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ECE 4334: Capstone Design Fall 2009 Welcome ! Facilitator: Dr. Len Trombetta
The Idea… Students work on team projects sponsored by UH, industry, and government. The atmosphere is as much like a real- world working environment as possible. Communications skills (both written and oral) are important to the success of any project, and will be emphasized here.
The Bottom Line… You and your team are responsible for your project and its success. You are expected to act professionally, which means… You take your work seriously and do what is necessary to get the job done: no excuses. You show up on time for class, writing center activities, and meetings with your faculty and industry consultants. You “pull your weight” on the team.
Organization Teams: Three or four students. Cohorts: Three to four teams with similar technical issues. Your project will be assigned one or more of the following. Engineer: A technical contact who is familiar with your project. Faculty Consultant: A UH faculty member who is familiar with the project. Facilitator: A course instructor who will provide overall guidance and handle administrative issues.
Course Web Sites : Posting of all documents: assignments, instructions, syllabus, schedule… Blackboard: Used for and grade posting Be sure your account is set up properly for forwarding Drop Box on /…/ece4334 Submission of reports and presentations. DO NOT send files to instructors by , unless instructed to do so.
Projects and Proposals Teams that have not had projects approved by the facilitators will compete for projects by submitting a brief proposal. Proposal Contents: Who is on your team? Why is your team the best choice? How are you going to approach the project? Provide 1-2 paragraphs for 1 st, 2 nd, and 3 rd choices. Bring to class on Wed morning, Aug 26 th.
Assignments Major Presentations (see schedule): Individual Progress Reports 1 written; 1 oral Evaluation of oral presentation by students Team Project Prototype Demo (early November) Technical Report (final report on project results) Poster and Oral Presentations Final Project Demo (finals week)
Assignments Other Oral/Written Assignments Team Planning Reports Brief presentation during Cohort meetings Progress, time, and budget information Other reports Terms of Reference Statement of Work (with mid-semester Prototype) Other duties as assigned
Writing Instruction UH Writing Center: You will schedule a one-time individual writing instruction session with a consultant just prior to submitting your written report. Dr. Chad Wilson will be presenting class instruction on report writing, poster presentation, and oral presentation.
Writing Center Consultation Consultation: Schedule this one week prior to the due date of your written assignment. Requirement: bring completed draft to your consultation. Electronic copy to DropBox before your consultation (see schedule). Evaluation by facilitators to determine that a complete draft was prepared.
Meetings Facilitator meetings (by Cohort) Two cohorts per MW Section (9 – 10:30; 10:30 – noon) Group technical discussion Lecture material, guest lectures Administrative issues Presentations All cohorts attend all presentations Progress Reports by individual students Technical Report by teams (end-of-semester)
The First Week Monday Aug 24 th Review Projects Begin forming teams Wednesday Aug 26 th Q & A Submit Proposal requesting project Friday Aug 28 th Project assignments posted on web site Cohort, student letter assigned
First Facilitator Meeting Due midnight Fri Sep 4 th to Drop Box : Terms of Reference Business and technical content of your project. Time and budget estimates. Project Template Scheduling Budgeting
Project Management Proper project management … …greatly improves the probability of success. …is very “real world”- you will be expected to do it for your employer. Scheduling Budgeting: personnel as well as equipment costs Terminology…
Terminology Goal: A succinct statement of what it is you are trying to accomplish; the bottom line. Customer: Who you are doing this for. Phase: A period of time during which certain major tasks are expected to get done or milestones reached. Milestone: An intermediate accomplishment. It is specific, concrete, verifiable, and important to the project. Your project should have 3 – 5 of them. A milestone is a specific date, not a range of dates. Deliverable: What the customer wants. Tasks: The daily things you do to get the job done.
Example Goal: Build an autonomous robot that traverses a maze until it locates a STOP sign. Customer: Faculty consultant (Dr. Glover) Milestones (some examples): Demonstrate a working vision system that recognizes a stop sign. Microprocessor algorithm guides robot through turn at an intersection. Robot stops at STOP sign.
Example Deliverables: Designs for mechanical and electronic subsystems. A working prototype of the robot. A flowchart of the algorithm for traversing the maze systematically. A report to your customer outlining your progress and any problems you may be having. Tasks (NOT milestones): Ordering parts. Researching microprocessor possibilities. Assembling the robot.