Course Outline and Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)
Last Updated March 16, 2005
3. Engineering Registration
5. Keywords for design devices
Three samples of senior design final reports are available at these links: (Stanecki, Chellette, Roldan). Note that these are password-protected since the students and faculty mentors may be in the process of applying for patents on some of this material. The password will be provided to the students in this class.
1. Each student will take the 25 ideas generated by his/her group and make notes about each one in his/her log book. Relevant thoughts are: Feasibility (time frame, availability of a mentor, cost), enabling technology, importance of the design, testing, physiological modeling, availability of a client, personal interest of a group member or a class member (e.g. one of the group has a cousin with the disease of interest).
2. Each student is allowed to add ideas to the list of 25 or modify ideas.
3. Each student will generate a professional resume.
4. Each student will be told to be prepared to present a 5 minute introduction of his/herself.
B. Library Resources, Proposal Writing Sep 20
Notes on previous week’s design ideas.
Sign up for resume review
1. Each student introduces him/herself (half of class)
2. Description of library research resources and how to use them
3. Description of proposal format and proposal evaluation sheet
4. Students (in groups) sift through design ideas and select 4 ideas that seem to be meritorious.
5. Each student is assigned to investigate and evaluate one of the 4 ideas for next week.
6. Description of final design report requirements
7. Describe a “Letter of Inquiry”
8. Students (in groups) brainstorm for people who can help them with their projects (clients, consultants).
1. Research the design idea that you have been assigned
2. Write a preliminary design proposal based on the design idea (due Sep 27)
3. Find abstracts for 50 articles relevant to that design idea. Download these abstracts and email them to email@example.com by Sep 27.
4. Write a letter of inquiry (due next week)
C. Library Resources, Engineering Design Process, Experimental Design, Idea Evaluation Sep 27
Meet at the Library, 3rd floor, then return to Bogard Hall
1. Letter of Inquiry
2. 50 Abstracts
1. Presentation on library resources at the Prescott Library
2. Break and return to Bogard Hall
3. Each student introduces him/herself (second half of class)
5. Lecture on hypothesis testing, examples of the Student’s T-test
6. Lecture on experimental design
7. Explanation of how students must describe their statistical analysis in their proposals
8. Discuss students’ project investigations
Statistical analysis handout (Due Oct 11)
D. Resume Reviews – Students meet in groups of 2 for 15 minutes each Oct 4
1. Preliminary Design Proposal (Individual-must be emailed to the 3 other group members)
2. Revised Resume – Students must take them with them during their meeting with Dr. Jones.
A formal class will not be held this week. Instead, students will meet with Dr. Jones in groups of 3 for 15 minutes each to discuss their resumes.
Each student must provide a written evaluation of all design proposals prepared by their group members (including their own proposal).
E. “Life Skills for Leaders” Oct 11
1. Written evaluations of the 4 proposals provided by each group member
2. Statistical Analysis Handout
1. Lecture on “Life Skills for Leaders”
2. Lecture on Scientific Writing
3. Students (in their groups) will discuss the 4 ideas from their group and select the top 2 ideas for further consideration.
4. Students will assign one idea to each of 2 people.
Each pair of students will prepare an oral presentation on their design idea for presentation at the next class meeting.
F. Design Idea Presentations and Final Selection Oct 18
Design idea presentations
1. Each pair of students will present their design idea (10 minutes each).
2. Students will use the presentation and other information that they have about the project to decide which of the design ideas will be pursued in BIEN 402 and BIEN 404.
G. Biomedical Ethics (Dr. Andrew Marino) Oct 25
Read Chapter 1 of Middendorf and Engelmann
Dr. Andrew Marino will present a lecture on biomedical ethics.
Dr. Jones will present the final selection of design projects and the design groups.
Each design group must write a final proposal on their design project.
H. No class, but Interview Skills Workshop is mandatory Nov 1
I. Interview Skills Workshop (Friday
J. Life-Long Learning Reports and Discussions Nov 8
There will be an informal discussion on the magazines read by each of the students.
E. Book Reports and Discussions Nov. 15
Due: (Turn in to Linda Echols’ office by )
1. First draft of design proposal (group).
2. Evaluations of individual team members.
3. Log books.
More informal discussions of the magazines read by each of the students.
A.The Steps in
Engineering Analysis (
B. User Needs
Homework 1 Due: Do problems 8 and 9 of Review and Discussion
in Chapter 1 of Middendorf
C. Alternative Designs and Inventions (Middendorf, 6.1-6.4) Dec. 9
D. Creativity (Middendorf, 6.5-6.9) Dec. 14
E. Creativity (Middendorf, 6.5-6.9) Dec. 16
Final Proposal Due
F. Decisions Under Uncertainty (Middendorf 8.1-8.7) Jan. 4
Homework 4 Due: Practice Projects 8.5, 8.9, 8.17
G. Physical Realizability (Middendorf 4.1, 4.2) Jan. 6
Homework 6 Due: Practice Projects 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
H. Compatibility and Economic Feasibility (Middendorf 4.3, 4.4) Jan. 11
I. Cost Estimates and Selling Price (Middendorf 4.5, 4.6, 4.7) Jan. 13
Homework 9 Due: Practice Projects 4.7, 4.8, 4.12, 4.13
K. Mathematical Modeling (Middendorf, 7.1-7.3) Jan. 20
L. Mathematical Modeling (Middendorf 7.4-7.6) Jan. 25
Homework 11 Due: Practice Project 9.2
M. Dimensional Analysis (Middendorf 7.7-7.8) Jan. 27
N. Dimensional Analysis Feb. 1
Homework 13 Due: Practice Projects 7.6, 7.11
O. Detailed Design (Middendorf 10.1-10.5) Feb. 3
(Mardi Gras Week)
P. Reliability (Middendorf 13.1-13.6) Feb. 10
Q. Reliability (Middendorf 13.7-13.12) Feb. 15
Homework 15 Due: 2nd Handout on Statistical Analysis (Download MS Excel Worksheet)
R. Accelerated Life Testing (Middendorf 14.1-14.5) Feb. 17
First draft of Final Report Due
S. Human Factors Engineering (Middendorf 15.1-15.10) Feb. 22
Weekly Progress Reports Due
T. Discussion of Projects Feb. 24
U. Discussion of Projects Mar. 1
A. Cost Analysis (Handout) Mar. 10
B. Physiological Modeling (Handout) Mar. 15
D. Product Liability (Middendorf 2.1-2.2) Mar. 22
E. Product Liability (Middendorf 2.3) Mar. 24
F. Product Liability (Middendorf 2.4-2.6) Mar. 29
G. Patents (Middendorf 5.1-5.3) Mar. 31
H. Patents (Middendorf 5.4-5.7) Apr. 5
Second Handout on Statistical Analysis Due (Download MS Excel File)
I. Patents (Handout) Apr. 7
J. Medical Device Regulation (Handout) Apr. 12
K. Medical Device Regulation (Handout) Apr. 14
Draft of Final Report Due Apr. 14
L. Design and Testing Review Apr. 19, 21, 26, 28 May 3, 5
Peer reviews of final report due April 28
M. Senior Design Conference (With Advisory Board) Friday, May 6
Peer Reviews of Final Design and Prototype Due May 3
O. Medical Ethics (Handout) May 10
Final Revised Design Report and Prototype Due Tuesday, May 10
P. Student Feedback and Course Evaluations May 12