section Number
MENG 4143
Semester
Fall 2017
Location
McCoy Engineering Hall
Classroom Number
MY136 lecture, MY131 Lab
Days & Times

Lecture: W 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Labs: 11A, 11B, 11C, 11D, 11E, 11F, W 2:00 - 5:50 PM

 

 

Professor
Dr. M. Salim Azzouz (view Profile)
Course Objectives

 Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain the four fundamental brainstorming principles
  • Explain the five mental steps leading to creative processes
  • Lay down the seven steps of the engineering design process
  • Explain Gantt scheduling chart
  • Cite the characteristics of a good team and the characteristics of a disruptive team
  • Explain the concept of intellectual property and the patent laws
  • Lay down the detailed design 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 differences between product liability and personal liability
  • Write formal and informal engineering reports
  • Work as part of a team

 

Course Expectations

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES

Successful completion of all MENG 3000 courses or permission of instructor.

OTHER PREREQUISITES

Basic computer skills, MATLAB, SolidWorks, SolidWorks Simulation, LabVIEW, Automation Studio, MS Word, MS Excel, hand calculator

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 five to six members from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skills and capabilities.  The projects are devised by the faculty or the industry and assigned to the students in the first week of the semester.  Each group will carry-out a project from a brainstorming phase (A) to product fabrication and testing phase (Z).  
  1. Brainstorming Phase

Within the first few weeks after the starting 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. 

  1. Preliminary Design Calculations and Drawings for Parts and Assemblies

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 beginning of November, 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. 

  1. Final Draft Proposal Report with Budget, Quotes, and Timeline

Toward the end of the semester, each group will submit a final major draft proposal 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 proposal report, write his own final recommendations for the final report, and turn it to the students. A general template of the report will be sent to the students as guidance report.

  • The instructor in charge of the student group 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 ethically throughout the duration of the project. Any student caught misbehaving in class, 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 made 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 (20%). A 0.5% decrease in the total course semester grade is applied for each unjustified absence.
  • 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 fall semester. It is brought to the attention of the student that the deliverable might change, depending on the project advancement, and/or encountered problems during the project.
  • It is brought to the attention of the students that each one of them is expressly required to participate in all senior design presentations (partials and final). 
  • It is brought to the attention of the students that any changes in the project design and drawings discussed with other faculty members, and/or the department machinist technician, and/or the department lab technician must be reported immediately to the instructor in charge of the group who will decide on whether to adopt these changes or not.
  • It is brought to the attention of the students that each final drawing of a machine part has to have the approved signature of the instructor in charge of the group and the machinist technician before the component is ordered or manufactured.
  • It is brought to the attention of the students that each purchase of a machine part has to have the approved signature of the chair of the department, the instructor in charge of the group, the machinist, and the purchaser. The purchase has to stay within the allowed budget. 

 Lecture, Exams, Homework and Laboratory

This course consists of a one-hour lecture and four-hour laboratory design 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 encountered).  The lab time will be spent by the groups working on their projects on their own and under the supervision of their instructor and when needed the machinist technician. 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 their instructor. It is brought to the attention of the students that the lab-time is not sufficient to complete all the 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 proposal report, and their final proposal presentation with all the required deliverables specified in the project personal requirement sheet. If the material submitted by the students is partial, imperfect, and unfinished, the students will receive an incomplete grade (I) for the current semester, and will be required to complete the project in the following weeks.

Beside the weekly labs assignments, there will be a weekly homework, and three short exams during the semester on the lecture materials. The exams are closed and open book and based on the materials studied during the class.  The homework and the mandatory exams count for 20% of the total course grade.

Weekly Progress Reports and Log Book

 Each group member is responsible for keeping a log book containing a list of all the activities performed during the week.  This log book will be used by the student to draft a weekly progress report.  The weekly progress report must be turned-in the form of a document stack containing a list of activities, a list of documents, a list of drawings, a list of calculations, and a copy of the log book. The list of documents may contain mechanical components technical sheets, technical papers, electrical schematic, etc…). Any drawings done with SolidWorks or other software on a weekly basis has to be saved on a memory key and given to the instructor. Any other document has to be also saved on the memory key. The weekly progress reports will be reviewed and returned to the students by the instructor on a weekly basis. Weekly progress reports count for 20% of the total grade, and

Peer Evaluation

At the end of each scheduled informal or formal presentation, each group member will be asked to grade his/her peer based on his/her performance during the design process past period. The peer evaluation counts for 5% of the total grade. 

Attitude, Absenteeism, and Participation

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 class behavior, absenteeism, time on tasks, punctuality, language, willingness to work with team members, instructor, and machinist technician, and more as deemed appropriate by the instructor. The general attitude of the student counts for 20% of the total grade. 

Public Presentations & Paper Publication & Poster

It is brought to the attention of the students that each one of them is expressly required to participate in in three of following university activities: University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum, North Texas Area Students Conference (NTASC), Counsel of Undergraduate Research (CUR), IdeaMSU, Writing Conference Papers, etc... The students are required to start preparing for these activities in the fall semester (draft poster, draft oral presentation, draft paper, etc…). The participation in these activities counts for 10% of the total grade. 

Senior Design I Final Proposal Oral Presentation and Final Proposal Report

The students are required to submit the final proposal report by December 6th, 2017. While a working prototype of the design is due by the end of the academic year (May 2018), 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 presentations are scheduled December 6th, 2017. The end of the semester proposal report as well as the final proposal 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.

Grading Standards

Course Grade

Course grades are based on the following items, with the relative weighting numbers shown below:

 

Lecture Materials Exams and Homework 20%
Weekly Progress Report & Log books 20%
Peer Evaluation 5%
Attitude & Absenteeism & Participation 15%
Public Presentations & Paper Publication & Poster 10%
Senior Design I Final Proposal Oral Presentation  10%
Senior Design I Final Proposal Report 20%
Total maximum Grade 100%

Weekly Progress Reports and Log Book

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 member is responsible for submitting one weekly report. 

Exams

You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for a major and acceptable reason you are unable to do so, then you must inform the instructor in advance in writing and give a valid proof of your absence. The instructor will give then a make-up exam toward the end of the semester. The examination materials for the make-up exam may be very different from the ones given in regular exams. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the exam, their grade will be 0%. It is absolutely forbidden during the exam session to use cell phones and/or other electronic devices with the exception of a simple hand calculator

In this first semester the students are required to submit their final proposal report, and their final proposal presentation with all the required deliverables specified in the project personal requirement sheet. If the material submitted by the students is partial, imperfect, and unfinished, the students will receive an incomplete grade of (I) for this semester, and will be required to complete the project in the following weeks.

 

 

 

 

Final Exam 12/13/2017 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Submission Format Policy

 

 

Each group member is responsible for keeping a log book containing a list of all the activities performed during the week.  This log book will be used by the student to draft a weekly progress report.  The weekly progress report must be turned-in the form of a document stack containing a list of activities, a list of documents, a list of drawings, a list of calculations, and a copy of the log book. The list of documents may contain mechanical components technical sheets, technical papers, electrical schematic, etc…). Any drawings done with SolidWorks or other software on a weekly basis has to be saved on a memory key and given to the instructor. Any other document has to be also saved on the memory key.


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, (940) 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. Not attending or arriving late to scheduled lectures, labs, and meetings may cost the student the full attitude grade (20%). A 0.5% decrease in the total course semester grade is applied for each unjustified absence.

 


 

Other Policies

GENERAL EDUCATION STATEMENT
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.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
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.

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Students registered with Disability Support Services should have a letter verifying their disability and the appropriate accommodations.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT
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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.