ENGR 650 - Engineering Senior Design I

In this first capstone course, engineering students will apply knowledge and skills learned in their undergraduate engineering curriculum toward a proposed project approved by the faculty advisor to study, analyze, design, build and test concepts in a field of their choosing. Elements of the design process are considered as well as real-world constraints, such as economic and societal factors, marketability, ergonomics, safety, aesthetics and ethics. Pre-requisites: senior class standing and COMM330, Introduction to Mass Communication. Co-requisite: MGMT510, Engineering Economy. 

Course Objectives

To develop and hone the skills necessary to move from problem statement, to the design solution on paper, to the prototype, and finally to the actual product.

To gain familiarity in design methodologies (reverse engineering, design and production process).

To gain familiarity with the business environment of engineering (competition, project planning, scheduling and cost analysis).

To develop project planning skills (tasks, time-lines, identification or resources, and decision making).

To provide training of the mind in innovative problem-solving techniques.

To provide professional communication skills (writing, effective oral, “thinking-on-your-feet” and business presentations).

To develop competence in research, simulation, prototyping, time and financial budgeting, and component purchasing.

To develop lifelong, design decision-making skills.

To develop lifelong learning strategies.

To develop team-working skills.

To have the student experience a complete design problem, utilizing the steps learned in previous courses.

To expand the students knowledge in technical literature and in particular, to encourage the student to employ resources other than undergraduate textbooks.

To develop a stronger sense of ethical issues in engineering design.

Course Learning Outcomes

(g) An ability to communicate effectively

(h) Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning

(i) An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities

(j) A respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues

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