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Project Selection:

When selecting an engineering research project, it is imperative to propose one that is scientifically well founded. Originality of the proposed concept should highlighted, however the main goal of this course (ENG 4000) is that, the students enrolled, demonstrate their ability to develop a classical engineering project in a successful way, under the supervision of, the course's director, the project advisers and/or the mentorship of graduate students. Hence, The main selection criteria for a plausible project are; (1) the knowledge that students acquired over the last three years, should be put into practice within the framework of the concept, (2) the aims, objectives and of the project, should be feasible and delivered with regard to the time table, the necessary expertise and abilities involved, the budget and the available facilities, (3) the necessary tasks, leading to the completion of the project, should be equally shared by the team members. Inasmuch, the students should submit their proposal to the course director. The project's descriptive document, should include detailed depiction of the main responsibilities of each one of the team members, their names and contact information in addition to a section that identifies the team's academic advisers. This form should be sent by the first deadline, however the students can improve this form and send their final version, by the last deadline.

Project Selection Review #1-2:

The students should present their proposal in class. A good presentation should stimulate number students from the audience, to ask questions and the presenting team should provide plausible answers to these questions. The director of the course will be asking questions, as well, except that these questions will differ from those of the audience in a sense that they are not meant to evaluate scientific, well-founding of the claims at this stage, but rather, these latter will address the organization of the team, the skills required for the completion of the project and mentoring of the project. By the second project selection review (PSR), the students will have an opportunity to find address, unanswered questions, remaining from the first PSR and improve their proposal accordingly. The main factors influencing the marking of this part of the project, are first, the quality of the project description, with respect to the template and second, the performance of the team, when defending their claims and answering the audience's questions.

Background Study:

The students should run an engineering background search, prior to the beginning of the project. In this study, the team members should review all the techniques they may potentially use for the ends of their projects. Also the originality of the endeavor and similarities between the selected project and other works should be discussed.

Background Review:

AT this stage, the students should be ready to present in class, a summary of the background study they ran on the chosen topic. The goal of this writing down this papers-review and presenting it, is to demonstrate the students comprehension of the underlying concepts and that allows them to improve the founding of their proposal. The main factors influencing the mark, dedicated to this part of project, are; first, the improvements achieved in the description of the right techniques involved in the project and second, the relevance of the team's answers to the audience's questions.

Design Specification:

This a critical step, in project development, where students should accurately, describe the objectives and the techniques, yet to be used in their projects. As these techniques, once they are set, can not be subjected to further changes, the students should run, an in-depth study of the projects outlines, prior to submitting the final design specifications.

Critical Design Review (CDR) #1-2:

In the first CDR, the students need to justify their approach by describing the main techniques and answering the questions. In the second CDR they will address the problems that were asked in the first CDR. The main factors affecting the mark dedicated to this part of project are; first, the quality of the description of design specifications with regard to the template and second, the relevance of the answers given to the questions.

Implementation Set-up:

Each team should provide a list of the main tools, equipment, consumable materials, electronic components and software. The list should be accompanied by a justification of each item needed.

Critical Implementation Review (CIR) #1-8:

Each group should submit a progress report and present their accomplishments in class. Convincing answers to the questions asked at the end of the presentation, should be provided before the director of the course.

Preliminary Demonstration (PD):

The students should demonstrate the first and second parts of project and answer the questions in PD #1 and PD #2 respectively. The main factors influencing the mark, dedicated to this phase of the project are; first, the successful demonstration of the results and second, answer to the questions.

Final Demonstration and Reports:

The main goal of this project is to train the students to integrate various engineering techniques and through a problem solving and decision making processes, demonstrate the results of their project in a successful fashion. The final report is the main and final document that will be delivered from the students. This document should include all the studies, design and implementation procedures, results tables, images and graphics, formatted according to the template.

Last modified:
2014/03/20 18:35