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. Two semester-long design project.
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 as 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.
Capstone Design Course
4806: A C- or better in 4805 is required for 4806. Students will be matched to a project in their discipline and will be approved by the instructor.
A C- or better in prerequisite ECE 4805. 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 acuuisition
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