Jan 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EE 407 - Senior Design Project I

2 lecture hours 3 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This is the first course in the three-course EE senior design sequence. Students form three- or four-person design teams and define a design problem which has alternative solutions. Alternatives are analyzed considering the needs and wants of a customer, safety, standards, and feasibility in the context of global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts. Topics discussed are project selection, development of a problem statement, the system diagram, formulating and executing a test plan, subsystem hardware test, team charter, and personal and team growth. Assignments relating to the above are required, and the quarter culminates in an oral design review. Students maintain a bound engineering logbook. (prereq: senior standing in electrical engineering, or approved plan of study to complete the degree by the following fall term)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Approach engineering design problems with an open and creative mind, and use various ideation techniques to explore a variety of alternative solutions
  • Form a team to define and solve an open ended engineering problem
  • Use a variety of resources in researching the problem, including technical periodicals, trade journals, patent listings, manufacturers catalogs and application notes
  • Keep a bound engineering logbook of all design activities
  • Develop detailed design specifications
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Prepare a test plan and conduct a subsystem hardware test
  • Make a formal oral presentation on the project

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Analysis and design of diode and transistor circuits
  • Analysis and design of combinational and sequential logic circuits
  • Design of microprocessor based systems
  • Electromagnetic field theory
  • Basic AC and DC motors and generators
  • Introduction to linear control systems analysis and design
  • Computer aided design and familiarity with programs for analog and digital circuit analysis and design
  • Technical communications

Course Topics
  • Introduction to capstone design sequence and requirements (1 class)
  • Team formation and team dynamics (1 class)
  • Project selection (1 week)
  • System design (1 week)
  • System diagram (1 week)
  • Test plan (1 week)
  • Specifications (1 week)
  • Subsystem test details (1 week)
  • Subsystem hardware demonstration (1.5 weeks)
  • Oral design review (1.5 weeks)

Laboratory Topics
  • Varies with team project

Dr. Richard Kelnhofer

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