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EE 4203 - Senior Design II


Spring 2006 Time: W 2:30 - 4:15 PM +arr


EE 4103


Dr. Marcus O. Durham, PE

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The aim of this course is to provide a capstone design of electrical systems.  Students will propose, get approval, design, fabricate, and demonstrate a project.  In addition, work place environment topics include communication, non-verbal communication, changing paradigms, and ethics. Professional development includes IEEE and ham projects. The format is presentations, memos, and reports.


The Great Connection by Arnie Warren 
Skill with People by Les Gilpin
excerpts from  Leadership and Success by Dr. Marcus O. Durham, PE; Dr. Robert A. Durham, PE; Rosemary Durham, CTI; DreamPoint Publishers


Successful completion of projects, reports, and presentations, and TEAM participation.



min - max limits
     The Great Connection 4 - 4.5 min 100
     Skill With People 4 - 4.5 min tag team 100
     Project Proposal  2 - 2.5 min 100
     Project Review  2 - 2.5 min 100
     Project IEEE meeting as required 100
     Project Demonstration 6 - 8 min 100
     Great Connection paper 2.5 - 3 pages, double 100
     Weekly Memos 1/2 page, single 100
     Project -
       goals memo, proposal memo, final report     
as required, double 100
Project construction working completed 100
Evaluations of colleagues presentations & team 100
Ethics, Paradigm, Communication Assignments 100
Pass wireless license, meeting, & project copy of license, memo 100
Take FE exam & memo   100
Professor judgment (all tasks completed) quantum number 100



Letter grades:

Division points between letter grades will be based on student performance and best judgment of the instructor.

Wireless  As an integration of technical principles and practices, amateur radio includes every facet of electrical engineering from digital and power to controls, signal processing, and wireless rf signals. It provides a spectrum to experiment with any medium. For this component, pass the entry level, technician license. In addition, attend a club meeting and make a one paragraph memo about the time, location, speaker and topics discussed. Complete a project option of your choice and prepare a memo. The supplemental text is Technician Class Amateur Radio, Element 2, by Gordon West, Master Publishing.
Profession: Professional development is a continuing requirement of engineers. IEEE is the largest engineering professional society on the planet. For this component, attend a student or section meeting and make a one paragraph memo about the time, location, speaker and topics discussed.


1.  Attendance in class is expected. Points will be taken off final grade for poor attendance, particularly in the form of class participation and evaluation of and by colleagues.
2.  There is no such thing as a stupid question, except the one not asked. Chances are others don't understand it either.
3.  Students are expected to seek assistance if necessary. The instructor interprets students coming to his office to ask questions as eager beavers worthy of high grades. Students in trouble who don't try to straighten out their problems immediately and then say simply, "I never understood that" are in more trouble than they think.
4.  No make up exams or late assignments will be permitted unless arranged in advance.
5.  Fallibility of instructors is uncommon. However, in the unlikely event of a difference in opinion on grading, the question must be resolved within three days. Senility is common. Therefore, grades are as-is where-is for time greater than three days after posting.

Your job: 

The professor recognizes that problems of learning, earning, yearning, spurning, squirming and slumbering are unique to student life. Such problems will be treated with civility by a southern gentleman, but not with a great deal of compassion. You are a unique individual, wonderfully made, but the University environment demands your working within the same constraints imposed on others.

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