ECE 4820 ELECTRICAL/COMPUTER ENGINEERING DESIGN II

Fall 2016

16 December 2016

Important Note

This document is available at http://homepages.wmich.edu/~miller/ECE4820.html and provides critical resources for this course, including a schedule, assignments, handouts, hyperlinked materials, etc. Check the posted version for updates.

 

Course Coordinator
Dr. Damon A. Miller, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western Michigan University, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Parkview Campus, Room A-240, 269.276.3158, 269.276.3151 (fax),
damon.miller@wmich.edu, www.homepages.wmich.edu/~miller/.

Course Development and Acknowledgements
Dr. John Gesink developed and collected much of the material originally used in this course. Drs. Massood Atashbar, Steven Durbin, and Ralph Tanner have made subsequent improvements. Student suggestions for improvement are encouraged. Some course notes (including figures) may be verbatim from various references.

 

Office Hours
Office hours are posted on Dr. Miller’s door and at
http://homepages.wmich.edu/~miller/. Please respect course coordinator office hours.  Other times are available by appointment.

WMU Catalog Description
Course Description: Senior electrical/computer engineering design project. A continuation of ECE 481[0]. A formal written report and a formal presentation is required at the end of the semester. This course, along with ECE 481[0], are approved as writing-intensive courses which may fulfill the baccalaureate-level writing requirement of the student’s curriculum.  Prerequisite: ECE 4810.

Project Constraint

In consideration of federal export control laws, senior design projects will only utilize information that is broadly available to the engineering and scientific community.  No restrictions on dissemination of any project information or results will be accepted.  Project final reports (ECE 4820) will be available to the public.  Projects that require or involve non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, etc. are not acceptable.  Student are cautioned that the export of project material goods are subject to federal export control laws and should be carefully reviewed beforehand.  Federal export laws apply now and after graduation.  This policy was prepared using information provided in Export Control Laws and Senior Design Projects by Vicki Janson, former Research Compliance Coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Research.

 

In short, senior design projects must be entirely “open”.

 

Textbook and Materials

Required:

  1. Access to the webpage http://homepages.wmich.edu/~miller/ECE4820.html; visit this webpage often to check for updates.

 

Recommended:

  1. Access to the webpage http://homepages.wmich.edu/~miller/ECE4810.html; this webpage has links that may be useful in your project work.
  2. W. H. Middendorf and R. H. Engelmann, Design of Devices and Systems, Marcel Dekker, 3rd ed., 1998.
  3. J. E. Aaron, Little, Brown Essential Handbook, Longman, 2010 (7th edition).
  4. S. Wolf and R. F. M. Smith, Student Reference Manual for Electronic Instrumentation Laboratories, , Pearson Prentice Hall, 1990 (1st ed.) or 2004 (2nd ed.).
  5. Textbook(s) from IME 3160 Report Preparation.

 

References:

 

  1. WMU resources for engineering, provided by
    Edward Eckel
    edward.eckel@wmich.edu
    Associate Professor and Engineering and Applied Sciences Librarian
    http://libguides.wmich.edu/engineering/howto
    http://libguides.wmich.edu/engineering
  2. M. Alley, The Craft of Scientific Writing, 3rd ed., Springer, 1998.  See the related website at http://writing.engr.psu.edu/writing.html
  3. R. S. Blicq and L. A. Moretto, Writing Reports to Get Results:  Quick, Effective Results Using the Pyramid Method, IEEE Press/Wiley-Interscience, 3rd ed., 2001.
  4. John Fiske Brown, Engineering Report Writing, United Western Press, revised 3rd edition, 1989. Available for checkout in the ECE office.
  5. H. Michaelson, How to Write and Publish Engineering Papers and Reports, Oryx Press, 3rd ed., 1990.
  6. R. A. Day and B. Gastel, How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 7th ed., Greenwood, 2011.
  7. D. L. Driscoll, Writing Report Abstracts, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/656/1/.
  8. P. Theibert, “Speechwriters of the world, get lost!”, Communication World, December 1993, available (through WMU) at http://search.proquest.com/docview/210251672
  9. University of Alaska Fairbanks Speaking Center, Suggestions for Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking, available at http://www.uaf.edu/comm/speaking-center/Suggestions-for-Overcoming-Fear-of-Public-Speaking.pdf, downloaded 20 November 2013.

 


 

Other:

1.     Valuable resource for help with written communication skills: WMU Writing Center: http://www.wmich.edu/casp/writingcenter/ (Ellsworth Hall, room 1343)

2.     See https://wmich.edu/engineer/news for events in the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Course Documents and Forms:

1.  Senior Design Conference Conference Information Form
2.  Senior Design Style and Grammar Conventions
3.  Policy on Patents and Release of Reports
4.  Senior Design Project Progress Report Form
5.  Final Report Disclaimer [In Microsoft® Word® format][Do not modify this text][Provided here for use by WMU engineering senior design students only]
6.  Final Report Release Form
7.  Senior Design Oral Presentation Evaluation Form
8.  Senior Design Peer Evaluation Form
SUBMIT THIS FORM TO MR. ROBERT MAKIN (robert.makin@wmich.edu) to reserve a bench in the Senior Design Laboratory.  YOU MUST also check-out from your bench at the end of the semester in order to receive your ECE 4820 grade.
9.  Senior Design Laboratory Use Form

Course Policies


Academic Honesty

General:

“You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the University policies and procedures that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. (The academic policies addressing Student Rights and Responsibilities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog at http://catalog.wmich.edu/index.php?catoid=26 and the Graduate Catalog at http://catalog.wmich.edu/index.php?catoid=27.) If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s) and if you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.”— provided by the Professional Concerns Committee of the WMU Faculty Senate [links updated]

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism will not be tolerated!  See the plagiarism tutorial found at http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/plag/plagiarismtutorial.php.

Course Description

 

Student design teams implement the engineering design projects that were proposed in ECE 4810 Senior Design under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  The project implementation and results are presented at the public senior design conference and documented in a detailed final report.  Project progress is reported by each team member via memos to the faculty advisor via the course coordinator.  Each student is urged to keep a permanently bound journal/log/lab notebook in which individual contributions to the design project are recorded.  Students are required to attend all ECE 4820 class meetings.

 

Final Report

 

The front cover of each report must carry the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences logo (printed report covers are available from the Dean’s office – they can also bind your report) and shall have a window in which the following information will appear:

 

1.     Project title

2.     Author names

3.     Advisor names

4.     ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING 4820

5.     the date and

6.     any other appropriate information.

 

NOTE THAT THERE ARE 5 AND POSSIBLY 6 ITEMS HERE.  Be sure all items appear in the window.

 

Each report shall contain, in addition to these items, the following [NOTE! Bind these between the title page and table of contents]:

 

7.     An abstract of 250 to 300 words

8.     A copy of the "Final Report Disclaimer" available in the Course Documents section

9.     A completed copy of the “Senior Design Project Report Release Form” available in the Course Documents section

10.  If appropriate, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS/PERMISSION section.  Give credit where it's due!

11.  See “Guidelines of Style, Grammar and Convention" in the Course Documents section and please use those guidelines in this report

 

Recommended Final Report Format

           

Use these sections as described in Design Reports [Alley 1998]:

1.     SUMMARY

2.     INTRODUCTION

3.     DISCUSSION

4.     CONCLUSIONS

a.      [Blicq and Moretto 2001] indicates that this section is to be followed with a RECOMMENDATIONS section.  What suggestions would you have for the next group to undertake a follow-on project?

5.     APPENDICES

6.     THE FOLLOWING POINTS MUST BE COVERED IN THE ABOVE STRUCTURE

a.      A clear and concise statement of the need that this project was to satisfy.

b.     A presentation and review of the original specifications for the project, both qualitative and quantitative.

c.      A presentation, discussion and review of the quantitative performance measurements taken on the finished project.

d.     A clear and meaningful discussion and comparison between the completed project's measured performance and the original specifications given in the ECE4810 project proposal.

e.      A discussion and clear indication of which of the original specifications were met and which were not.

f.      The report must contain a line drawing and/or photographs of the finished project.  Weave a discussion of the drawings/photos into the text of the report.

g.     The report must contain a complete schematic diagram of any electronic/electrical circuits designed and developed for the project and each component in the diagram must have a unique name, e.g., R1, R2…C1, C2 etc.  The diagrams must be of sufficient detail to enable another ECE person to build the circuit using  the circuit diagram and other information in the report.

h.     The report must contain a parts list [and/or Bill Of Materials (BOM)] in which the unique component identifiers used in the schematic diagram are described and their ratings and possible source part number are given, e.g.

            R1       10K, 10% metal film  1/8 watt.                      DigiKey # 123456

 

Grading Basis

All course tasks must be completed before a grade will be assigned, e.g. submission of a final report that meets the provided guidelines.  ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED.

Course Information Packet

5%

In-Class Presentations

5%

Progress Reports

5%

Exit Interview

5%

Advisor Evaluation of Project
(discuss project evaluation with your advisor at the start of the semester)

80%

Unexcused Absence (each)
(contact instructor ahead of time if possible)

-5%

 

Scale: 0-60 E | 60-65 D | 65-70 DC | 70-75 C | 75-80 CB | 80-85 B | 85-90 BA | 90-100 A |

Electronic Devices
Electronic devices are to be turned off (unless there is a safety issue) during lecture unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Course SCHEDULE

Schedule subject to change.  Religious observances will be accommodated with advanced notice.
[course coordinator action items]

 

class #

date

topic

1        

9/9

Welcome!
Time is short…

syllabus/course schedule

1.     Contact faculty advisor to arrange a regular weekly meeting time.

2.     Read some example senior design project descriptions

3.     Prepare two slides to present in class next week:

a.      project specifications

b.     project block diagram (parameters)

4.     Visit http://libguides.wmich.edu/engineering/howto and http://libguides.wmich.edu/engineering

WEEK 2

Meet with faculty advisor to prepare your Senior Design Conference Information Form.  After you and your advisor agree it is complete, have your advisor indicate her/his approval by INITIALING the packet on the top of the first page.  Be sure to initial your names and to give your telephone numbers.  RETAIN A COPY OF THE INFORMATION FOR YOUR OWN RECORDS.  Due this week in class.

2        

9/16

Student Presentations:  Project Specifications and Block Diagram

1.     Turn in Senior Design Conference Information Form to course coordinator in class; course coordinator to submit to faculty advisors by 5PM.

2.     Prepare Gantt Chart showing your plan for completing your project to be presented in class next week.  Assume a completion date of 11/23.

WEEK 3

 

 

9/19

Latest date to reserve a time slot for your conference presentation.  Reservation sign-up form in ECE office

 

9/22

Senior Design Conference Information Forms due to course coordinator from faculty advisors

3        

9/23

Student Presentations:  Gantt Chart and Project Progress

Students review Senior Design Conference Information Forms

Senior Design Conference Information Forms due to Tamara Bergman

WEEK 4

 

4        

9/30

Review draft of senior design conference booklet

 

1.     Submit Senior Design Project Progress Report Form #1 to Course Coordinator

2.     Update Gantt Chart showing your plan for completing your project to be presented in class next week.

WEEK 5

 

 

10/3

Tamara Bergman returns marked-up Senior Design Conference Information Forms to course coordinator

5        

10/7

Student Presentations:  Gantt Chart and Project Progress

WEEK 6

 

6        

10/14

1.     Submit Senior Design Project Progress Report Form #2 to Course Coordinator

2.     Update Gantt Chart showing your plan for completing your project to be presented in class next week.

Course coordinator returns Senior Design Conference Information Forms to Tamara Bergman

WEEK 7

 

7        

10/21

Student Presentations:  Gantt Chart and Project Progress

WEEK 8

 

 

10/28

NO CLASS

1.     Update Gantt Chart showing your plan for completing your project to be presented in class next week.  Include some pictures of your project in your presentation.

WEEK 9

 

8        

11/4

Student Presentations:  Gantt Chart and Project Progress

1.     Submit draft (at least an outline) of final report to project advisor

WEEK 10

 

 

11/11

NO CLASS

1.     Update Gantt Chart showing your plan for completing your project to be presented in class next week.

WEEK 11

 

9        

11/18

Student Presentations:  Gantt Chart and Project Progress
Review of Oral Presentation Guidelines

Review Final Report Requirements
Discuss Peer Evaluation Forms

 

1.     Submit second revised draft of final report to project advisor

2.     Schedule mandatory EXIT INTERVIEW with Dr. Durbin in ECE Office

3.     Read P. Theibert, “Speechwriters of the world, get lost!”, Communication World, December 1993, available (through WMU) at http://search.proquest.com/docview/210251672

4.     Read University of Alaska Fairbanks Speaking Center, Suggestions for Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking, available at http://www.uaf.edu/comm/speaking-center/Suggestions-for-Overcoming-Fear-of-Public-Speaking.pdf.

WEEK 12

TARGET THIS WEEK FOR PROJECT COMPLETION
TWO WEEKS TO FINISH REPORT

WEEK 13

 

10     

12/2

Student Mini-Presentations:
present final design (use pictures!);

evaluate degree that original specifications were achieved;

provide recommendations for follow-on work.

WEEK 14

 

 

12/6

SENIOR DESIGN CONFERENCE
(meet at noon by conference room for photo)

11     

12/9

1.     Latest date to complete and submit Peer Evaluation Forms on your teammates. Submit forms to your advisor.

2.     Two copies of the FINAL PROJECT REPORT due to course coordinator IN PERSON.  One of the two will be given to the project advisor by the course coordinator.

3.     Those teams with a sponsor must provide the course coordinator with written evidence from the sponsor that they have provided the sponsor with a copy of the final project report as well as with other items that the team has agreed to submit to the sponsor.  The evidence could be a short note via email, fax or US mail from the sponsor indicating receipt of a copy of the report and all promised deliverables.

4.     Lab stations must be cleaned out and inspected by Robert Makin.  Ask Mr. Makin to email the course coordinator that this has been completed.

 

 

Attached:

1.     Memo from Tamara Bergman

2.     Senior Design Conference Project Information Form

3.     Progress Report Form

4.     Project Report Release Form

5.     Final Report Disclaimer

6.     Policy and Patents and Release of Reports

7.     Guidelines for Style, Grammar, and Convention

 

Credits and Copyright

 

Parts adapted/adopted from syllabi by J. Gesink, M. Atashbar, R. Tanner, and S. Durbin.

 

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