Design, implementation, testing, and validation of a hardware and software solution to an open-ended engineering problem integrating both analog and digital components. Using industrial-caliber test and measurement equipment including: oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, and digital multi-meters. Technical documentation and oral presentation of design process and solution. Overview of the scope of the electrical and computer engineering profession and issues related to its societal impact and ethical considerations.
While students solve highly structured design problems in their lecture classes, there is a need for students to gain experience with solving more open-ended engineering design problems. Such problems require integrating knowledge across multiple courses, and are thus more suited to a separate laboratory course. In addition, this course will prepare students for the much more challenging design problems in their senior-level major design experience.
Percentage of Course
|1. Use of standard, industrial-caliber, test equipment||15%|
|2. Solution of open-ended engineering design problem||%|
|a) Sketch out feasible solution to problem||15%|
|b) Prototype solution in hardware and software||15%|
|c) Test, validation, and design revision||15%|
|3. Document solution for technical report and in a formal presentation||15%|
|4. Areas of specialization in Electrical and Computer Engineering||%|
|a) Electrical and Computer Engineering technical area specializations||20%|
|b) Contemporary, global, and ethical issues and societal impact||5%|