The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

ECE 5806 Graduate Design Project and Report | ECE | Virginia Tech

Graduate PROGRAMS

Course Information

Description

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. 5806: Implement and refine the project design from ECE 5805. Test, analyze, document, and deliver the resulting project outcomes. A final oral and written examination that satisfies the Master of Engineering (MEng) program requirements

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. Implement an engineering design solution incorporating appropriate engineering standards and verify the performance against the problem requirements and constraints
  • 2. Construct informed judgments by recognizing ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations using codes of ethics and considering the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • 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. Manage design documents, schedules, budgets, and reports as part of a design, build and test process
  • 6. Participate effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • 7. Build, integrate, and test the developed solution effectively as part of a design team on a realistic, complex engineering project
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Prepare for a final oral and written examination that satisfies the Master of Engineering (MEng) program requirements

Course Topics

Topic

Percentage of Course

Design implementation 20%
Subsystem characterization and system performance relative to design specifications 10%
Design testing and validation 20%
Written project plan (work breakdown structure, schedule, and cost) as part of a team 10%
Teamwork 10%
Professional and ethical development 10%
Final report and examination: written and oral 20%