ECE 5805 Graduate Design Project and Report | ECE | Virginia Tech


Course Information


Industry-like two-semester, team-based design experience. Design and implement solutions to meet multiple realistic constraints; design to incorporate appropriate engineering standards. A specific, complex engineering design problem taken from problem definition to product realization and testing. Written and oral communication, professional development, project management, and working within a team. 5805: Determine and formulate an engineering problem with multiple realistic constraints. Generate and select design alternatives. Apply design and analysis methods to develop, evaluate, and communicate a detailed project design.

Why take this course?

Providing realistic solutions to open-ended design problems to meet customer needs within realistic constraints is the primary function of all engineering. This course sequence provides a graduate design experience in a team-based project. Within the context of a practical design experience, the course includes further development and application of professional engineering skills. This integrative, practical experience prepares graduate students to succeed as professional engineers. Due to interaction with a specified customer and the long-term design team premise, this sequence must be taken in a consecutive two semester sequence.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Determine and formulate an engineering problem with multiple realistic constraints applying the engineering design process
  • 2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  • 3. Prepare and present oral and written technical reports and presentations for a range of audiences
  • 4. Review and revise written and oral communication with peer and instructor critique
  • 5. Participate effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish technical goals, plan technical tasks, and meet technical objectives
  • 6. Apply appropriate learning strategies for establishing the state-of-the-art in the project area by performing patent searches and other research, including an evaluation of the accuracy and trustworthiness of this information

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

Alternative design solutions addressing project requirements and constraints 10%
Written technical proposal 10%
Written project plan (work breakdown structure, schedule, and cost) as part of a team 5%
Preliminary design report (written and oral) a. Proposed system scope, requirements, and summary of changes (5%) b. Detailed design and considerations (10%) c. Selected design architecture (10%) d. Written test plan (5%) e. Project management update (5%) f. Individual communications (10%) 45%
Teamwork 10%
Professional and ethical development 10%
Technical communications: written and oral 10%