UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

 

ECG498)B Senior Design)B Project Fall 2005

 

Instructor:)B Bill O)BDonnell (bill@physics.unlv.edu)

Office & Hours:)B BPB213, WF 2:00-2:20PM, 3:30-4:00PM,

)B or by appointment (895-0954).

Class Location & TIME:)B TBE B176, WF 2:30-3:20PM

Prerequisite:)B Senior Standing (ECG)

Web Site:)B www.physics.unlv.edu/~bill/ecg497

 

Class time will be spent discussing problems with student projects and covering practical things an Electrical Engineer should know.)B This includes soldering, PCB construction, low-noise & high-speed design techniques, an overview of current technology, use of heatsinks, and other subjects of interest.)B We will also watch IEEE videotapes on safety, ethics, intellectual property etc.

 

Note:)B You must present a working project to graduate!)B You must make a PCB, solder to perfboard, or otherwise make your project a reliable prototype to receive an A.

 

You must keep a project notebook (no spirals, composition notebooks preferred).)B All notes pertaining to your project should be written in this book.)B Write the date in the upper right hand corner of each page. Log the time of each new entry.)B Entries for different days should be on a new page. You should tape in pertinent pin-outs, plots, code fragments, etc. in your notebook.)B The notebook will be checked bi-weekly and a grade assigned. If you receive a grade of five or less three consecutive times you will be administratively dropped from the class.

 

Sept. 16)B Deadline to submit an application for December graduation

Sept. 30)B Deadline to submit an application for December graduation (with late fee)

Oct. 21)B Deadline to email me a one-page report on the Safety & Ethics of your project

Nov. 9 )B Deadline to email me your abstract (follow outline on 498 web site - .doc or .txt)

Nov. 18 )B Dec 9 Oral presentations and project demonstrations

Dec. 7)B Poster presentation

Dec. 12)B Written reports and notebooks due

 

Note:)B If you miss class for extended periods you must make arrangements ahead of time or you will be administratively dropped.)B You must sign-in each time you come to class.)B Students missing more than 20% of the classes will not receive a passing grade.)B Please turn off cell phones while in class.

 

 

Use of the Writing Center

 

Each student or group is required to set up an appointment with the writing center to review your safety & ethics paper and your final report before it will be accepted.)B They will notify me of the meetings and who attended. Each student or group will be assigned a faculty mentor.)B Students will meet with their faculty mentor at least three times during the semester.)B Your mentor will also review your final report before you turn it in.)B Note: There is more than one writing center on campus.)B Make appointments early (they get busy near the end of the semester and some of the writing centers will be closed during dead week and finals week).

 


Suggested outline for Final Report

 

Title sheet (project title, faculty mentor, names of those in the group, date, class, etc.)

 

Abstract (summary of project and need)

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction (explain the layout of the report and what you will cover)

Division of labor (who is responsible for what parts of the project)

State the problem (why do this project)

 

History/background (has it been done before, another way, cheaper, etc.)

 

Block diagram of the system

 

Flow chart showing how the system works

 

Complete schematic

 

Detailed explanation of how the circuit works

 

Constraints analysis (battery life, physical size, cost, etc.)

 

Alternatives and Weights (i.e. justify your choice of parts)

)B Ex: need an op-amp with low bias current, low offset voltage, low power, etc.

Op-amp

Cost

Offset Voltage

Bias Current

Quiescent Current

Output Drive

LM741

9

3

3

4

3

OP-27

3

9

8

6

3

????

?

?

?

?

?

)B Total the scores and add information as needed (i.e. another reason for using this part is that I used it in the past and am familiar with it - better learning curve).

 

Economics - parts list and cost analysis (include single unit & volume pricing)

 

Testing (spice simulations, scope shots, etc.)

 

Safety, Ethics, health issues

Aesthetics

Sustainability

Manufacturability

Social, political and environmental impact

 

Future work to be done (what would be next)

 

Conclusions

 

References

 

Appendix

)B Key pages from the datasheets of the parts used (front page for most parts)

)B All code written

)B Detailed testing not appropriate for body of report

)B More pictures not appropriate for body of report (include pictures of the prototype built)


Suggested outline for Oral Presentation

 

Title sheet (project title, faculty mentor, names of those in the group, date, class, etc.)

 

Problem Description (why do this project, what's the need)

 

Background (has it been done before, another way, why not, etc.)

 

Block diagram showing how all major components connect

 

Flow chart showing how the system works

 

Complete schematic (explain how the circuit works)

 

Constraints analysis (battery life, physical size, cost, etc.)

 

Alternatives and Weights (i.e. briefly justify your choice of parts)

)B Ex: need op-amp with low bias current, low offset voltage, low power, etc.

Op-amp

Cost

Offset Voltage

Bias Current

Quiescent Current

Output Drive

LM741

9

3

3

4

3

OP-27

3

9

8

6

3

????

?

?

?

?

?

)B Total the scores and list the wining part.

 

Testing (simulations, scope shots, etc.)

 

Economics - parts list and cost analysis (include single unit & volume pricing)

 

Future work to be done (what would be next)

 

Conclusions (include pictures of prototype)

 

Poster Presentation

 

Dress as if you were going on an interview.)B Plan on spending about 2 hours explaining to interested individuals (technical and non-technical) how your project works and why you chose this project.)B Your poster should have the project title, names of those in the group, faculty mentor, course # and date at the top.)B Include schematics, flow charts, timing diagrams, etc. as needed.)B A lot of the material for your poster will come from your presentation and report.)B Pick up a poster board for your presentation in the EE office by Nov. 23 (note: the ECE Department will keep the poster).)B If you need scopes, power supplies, etc. to demonstrate your project make arrangements with the lab coordinator in advance.

 

Pictures from past poster presentations are at:

http://www.physics.unlv.edu/~bill/ecg497/fall04_post/

 

Senior Design Awards

 

Three engineers from industry will judge the projects during the poster presentation.)B Civil and Mechanical Engineering seniors will also be presenting posters.)B Projects will be rated on the clarity of the project, technical merit, innovation, presentation and commercial potential.)B A plaque and cash prizes will be awarded for the best projects.)B There will be an overall winner and prizes for 1st & 2nd place in each department as well as a prize for best interdisciplinary project.