Biological Engineering Design I
Semester Taught - Fall
Design of engineered agricultural and biological systems and devices. Problem definition analysis, synthesis, project management, economic, environmental and social impacts. Individual and team projects.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the techniques of the engineering design process. Students who complete this course will have gained an understanding of the engineering design process from problem definition to finished product. Students will learn to:
- develop specific design objectives and criteria from poorly defined needs descriptions
- gather and evaluate design information,
- conceptualize designs to meet objectives and criteria,
- evaluate designs,
- develop and document designs,
- work in teams.
- manage design projects and
- communicate design needs and accomplishments with clients, peers, suppliers, and managers.
Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET
This course contributes 2 credit hours toward meeting the minimum 48 credit hours of Engineering Topics in the basic-level curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes
From the list of (a) through (k) program outcomes listed below, this course addresses outcomes (a), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (j) and (k). Of these, (a), (c), (d), (e), (g), (i) and (k) are assessed.
ABET Program Outcomes
- (a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- (b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
- (c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
- (d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
- (e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- (f) Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
- (g) Communicate effectively
- (h) Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- (i) Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
- (j) Understand contemporary engineering issues
- (k) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Class Materials Required
- Dym, C. & P. Little. 2008. Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction. Third Edition. John Wiley& Sons, Inc. New York. 352 pages.
- Petroski, H. 1998. Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA. 256 pages.
- NCEES. 2008. FE Supplied-Reference Handbook, Eighth Edition. National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Clemson, SC. 258 pages. ($18 @ www.ncees.org)
- USB Flash Drive (≥1 GB).
- Daily Calendar (e.g. Daytimer), PDA, or laptop computer w/ calendar software.
- Composition or lab notebook.
- Access to Microsoft Office 2007 or compatible Office Suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation programs compatible with the *.docx, *.xlsx and *.pptx formats).
- Other handout material as it becomes available.
- Christianson, L. & R. Rohrbach. 1986. Design in Agricultural Engineering. American Society of Agricultural Engineers. St. Joseph, MI. 312 pages.
- Pahl, G., W. Beitz & J. Feldhusen. 2007. Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach. Third Edition. Springer-Verlag New York, LLC. New York. 617 pages.
- Voland, G. 2003. Engineering By Design. Prentice Hall. Second Edition. New York. 575 pages
- Introduction/Time Management
- Learning from Failure
- Materials and Components
- Synthesis and Analysis
- Safety and Liability
- Standards, Specifications and Documentation
- Teamwork and Management
- Cost Estimation and Economy
- Planned Creativity
- Testing and Evaluation
- Business Practices
Attendance and Expectations
Attendance is required – Lectures will cover material from the text as well as material in other references, so it is imperative that students make every effort to attend classes and take good notes. Students are especially encouraged to ask questions during lectures.
All deliverables will comply with the requirements and due date specified at the time of assignment (no deliverable will be due earlier than 3 business days after assignment). No late deliverable will be accepted.
The student is expected to manage their time efficiently, and should anticipate spending three times the length of lectures studying and preparing deliverables outside the classroom. The student should focus on the following: assignments, preparing both design reports and other deliverables, review of notes and lecture materials, and assigned readings.
This class will predominately utilize USCS units, though there is significant interaction with SI units. Mastery of both systems is required.
Students will be held responsible for all announcements made in class, which includes any and all changes to this syllabus and the course lecture schedule. Students are expected to attend all lectures and laboratory periods scheduled.
A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses. In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better). Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement. For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx
- 65% Design Deliverables. There will be four design projects throughout the semester, worth 5%, 10%, 20% and 25%. Details will be specified at a later date.
- 30% Executive Summaries and Homework Assignments. There will be five to eight field trip/guest speaker executive summaries, equally weighted. Other assignments will be periodically assigned as well.
- 5% Student Self and Team Assessments. Students will be required to maintain digital copies of all materials for their digital portfolio. Student will also periodically set personal course goals and will periodically fill out self-evaluation forms monitoring their performance.
The arrangements for makeup assignments should be made before the due date in question unless there is an emergency situation. In which, reviews will be on a case by case basis.
In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the university, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.
The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."
Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.
(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)
It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.
This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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- University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/
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