ECE 4805 Senior Design Project | ECE | Virginia Tech

Undergraduate PROGRAMS

Course Information


Industry-like experience emphasizing technical, project management and personal development. Students working in teams will complete a sizeable hardware, or hardware related software project. Proposal process, design concept. detailed design, implementation and test. Important "real-life" skills such as teamwork, project management, communication, ethics and engineering professionalism.

Why take this course?

This ECE capstone course is designed to offer a culminating design experience with emphasis on technical, project management and professional development. Industry feedback has indicated a need for students with a sound technical foundation as well personal development and proposal management skills. These skills are best learned by practice, and this two semester capstone will optimize this learning and make our graduating students uniquely qualified to jump start their industrial career, or to pursue an advanced degree. Must be taken in a two semester consecutive sequence, 4805 fall only; 4806 spring only.


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Electrical Engineering majors must have completed the following courses with a C- or better: 2014, 2534, and any 2 of the following courses (3105, 3204, 3304, 3614, 3704). Computer Engineering majors must have completed the following courses with a C- or better: 2014, 2534, 3574 and one of the following (3204 and 3274, 3004 and 3074, 3544, 3614, 3704, 3714, 4424, 4704 CS 3214, CS 4264). Students will be matched to a project in their discipline and will be approved by the instructor.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explain the proposal contract process for engineering project acquisition
  • Design a solution to a sizeable hardware, or hardware based software problem
  • Implement the design solution and verify the performance against the design constraints
  • Develop schedules, budgets, project control methods and documents
  • Organize and write design documents and project reports
  • Organize and make technical presentations that describe a design
  • Work effectively in a team environment on a real-world project, interacting with external stakeholders
  • Assess and apply an ethical approach to the design process

Course Topics



Percentage of Course

1. Proposal Process 10%
2. Design Concept 20%
3. Design Implementation * Detailed Design 20%
* Simulations 10%
4. Project Management 10%
5. Communication 10%
6. Professional and Ethical Development 20%