Biological Engineering Design 2
Semester Taught - Fall and Spring
Senior capstone design project
Prereq: senior standing (4EG), ABE 3042C, specialization courses
- to train students to apply the engineering design process by comprehensive hands-on experience
- to prepare students to effectively communicate design needs and accomplishments with clients, suppliers, peers, contractors and managers throughout the design process and
- to prepare students to deal with non-technical (social, economic, legal, aesthetic) aspects of design
Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET
This required course counts for 2 credit hours of "Engineering Design" towards completion of the 55 hour “Professional Requirements” of the undergraduate curricula for all options of the BS.
Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes
From the list of (a) through (k) program outcomes listed below, this course addresses the following (a), (c), (d), (e), (h), and (k).
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
Office: 237 Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 EXT 237
Class Materials Required
No Textbook Required. Copies of all computer files associated with the project should be submitted electronically at the same time as the hard copies of the mid-term and final reports. Each student should have an account on the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department network to be used in this course for sending and receiving e-mail, for storage of project documents and for accumulation of the student's portfolio. Other accounts are acceptable for e-mail and document storage if they are capable of transmitting all of the required information.
- Written Proposal and Oral Presentations
- Weekly Reports (1-5)
- Written Midterm and Oral Presentation
- Weekly Reports (6-11)
- Final Report - Oral Presentation
- Final Written Report and Poster Presentation
(Refer to printed class syllabus for specific class schedule)
The class will meet each week to discuss progress, problems and expectations related to the student design projects. Project proposals will be formally presented in the third week of the semester and final formal project presentations will be made at the end of the semester. Times and places of class and presentations may be changed to accommodate student and faculty scheduling conflicts.
The focus of the course will be the student design project. Projects will be evaluated based on quality of the final design, on the steps of the design procedure and on the written and oral presentation of the design. To the extent possible, cross-specialization team projects will be planned, developed and executed. A faculty member in the area of proposed project will serve as project advisor. Students will define a project with the advice of advisors. The students will then explore solutions, select a candidate solution, execute the design, and, where feasible, build a prototype or model and test it.
A written (word-processed, hard and electronic copies) and oral proposal will be required the third week of the semester. The formal proposal will include quantitative design criteria and a proposed project schedule. One-paragraph to one-page progress reports will be submitted to both the instructor and project advisor weekly by e-mail. A major report of the preliminary design will be required at mid-term. A written, illustrated report, a class oral presentation and a formal "poster session" presentation will be presented to the department at the end of the term. The pre-proposal, formal proposal, progress reports and final report will be prepared on a word processor and any graphics other than photographs will be computer-generated.
The design project will be the design of a physical device or system. Computer-aided design is encouraged, but use of the computer and development of software are means and the resulting design is the end on which the grade will be based. The design must be developed and presented in a form such that a contractor could build it without additional input from the designer. There must be some evidence that the design will work as planned and, where feasible, prototypes are encouraged. A major consideration in any design is the cost of owning and operating the system or device and the benefits to be derived from it. Although the benefit may be conjectural, the designer must be able to project at least the cost of construction. The final report should address environmental impact, use of standards, safety, legal requirements (including permitting), and social and economic impacts as well as the expected technical considerations. Credit will not be given for projects performed for other courses.
The course provides the opportunity of working with an experienced engineer on a large project. Use your advisor and keep your advisor and the instructor aware of what you are doing. The student is responsible for transmitting reports to the advisor and to the instructor. Seek and listen to (not necessarily the same as agreeing with, but be prepared to defend any opposing position) his/her advice.
A grade of "I" will not be given for partially completed projects, so students who desire to spread their project over two semesters are advised to register for ABE 4043 during the last semester of their project.
Attendance and Expectations: Problems assigned are due in my office by 5 pm on the day specified for full credit (10% deduction/day thereafter. Maximum deduction is 50%).
Cell phone and musical device use is not allowed during class or lab.
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
|Mid-Term Written Report||35|
|Mid-Term Oral Report||25|
|Final Written Report||100|
|Final Oral Report||40|
|Final Point Total||500|
No make-up exams will be given except for valid medical reasons or unless prior arrangements have been made.
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
The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.
0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/
All faculty, staff and students of the university are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against university policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.
Campus Helping Resources
Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.
- University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/
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- Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601, www.crc.ufl.edu/