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Course : Senior Design II

Course Number
MENG 4243
Section Number
201
Semester
Spring 2021
Location
McCoy Engineering Hall, MY136 lecture, MY131 Lab
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00 am
Topics
 
Materials Selection and Materials in Design
Materials Processing and Design
Engineering Statistics
Risk, Reliability, and Safety
Robust and Quality Design
Detail Design
Communicating the Design
Mechanical Case Studies
Leadership Qualities
 
 
Course Learning Objectives
 
Explain the method for materials selection
Cite at least three techniques for materials processing
Explain the steps pertaining to the investment casting process
Cite at least three probability distributions
Explain the meaning of reliability in engineering design
Define quality in engineering design
Explain the goal of detail design
Name at least three tools to communicate the design
Write formal and informal engineering reports
Work as part of a team
 
 

 

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES

Successful completion of MENG 4143.

OTHER PREREQUISITES

Basic computer skills, MATLAB, SolidWorks, SolidWorks Simulation, LabVIEW, Automation Studio, MS Word, MS Excel, hand calculator

This course provides students the opportunity to work in an environment which closely simulates a real workplace environment. The students will work in groups composed of three to four members from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skills and capabilities.  The projects are devised by the faculty and assigned to the students in the first week of the semester.  Each group will carry out a project from brainstorming (A) to product fabrication (Z).  The instructor in charge of the student groups is there to guide them, advise them and supervise them.  The instructor is not there to do the students’ work.  The instructor expects the students to behave professionally and appropriately throughout the duration of the project.  Any student caught using foul language, making derogatory remarks in writing through emails or verbally in class may be dismissed from it. A complete dismissal from class for the reminder of the semester may occur if the offenses proffered by the student are considered very serious by the instructor.  Not attending or arriving late to scheduled lectures, labs, and meetings may cost the student the full attitude grade (30%). Each student will receive from the instructor a personal requirements sheet outlining the project main substance and specifying all the expected deliverable toward the end of the semester. Any changes in the project design and drawings discussed with other faculty members and/or the department machinist/technician must be reported immediately to the instructor in charge of the group who will then decide on whether to adopt these changes or not.  Each student will receive from the instructor a personal requirements sheet outlining the project main substance and specifying all the expected deliverable toward the end of the semester. Any changes in the project design and drawings discussed with other faculty members and/or the department machinist/technician must be reported immediately to the instructor in charge of the group who will then decide on whether to adopt these changes or not.   This course provides students the opportunity to work in an environment which closely simulates a real workplace environment. The students will work in groups composed of three to four members from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skills and capabilities.  The projects are devised by the faculty and assigned to the students in the first week of the semester.  Each group will carry out a project from brainstorming (A) to product fabrication (Z).  The instructor in charge of the student groups is there to guide them, advise them and supervise them.  The instructor is not there to do the students’ work.  The instructor expects the students to behave professionally and appropriately throughout the duration of the project.  Any student caught using foul language, making derogatory remarks in writing through emails or verbally in class may be dismissed from it. A complete dismissal from class for the reminder of the semester may occur if the offenses proffered by the student are considered very serious by the instructor.  Not attending or arriving late to scheduled lectures, labs, and meetings may cost the student the full attitude grade (30%).General information  

This course provides students the opportunity to work in an environment, which closely simulates a real workplace environment. The students will work in groups composed of four to five members from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skills and capabilities.  The projects devised by the faculty or the industry are a continuation of the projects started in the Fall semester.  Each group will carry-out a set of tasks from a parts ordering phase to a results and testing phase.

 

  • Request for Funding and Parts Ordering Phase: Sometime in February each group will submit a final and complete request for funding for their project, a full bill of materials, and an exhaustive list of the ordered parts as well as their final 2-D and 3-D drawings with finalized dimensions and tolerances. Each group is required to make a PowerPoint presentation about the design concept, the type of parts ordered, the suppliers, and the projected cost of the project.
  • Fabrication and Assembly Phase: Each group has a maximum of two months, February and March, to carry out the fabrication and assembly phase of the project. By a date specified by the instructor, each group through an oral presentation will present, submit, and demonstrate to the instructor their fabricated machine or designed process.
  • Testing and Results Processing Phase: Toward the end of the semester, each group will submit a working prototype or process of their final design. An oral presentation showing a testing procedure with pictured experiment set-ups is also required. Testing results have to be shown and discussed.

 

  1. The faculty mentor in charge of the project is there to guide the students, advise them and supervise them.  The faculty mentor is not there to do the students’ work.  The faculty mentor expects the students to behave professionally and ethically throughout the duration of the project. Any student caught misbehaving in class, using foul language, making derogatory remarks in writing through emails or verbally in class may be dismissed from it. A complete dismissal from class for the reminder of the semester may occur if the offenses made by the student are considered very serious by the faculty mentor.  Not attending or arriving late to scheduled lectures, labs, and meetings may cost the student the full attitude & absenteeism & participation & sharing knowledge with teammates and faculty mentor & ethics grade, 25%.
  2. It is brought to the attention of the students that the deliverable might change, depending on the project advancement, and/or encountered difficulties and problems during the project.
  3. It is brought to the attention of the students that each one of them is expressly required to participate in all internal, external, partials, and finals senior design presentations.
  4. It is brought to the attention of the students that any changes in the project design and drawings discussed with other faculty members, and/or the department machinist technician, and/or the department lab technician, and/or external company engineers or technicians must be reported immediately to the faculty mentor in charge of the project who will decide on whether to adopt these changes or not.
  5. It is brought to the attention of the students that each final drawing of a machine part has to have the approved signature of the faculty mentor in charge of the group, the machinist technician, or external company engineer or technician before the component is ordered or manufactured.
  6. It is brought to the attention of the students that each purchase of a machine part has to have the approved signature of the chair of the department, the faculty mentor in charge of the group, the machinist, the external company engineer or technician, and the purchaser. The purchase has to stay within the allowed budget.

 Lecture, Exams, Homework and Laboratory

This course consists of a one-mandatory hour lecture and four mandatory-hour laboratory design sessions per week. The one hour lecture session includes a short talk by the instructor, and a general discussion of the projects progression (weekly assignments, difficulties, needs, and issues encountered).  The notes and other materials posted on D2L are the strict property of the faculty mentor and should not be given, copied, or communicated through electronic means to a third party. The lab time will be spent by the groups working on their projects on their own and under the supervision of their faculty mentor and when needed the machinist technician or the external company engineer (s) or technician (s). The students are required to attend the whole lab session each Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 5:50 pm, and wait for their turn to meet with their faculty mentor. It is brought to the attention of the students that the lab-time is not sufficient to complete all the required weekly tasks. The students have to manage their own study schedule and find time to complete all required tasks. In this second semester the students are required to submit their final project report, and their final project presentation with all the required deliverables specified in the project personal requirement sheet. If the material submitted by the students is partial, imperfect, and unfinished, the students will receive an incomplete grade (I) for the current spring semester, and will be required to complete the project in the following weeks after the end of the spring 2021 semester.

Beside the weekly lab assignments there will be a final exam at the end of the semester on the lecture materials presented during the course. The mandatory exam counts for 20% of the total course grade. You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. No make-up exams are given. It is absolutely forbidden during the exam session to use cell phones and/or other electronic devices with the exception of a simple hand calculator.

This spring 2021 semester, the senior design II lecture is designed as a hybrid lecture. It means that the lecture is offered simultaneously in two forms: 1) in person lecture (face-to face) in the classroom at the McCoy School of Engineering, and 2) online lecture through Zoom, the web-based video conferencing and meeting application. The course consists of one 50-minutes weekly session. Student participation in class discussions is highly recommended and rewarded. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students who choose to attend the in-person lecture are expressly required to wear a face mask covering the mouth and the upper nose all the time during the lecture. Students are also required to keep their social distancing (6 ft.) while sitting in the class. Please check the following university statement:

“During class, students must comply with MSU’s requirement for wearing a face covering” as mandated in the document https://msutexas.edu/return-to-campus/_assets/files/msu-texas-facial-covering-requirement.pdf

Weekly Progress Reports and Log Book

Each group member is responsible for keeping a logbook containing a list of all the activities performed during the current week.  This logbook will be used by the student to draft a personal weekly progress report.  The weekly progress report must be turned-in the form of a digital PDF copy uploaded to a D2L Dropbox.  The weekly progress report must contain a list of weekly activities, one page narrating the tasks performed during the week, relevant documents and drawings, pertinent calculations, and a copy of the weekly logbook. The supplied documents may contain mechanical components technical sheets, technical papers, electrical schematic, copies of drawings done with SolidWorks or other software during the week, etc…All software programs have to be well organized, saved on a memory key, and given to the faculty mentor by the end of the semester. Any other relevant document to the project has also to be saved on the memory key.

The weekly progress reports will be reviewed and graded by the faculty mentor on a weekly basis. Weekly progress reports count for 10% of the total grade, and are expressly due at the beginning of each laboratory session. If not timely submitted, they will still be accepted but graded over 60% of the regular 100% grade. Each group member is responsible for submitting a personal one weekly progress report.

Peer Evaluation

The instructor will conduct two peer evaluations during the semester. One in the middle of the semester and one at the end of the semester. Each group member will be asked to grade honestly his/her group peers based on his/her performance and commitment to the project during the spring semester. Students have to list pro & cons for each individual member of the group. The peer evaluation counts for 10% of the total student grade. The peer evaluations should be uploaded to a D2L Dropbox at the request of the main instructor.

Attitude, Absenteeism, and Participation

The attitude, absenteeism, participation, sharing knowledge with teammates and faculty mentor, and ethical behavior of each member of the group is going to be assessed throughout the semester by the faculty mentor. The assigned grade will be based on class behavior, absenteeism, time on tasks, punctuality, language, willingness to work and share knowledge with team members, faculty mentor, and machinist technician, appropriate ethical behavior, and more as deemed appropriate by the faculty mentor. The general attitude, absenteeism, participation, sharing knowledge with teammates and faculty mentor, and ethical behavior of the student count for 25% of the total grade. 

Public Presentations & Paper Publication & Poster

It is brought to the attention of the students that each one of them is expressly required to participate in in three of following university activities throughout the two senior design semesters: University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (fall 2020 and spring 2021), North Texas Area Students Conference (NTASC, spring 2021), Counsel of Undergraduate Research (CUR, spring 2021), IdeaMSU (spring 2021), Writing Conference Papers, etc... The students are supposed to have started those activities in the fall semester (draft poster, draft oral presentation, draft paper, etc…). The participation in these activities counts for 10% of the total grade for each semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these activities might take place online through Zoom.

Senior Design II Final Oral Presentation and Final Report

Toward the end of the semester, on April 14th, 2021, each group will submit a final major draft report containing an introduction, a description of the final design with a complete set of 2-D and 3-D drawings for parts and assemblies, a theory for the machine concept, a testing procedures, a set of exhaustive results and/or simulations of different solutions, a request for funding, a bill of materials, a final detailed cost of the project with quotes, a detailed Gantt chart, references, appendices, and acknowledgments. The group has also to submit a draft for the final PowerPoint (PPT) presentation on the same day. The faculty mentor will review the draft report, write his own recommendations for the final report, and turn it to the students. The students are required to submit the final report by April 21st, 2021. Note: while many software tools can be used to develop a computer simulation, the most desirable one is SolidWorks Simulation or ANSYS, since these software are available in almost every computer in the department. Also the report has to address all the requirements specified in the handout personal sheet distributed by the faculty mentor at the beginning of the fall semester for each student. The report counts for 15% of the total final student grade. The group is also required to give an oral presentation to an audience composed of the faculty mentor, the department faculty, students, and possibly members from the military and the industry.  The final oral presentations are scheduled April 21st, 2021. The final oral presentation will be graded by the faculty mentor, the department faculty and staff, and eventually members from the military and the industry and counts for 10% of the total student final grade. The grades for the report and the oral presentation are based on each group member own efforts.

Course Grade

Course grades are based on the following items, with the relative weighting numbers shown below:

 

Lecture Materials Exams and Homework 20%
Weekly Progress Report & Log books 10%
Peer Evaluation 10%
Attitude & Absenteeism & Participation 25%
Public Presentations & Paper Publication & Poster 10%
Senior Design I Final Proposal Oral Presentation  10%
Senior Design I Final Proposal Report 15%
Total maximum Grade 100%

 

For grading details see attached syllabus.

 

 

Due to COVID-19 and online classes, the attendance policy is not enforced.

 


 

Weekly Progress Reports

The weekly progress reports will be reviewed and graded by the faculty mentor on a weekly basis. Weekly progress reports count for 10% of the total grade, and are expressly due at the beginning of each laboratory session. If not timely submitted, they will still be accepted but graded over 60% of the regular 100% grade. Each group member is responsible for submitting a personal one weekly progress report.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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